Funder's Spotlight: Phoenix Way

Author: Mandeep Chohan
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The Phoenix Way is led by the Ubele Initiative and supported by the Global Fund for Children, in partnership with six Regional Leads and with the support of the Youth Endowment Fund and the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.

The Phoenix Way: Children and Youth Round will support non-profit groups, organisations or charities for projects that: 

  • Are led by representatives of Black and/or racially minoritised communities and work within Black and/or racially minoritised communities
  • Have an annual income of up to £150,000 per year
  • Are located and work in England and/or Wales
  • Work with children and young people that are 18 or under
  • Work with children and young people that are at high risk of becoming involved in violence

Grants made in this round will be for project funding of between £30,000 - £50,000 for one year. Funding can be used to support a new project, an existing project, or the expansion of a project, delivering activities in one of the focus areas listed below:

  • Diversion from the criminal justice system: Targeted support for children and young people who have been arrested but not taken to court. Diversion programmes help through activities including mental health support, whole family interventions or mentoring.
  • Supportive home: Support to help families facing challenges and help them create a safe, loving environment at home
  • Education
  • Trusted adult relationships: Ensuring trusted adults build relationships to support children and young people at risk of becoming involved in violence. Support for young people to be assigned an adult mentor, key or case worker.
  • Positive activities
  • Therapies
  • Improving police and community relations

The Phoenix Way is not able to support:

  • Local offices, affiliates, or projects of large NGOs, governments, or intergovernmental organisations 
  • Business or sole traders 
  • Organisations based outside the UK 
  • Efforts to support or oppose candidates for public office 
  • Programmes that try to convert participants to a particular religion or require adherence to or conversion to religious doctrine 
  • Organisations that, in policy or in practice, discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation 
  • Groups that conduct or support violent activities or violate criminal law


Applications for the Children and Youth Round closes on Sunday December 3rd.

You can find all of the information about the types of organisations and projects The Pheonix Way can support in their eligibility criteria

Guidelines and advice for the application form can be found in their application questions and guidance, the full list of questions in their application questions and the answers to common questions in their FAQs.

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