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 short courses, internships, volunteering opportunities etc) and Personal Support Grants (to help you pay for your 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.
We don’t fund subsistence, university fees, or living expenses – we want to support you with the things that can be seen as “extra” but will make all the difference to you moving forward with your career or studies.
Who can apply for funding?
To apply for this fund you must be:
- Aged 15 – 24
- Live in London, Dorset, Hampshire, or Otago (New Zealand)
- be seeking funding or practical support to pursue a personal vocational or educational ambition (a course, an experience, an opportunity, some equipment).
- be supporting others (through charitable work or volunteering)
Please note, the maximum grant available is £1000. We will not consider applications that ask for more than £1000.
All applications have to be completed via application form, available on this page.
What do we need from you?
- A completed Application Form
- The contact details from a current tutor, employer or course administrator (who could be one of your referees).
- 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 TYMF helped you) after the the award has been made.
Please note: we expect you to have read our FAQs before you apply. We are happy to answer any questions you may have but will not consider applications where the applicant has failed to read the FAQs before applying.
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).