Funding for projects that are widely used or promising with the potential to scale.
We’ve had an incredible response to our targeted projects funding. Thanks to your offers of partnership and shared desire to find out what works to keep children safe, we’ve already exceeded the number of grants we intended to make in 2022/23. This means that we’ve currently paused applications for this stream of funding. We are likely to reopen for Targeted Projects applications around summer 2023 (though this may be subject to change).
In the meantime, you can still check your eligibility and leave us your details (which we’ll use to get in touch with you when we’re ready to start funding Targeted Projects again). You can also get in touch with the team by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our targeted projects funding is for programmes that don’t fit into our themed rounds or place-based funding, but are widely used or promising with the potential to scale. We’ll provide the resources to fund, evaluate and learn from them.
Applications are assessed both individually and competitively against other proposals submitted during the same rolling period.
Organisations can apply for targeted projects funding against two strands of activity. Across both strands there is a requirement for organisations to have significant match funding. This can include in-kind contributions or previously secured grant funding, for example, if project staff time is already paid for – by you, a partner or other funder – those staff costs will count as match funding.
We are also open to applications from organisations that have secured all delivery costs and are only seeking YEF support to cover the evaluation. In this instance, all delivery costs will count as match funding.
If you are applying for YEF to cover only the cost of evaluation, we do not need you to know the exact costs for that at this stage, we will help you work that out as part of the next stage of the application process (the co-design phase).
To fund and evaluate popular and commonly used interventions and approaches to better understand their effectiveness. Projects applying under this strand must:
To fund and evaluate promising interventions and approaches that draw on good evidence and have the potential for impact at scale. Projects applying under this strand must:
1. Step Together
The Step Together pilot project aims to help keep children and young people safe on their journey to and from school. The project sees youth workers based along routes to school, acting as trusted adults and a point of contact. Their job is to de-escalate potential violence and to build positive relationships. The scheme launched in Erdington, seventeen other routes across the West Midlands will also open in the near future.
2. Alternative Provision Specialist Taskforces (APST)
Alternative provision specialist taskforces will work directly with young people in alternative provision settings to offer intensive support from experts, including mental health professionals, family workers, and speech and language therapists. This 2-year programme will aim to keep pupils that are in alternative provision – including those who have been excluded from school – engaged in education, getting them back on track with their studies and preventing them from being criminally exploited.
3. Support, Attain, Fulfil, Exceed (SAFE) Taskforces
SAFE taskforces which will be rolled out in 10 serious violence hotspot areas from September 2022. This 3-year initiative will be led by local schools to protect young people at risk of truancy and exclusion. The SAFE programme will deliver targeted interventions to reduce truancy, improve behaviours, and reduce the risk of individuals failing to enter education, employment or training (NEET).
SHiFT works with children who are caught up in, or are at risk of, harm. Multidisciplinary teams of professionals work systematically with young people, their family, friends and community (including any statutory bodies) to develop trusted, therapeutic relationships that can break destructive cycles of behaviour.
5. Excluded Initiative
Excluded Initiative offers special support to secondary schools in London that have exclusion rates higher than the national average and are seeking to tackle these issues in an inclusive, nurturing way by building their inclusion capacity and expertise to drive down exclusions to a minimum.
Due to our approach to evidence and understanding, the application process can take up to six months to complete. If your project is time sensitive (for example, if you’re only applying for evaluation costs for a programme due to begin within the next six months), please email us to arrange a call to discuss your proposal before applying.