We launched our first grant round In May 2019, just 7 weeks after our inception. We made it open i.e. any type of organisation, across England and Wales, with any type of intervention could apply. We specified that at a minimum, organisations needed to have a clear and robust Theory of Change. Finally, we set a minimum spend for the first 6 months of delivery.
We had a huge amount of interest in our first grant round, from all regions of England and across Wales and from a variety of sectors, which reflected all the promising work that is happening to tackle youth offending. We expect to work with many of those who applied whether as part of this funding round or in future ones over the ten years of the fund, as well as others working on these issues.
Future grant rounds will not have a minimum spend specified. There will be 2-3 grant rounds a year which will consist of a mixture of open call and restricted rounds (e.g. by theme, geography, needs or characteristics of young people, type of intervention, strength of evidence).
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