We want to support small, grassroots community groups based in Birmingham, Bradford or Barking & Dagenham working with disadvantaged young people who are not in education, employment or training to increase their capacity. We are particularly interested in applications from organisations working with BAME young people.
After reading the programme guidance and checking you are eligible, you can tell us about your idea using the simple online form, which will ask you what you’re currently doing and how you’ll use the money.
If we would like to consider your idea for funding, a Funding Officer based in your community will get in touch to ask for further information.
Our engagement with young people and delivery organisations during the dormant accounts consultation phase highlighted the important role grassroots community groups play in supporting and engaging young people who face barriers to employment. We also heard that these smaller organisations, and in particular those working within BAME communities, often face challenges accessing funding or being able to build the connections and partnerships needed to provide a more connected and holistic service for their young people.
This funding will offer capacity and partnership development grants for groups based in the local authority areas of Birmingham, Bradford and Barking & Dagenham. These areas were selected based on levels of youth unemployment and racial disparity rates.
You can apply for a grant of up to £50,000 for up to one year.
The Youth Capacity Fund will support organisations to:
- Build their own capacity to deliver more for young people in the future, for example, improving fundraising capacity, organisational and staff development, business development work or youth voice development
- Develop partnerships across organisations, to help support grassroots organisations collaborate with other local organisations, including public bodies and businesses who can achieve wider impact together.
We invite local voluntary or grassroots community groups based in the following local authority areas to apply:
- Barking & Dagenham
Earlier this year, the Government announced that £90 million from dormant bank and building society accounts will be given to an ambitious youth initiative. A new youth organisation will be responsible for distributing this funding to help young people facing barriers to work to reach their full potential. The Youth Capacity and Partnership Fund has been drawn from the £90 million to provide funding to small groups while the new organisation is setting up.