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Funding to Improve Employment Prospects of Disadvantaged Children and Young People

Applications open for Fund aiming to tackle root causes of youth unemployment across the UK.

A new £6 million funding programme that aims to support children and young people to achieve their potential on their journey towards employment is now open for applications. Not-for-profit organisations within the UK can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £80,000.

The funding is for projects that work with young people aged 10 to 24 in England and young people aged 10 to 18 in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who are experiencing discrimination or disadvantages which create short- or longer-term barriers to employment, especially those whose journeys towards employment have been further disrupted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis.

Eligible projects include:

  • Delivery of positive activities like music, arts and sport that enables the development of work readiness skills and outcomes.
  • Providing a trusted, consistent advisor to help children and young people overcome barriers and achieve their personal goals.
  • Delivery of personalised vocational, academic or employability skills, enterprise training, job search, or work experience.
  • Addressing barriers to employment such as mental and physical health problems, and housing issues.
  • Supporting young people into further education, training or employment that they may otherwise not have accessed.
  • Supporting young people through the provision of volunteering, work experience, paid jobs and transitioning to permanent work.
  • Connecting young people directly to sustainable employment opportunities.

The grants can be used to cover project and organisational costs, including planning and development for the future.

Applications will be accepted from 10 July to 31 July 2020 (11:30am).

Full details…

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