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Themed grant round

Psychological Therapies

Applications are now open!

Entry deadline:
24th May 2024


This grant round focuses on psychological therapies – talking therapies delivered to children and young people who are at risk of becoming involved in crime and violence (known as secondary prevention) or those already involved in the youth justice system (known as tertiary prevention).

What we’re looking to fund

We’re looking to fund projects that aim to treat psychological and emotional problems for children and young people at an individual level through one-to-one, group, online or phone delivery.

The intervention must include psychological therapy as a core component being received by all participants and must be delivered or supervised by a clinically qualified practitioner.

We’re aiming to identify 2-3 projects to fund and evaluate which are ready to be evaluated via a robust impact evaluation. We’re planning to spend up to £3.5 million depending on how well applications meet our criteria.

Projects must be delivered in either England and/or Wales.

Who we’re looking to support

The focus of this round is on supporting children and young people, aged 11 – 18, who are at risk of crime or violence and/or already involved in the youth justice system. Our aim is to prevent violence from happening or reoccurring, so that we can reduce long-term harm.

We’re looking to fund and evaluate projects that target, support and work with children and young people who are:

  • Primarily aged 11 – 18

And have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • They are demonstrating challenges with externalising behaviours  (such as aggression) as observed by the referrer.
  • They have been excluded or suspended from school.
  • They are already involved in the youth justice system, either in custodial or community-based settings.
  • They are considered at risk of involvement in youth offending, due to:
    • individual, familial or geographical reasons (often referred to as youth violence ‘hotspots’), or
    • being affiliated with groups involved in crime, violence and trafficking (often referred to as ‘gangs’), or
    • being affected by serious violence, criminal or sexual exploitation (as perpetrators and/or victims).

Scale of the evaluation

We’ll prioritise projects that are able to reach and support a large enough group of children and young people to be robustly evaluated.

We estimate that the minimum number of children and young people that that projects will need to support over the course of the funding are:

  • For projects measuring offending (either violent or non-violent) outcomes, programmes would be required to recruit to the evaluation between 700 children (for those involved in the youth justice system) and 1,980 children (for those not involved in the youth justice system).
  • For projects measuring all other outcomes (such as externalising behaviours) programmes would be required to recruit to the evaluation between 350 children (for those involved in the youth justice system) and 800 children (for those not involved).

All projects would need to deliver the intervention to half of the recruited number (i.e. those in the intervention group) and data would collected from the entire cohort of young people (i.e. those in both the intervention and control groups).

Duration of project delivery and funding

We support projects to start quickly and find our approach works best for projects that can be delivered effectively over a limited time frame.  In this round, we expect the maximum project delivery time to be 24 months and are keen to hear from projects that can deliver within a shorter period.

Application guidances

How to apply

Please click on the link below to start and resume your application.

Application will close at 5pm Friday 24th May 2024.

A list of the application questions can be found in the guidance and downloaded below.


If you’re interested in finding out more about this grant round, you can watch a recording of our webinar and download the accompanying slides below.

If you’re having trouble registering for one of our workshops, please email


3 April 2024
Applications open
4 April 2024
Grant round workshop 1
16 April 2024
Grant round workshop 2
24 May 2024
Application deadline
early July 2024
Shortlisted applicants informed
mid July
Assessment interviews with shortlisted applicants
August 2024
Initial approval
September – October 2024
Theory of Change workshops
Co-design with evaluator
October 2024 – January 2025
February/March 2025
Final approval
March 2025
Delivery begins


If you have a question not covered in our application guidance (once published) or FAQs, please email