Government Announces Funding of £80m for England’s Young People

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Government Announces Funding of £80m for England’s Young People

The funding, according to the Government, aims to help give young people the best start in life so they can go as far as their talents will take them. Local voluntary youth groups will be able to bid for a share of the funding. Winning youth projects could include clubs offering activities from football to basketball, arts and drama courses, enterprise training or volunteering opportunities such as encouraging healthy living in their area or supporting charities and awareness campaigns such as Guide Dog Week.

The new £40 million Youth Investment Fund will be open to projects that target disadvantaged communities in 34 local authority areas across England. The first awards are expected to be made in spring 2017 and the fund will be available until 2020. The Big Lottery Fund is expected to provide more information on this fund by 20 September 2016.

Another £40 million is to be invested in the charity Step Up to Serve’s #iwill campaign by 2020. The fund is expected to launch during #iwillWeek (21-25 November 2016). The fund will support activities that create opportunities for 10-20 year-olds to take part in social action, in line with the ambitions of the #iwill campaign, which aims to ensure that 60% of young people in this age group across the UK are taking part in meaningful social action by 2020. The provision of high quality opportunities, available to all, will enable social action to become a part of life for young people and, it is hoped, form a lifelong habit of community engagement.

Announcing the funding, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“This new funding demonstrates our commitment, and will be a huge boost for youth groups across the country – giving young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, the opportunity to gain the experiences and skills they need to succeed in life.”

Big Lottery Fund’s Chief Executive Dawn Austwick said:

“We hope this investment will help build a stronger, more sustainable and more responsive youth sector across England, centred on the ambitions of those it benefits most.”

Investment for the Youth Investment Fund will be focused on the following Local Authorities:

  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Hackney
  • Newham
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest
  • Havering
  • Redbridge
  • Knowsley
  • Liverpool
  • St Helens
  • Sefton
  • Wirral
  • Halton
  • Birmingham
  • Sandwell
  • Wolverhampton
  • Coventry
  • Dudley
  • Solihull
  • Walsall
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Middlesbrough
  • Hartlepool
  • Redcar
  • Stockton
  • Darlington
  • Sunderland
  • Peterborough
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk
  • City of Bristol
  • North Somerset
  • Somerset County Council (Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane and West Somerset).

Further information on the Youth Investment Fund is expected to be available on the Big Lottery Fund website by 20 September 2016.

Further details on the #iwill Fund can be found on the #iwill website

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