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Youth Endowment Fund makes first grant awards.

The Home Office-funded Youth Endowment Fund has made awards totalling £16.2m to 22 projects.

The highest awards in the first round of funding from the available pot of £200m have gone to:

1)      South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM)

To receive over £2.7m to support its Multisystemic Therapy – Exploitation project which aims to keep children safely at home, reduce offending, improve family relationships and ensure school attendance through intensive systemic family therapy, support and behavioural interventions tailored to each family's needs and strengths.

The project is being delivered within Birmingham City Council, Kirklees Council, Nottingham City Council and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.

2)      Mental Health Foundation

To receive over £1m to support its Becoming a Man (BAM) programme focused mainly in Lambeth but also elsewhere in London.

BAM aims to develop social-emotional skills and encourage positive anger expression through a trauma-informed counselling project integrating clinical theory and practice, men’s rites of passage work and a dynamic approach to youth engagement.

3)      Lives not Knives

To receive over £1m to deliver training and provide a toolkit of resources about crime and violence prevention to teachers and support staff in schools with the highest rates of pupil exclusion in Croydon to encourage a “whole school approach” to crime and violence reduction, with mentoring provided to those identified as highest risk.

For more on all grants awarded read here