Consortium led by Catch 22 preferred partner for £25m youth crime programme

Big Lottery Fund set to appoint partnership that includes the Young Foundation, the Social Research Unit, Rathbone and Substance

Big Lottery Fund
Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund has identified a preferred consortium to run a new £25m programme designed to reduce youth crime.

The UK-wide Realising Ambition programme has been set up to fund replicas of projects that have been successful in diverting young people from crime.

The consortium is led by the crime reduction charity Catch 22 and includes the Young Foundation, the Social Research Unit, the youth charity Rathbone and the social research cooperative Substance.

The consortium has been awarded just under £70,000 by the BLF to progress the application.

It will work with the BLF to identify up to 30 programmes in the UK that have helped people aged from eight to 14 who are at risk of offending and which might be suitable for "scaling up or replication elsewhere".

Up to £3m will be available per project for grants that will last for between three and five years.

If successful in its application, the consortium will be eligible to receive up to £1m of the £25m to cover costs.

Peter Ainsworth, chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: "We were very impressed with the original proposal from Catch 22 and are now looking forward to working closely with it to develop the plans further so that more young people receive timely support to ensure the best possible future for them."

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