We’re delighted to announce we’ve received a £462,500 Youth Investment Fund grant.
We were of 43 youth services in England to benefit from the first wave. It was announced by the funder, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the charity Social Investment Business, who is delivering the grant programme in partnership with Key Fund, National Youth Agency and Resonance.
The Youth Investment Fund is part of the Government’s National Youth Guarantee to transform and level up opportunities for young people in England.
The Youth Investment Fund aims to build, renovate, or extend youth service facilities, providing a minimum of 45,000 additional positive activities for young people between 11 and 18 in the parts of the country where new spaces and new opportunities are most needed.
The 43 Youth Investment Fund grants, worth more than £90 million, are the first to benefit from this new funding. Over the next two years the funding pot will be rolled out to a total of 300 youth services across England.
Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said: “I want every young person to have the opportunity to access the kinds of life-changing activities which expand their horizons and allow them to develop vital life skills.
“The National Youth Guarantee will provide these opportunities and support young people with access to regular club activities, adventures away from home and volunteering opportunities.
“We are supporting this with an investment to create or renovate spaces for youth clubs and activities to support opportunities for thousands of young people across the country who would otherwise miss out.”
Nick Temple, CEO for Social Investment Business, said: “Every young person deserves access to high quality activities and facilities, providing the opportunities to help them thrive. The Youth Investment Fund is helping make that vision a reality, supporting organisations and projects in the areas of England that need it most.
“It’s been amazing to see the wide range of projects applying to the fund, and especially how young people have played a meaningful role in shaping those plans. There is a real appetite to develop inclusive, accessible and sustainable facilities that will be there for future generations – and that is reflected in the first set of grants announced today.
“We are hugely excited as work gets underway in places across the country – work that will help transform opportunities for thousands of young people.”
Leigh Middleton, Chief Executive of the National Youth Agency, said: “We are delighted to see these initial projects get off the ground and excited about the many and varied projects we are now supporting through the application process.
“The involvement of our Young Assessors in this process is vital to ensure that bids have young people at their core and that the places and activities which will be delivered are inclusive to all.
“Over the next three years, the Youth Investment Fund will support our ambitions to enable more young people to benefit from the life changing impact of youth work, including gaining essential life skills, preparing for employment and being empowered to have a voice in their communities and society.”
Welcoming the Youth Investment Fund grant, Adam Taylor, The Garage Trust’s CEO, said: “It’s an amazing sum of money and we’re incredibly fortunate to be in this position. It means we can repair our boiler which broke last year, and refurbish our café and bar and dance studios, which will help us earn money to support our charitable work with those facing challenging circumstances.
“The rest of the money will enable us to continue opening our doors to thousands of youngsters every day so they can take part in activities that give them the chance to change their lives. Maybe that’s working in the industry, maybe that’s gaining the transferable life skills to flourish.
“This investment in youth services is positive given the recent controversary around parks. Having somewhere young people can come and take part in constructive activities is incredibly important.”
The Youth Investment Fund is actively welcoming expressions of interest for youth service projects for new / renewed facilities that will deliver positive outcomes for young people in selected eligible areas in England.
Eligible youth service projects can apply now, with applications open until the final grant committee in March 2024. Visit www.youthinvestmentfund.org.uk
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