Our approach
We want to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. That’s why our funding is focused on early intervention, supporting those aged between 10 and 14-years old.

We fund work in England and Wales that aims to prevent children and young people from becoming involved in violence – especially those aged between 10 and 14-years old.


Every programme and activity we fund, we’ll evaluate. We do this because we want to learn what works, for whom and why.


We will use this knowledge to scale up effective programmes, spread good practice and guide decision makers on which services or approaches are most likely to keep children and young people safe.


We offer three types of funding…


Priority themes


If we want to change things, we’ll have to focus. That’s why much of our funding will be on a series of priority themes, one or two at any one time. How will we choose our themes? We’ll focus on areas where change is possible, where we can learn about what works and build a coalition with those who want to do things differently.





We know that a lot of violent crime happens in very specific local areas. To make a difference, we need to work with the people and organisations who live and work there; they know their communities best. That’s why we’ll work closely with them through our Neighbourhood Fund. Together, we’ll build a better understanding about what’s happening locally and test out the approaches that’ll work best for the area.


We also know how important it is that agencies and services working with young people share information, data and power. So we’ll fund activity to help them work together. And we’ll do all we can to help Violence Reduction Units make sustainable, evidence-based change in their areas.



Targeted projects


Sometimes there will be promising projects that don’t fit into our priority themes or our place-based funding. We won’t ignore these. If we identify practices that are widely used but as yet untested, we will provide the resources to evaluate and learn from them.


Shape the future of the Youth Endowment Fund


We’re asking for your help to choose the two theme areas where we’ll focus our funding from now until 2023.


Over the coming months (October – December 2020) we’ll be running a series of roundtables and surveys to hear your views. We want our discussions to improve our thinking, so that our investment makes a big impact over the next three years.


To find out how you can get involved, please CLICK HERE.

Our strategy


Find out how we’ll achieve our mission to prevent children becoming involved in violence.


Download our strategy
Download our strategy (Welsh)

Join the discussion


To help shape our funding priorities for the next three years, please click here.

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