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Youth Endowment Fund announces grants of £6.5m to help vulnerable young people through the pandemic

The Youth Endowment fund has announced it will provide support to 130 organisations through funding in its Covid 19 round.

The Fund was established in 2019 with a ten-year, £200m grant from the Home Office in a bid to prevent children and young people from being drawn into violent crime. This round of funding will help charities, social enterprises, local authorities and youth organisations to re-connect with young people at-risk of being drawn into violent crime and tackle any problems to emerge because of COVID-19.

Grants ranging from £25,000 to £192,000 will fund a range of new programmes and activities across England and Wales. The work will focus on intervening early and supporting vulnerable young people, aged between 10 and 14-years old. The newly funded activities include the delivery of online and virtual programmes, targeted work in schools and detached youth work..

Jon Yates, Executive Director at Youth Endowment Fund, said: “It has been too easy to forget vulnerable young people during this crisis. The pandemic has removed much of the critical support that many of them rely upon – from teachers to youth workers. This funding will help us find the best way to reach and support these young people when they most need it.”