Support Grants for Care Leavers

This grant programme is made possible by the generous support of Sovereign Network Group and CCLA.


Support Grants for Care Leavers are grants for young people who are 18 to 25 years old and have been in care with Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council, Southampton City Council or Portsmouth City Council.


HIWCF: This fund is administered by HIWCF. HIWCF’s core aim is to tackle poverty and inequality. This grant programme is designed to support this goal.


Support Grants for Care Leavers: This fund can offer grants of up to £1,000 to individuals. These are not loans and do not need to be paid back.


Please see the grant agreement guidance


Need help?

Please contact the grants team if you have any queries.

Programme Overview

Status: Open
Opening Date: 19/06/2024
Closing Date: 30/10/2024
Minimum Grant: £250
Maximum Grant: Up to £1,000


Applicants to this fund will need to meet the following criteria:


1) Be an individual who was in the care of Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council, Southampton City Council or Portsmouth City Council (applicants are still able to apply if they have since moved to a new area).

2) Be aged between 18 and 25 years at time of application.

3) Applicants may only receive one grant in a 12-month period.


We run monthly decision-making panels and on receipt of your application will be able to advise you of the timeline for making a funding decision.


What can be funded?


This is intended to be a flexible fund that can support care leavers with:


– The costs of setting up a new home e.g. you might need help to buy white goods like a fridge, or curtains for your bedroom. You might need help with the costs of moving or for a rent deposit.

– The costs of supporting wellbeing e.g. we can support activities that will improve your physical and mental health such as fees for a yoga class, gym membership, counselling sessions, or cultural and arts events/ experiences.

– The costs of accessing training, study, and employment pathways. E.g. course fees, computer equipment, clothing for interviews, equipment needed for training/ new job, a rail card for work.


These are just examples and not an exhaustive list – please get in touch to discuss potential uses.


What can NOT be funded?


– Applications that do not meet the three criteria listed above (local authority, age, no other grant from this fund in 12 previous months).

– Applications that do not show how they will support your needs as a care leaver.

– HIWCF does not fund projects/ travel outside the UK, or activities promoting political or religious themes.

– HIWCF does not fund retrospective costs (these are costs you have already incurred). Please allow a 4–6-week lead in time from submission of your application to funding decision.


Contact: If you have any questions, please get in touch with us by emailing