Youth Worker Bursary Fund for 2020/21, offering grants of £300,000, now open to applications from charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations or consortia in England (application deadline 16 December 2020)

The purpose of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Youth Worker Bursary Fund is to provide financial assistance to those undertaking approved qualifications in Youth Work, by providing bursaries to those individuals. Overall, the Youth Worker Bursary Fund aims to support people who would otherwise not be able to access funded placements, to undertake Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in Youth Work in England.

The Fund is open to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations or consortia from across England.

Applicant organisations do not need to have a national remit but must demonstrate how proposed activities will be delivered across England.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 16 December 2020, with successful applicants expected to be notified in late December. All funds must be spent by Wednesday 31 March 2021. 

o Applications should be for £300,000. Please note this is a revenue fund
o Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they can deliver impact across multiple regions in England.
o Bursaries must be allocated to students undertaking either of the following approved qualifications: i) Level 2 qualifications in Youth Work Principles (tuition fees) and ii) Level 3 qualifications in Youth Work Practice (tuition fees).
o Applicants should be able to demonstrate how they will ensure that bursaries will be provided to individuals who would otherwise experience financial difficulties in accessing Youth Worker qualifications (e.g. bursaries should not be provided to individuals whose workplace would ordinarily pay for their Youth Worker qualifications).

The value of the grant requested must not represent more than 50% of the applicant organisation’s, or consortia collective, annual income for the financial year.

Where applicable, bids must include details of arrangements for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults as part of their planned activities.

Further information, including the 2020/21 application form, is available on the GOV.UK website.