Themed grant round
Testing for impact – open grant round
Applications are open until 5pm Friday 8th December 2023
The Youth Endowment Fund exists to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. We do this by finding out what works and building a movement to put this knowledge into practice.
We’ve launched our Testing for impact grant round to learn about the effectiveness of different approaches to preventing young people becoming involved in crime and violence.
In this grant round, we are specifically looking to fund programmes that are well-established and ready for an efficacy evaluation. This means that you will need to demonstrate that your project is able to reach and support a large enough group of children to undertake this type of evaluation (see below for further details).
Testing for impact is an open round. Rather than focusing on one specific theme – as we’ve done in previous YEF-themed grant rounds – this time we’re accepting applications from projects working across our eight focus areas, as outlined below. However, all organisations that apply for this grant round must be able to demonstrate that they are ready for a large-scale evaluation.
We are looking to fund and evaluate projects that are delivered in either England and/or Wales and fit within one of our eight focus areas:
For more details about our focus areas, please click here.
Within these focus areas, we are also interested in the following specific programme types which are delivered in schools, colleges or community settings:
In this grant round, we are looking for projects that are able to recruit and support a large enough group of children and young people to be robustly evaluated. The minimum number of children and young people you will need to recruit for the evaluation depends on the type of intervention you’re delivering. Please see below for indicative numbers.
For programmes which are universal in provision and aimed at all young people.
Reach required: at least 1,000 young people
For programmes which are aimed at young people who are at risk of involvement in youth offending.
Reach required: at least 800 young people
For programmes aimed at young people who have already been affected by violence, offending and/or exploitation.
Reach required: at least 400 young people
We are looking for projects which are ready to be evaluated via an efficacy study. The following eligibility criteria will be used as indicators that a project is ready:
Delivering a project which is evaluated is a lot of work for an organisation. The following eligibility criteria will be used as indicators that an organisation is ready:
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.
As we have very specific eligibility criteria for this round, please ensure you read our application guidance carefully before starting your application.
To learn more about our Testing for impact grant round, watch a recording of our application workshop.
Applications opened on Monday 23rd October and close at 5pm Friday 8th December 2023.