Break the Mould: Francis C Scott charitable trust launches young people's grant programme celebrating 60 years of empowerment

In a remarkable celebration of 60 years dedicated to empowering young people, the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust is thrilled to introduce the Break the Mould Young People Grant Programme. This momentous initiative invites local young people to take the reins and allocate £60,000 towards community projects that matter most to them. Supported by Cumbria Youth Alliance and Lancaster District CVS, this grant programme is set to make a profound impact on the lives of young people living in the Cumbria and Lancaster districts.

Trailblazing Youth Take the Lead 

In May, a group of 20 young people aged between 16 and 24 living in the Trust's beneficiary areas in Cumbria and Lancaster embarked on a journey to design and oversee the grant programme. These dynamic young leaders are poised to distribute the £60,000 throughout September to January 2023. These remarkable young people came together to brainstorm ideas, foster teamwork, and prepare for the planning and delivery of the programme. “I love being part of the project as it has hugely increased my confidence and I have learned a multitude of skills that will be invaluable in my future career plans.”  Break the Mould team member. “The scheme has been completely designed by young people which I find amazing- our voices are finally being listened to.” Break the Mould team member. “As a group of young people we came together as we all want to make a difference to our community. We hope that through the project we can create lasting positive change.” Break the Mould team member. 

A Community-Driven Initiative

With the official launch of the Break the Mould Young People Grant Programme in September 2023, the young leaders will meet monthly for deliberations and group meetings. Their valuable insights and expertise will guide crucial decisions regarding the allocation of resources, ensuring the funds reach young people living in their communities. These passionate young trailblazers will also have access to top-tier training, skill enhancement opportunities, and support in nurturing their ideas and personal or professional goals. To further their growth, each participant will receive £100 towards a valuable personal investment, whether it's training, obtaining a passport, or acquiring professional attire

Breaking Barriers Through Two Grant Strands 

The Break the Mould Young People Grant Programme is divided into two distinct strands.  The key grant themes include: 

  • Creating Safe Spaces for Young People: This strand encompasses activities, guidance, and support for both general and minority groups.
  • Transitioning to Adulthood for Young People: Focused on equipping young people with essential life skills for a successful transition to adulthood.
  • Mental Health Support for Young People: Addressing the unique mental health challenges faced by young individuals in a post-pandemic world.

Who Can Apply? 

Young people between the ages of 16 and 24, facing significant challenges such as fitting in, acquiring necessary life skills, controlling their moods, lacking aspirations, or envisioning a future, are the primary audience for this grant programme. Organisations can apply for two grant strands: Mini Strand: Grants of up to £500, with decisions communicated approximately two weeks after applications are received. The final deadline for applications is Wednesday 31st January 2024. Large Strand: Grants ranging from £500 to £10,000. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday 31st October 2023, with decisions expected in November.

Apply Today to Empower Tomorrow 

To apply for funding, interested organisations can create an account via the online grant platform which can be accessed at  Bay Foundation ( Comprehensive application guidance notes are also available for download on the website, along with further details on funding opportunities. The Francis C Scott Charitable Trust is excited to witness the transformative impact of the Break the Mould Young People Grant Programme and remains committed to empowering young individuals to shape their communities and futures. For further information or to ask any questions, please email Or call Lancaster District CVS on 01524 555900