Youth Endowment Fund

Youth Endowment Fund Funding Round #1 – Preventing youth crime and violence: open call

Geography: England and Wales

Focus: children aged 10 -14

Funding: 1-2 year grants of +/- £200,000 per year (indicative)

Opens: 28 May 2019 at 12pm

Closes: 23 July 2019

What is the Fund?

The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending. It will support programmes and community partnerships working with children at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and build up our knowledge of what works to prevent that.

What is it for?

They are launching an open call round, to fund and evaluate interventions primarily targeting young people aged 10-14 who are judged to be at risk of being drawn into crime and violence.

They welcome applications from charities and social enterprises, public sector agencies (including schools, local authorities, police forces) and for-profit organisations operating in England and/or Wales. Organisations can apply in partnership, with one organisation as the lead applicant.

Applicants need to have experience of working with young people (either directly, or indirectly in a way which improves their outcomes) and if the funding is sought for an existing intervention, it must be used to expand this work.

Interventions need to have a clear theory of change which explains how they reduce offending, informed by the available evidence.  

What can I apply for?

Applicants can apply for up to two years of funding, and although there is no upper limit, applicants must be in a position to use the first £100,000 of funding within the first six months of the grant (October 2019 – March 2020).

Am I eligible?

Eligible applicants will:

  • primarily target young people aged 10-14 years old
  • be operating in England and / or Wales
  • be working to prevent young people’s involvement in crime and violence, or the risk factors associated with these outcomes
  • have a clear theory of change which explains how their intervention achieves this outcome
  • be willing to be independently evaluated
  • be willing to share learning to benefit others in the sector
  • be planning to deliver their intervention for at least 12 months
  • have the capacity to absorb the funding quickly

How do I apply?

Please read this guidance note for more information about this grant round. Please also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions, which will be updated weekly as queries come in.

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