- Over £90 million in Youth Investment Fund grants announced for 140 youth centres, which means nearly 20,000 more young people will benefit.
- The first new build youth centre funded by the Youth Investment Fund opens its doors to young people in Chichester.
- From Plymouth to Gateshead, the Youth Investment Fund is transforming young people’s opportunities to thrive and explore their passions at local youth centres.
Youth Centres and young people will be celebrating a Youth Investment Fund grant today. Over £90 million in Youth Investment Fund grants announced today will transform youth services in some of the country’s most underserved areas of England, creating new life-changing opportunities for thousands of young people.
Youth Investment Fund grants, from a fund worth over £300 million, will benefit another 140 youth projects across England, and nearly 20,000 additional young people can look forward to having fun, making new friends, and gaining new skills, as well as having a trusted adult to talk to outside home and school. Today’s announcement includes over £82 million in large capital grants alongside over £8 million in smaller refurbishment grants, created to enable smaller grassroots youth organisations as well as larger facilities to benefit from the fund and renovate their spaces. Grants have been awarded to youth provision of every shape and size, from renovated scout huts to arts and heritage spaces for the community.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Lucy Frazer marked the occasion, meeting young people at a ribbon cutting celebration at the Chichester Shed, the first Youth Investment Fund new build youth centre to open its doors. The Culture Secretary got to see the youth work in action in their new home, as young people enjoyed skateboarding, DIY skills, music, and a well-being yoga workshop. The Chichester Shed youth centre run by Chichester Community Development Trust, based in a deprived and under resourced area, will create a safe haven for young people.
The funding announced today, together with Youth Investment Fund grants worth £160 million announced last year, means that over £250 million has been invested so far in youth projects giving more young people life-changing opportunities to have fun, make friends, explore their passions, and develop new skills for life and work.
The Youth Investment Fund is funded by the UK Government, delivered by Social Investment Business in partnership with Key Fund, National Youth Agency, and Resonance.
Youth Investment Fund grants are creating youth centres designed for young people, by young people. Every project that is awarded funding is assessed to see how their youth work offer can be supported to meet the quality standards set by the NYA through the implementation of individual development plans. Last year the NYA recruited and trained 17 Young Assessors to help narrow down applications and decide where funds should be allocated. Now that the assessment process has ended, the NYA has recruited a team of 11 young people, known as Youth Project Assessor Mentors, who are helping to ensure the projects will deliver high quality services that will truly benefit the young people in the communities they are based.
The funded projects announced today include activities for young people such as dance, drama, sport, music, art, digital projects, outdoor adventures, skateboarding, swimming, catering, horticulture, and craft, as well as new opportunities to gain training and skills for life and to support their future employment and development. There’s even funding for developing an existing lido in Plymouth, connecting it with a cove, a place where young people can swim and chill out with their friends, and funding for the Sea Scouts to safely explore the Norfolk Broads in canoes, boats, and rafts.
You can read more about some of the youth centres awarded a grant here.