Youth Endowment Fund

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Funding is available for organisations in England and Wales to support interventions to prevent children and young people who are at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and to build up knowledge of what works to prevent this happening.

Youth Endowment Fund

Details

Fund ID: S44319 

Status: Open for Applications 

Fund Information

Funding body: Home Office

Maximum value: Discretionary

Application deadline: 01/12/2021

Background

The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) is an independent charitable trust run by Impetus, in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) and Social Investment Business (SIB). It aims to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence by finding out what works and building a movement to put this knowledge into practice. It was created in 2019, with funding of £200 million over ten years from the Home Office as part of its long-term plan to tackle serious violence, after EIF and SIB won a competitive tender to run the Fund.

The September round - 'A supportive home - helping families to overcome challenges' - is being provided in partnership with Comic Relief, which has invested £2 million of its funds.

Objectives of Fund

In the September themed round, grants are available to charities, public services or private sector organisations delivering programmes in England and Wales that help families and carers to create a supportive home environment for 6- to 14-year-old children (or children aged up to 18 years old if they're in the care system), reducing the likelihood of them becoming involved in violence. YEF aims to discover which approaches are most effective in providing the support these young people need and is looking to identify around 5-10 programmes to fund and evaluate.

In the September grant round YEF is focusing funding on four main areas:

  • Parenting programmes (including programmes for foster carers or people working with children in residential care), which help parents and their children to develop positive behaviours and relationships.
  • Family therapy interventions (including for children in foster care), which offer whole families structured forms of therapy.
  • Programmes to reduce parental conflict, which are specifically designed to improve relationships between parents or carers.
  • Domestic abuse interventions, which are specifically designed to prevent and reduce harm to children and adults.

Value Notes

The funders expect to spend between £6 million and £10 million on funding 5 to 10 projects. The amount awarded to each project will depend on the type of programme and the kind of evaluation.

Who Can Apply

Applications can be made by any registered organisation including registered charities, companies, statutory bodies and community interest companies (CICs) supporting support children in England and/or Wales.

Eligible programmes should involve a referral or assessment by a local authority children's services or another relevant statutory body, including:

  • The police.
  • Youth offending teams.
  • Schools and pastoral staff.
  • Housing teams.
  • Multi-agency safeguarding hubs/multi-agency exploitation hubs.
  • Community safety referral teams (or public protection teams).
  • Multi-agency risk assessment conferences.
  • Acute centres.
  • Children's Services.
  • Social care.
  • Charities working on behalf of a statutory body (like a local authority, police force or the NHS).

Restrictions

Funding is not available for:

  • Individuals.
  • Unregistered groups.
  • Support programmes that aren't targeted at the children and families most in need of additional support.
  • Approaches helping families where there isn't any strong evidence of a positive change for children which is associated with a reduction in involvement in violence.
  • Group B relationship interventions that aren't focused on parents.
  • Domestic abuse interventions that focus on the perpetrator and don't work children or other family members who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse.
  • Other approaches helping families where working with adults isn't likely to be related to children's involvement in violence in the future.
  • Programmes that have no existing theory of change or evidence base.
  • Group A programmes that don’t have sufficient scale and are not likely to be ready within two years to enable a more robust evaluation.
  • Group B programmes that don’t have sufficient scale and are not likely to be ready for a pilot/efficacy study within a year.

Eligible Expenditure

Grants are available to programmes that help families and carers to create a supportive home environment for 6- to 14-year-old children (or up to 18 years old for children in the care system), reducing the likelihood of them becoming involved in violence.

In the September grant round funding is available across two activity groups:

Group A

  • Parent education and training interventions (including for looked after children) that focus on helping parents or carers and their children to develop positive behaviours and relationships.
  • Family therapy interventions (including for looked after children), which offer structured forms of therapy that takes place between a trained therapist and the family.

In this group eligible programmes should fit into one of the following categories for evaluation:

  • Programmes that have sufficient scale and evidence of impact to run a large-scale efficacy and/or effectiveness evaluation, through a randomised control trial or quasi-experimental design method.
  • Programmes that require a pilot study to demonstrate they're likely to make an impact, but that could be scaled for an efficacy and/or effectiveness study within two years.

Group B

  • Parental conflict interventions, which are specifically designed to improve relationships between parents.
  • Domestic abuse interventions, which are specifically designed to prevent and reduce harm to adults, and often to mitigate the impact of exposure to domestic abuse on children.

In this group, in addition to programmes ready to run a pilot or efficacy study as in group A, the funders will also consider programmes that require a feasibility/pilot study first to demonstrate that they have the potential to reduce the likelihood of children becoming involved in violence (for example, by reducing aggression or substance misuse). This may involve refining the project's theory of change. These programmes should be established enough to be able to run a pilot or efficacy study after a year.

For all programmes, to ensure that work is being focused on the children who are most in need of support, funding will be available for projects working with children who:

  • Are showing early signs of, or who have developed challenges with their behaviour or their ability to regulate their emotions.
  • Have committed an offence.
  • Abuse or misuse substances, or have a substance misuse disorder.
  • Experience maltreatment or neglect from a parent or other family member.
  • Have experience of the care system. We’ll fund projects working with whole families, who might not be able to provide a supportive home.

This includes families where:

  • Parents, carers or siblings are involved in crime.
  • Parents have not had opportunities or support to develop positive relationships with their children.
  • There's family conflict (for example, where there’s domestic violence or where conflict means parents aren’t able to offer emotional support to children).
  • Parents, carers or siblings abuse or misuse substances.
  • Parents or carers are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing

By 'families', YEF means anyone who plays a long-term supportive role in a child's life. This could include extended family members or kinship networks, foster families and children's homes.

Location England and Wales

How To Apply

The second themed round is open to applications with a deadline of 1 December 2021.

The funder will be looking for applications that help answer this question:

"Which approaches are most effective in helping families and carers to create a supportive home environment for 6 to 14 year-old children (including looked-after children), reducing the likelihood of them becoming involved in violence?"

Organisations interested in the upcoming grant round can register via the YEF website for one of the following workshops to find out more:

  • Application workshop - Wednesday 29 September (2-3pm).
  • Application workshop - Wednesday 6 October (4-5pm).
  • Application workshop - Thursday 21 October (12-1pm).
  • Application workshop - Monday 8 November (10.30-11.30am).
  • Application workshop - Thursday 25 November (12-1pm).

Useful documents & links

Useful Links


Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Grants Team
    Youth Endowment Fund
    Floor 4
    Evergreen House North
    160 Grafton Place
    London
    NW1 2DX
    Email: grants@youthendowmentfund.org.uk

Iesha Small

Enquiries - A Supportive Home Grant Round
Youth Endowment Fund
Floor 4
Evergreen House North
160 Grafton Place
London
NW1 2DX
Email: iesha.small@youthendowmentfund.org.uk

 


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Published: 28/09/2021
Audience: Headteachers
Contact: Sharon Brear

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