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We are sorry if you missed our window, but due to the high demand for our grants, we typically reach our maximum intake within a short period of time, and once this number is reached, access to applications will then close automatically, usually without notice.
COVID-19 - Message to Applicants
Due to restrictions relating to the Covid-19 virus, we ask you to please bear with us during these challenging times.
As a small team, we are processing applications as quickly as possible for the Trustees consideration, and to purchase and arrange the delivery of goods, where grants have been agreed.
We politely and respectfully ask that you do not email or call to check the progress of your application, as this only slows the process down, but please be assured we will contact you as quickly as we can after your application is submitted.
Thank you for your patience.
The Capstone Care Leavers Trust (CCLT) awards grants to people aged 17-25 years who have been in Local Authority Care in England or Wales and are in need. The CCLT also offers advice and guidance to young people to help reduce their experience of social exclusion and enhance their life chances.
The Capstone Foster Care group, has historically made donations to charities that work to assist disadvantaged young people to help them get started in adult life. The creation of The Capstone Care Leavers Trust has enabled young people who have been in local authority care to benefit from financial support not available elsewhere.
Many young people who have been in ‘Care’, either in Local Authority foster care placements or in children’s homes, are expected to live independently from as young as 16 years old. They do not have access to the same financial and family support systems that most young people experience, when able to continue living in the parental home as young adults. So many care leavers begin their adult lives with no family support at all, no-one to rely on, and minimal financial resources.
Typically, we would consider awarding grants for:-
- Further Education courses
- Higher Education courses
- Training courses
- Travel costs to place of study/training
- Driving lessons - subject to meeting criteria
- Practical Driving Test
- Household goods – Sofa, chairs, cooker, fridge, freezer, washing machine bed, wardrobe, drawers.
It is not however, the intention, or responsibility of the CCLT to replace grants, funding or any other types of financial support and services available to care leavers from statutory, or voluntary organisations. These areas of support must have been thoroughly explored before we are able to consider an application for a grant.
All information that you provide to us will be treated confidentially and will only be shared with third parties relevant to the decision making process. We will monitor outcomes of grants we make, in order to help us evaluate our effectiveness and improve our service for care leavers in the future.
If you are awarded a grant from Capstone Trust, we may contact you in the future to obtain feedback on how the donation received made a difference to you at the time and to see whether the goods that were purchased are still being used. This will better inform us to ensure the service we are providing is helpful in order to assist others in the future.
The Capstone Care Leavers Trust (CCLT) is a charity in England and Wales. As such its Trustees are free to make, or refuse grants within its officially registered areas of operation. A refusal is usually made with regret and often with explanation and/or advice. We are prepared to listen if you have got evidence that we have got something wrong. However, the Trustees’ decisions, usually communicated through the Manager, are final.