Comic Relief and Youth Endowment Fund £10m grant scheme opens

Applications have opened for a £10m funding programme set up by the Youth Endowment Fund and Comic Relief to back family support schemes that can prevent violence.

The fund will invest in six to ten projects that aim to support families and steer children away from violence.

The grant givers are organising a series of application workshops from 29 September to 25 November.

Grant applications opened on 27 September and close on 1 December. Shortlisted applications will be informed in March 2022 and then asked to co-design programmes with evaluators until September 2022 when grants will be awarded.

The funding will focus on parenting programmes, family therapy, schemes that reduce parental conflict and domestic abuse interventions.

“Everyone deserves the best start in life and I hope these new programmes and outreach services will help transform the lives of thousands of people.” Said Comic Relief chief executive Samir Patel.

Youth Endowment Fund executive director Jon Yates added: ““This investment with our partners at Comic Relief gives us a unique opportunity to learn how we can best help families of all different types. Then we can use that learning to make sure children who have often experienced adversity very early in their lives are given the services and support they need to keep safe from involvement in violence.”

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