Government offers £58,000 grants to charities to boost youth engagement

Charities are being offered grants of around £58,000 to help give young people a stronger voice in policy decisions that affect them.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) has launched the Youth Engagement Fund to help young people take part in policy making decisions at a local and national level.

Ministers want to enable “young people to express their voices and be heard on issues that matter to them,” according to documents around the grant.

Applications from charities are being invited for up to £58,350. The deadline is 6pm, August 6. Two webinars are taking place this week on the Fund. Contact details and more information about the grants can be found here.

The eligibility criteria include a stipulation of being able to work across regions in England as well as able to secure external investment and partnerships to supplement the grant.

Successful applicants will be informed by early September.

Earlier this year it emerged that two third of youth charities were facing rising demand amid cuts to their funding.

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