Fundraising: Young people to have a say in allocation of lotterycash

Young people are being given the chance to help decide who gets £40m of lottery cash over the next two years, thanks to a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and a youth grant-making organisation.

The BLF has appointed YouthBank UK, which will use its six years of experience of young person-led grant-making to give young people direct input into allocating grants of between £5,000 and £150,000 from the lottery's Young People's Fund Programme.

Across the country, YouthBank UK's responsibilities will include facilitating the regional grant panels, ensuring the participation of young people with grant-making experience in the panels and providing training.

Alongside adults from the voluntary and community sector, experienced grant-makers aged 13 to 25 are taking up places on the BLF's regional panels. They will meet every six weeks to allocate the money to local groups working with younger people.

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