£1.2 million fund opens to help grassroots community groups offering support to young people facing barriers to employment
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- £1.2 million fund opens to help grassroots community groups offering support to young people facing barriers to employment
Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, has today opened a £1.2 million fund using money from dormant bank accounts. This fund will help small community groups grow so they can better support young people facing barriers to employment.
The new scheme, the Youth Capacity Fund, will go to grassroots community groups in Birmingham, Bradford, and Barking & Dagenham, three areas facing particular challenges in relation to youth unemployment. Funding will enable organisations to improve their capacity to work with young people and build partnerships across their local area. It is being administered and managed by the Big Lottery Fund, which will give grants of up to £50,000 to successful applicants.
This follows the Government’s announcement at the beginning of 2018 that £90 million from dormant bank and building society accounts will be allocated to an ambitious youth initiative. A new organisation will be established to distribute this funding to help young people facing barriers to work to reach their full potential, with a focus on data from the Race Disparity Audit. The Youth Capacity Fund has been drawn from the £90 million to provide funding to small groups while the new organisation is setting up.
Big Lottery Fund held a series of engagement events across the country between March and July this year. Young people from diverse communities took centre stage at these sessions to explain the issues they face and discussed ideas to remove barriers to education, employment and training, including the importance of being supported by people they trust, working within their communities.
The Youth Capacity Fund will help those trusted, small groups already embedded within communities and engaged with young people to develop partnerships and build on their work and capacity to deliver more for young people.
Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: “We are committed to ensuring that everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. This fund will support organisations that help young people find a job by teaching them important life skills."
Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Speaking to young people, stakeholders and youth groups earlier this year really highlighted the important role grassroots community groups play in supporting and engaging young people. This new funding will support some of those groups to strengthen their offer and widen the impact of their work, whether that’s by improving their fundraising capacity, developing their staff or working in collaboration with other organisations.”
To find out more or apply for funding from the Youth Capacity Fund, visit https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/youth-capacity-fund
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