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 and will continue to raise the profile of the needs of young carers within our own networks.

We will fund organisations working with young people who deliver existing projects that work specifically with young offenders. You will have to show us that you already work with this particular group of young people, 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 will be addressing either re-offending or first offence rates.  If you are not already using a Sport for Development approach to working with young people then we will need to clearly see how you will develop this aspect of your work and that you have the expertise to do this. 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.

So long as your project is going to be working towards reducing re-offending rates for young offenders then we will consider your application. However, you will need to demonstrate in your application that you understand the distinct needs of young people with criminal convictions and that your organisation has the expertise to be able to do this successfully.

No. You may only apply for funding if the sole beneficiary group you will be working with are young offenders. If your work has a wider remit than this, even though it is engaging young 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 though 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.

If you applied for a grant in 2022 you will have to wait until 2024 before you are able to make another application to us.

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 directly working 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 and is using a Sport 4 Development approach then we will consider funding an existing project. Most of our funding though is likely to be allocated to organisations who are wanting to build on work that they are already doing either by increasing their capacity or developing a criminal justice focused programme.