Global Fund for Children

Global Fund for Children recognised a need for projects that are aimed to help explore masculinity and what it means to different people. They decided to set up a grants panel, and recruited young people who were then trained by Participation People.

The panel is made up of young people aged 19 -25 from across England who all have different views and experiences. Each of them has their own relationship with the concept of masculinity and will use their unique insights to help assess bids, while helping to see where gaps are, within their local community and the country as a whole.

They are EXPERTS by EXPERIENCE! They are the young people who will assess the bid submitted for projects that they and other young people will be a part of. This helps to ensure project relevance and helps give other young people opportunities to explore and talk about masculinity.

How To Apply For A Masculinities Grant

Via Email

Simply download the Application Form (by clicking the button below) then fill out the document and email to;
[email protected]

Via Post

Simply download the Application Form (by clicking the button below) then fill out the document and send to;
Masculinities Grant Application
Windmill House 
King’s Road
SN10 4QB


I have a keen interest in discussions surrounding gender… I have been fascinated by the way that conversations surrounding gender have expanded even in the past few years. Much of my previous experiences have focused on women so the opportunity to delve into the concept of masculinity and male experiences will be challenging and fulfilling.


Through this opportunity, I’d love to help projects that have conversations with boys and men in order to relieve some of the pressures of masculinity and help them to explore themselves and their place in society.


Masculinities means a lot to me and my life as I myself identify as a trans man. Masculinity is something that helps me feel valid and has made me realise a lot of the negative stigma that is attached to the term, such as having to be emotionally strong all the time, being seen as toxic and even being hated just for either being or identifying as male. Overall, making masculinity seem like a bad thing to want. That is something I want to see change and something I want to help change.


I signed up to the Masculinities Grant Panel as I am passionate about promoting, and also protecting gender equality within England. In particular, bringing awareness to my community for knowledge.


Growing up as a male I was always told to play with certain toys, have short hair and other things that I believe are more typically male minded. Obviously since leaving the family home I have been able to learn about myself and to experiment and find out who I am.

I feel as though I can be a very effective panelist who can use their voice and the collective voices of the young people around me to help make a better decision on where funding and other resources should be allocated.


I signed up to be a Masculinities Grant Panelist because I want to help young people to cultivate a positive relationship to masculinities that empower themselves and others.


I signed up to the Masculinities Panel as I believe that the construction of masculinity as a part of understanding the patriarchy is gravely flawed and problematic. This has played a huge role in my life as well as many others. It has become one of my goals to help the deconstruction of toxic masculinities in order to eventually change the system to favour everyone equally.


In many ways I think that we are all just people at the end of the day. I look back at the pressures I felt at school to behave in a certain way and see how going though that has come to make me who I am today. I think that gender and masculinity is what it is and that it shouldn’t be used as a way to divide us.


Uncover the varied different perspectives the youth have of the word ‘masculinity’ as well as the stereotypes and express my own perception which lies on the linguistic spectacle looking largely at language and how this formulates into stereotypes.