Government makes £12m available for youth projects

More than half of the funding will go towards expanding existing schemes and providing extra sessions at youth clubs in England

The government plans to make £12m available to develop youth projects, it has announced.

Nicky Morgan, the culture secretary, said today that the package of funding would include £7m for a new Youth Accelerator Fund, which will expand existing successful projects and provide extra sessions in youth clubs in England.

The announcement did not include details of how youth organisations and charities could apply to the Youth Accelerator Fund, but did say that young people would play a key role in decisions about funding allocations.

It said the Youth Accelerator Fund would be divided between grants for youth projects across England and a place-based fund delivered in partnership with arm’s-length bodies of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

A DCMS spokeswoman said further details of how to apply for grants would be announced in due course.

The remaining £5m will go to the #iwill Fund, a pot created in 2016 by the DCMS and the National Lottery Community Fund, which aims to encourage 10 to 20-year-olds to take part in social action.

In a statement, Morgan said: "I have big ambitions for what this government can achieve for young people, inspiring them to grow in confidence and employability, building their character and resilience while transforming life chances through sports and the arts. 

"We will use this immediate investment to benefit young people in as many local areas as possible. This will pave the way for the ambitious, long-term infrastructure plans for our youth services that we will deliver over the next five years, led by the views of young people and those that work with them.

"If we wish to use all the great talent in our country it is vital that we offer opportunities to our next generation, not just in school but outside the school day."

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