Need support taking your next steps? We’d love to help
The Yolanda Moore Foundation supports individuals with practical mentoring, advice and funding. We know that sometimes getting to where you need to be can be an uphill battle and we’d love to be a helping hand to ambitious young people. Whether you need help funding a course or whether you’re already in the midst of education and need help getting a new laptop to continue your studies. We also fund individuals who have an ambition to help others through voluntary work, charitable work or who support others.
We fund both Personal Development Grants (to help you pay for courses, internships, volunteering opportunities etc) and Personal Support Grants (to help you pay your bills, rent, interview clothes, travel, equipment, materials etc).
While the main part of our help is financial support, we also provide mentoring, advice and networking opportunities with friends of our charity.
Who can apply for funding?
- Young people aged 15 – 24
- Live in London, Dorset, Hampshire or Otago (New Zealand)
- Facing financial or practical difficulties pursuing your ambitions (vocational or educational)
- Facing financial or practical difficulties supporting others through charitable work or volunteering
- Hoping to seek funding or practical support for the above within one calendar year of your application (e.g. wish to gain funding for a course beginning in the same year or to help you pay rent within the same year whilst you complete an internship)
What do we need from you?
- A completed Application Form
- A reference letter/email from a current tutor, employer or course administrator
- A completed Equal Opportunities form
- Supplementary evidence (we only ask for this in some cases once you have submitted your application)
- An Impact Statement (how our funding helped you!)
Am I eligible to apply?
If you meet our criteria, as shown above, you are eligible to apply. Please note that you must be aged 15 – 24 and live in one of the following areas: London, Dorset, Hampshire or Otago (New Zealand).
When will I hear the result of my application?
We aim to get back to applicants within two calendar months of their application. We will be in contact before we confirm the outcome of your application to let you know it has been received and in some cases, to ask for supplementary evidence.
When can I apply?
Anytime! If your application is successful you must use the funding within one calendar year.
Can someone else apply on my behalf?
In some cases we can accept this. It’s best to contact us if this is the case to discuss it further.
How much funding can I get?
Donations to individuals will be limited to £1,000.00 in any 12-month period. (Variation to this will be at the discretion of the Board of Trustees).
What is supplementary evidence?
Supplementary evidence is a document, bill, receipt, letter or statement that we ask for in some cases to help support your application. This may be a proof of study letter, a receipt of purchase for equipment or similar. We will contact you with details of what we require when you submit your application.
What is an impact statement?
An impact statement is a short written letter or email from you telling us how the funding impacted your life. It helps us tell our funders how we’ve helped young people and is used in some of our marketing to share what our funding aims to help. We sometimes may ask for a photograph from you but this is subject to your permission (you can always say no!). We usually ask for this within six months of you receiving funding.
If you have any questions about the application process please get in touch (we’re a friendly bunch who are always happy to help).