Aims/priorities: Funding is intended to create, expand and improve local youth facilities and their services, with the goal of driving positive outcomes for young people, such as:
- Improved health and wellbeing.
- Skills for work, employment and life.
In advance of Phase 2 of the Fund, there will be pilot funding to build up to four youth facilities across England which will enable DCMS to test the Youth Investment Fund (YIF) approach and facility requirements.
Expected outcomes of the pilot are:
- Four or more youth facilities constructed during 2022/23.
- Feedback and learning from the build process that can inform the design, procurement and construction of the future YIF-funded facilities.
Who can apply? The following types of organisation may apply:
- Registered charities.
- Not-for-profit companies.
- Schools (where they provide activities outside of school hours and additional to the curriculum).
- Local Authorities (where they provide youth services).
- Uniformed organisations.
- Exempt charities.
- Sports clubs.
Organisations must be based in a left-behind area of England, as ranked based on a combination of youth need and low provision. A list of eligible areas can be found on the BBC Children in Need website
Applicants must be working with children and young people, where the majority are aged 11 to 19 years. Where young people have a special educational need, are leaving care, or are considered 'at risk' or vulnerable, funding may be granted up to the age of 25 years.
Grant amount: The Phase 2 pilot fund will provide costs associated with the construction of a single youth facility
Application process: the application form can be found on the government website
Deadline: 19 June 2022