Youth projects to benefit from £7 million government investment

Thursday January 30th, 2020

Youth projects across the country will receive a share of a £7 million investment as part of the Government’s commitment to level up opportunities for young people.sports 2

The Youth Accelerator Fund has been set up to address urgent needs in the youth sector and expand existing successful projects run by Sport England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and British Film Institute.

Youth clubs and organisations in sport, arts, film and heritage will receive a share of the fund, to deliver a range of positive activities for young people to develop skills and contribute to their local communities.

The announcement comes ahead of the Culture Secretary visiting ‘SoapBox’, a youth centre based in Islington later today, where she will underline the Government’s commitment to supporting young people across the nation.

UK Youth, the membership organisation for youth clubs in the UK, will distribute £1.15 million to run a small grants programme to deliver extra sessions in youth clubs and youth groups across England.
The following organisations will also receive funding:

Sport England: £1.32 million to expand grassroots programmes and offer extra-curricular sport to young people in deprived areas.
National Lottery Heritage Fund: £1.27 million to invest additional funding into ‘Kick the Dust’, a project for young people to enjoy, learn and lead heritage based activities in their communities.

Arts Council England: £500,000 to expand their Youth Music programme, supporting music making for young people in challenging circumstances.

British Film Institute: £155,000 to expand the weekly BFI Saturday Clubs to more areas of the country.

Additionally, over £2 million of the funding will go towards setting up new Local Partnerships across the country, designed to effectively coordinate and sustain local youth activities. Areas will be encouraged to bid for a Local Partnership, that will bring together existing providers, statutory partners and the private sector to deliver programmes for young people.

The investment follows the Chancellor’s announcement last year of a £500 million Youth Investment Fund for the five years from April 2020, to give young people somewhere to go, something positive to do and someone to speak to.

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