The Youth Endowment Fund has announced the launch of its next funding round making £6.5m available to support “increasingly invisible” vulnerable young people during the current COVID-19 restrictions.
Bid applications have been invited for the new COVID-19 grants which have been launched to provide financial assistance to charities and social enterprises working with vulnerable young people. Many of these organisations are reporting financial difficulties and some have been forced to close some operations and move support online as a result of the Coronanvirus lockdown.
As well as wanting to support the provision of services the YEF is also looking at schemes which will improve knowledge on the best ways to provide support under social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.
Half of the £6.5m fund will be reserved for voluntary organisations with the average grant expected to be £50,000 and a minimum grant size of £25,000 available.
The application window is now open, closing at 12pm on Wednesday 3rd June 2020.
Jon Yates, Executive Director of the Youth Endowment Fund, said: “Large numbers of young people in England and Wales are vulnerable and need regular support and protection. These children have not gone away while we fight COVID-19, but they have become increasingly invisible. This money will help find the very best ways to reach and protect these children, be that online, in their community or back in the classroom.”
Read more and find instructions on how to apply here.