The EQ Foundation is a registered charitable institution that receives funding from the EQ Investors Group and other related parties.
Grant making approach
We make a small number of multi-year grants to institutions which meet the following criteria:
- They should be of a size whereby our grant will have a meaningful impact but will not exceed 10% of the annual budget.
- Quality of leadership is paramount and we will also expect a high standard of governance via the board.
- The programmes must be able to demonstrate that they are achieving positive outcomes and that they deliver long lasting benefits.
We are also interested in investment opportunities in social enterprises.
Helping young people into work
Spear is a programme operated by Resurgo. It provides pre-employment training for young unemployed people in London, initially via a six week intensive course.
- The course equips young people with the hard skills they need to find a job, including CV writing and interview training
- It also tackles the attitudinal and behavioural issues that employers cite as major barriers to long-term success in their young recruits
- Each Spear attendee leaves with increased confidence, skills to find work and a City & Guilds Level 1 Qualification in Customer Service.
Helping under-privileged high flyers into university
The Access Project provides one on one tutoring via a group of volunteers to help highly able children achieve entry to Russell Group universities. In addition a dedicated member of The Access Project staff is based in school to deliver university support and enrichment activities, which equip students with the skills and information they need to win places at top universities.
The results are impressive: more than 63% of Access Project students obtain places at leading universities compared with only 18% on average from the state sector and 48% from independent schools.
Education for prisoners and prison staff
The African Prisons Project (APP) was created by Alexander McLean, who comments:
Alexander is an extraordinarily inspirational leader as you can see from one of his TED talks
APP is helping to restore the dignity of prisoners and prison staff and to further their education, notably in the field of law. Almost unbelievably, students sponsored by APP to study for legal degrees in prison via the University of London have been achieving better average grades than undergraduates who actually attend the lectures in person!
More recently APP has been helping prisoners to gain release for hundreds of people detained on remand, often for longer than the maximum sentence they would receive if convicted. Court hearings are held in English, a language that many people in remote areas cannot understand.
Sports days for the disabled
The Panathlon Challenge provides sporting opportunities to over 7,500 disabled young people every year. Since 1999, they have run over 500 ‘mini Paralympic’ multi-sport competitions for secondary or primary school children, along with dedicated football, boccia and swimming programmes. Panathlon has also trained over 3,000 young leaders, aged 14-19, who act as sports officials for Panathlon competitions.