2027 is a 12-month, salaried job and professional development programme, which gives talented people from working-class communities the tools to become a leader in grant-giving organisations.

Applications for the 2027 programme are now open: candidates can apply by visiting our website here and clicking on the Apply Now tab.
The 2027 programme was created four years ago with a mission to bring community power into grant making, helping to shift decision-making power and funding towards the people in those communities. The programme offers participants the chance to complete a full-time, paid, 12-month placement in a trust or foundation while receiving extensive professional development from our team of experts. It’s an excellent way for talented working-class people to launch their career in grant making and help us realise our ambition of a diverse sector closely connected to the communities it serves. 2027 is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, Esmeé Fairbairn and Barrow Cadbury Trust.
Over the past couple of years we’ve worked with BBC Children in Need, Esmee Fairbairn, National Lottery Community Fund, Young Manchester, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Big Society Capital, Cloudesley, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Guy & St. Thomas’ Trust and many other organisations who provided roles for community-focused individuals.
We’re also running a webinar from 6-7pm on 17 February. We’ll be hearing from the 2027 Programme Manager and current and former 2027 Associates who’ll share their experience of applying to and being on the programme. It’s a great way to get more insight into what being on 2027 involves – those interested in finding out more can register here.