FAQs: Eligibility Criteria


Unfortunately, the focus of our support in our new strategy is on young offenders and young people who are at high risk of committing a first criminal offence. After a long review of our resources, we came to the difficult decision that focusing on one issue was the best way for us to meet our aims. After lots of discussion and research Triangle Trust Trustees felt that we should continue with our support of young people caught up in the criminal justice system. We understand that this will be disappointing for both current grantees and future applicants, but we will continue to raise the profile of the needs of young carers within our own networks.

In 2024 our focus will be on funding organisations led by and for women, who deliver existing projects that work specifically with young women and girls caught up in the criminal justice system or who are at a high risk of entering it. You will have to show us that you already work with young women and girls, that you have the expertise to do so and that the project you would like funding for is not working more generally with vulnerable young people.

You will also need to show us clearly that your project specifically aims to reduce the likelihood of a young woman or girl either entering the criminal justice system or re-offending and support them to move on positively with their lives. Projects will need to demonstrate age, gender, trauma, and culturally responsive approaches to working with young women and girls.

We are particularly interested in supporting work that provides peer support from women with their own lived experience and projects that can demonstrate that they have been co-designed with the voices of young women and girls. We cannot accept applications where only some of the young people who will benefit from the project you want us to fund are young offenders.

If your grant has already finished then you are able to make an application for further funding. If you currently have a Development or Young Offender Grant then you can still make an application if you are within the last 12 months of your grant but priority will be given to organisations who are not currently in receipt of a grant.

Our April 2024 funding opportunity is only open to organisations that are led by and for women and girls. If your organisation currently works exclusively with women in the criminal justice system and you now want to work with younger women and girls your application will need to demonstrate that you understand the distinct needs of young women and girls with criminal convictions or those who are at a high risk of entering the criminal justice system. You will also need to show that your organisation has the expertise to be able to do this successfully.

We are not accepting applications for this funding opportunity from organisations who work with a wider group of offenders than just women and girls. We will confirm the eligibility of our September 2024 opportunity later in the summer.

No. You may only apply for funding if the sole beneficiary group you will be working with are young women and girls who are caught up in the criminal justice system and you are led by and form women. If your work has a wider remit than this, even though it is engaging young female offenders, you are not eligible to apply.

Unfortunately, we are only able to fund organisations offering direct support to young people with criminal convictions or those at high risk of entering the criminal justice system. If you are undertaking research into any of our areas of interest that could have national relevance, we are always interested in hearing more about these pieces of work. We do sometimes look for opportunities to make strategic grants that impact the issues we support more widely than a project grant would.

As our focus each year changes you are eligible to apply for another grant so long as you are applying in the next calendar year. At least 6 months has to pass before you can make a further application and you cannot apply for exactly the same project unless you have been advised to do so by a member of the Grants Team.

Yes. You should submit your most recent set of management accounts along with your forecast income and expenditure. Additionally, please provide us with an explanation of your situation so that we know why the full set of accounts has not been submitted.

Yes. CICs and social enterprises must have a governing document which shows the name, aim/purpose, objects of the group, including a dissolution clause (what happens if your group ceases to function). This clause should show that you are a not for profit group by confirming that any assets remaining after all debts are paid will be given to another voluntary group with similar aims. This document should also contain details of your Trustees, Directors or Management Committee.

Yes. All organisations based and operating within the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are eligible to apply for a grant.

Use of Funding

No. Unfortunately we do not provide funding for restorative justice initiatives.

Our funding is designed to support projects working directly with young people and the criminal justice system. We are not able to solely support the core costs of an organisation working in this area. We will however, consider reasonable contributions to the running of your organisation as part of the overall budget you develop for your project.

Our second funding opportunity in 2023 will focus on supporting work that diverts those at high risk of offending away from the criminal justice system. Will will be publishing details about the criteria for this programme in the early part of the summer. We will be looking for proposals that target the most high risk young people and applications will need to demonstrate that they are linked to schemes such as Out of Court Disposals and Point of Arrest Diversion initiatives. Applicant organisations will also need to show that they have strong links with Youth Offending Teams and other relevant local partners who come into contact with this group of vulnerable young people. We will not consider general diversion projects that seek to address issues such as reducing anti-social behaviour.

If the project that you are already running is working towards the outcomes of reducing reoffending or supporting young people on the edge of the criminal justice system to avoid a first offence then we will consider funding an existing project. Most of our funding though is likely to be allocated to organisations who want to build on work that they are already doing, either by increasing their capacity or developing a criminal justice focused programme.