22 November 2021
Funding for Cross-Sector Partnerships to Create Systemic Change in Local Youth Services
A small number of grants are being made available to organisations working collaboratively to create systemic change in the area of youth services in 83 areas of England.
The Connected Futures Fund is a £6.1 million fund from the Youth Futures Foundation split into the following phases:
- Phase 1 (June 2022 to December 2023) – six to eight grants of up to £125,000 for partnerships exploring problems with employment support for young people and mobilising stakeholders around a shared ambition for change.
- Phase 2 (January 2024 onwards) – grants of up to £1.5 million will be made to deliver on these ambitions in two to four of the places supported during Phase 1.
Applications will be accepted from partnerships of at least three organisations, representing at least two of the following:
- Community-based partner (eg charity, social enterprise, social purpose, non-profit).
- Local partner with statutory responsibility for young people aged 16 to 25 (eg borough, district or town council, school or further education provider).
- Collective employer body (eg Local Enterprise Partnership, Chamber of Commerce, SME networks) or a large not-for-profit employer.
All partners must be legally incorporated, and the accountable partner must have a turnover of at least £100,000 per annum and have been in operation for at least three years.
Applicants must be based in one of the 83 eligible local authority areas across England, a list of which can be found on the Youth Futures Foundation website.
The purpose of Phase 1 funding is to allow collaborative working to explore a problem with how support is organised or delivered that affects young people facing disadvantage. This may include participatory research, cost/benefit analysis and exploring evidence or experiences from other places.
Phase 2 funding will support collective local efforts to address the problems explored in Phase 1. This may involve new interventions or services that can fill gaps in current provision, or may focus on relationships, processes, incentives or decision-making to achieve systemic change.
The deadline to apply is 17 January 2022 (midnight).