Fair Chance Funding

Do you believe it is time to put leadership and life skills at the heart of education?

Do you believe these life-changing skills should be available to all students, irrespective of their background, the school they go to or how much their parents earn?

Are you ready to create change?

If yes, then we’re glad you found us.

Whether you’re a corporate changemaker or a school looking to secure funding, you’ll find all the info you need about Fair Chance Funding and how you can get involved.


of professional roles are still filled with people from ‘better off’ backgrounds.


of students admit to struggling with feelings of anxiety.


of employers said that new graduates were not adequately prepared for the world of work.

What is Fair Chance Funding?

Fair Chance Funding is our way of creating a coalition between business and education that finally puts human development at the heart of education.

Launched in 2020 with the help of the NatWest Group, Fair Chance Funding gives pupils and teachers, from schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas in Britain, fully-funded places on The Ivy House Award and our Life Leader Programme. Programmes that are offered to teachers and students in some of the leading schools in the country.

The first 15 schools to benefit from the funding began the Ivy House Award in January 2021 – you can find out more about them here.

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How to get involved

For corporates

Find out how you can become a Fair Chance Partner and offer funding.

For schools

Access resources to help you secure funding from organisations in your area.

For corporates

Become a
Fair Chance

We are looking for partners to help us bring this game-changing learning to young people, from less-advantaged backgrounds – at a time when it is has never been more needed and can make a significant difference, now and in the future.

Whatever your budget, we’ll work with you to bring a programme that creates lasting change for young people and their teachers. Whether you are able to support 1 school or 30, this is about doing what you can to equip young people no matter what their background, a fair chance. Equipping them with the skills they need to take control of their lives, build confidence and positive futures.

  • If you have a group of schools you already support, you can fund the student and teacher places for that group.
  • If you would like to find a group of schools to work with, based on a certain profile, we can support you to find and build those relationships
  • If you would like us to distribute the places on your behalf, we will give them to schools with the greatest need.

Want to
learn more?

If you’re as excited as we are about the opportunity this represents, please let us know!

Fill out the form to register your interest in becoming a Fair Chance Partner and we’ll be in touch to answer all your questions and share with you the impact this work is having.

For schools

Fair Chance Funding

The Ivy House Award develops game-changing life and leadership skills in students, bringing critical personal and professional development to young people – at a time when it can make the biggest difference. The programme is facilitated by passionate teachers, either face-to-face or virtually.

We’re on a mission to make it available to any student who wants it – irrespective of their background, the school they go to or how much their parents earn.

In addition to this we offer places on our award-winning Life Leader programme to teachers who are determined to give their pupils the kind of development they deserve.

There are 2 ways you can approach Fair Chance Funding:

  • Register your school’s interest in the Fund so that we can get in touch when a new tranche of funding becomes available.
  • You can approach companies you have connections with for support. We’ve put together a pack that you can use to help you pitch Fair Chance Funding – feel free to download it below. A local company could support you for as little as £5,000.

Register your
school for

If you’d love for your students to access fully-funded places on The Ivy House Award, let us know.

Fill out the form to register your school’s interest in Fair Chance Funding and we’ll be in touch when opportunities become available.

Help us create change

We can’t do it alone

The way we’re developing young people is not working. It’s time for a different path.

A path that proactively enables social mobility, embraces diversity and means that your background is no longer the key determinant of your success. A path that creates a collaborative, resilient, purpose-led generation: young people who create lives they love and make meaningful contributions to our communities, organisations and society. It’s time to put human development at the heart of education.

This change requires socially driven, courageous organisations to play their part.

The question is, are you ready to play yours?