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Who can apply to the fund?

The Manjit Wolstenholme Fund has been established to honour the memory of Manjit and support children and young people in disadvantaged areas of Bradford District to achieve their potential through educational and aspirational opportunities. Manjit’s own experiences meant she believed passionately that no-one should be denied the chance to achieve their true potential as a result of their background or where they live.


The Fund is offering grants of £5,000 to £10,000 to community groups in the Bradford District who are looking to develop and deliver their activity to support young people in deprived areas to achieve their full potential through educational and aspirational opportunities, no matter what their background.


Who can apply?

  • Community groups, charities, social enterprises or other charitable organisations from the third sector that:

  • Have a constitution or other relevant governance document

  • Have a management committee/board of directors/trustees of at least three unrelated people

  • Have a bank account under the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories (if your organisation doesn’t have its own bank account, but does meet all of the other criteria, please contact us to discuss how we can work around this)

  • Are based in or supporting people living in the Bradford Metropolitan District Area

  • Priority will be given to organisations with an income of under £500,000 in the most recent financial year.


Size of Grant

Grants of £5,000 to £10,000 are available. Whilst the grant can be used to part-fund a wide range of activities, we like to see the impact our support is having. Accordingly, we prefer for our grant to equal at least 50% of the total cost of the activity or project within the criteria specified below. Only one application per organisation can be considered.


What can the Fund support?

The activity should be focused on young people up to age 21, their parents, carers, family members or key influencers working directly with young people or with families. The proposed activity should support one or more of the following:


  • Increasing aspiration and enabling young people to make informed choices about their next steps in education and learning

  • Developing confidence, resilience and life skills in order to increase attainment and access to education and learning opportunities (including within the world of work)

  • Addressing issues of low educational attainment and improving learning outcomes

  • Providing young people with opportunities to reduce inequality, exclusion & disadvantage, and therefore increase access to education and learning.


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