The Office for Civil Society is calling for youth and community groups to apply for a share of its £6m Youth Social Action Fund.
Charities and social enterprises that provide youth social action opportunities will be able to apply for grants of between £300,000 and £500,000. The fund opened today and applications must be submitted by 17 November.
The government had announced in June that it was backing a campaign to encourage young people to volunteer in the community.
The independent campaign for youth social action has been led by Dame Julia Cleverdon, chair of the education charity Teach First, and supported by the Prince of Wales. It aims to increase the quality, quantity and frequency of social action opportunities for young people aged 10 to 20.
Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, said: "We want to create a social action journey that every young person can easily get involved with to hone their skills, make new friends and, ultimately, benefit their community.
"I’ve created this £6m fund to help organisations offer more young people places on their fantastic programmes."