starting your application form please read the following Guidance Notes and the
accompanying FAQ’s that can be found on our website.
What are Aspirational Awards?
Awards aim to support care experienced young people aged 21-26 to think big
about the future and allow you to apply for funding which will support your
personal development, achieve your potential and reach as high as possible in
What do we mean by ‘aspirational’?
understand that aspiration can mean different things to different people and
that everyone has their own aspirations.
we believe that an aspirational idea must be based on these principles:
An ambition or dream
which will create a long-term impact on your life
Something which will
help you achieve a long-term goal
could be something that you have been working towards over a long period of
time (and would have proof of doing so).
Who can apply?
funding is open to young people aged 21-26 with at least three months of care
What do we mean by care experience?
who have experience in any of the following types of care:
looked after at home
(e.g. supervision order)
looked after through
Kinship care (by other family/friends)
What will the Trust fund?
Aspirational Awards funding is flexible and is designed to meet the specific
needs of individual people. Applications will be assessed on their own merit,
however below is some guidance as to what we would be looking for:
We will fund applications which are…
ü Likely to have a long-term, positive impact on your
ü Will support you to achieve your aspirations in life
ü The next step towards something which you have
already made progress towards achieving
ü Will help you to gain skills which will be useful in
To give you some ideas, you might want to build on
interests you already have, for example in sports, arts, drama, dance or
music. You might like to learn a language so you can volunteer or work
abroad, or you might be interested in an internship opportunity to get your
foot in the door of a particular industry. Aspirational Awards could also
help with something like getting a particular qualification or starting your
These are just examples though – we want to know
what you are passionate about and what you would like to achieve.
What we won’t fund…
which is unlikely to have a long-term impact on your life (short-break
holidays, basic living costs)
which should be provided by a statutory body - that is, funding which Local Authorities
have a duty to provide (crisis loan, basic university bursary)
alterations (tattoos, cosmetic surgery)
possessions with no aspirational purpose (I-pad, new phone)
unlikely to fund driving lessons