Youth Organisations

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 17th October 2018.

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Photo of Janet Daby Janet Daby Labour, Lewisham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to (a) fund and (b) ensure the viability of youth organisations.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Local authorities are responsible for allocating public funding to youth services in their area. Government is investing in youth organisations in a number of ways including:

  • Investing £40 million (in partnership with Big Lottery Fund) in the Youth Investment Fund which supports over 90 youth organisations around the country to create, expand and strengthen the sustainability of open access youth provision, and is expected to benefit over 300,000 young people. Part of that programme ensures the grantees have dedicated support to enhance their viability beyond the period of the grant;
  • Funding National Citizen Service (over £1bn has been allocated to NCS between 15/16 and 19/20) which is delivered via a supply chain network of over 100 organisations, including many youth organisations;
  • Investing £40m (in partnership with Big Lottery Fund) in the #iwill fund which supports voluntary and community organisations that work with young people;
  • Releasing £1.2m of funding using money from dormant accounts to boost the capacity of vital grass-roots youth organisations working with young people, who are not in education, employment or training, in three areas of the country; and
  • The £2m Building Connections Fund, in partnership with the Co-op Foundation, which is available to youth organisations helping to support young people to avoid long-term loneliness.

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