NESTA the UK’s Foundation for Innovation has launched a new £250,000 Future Ready Fund. The fund will support high-potential, early-stage interventions to test and further develop interventions that promote wider skills in secondary-age (11-18) young people, focusing on their social and emotional skills and resilience.
NESTA will fund between 5 to 7 projects costing between £35,000 to £50,000. Non-financial support focusing on evaluation is also on offer.
Projects should focus on developing at least one of the following skills:
- Emotional intelligence, in particular how to build good relationships and collaborate effectively.
- Social and emotional competence, particularly in relation to collaboration.
- Resilience and coping.
- Perceptions of self (self-confidence and self-efficacy).
- Motivation, goal orientation and perseverance.
This fund will support grantees with existing early-stage interventions that have shown potential for significant impact on these skills.
The funding and support will focus on supporting grantees with their:
- Scalability and implementation – testing their projects in more locations, in order to further improve and refine them.
- Efficacy – improve the quality of their evaluation processes, including testing the use of standardised, proven measures to understand impact (e.g. this list compiled by University of Manchester in 2017).
Projects can be delivered in school/college curriculum time or as an extra-curricular activity within schools/colleges, or be delivered outside of school/college entirely. This may include, but is not limited to, mentoring, social action, employment experience, in-curriculum approaches and project-based initiatives. Find out more about NESTA’s selection criteria.
Social enterprises, schools, colleges and private enterprises are all eligible to apply.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 10th December 2018 at 9 am.
Awards will be made in March 2019 and will run for 18 months.
Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the webinars about the fund being hosted by NESTA during November 2018 as they are designed to be an open invitation to find out more about what the assessors will be looking for from applications.