Social distancing and stay-at-home measures have seen access to schools restricted and the provision of youth services dramatically reduced. The result is that some of our most vulnerable young people have both lost the support they relied on and become increasingly invisible.
Many organisations who are passionate about young people are working hard to find creative ways to address this at a time when their own financial security hangs in the balance. Whilst some continue with their face-to-face work, an increasing number of organisations are turning to digital and virtual activities to deliver their support.
Our dual aims with this grant round are to help reach and support vulnerable young people (predominantly aged 10 to 14) at risk of youth violence, and to learn the best ways to provide support under social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.
Thank you to everyone who has submitted an application. We aim to let all applicants know the outcome of their submissions no later than 1st July 2020.
The Youth Endowment Fund’s COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people (predominantly aged 10 to 14) at risk of youth violence, and can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.
We anticipate awarding grants totalling c.£6.5m in this funding round.
Because of the financial pressure they are under, 50% of the total funding available will be reserved for charities and social enterprises.
We expect the average grant to be around £50,000. The minimum grant that organisations can apply for is £25,000. There is no maximum, however grants awarded will be proportionate to the turnover of the organisation(s) applying. If you are applying for a one-year grant, we will not award a grant larger than 50% of your total income for the previous financial year.
In this grant round, we will focus on funding and evaluating two key areas of work:
1.) Digital/virtual delivery of programmes, specifically:
2.) Face-to-face activity that can be delivered whilst adhering to social distancing/stay at home guidelines, specifically:
We will prioritise funding for activities and work which:
An application can be made by any legally constituted organisation delivering in England and Wales. This could include:
We urgently need to find out whether projects being delivered or adapted as a result of social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines are effective in reaching and engaging vulnerable young people.
In order to do this, we will evaluate everything that we fund. If you are applying for funding for this round you need to be willing to work with the learning partner we appoint. We expect that successful applicants will work with us and the learning partner to determine how their activity can best contribute to this learning activity.
If you have any questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions. If your question is not listed or you need support with your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the grants team will then get back to you to help you with your query.