The Department for Digital, Cultural, Media and Sport has announced a £368m fund to improve youth services across 45 English local authorities and more than 600 district wards, all identified as having poor provision. The Youth Investment Fund (YIF) is made up of £288m capital and up to £80m revenue grants and is funded by the UK Government.
A guide with information about how to apply for YIF funding includes details about eligibility criteria and a digital map and postcode checker showing which areas are covered.
Town and parish councils are eligible to apply.
Expressions of interest are invited for projects of any scale or stage of development from applicants who can demonstrate the following:
- The lead applicant is a local authority, a registered or exempt charity, a Community Interest Company (CIC) limited by guarantee, a Community Benefit Society. This organisation will be accountable for managing the grant
- Seeking funding for new/renewed facilities that will deliver additional positive activities for young people aged 11-18 (up to 25 for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
- The planned project will be in a selected eligible area.
Capital and revenue grants will be awarded over the life of the Youth Investment Fund (2022-2025).