Inspiring Opportunities Fund

The Inspiring Opportunities Fund was established to offer children in care and care leavers (aged 8-25) grants of up to £500 to:
  • Develop new skills and/or hobbies
  • Gain new and positive experiences
  • Unlock potential for future education, training and employment
  • Spark enthusiasm and interest in initiatives that will help them socialise with other children and young people outside of school

The Fund was established thanks to the generous support of the Paul Bassham Charitable Trust.

Who can the Fund help?

The Fund can support children in care and care leavers in Norfolk, or those under the responsibility of Norfolk County Council placed outside the county.

  • Items or activities that are paid for before receiving a grant.
  • General subsistence costs including utility bills, council tax or rent.
  • Mobile phones/mobile phone contracts, driving lessons, or other ongoing costs that go beyond the life of a grant.
  • Help with moving house, including purchase of general household items when moving house.
  • General household items that are not directly related to accessing or enabling a skill, activity, or training/education/employment opportunity.
Things to consider:
  • A £500 grant can be requested to cover more than one item (e.g. membership fee, uniform and transport costs for an activity club).
  • A £500 grant can be requested towards an item exceeding this value, provided there is a funding commitment towards the balance.
  • Grants should start to be used within 4 months of being awarded.
  • If a child/young person has previously received a grant, any future applications should be made 2 years after the previous award. Due to the level of funding available, first-time applicants will generally be prioritised.
How can I apply?

Applications can be made by either a social worker, personal advisor or a VCSE provider involved in the care of the child/young person.

It is recommended that applicants work through the online application form alongside the child/young person, as there is a section for them to complete.

To begin an application, click the ‘Apply online’ button below.

When should I apply?

The Fund operated four funding rounds over 2022/23. The final deadline for applications in 2023 was Friday 17th November (decisions expected first week of December).

The Fund is now closed to new applications, and is currently being reviewed. The Fund will re-open in 2024, and the dates for the funding rounds will be published here once the Fund review is complete.

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Who can apply?

Social workers, personal advisors and VCSE organisations supporting children in care or care leavers

Eligible Area

Breckland, Broadland, Great Yarmouth, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, North Norfolk, Norwich, and South Norfolk

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