The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) has been launched as part of the Government’s Serious Violence Strategy.
The Home Office has made £200 million available over the next ten years to fund and test interventions aiming to prevent young people from being drawn into crime and violence, to build up knowledge of what works to prevent this. The YEF is being run by Impetus, in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and Social Investment Business.
Funding is available for organisations in England and Wales to support interventions targeting children aged 10-14 who are at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and to build up knowledge of what works to prevent this happening.
Applicants must be able to spend a minimum of £100,000 within the first six months of the grant (ie between October 2019 and March 2020). There is no upper limit to what can be spent during this period.
In this initial round of funding, grants are available to organisations and community partnerships with a track record of working with young people, to support interventions that target at-risk 10 to 14 year olds across England and Wales and which are designed to prevent later offending.
Interventions need to have a robust and clear theory of change, which explains how these interventions reduce offending and is informed by the available evidence. YEF will evaluate the effectiveness of funded interventions, with the aim of scaling up those that are shown to work, in order to reach more young people.
Who can apply?
Applications can be made by any legally constituted organisation, including charities; social enterprises; public sector agencies, such as councils, schools, health or police forces; and for-profit companies.
Organisations need to have a track record of delivery to young people, either directly or indirectly (for example training youth workers), or be working in partnership with another organisation that can do this.
Eligible applicants will:
- Primarily target young people aged 10-14 years old.
- Be operating in England and/or Wales.
- Be working to prevent young people’s involvement in crime and violence, or the risk factors associated with these outcomes.
- Have a clear theory of change, which explains how their intervention achieves this outcome.
- Be willing to be independently evaluated.
- Be willing to share learning to benefit others in the sector.
- Be planning to deliver their intervention for at least 12 months.
- Have the capacity to absorb the funding quickly.
When to apply
Application Deadline: 23 July 2019
How to apply
All applications will go through an initial sifting process to establish which proposals will be taken forward for full review. Shortlisted applicants will be aided with the development of an initial evaluation plan and the finalising of their proposals before presenting them to the YEF Grants Committee in late September 2019.
Guidance information and the online application portal can be found on the Social Investment Business website: https://impetus.org.uk/youth-endowment-fund