Youth Endowment Fund Funding Round #1 – Preventing youth crime and violence
Geography: England and Wales
Focus: children aged 10 -14
Funding: 1-2 year grants of +/- £200,000 per year (indicative)
The first open call has now closed - for updates on the next round, visit: www.youthendowmentfund.org.uk
What is the Fund?
The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending. It will support programmes and community partnerships working with children at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and build up our knowledge of what works to prevent that.
What is it for?
We launched the fund's first open call round in May 2019, to fund and evaluate interventions primarily targeting young people aged 10-14 who are judged to be at risk of being drawn into crime and violence. The fund's first open call has now closed.
We welcome applications from charities and social enterprises, public sector agencies (including schools, local authorities, police forces) and for-profit organisations operating in England and/or Wales. Organisations can apply in partnership, with one organisation as the lead applicant.
Applicants need to have experience of working with young people (either directly, or indirectly in a way which improves their outcomes) and if the funding is sought for an existing intervention, it must be used to expand this work.
Interventions need to have a clear theory of change which explains how they reduce offending, informed by the available evidence.
What could I apply for?
Applicants for the first round could apply for up to two years of funding, and although there was no upper limit, applicants must have been in a position to use the first £100,000 of funding within the first six months of the grant (October 2019 – March 2020).
Am I eligible?
Eligible applicants will:
- primarily target young people aged 10-14 years old
- be operating in England and / or Wales
- be working to prevent young people’s involvement in crime and violence, or the risk factors associated with these outcomes
- have a clear theory of change which explains how their intervention achieves this outcome
- be willing to be independently evaluated
- be willing to share learning to benefit others in the sector
- be planning to deliver their intervention for at least 12 months
- have the capacity to absorb the funding quickly
How do I apply?
The deadline for applications has now closed. For more information on future rounds - please visit: www.youthendowmentfund.org.uk
Grant round 1 update
All applications will go through and initial sifting process; the highest scoring proposals will then undergo an in-depth assessment.
Thank you to everyone who came to one of our events, watched our webinar, spoke to us over the phone and submitted an application for this grant round, or registered their interest for future ones. We enjoyed talking to all of you and we were inspired by all the activity happening to support young people at risk of being drawn in to crime and violence. We received over 400 applications and they came from every region of England and Wales and from a variety of organisations.
We are in the process of assessing all the applications now. As we received such a high volume of applications and as we’ve committed to giving all applicants individual feedback, we’ll be contacting applicants by the first week of September (rather than mid-August as we said when we opened the grant round). Shortlisted applicants will go to our Grants Committee which meets in late September and successful grantees will be announced in early October.
This is the first of many grant rounds over the ten years of the Youth Endowment Fund and we look forward to engaging with many of the organisations and initiatives we’ve heard about so far over the life of the fund – details of future grant rounds will be announced later in the year.
The recording of the webinar briefing on 12 June 2019 is available at the top of this page.
We’ve compiled a list of grant-specific FAQs below:
Please note that these FAQs were from the first open call round.
- What types of organisation can apply?
Any legally constituted body can apply, including charities, social enterprises, public bodies, and for-profit companies.
- Are you focussing on particular areas, such as deprived areas, or do you have targets to disburse funding geographically?
We have no geographic targets or particular areas we are targeting in this first grants round. We will be led by the quality of the applications, and how well they demonstrate that they are meeting the aims of the fund by addressing issues in their areas that are leading to young people getting involved in crime.
- How strict is the 10-14 year old age range, and what do you mean by ‘primarily’ working with 10-14 year olds.
The Youth Endowment Fund has been set up to fund prevention work with 10-14 year olds. However we understand that some programmes may be working with young people slightly younger or older than this; for example we are aware that many projects work in secondary schools with 11-16 year olds. To be eligible, the majority of participants need to be aged between 10 and 14.
- Do you have a pre-defined list of risk factors that are predictive of whether children will become involved in crime?
We do not. The information we’ve provided in the application guidance provides some suggestions but is not exhaustive. In your application please tell us why the young people you propose to work with are at risk of later involvement in crime.
- How will funding be paid; will it be upfront or in instalments?
The grant will be paid in instalments and we will discuss the grant payment schedule with applicants during the assessment process.
- If organisations are involved in multiple partnership bids, how will these be assessed?
Each application will be judged on its own merits. If an organisation is involved in multiple applications, and these reach the in-depth assessment stage we will discuss your ability and capacity to be able to work on multiple projects.
- We want to apply for the fund in a partnership bid, but do not have sufficient expertise with the target cohort. Our main delivery agent are experts, but largely volunteer-run and do not have the capacity to administer the grant. On that basis, can we be the lead of the partnership bid?
Yes. It’s important that the delivery partner has experience of working with the target cohort.
- Who are the members of the independent Grants Committee?
The members of the committee are in the process of being appointed. As soon as we have the membership of the committee confirmed we will publish this information.
- Will organisations receive feedback on their applications if they are unsuccessful.
Yes. Every applicant will receive feedback on their application.
- We are a small organisation and not specialists in bid writing, will larger organisations who have bid writers be more successful?
We would like to reassure everyone applying that what we will be assessing is the project you want to deliver and the evidence for it. Our team is highly experienced is assessing grant applications, and we want to fund the best projects, not just the best written applications. If whilst filling in the application you are unsure what a question means, or what we are looking for you to tell the grants team on 020 3096 7900 – we are always happy to answer your questions.
- Will you fund existing projects? What about pilots?
We do not want to use YEF funds to replace funding for existing programmes or services. If you are looking for funding for an existing programme, and not an adaptation to it, then you should apply to expand the programme to additional participants or geographies.
If you have run a pilot that is about to come to an end or has come to an end, depending on the findings of the pilot, we will consider it for future funding.
- Will programmes still be evaluated even if they already have rigorous evidence?
Yes. We will evaluate the delivery funded by each of our grants, and this is a condition of funding.
- What if an evaluation is already underway of my programme?
We are looking to fund programmes to understand how they are being delivered and their potential for impact. If an evaluation of a programme is already underway then we would prefer to wait to see the results of the evaluation before considering an application. The findings of the evaluation will influence our assessment of the potential of the programme, and the design of any future evaluation.
- Can I include PR costs for national project roll-out as a part of my application?
Yes – so long as you can prove that any PR costs are integral and proportionate to delivering the project.
- I need extra help with my application – can I submit some of my responses before the grant call closes to ensure we’re along the right lines with the criteria?
We cannot look over any elements of applications before they are submitted. This is because we want to assess all applicants on equal footing.
- Can organisations claim for evaluation support costs in the grant application?
Your application does not need to include any costs relating to evaluation. This will be discussed with you and funded separately. Your grant application should only include details of the funding you need to deliver your intervention.
- What the size of the grant is likely to be for evaluation of projects as a proportion of the overall cost?
There is no simple answer to this, as the proportion we spend on evaluation will be determined by a whole range of issues including, what type of evaluation or evaluation methods are feasible, the overall evaluation question, methods, and the outcome being measured, for example.
However, as a what works centre we are committed to ensuring that the YEF builds the UK evidence base as to what works to prevent youth violence and offending. This means that ensuring high-quality evaluation of funded initiatives with adequate resourcing is a key priority for us. We will work with evaluators to create a realistic budget for the work we want to commission.
- Would we be able to apply for funding for Police Officers or PCSOs, or would we be better to look to use Youth Workers we could employ directly on a fixed term basis to suit the funding?
We do not have any requirements in relation to ‘who’ is delivering the support funded under the Youth Endowment Fund, or what professional background they are from or contractual basis on which they are employed. The most important thing is that there is a clear articulation of how the funded activity will achieve the specified outcomes, and that whoever is delivering the support to young people has the required expertise and training to do this effectively.
- How will projects with match funding or sponsorship be treated?
We have asked questions about both match funding and future funding on the application form, but the answers to these questions do not count towards the score your application receives. If you are relying on matched funding we want to know whether you have already secured this. In this round, applications who already have secured match funding are no more likely to be successful than applications than those who don’t have match funding.
- Is £100k you have to spend by March the maximum amount you can apply for to spend in this period?
No, this is the minimum you can apply for in this period. There is no maximum; we are asking you to tell us what you need to deliver your project.
- Can the £100K you have to spend be committed beyond March 2020, but not yet spent?
No, the £100K must be spent by March 2020. We will not be able to roll funding forward.
- Will we be required to return any under-spend?
Any amounts awarded for a particular financial year will need to spent within that financial year. We expect that to be reflected in detailed breakdown of how costs will be spent from September 2019 – March 2020.
- Is the funding you are awarding just for revenue, or can capital costs be included?
Funding can be for either revenue or capital costs. We are asking you to tell us what you need to deliver the project. As with any publicly funded grant programme, we do need to ensure that all costs are fully justified so be very clear about how costs relate to what you are planning to do.
- Where can I see the terms and conditions for the grant?
We currently do not have any documents solely for terms and conditions, however the basic terms may be found in our guidance and within these FAQs.
- How do you score organisations finances?
We have a responsibility to manage financial risk, because we want to be sure that the organisations we give grants to are financially secure such that we are confident they will not jeopardise delivery of the grant. So when we look at organisational finances we are looking from a risk point of view. We are not looking for organisations to have a particular level of income, have made a particular level of surplus, or have a particular level of reserves; neither will organisations with high reserves be penalised.
- If we apply now and are successful, can we apply for further funding in the future?
We want to work out what works in reducing youth offending and to build the evidence around effective programmes. If the evaluation of the programme funded by your grant suggests that it has promise in terms of reducing youth offending, then we will be keen to discuss the potential for a future grant to fund more delivery, in order to run a more advanced robust evaluation to better understand the impact of the programme.
- If we apply now and are unsuccessful, can we apply in the future?
Yes. We would always recommend looking at any feedback you receive and doing your best to address this in any future application.
- If we apply in partnership with other organisations, does that partnership need to remain exactly the same throughout the life of the grant?
We expect partnership applications to have been carefully thought out, and are being established with a view that they will remain in place for the life of the grant. However we understand that sometimes things happen, and there is a need to adapt so we take a pragmatic view. We will be maintaining close relationships with the organisations we fund, and if there are issues with your partnership we would advise you to discuss these with us.
- How many grants are you looking to award in this first round?
We do not have a set target. We will be led by the volume and quality of the applications we receive.
- Do I need to have a charity number or company number to register on the application portal?
No. Simply leave these fields blank when registering.
- I have completed the registration information on the my details page, but I can’t see the application
It takes a short amount of time for the application to be generated. If you have completed all of the fields in the ‘My Details’ section, we would suggest logging out, and then logging back in after a few minutes. You should then be able to see your application. If you’re still unable to, please call us so that we can provide additional support.
- Is there a downloadable version of the application form that we can complete?
No. We do not have a downloadable version of the form in English; this is because when we have done in the past, applicants have been confused as to what they should complete, the downloadable form or the online application. We do understand the challenges of completing grant applications, and that multiple people may be involved. That is why we detail all of the application questions in the guidance notes, provide question by question guidance to detail what we are looking for you to tell us, and advise applicants that they may wish to draft their answers offline before entering the information into our portal.
- The application system specifically requests that we submit 2 years’ worth of accounts. If we do not, will the scoring system mark us down or not allow us to move
If the application system does not let you continue if you do not populate the Y2 details, please call our grants team on 020 3096 7900 who will be able to help. In terms of the scoring system, this is done on a case by case basis and will take these factors into consideration so your application can be judged fairly.
- Can I apply for funding in this grants round and to part of the Evaluation panel?
Yes. In all cases we will ensure that the evaluators are independent of the deliverers of the grants.
35. How important is it that I stick to the stated word count?
Please stick to the stated word count in your application, as we are attempting to create a level playing field for all applicants.
36. Is the Midday deadline on Tuesday 23 July absolute?
Yes - the system has been set up so that a 12.01pm application will no longer be accepted. If possible, please submit your application early.
37. Can I submit links to supporting documents within sections with a restricted word count?
Please stick to the stated word count. If your application is shortlisted, you will have the opportunity to submit further supporting documents.
38. The portal seems to be freezing when I'm trying to click 'submit' on my application. Has my application gone through?
If you are using Microsoft Edge, please try switching to a different browser - ideally Google Chrome - to submit your application.
39. Can I submit more than one application?
For this first round, we are accepting only one application per organisation. This means you can either be the lead on a partnership bid, or submit an application solely on behalf of your organisation. You can be named as a partner in multiple bids.
If you have any other questions, please contact the YEF grants team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 3096 7900.
By applying to the fund you consent to the sharing of your details (including name, contact information and organisation details – including organisational financial information) amongst the Youth Endowment Fund partners for the purposes of managing the fund; the Youth Endowment Fund Partners are Social Investment Business, Impetus and Early Intervention Foundation. Your details may also be shared with the Home Office as the funder of the Youth Endowment Fund. Each organisations data policy can be reviewed on their respective websites.
Your data will not be shared with any other third parties and will only be used for administrative purposes in relation to the fund and for its duration.