Youth Endowment Fund Funding Round #1 – Preventing youth crime and violence: open call

Geography: England and Wales

Focus: children aged 10 -14

Funding: 1-2 year grants of +/- £200,000 per year (indicative)

Opens: 28 May 2019 at 12pm

Closes: 23 July 2019

Youth Endowment Fund webinar 12.06.2019 from Impetus on Vimeo.

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 are launching an open call round, 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.

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 can I apply for?

Applicants can apply for up to two years of funding, and although there is no upper limit, applicants must be 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?

Please read these guidance notes before going any further with your application for more information about this grant round.

Please also refer to the main Youth Endowment Fund webpage, for frequently asked questions - which we will update weekly as queries come in. 

We have created a Welsh language version of the guidance notes. If you would like to apply in Welsh, you can do this by downloading the Welsh language application form. Please note that the form is a Dynamic XFA (XML Form Architecture) PDF. To view such pdf documents, we recommend you to download the file locally, then open it either in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat: you will then be able to view and populate the form. 

To apply in English, please register on our online portal.

Is there any extra help available for me?

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 to guide you through the application process via our online portal:

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.

Other Questions

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.

If you have any other questions, please contact the YEF grants team by emailing or calling 020 3096 7900.



Privacy Statement 

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. 

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