29 Oct 2019
Youth projects across the country will receive a £12 million boost as part of the Government’s commitment to help young people thrive and level up opportunities. The investment includes up to £7 million for a Youth Accelerator Fund that will expand existing successful projects. It will also address urgent needs in the youth sector by delivering extra sessions in youth clubs, and promoting positive activities in sport and the arts to help young people develop skills and contribute to their communities. Young people will play a key role in decisions over funding allocation by working directly with policy makers to ensure activities properly meet their needs.
A further £5 million of Government funding will also be invested in the #iwill Fund to encourage 10 to 20 year olds to take part in social action, such as volunteering in their communities by funding groups delivering these programmes. Jointly funded by Government and the National Lottery Community Fund, the #iwill Fund has created over 500,000 opportunities for young people since it was launched in 2016.