Government urges youth charities to apply for £16.5m Covid-19 funding

Youth charities are being urged to apply for £16.5m in funding to help mitigate the impact of lost income during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The £16.5m Youth Covid-19 Support Fund was announced last year as part of the government’s £750m charities support package.

Applications for the fund launched on January 15 and close at 5pm on February 12.

Awards will be made on a rolling basis “prioritising those deemed to have the greatest need”, said a statement from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Office for Civil Society.

“All applications submitted by the deadline will be considered and will not be disadvantaged by applying later. However, we do encourage early applications, so that we can make timely awards of funding for pressing cases,” added the statement.

The announcement of the £16.5m funding last November came amid calls from charities for minister to honour a Conservative Party general election commitment to youth organisations for £500m funding to create a Youth Investment Fund.

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