Grants of more than £200,000 available for youth crime prevention projects

Youth charities can apply for money from the government's £200m fund to prevent young people from becoming involved in violent crime

(Photograph: BrianAJackson/Getty Images)
(Photograph: BrianAJackson/Getty Images)

Charities working to stop young people being drawn into crime and violence can apply for grants of more than £200,000 from a government fund from today.

This is the first round of funding from the government’s £200m Youth Endowment Fund, which was set up to tackle youth offending and knife crime over the next 10 years.

Organisations operating in England or Wales and work primarily with young people aged 10 to 14 can apply for unlimited funding of more than £200,000 for up to two years, although the project must be designed to last at least a year and the organisation must be ready to spend the first £100,000 in the first six months, which will begin in October.  

The criteria say the proposed intervention must have a clear theory of change, explaining how the intervention will achieve its objective, be willing to be independently evaluated and willing to share any learning with the sector.

Organisations can apply individually or band together to receive grants, the criteria say.

In a statement, the foundation Impetus, which was chosen to deliver the funding, said it would be "seeking applications from organisations who can present data showing successful youth interventions and have the capacity to quickly expand their support to young people".

There will be three regional briefings in London, Manchester and Cardiff to explain the application process and what the fund is looking for.

The YEF will call for expressions of interest later in the year from organisations that might not be ready to scale up their delivery to reach this funding round’s minimum, the statement said.

There will be two or three theme-based funding rounds each year for the 10 years of the fund, the statement said.

More information on the application process and the briefing events can be found here.

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