More than 100 youth and community organisations have received £7m in funding from the Youth Futures Foundation and BBC Children in Need to tackle youth unemployment.
The Inspiring Futures programme opened to applications in July and was a partnership between the Youth Futures Foundation and Children in Need, which each contributed £3.5m to the fund.
The programme aimed to help young people develop their skills and and improve their training and job opportunities. It supported 10 to 24 year-olds in England and 10 to18 year-olds in the rest of the UK.
Job losses and lack of opportunities are especially impacting young people during the pandemic. The Office for National Statistics has just released figures according to which 757,000 16-to-24 year-olds are not in education, training or employment.
The fund was oversubscribed and received a total of 661 applications, so just 15% of all applications were successful.
Among the organisations that received funding were:
o Beap Community Partnership, which was awarded a £80,000 grant to deliver sports and employability activities for young people from Bangladeshi communities in Bradford.
o Transform Training, which received £55,000 towards training and workshops for children and young people with additional needs who have been isolated because of Covid-19, and
o Bristol’s Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects CIC was awarded a grant of £44,148.
A full list of Inspiring Futures grant awards made to date is available at this LINK.
Source: Civil Society News