Social distancing and stay-at-home measures have seen access to schools restricted and the provision of youth services dramatically reduced. The result is that some of our most vulnerable young people have both lost the support they relied on and become increasingly invisible.

 Many organisations who are passionate about young people are working hard to find creative ways to address this at a time when their own financial security hangs in the balance.  Whilst some continue with their face-to-face work, an increasing number of organisations are turning to digital and virtual activities to deliver their support.

Our dual aims with this grant round are to help reach and support vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence, and to learn the best ways to provide support under social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.


What is the fund?


The Youth Endowment Fund’s COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence, and can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.


How much funding is available?


We anticipate awarding grants totalling c.£6.5m in this funding round.

Because of the financial pressure they are under, 50% of the total funding available will be reserved for charities and social enterprises.


How much funding can I apply for?


We expect the average grant to be around £50,000.  The minimum grant that organisations can apply for is £25,000.  There is no maximum, however grants awarded will be proportionate to the turnover of the organisation(s) applying.  If you are applying for a one-year grant, we will not award a grant larger than 50% of your total income for the previous financial year.



What activities and work will it fund?

In this grant round, we will focus on funding and evaluating two key areas of work:

1.) Digital/virtual delivery of programmes, specifically:

  • Remote/digital/virtual delivery of programmes delivered on a one-to-one basis
  • Remote/digital/virtual delivery of group-based programmes
  • Remote/digital/virtual delivery of guided self-help or interactive content


2.) Face-to-face activity that can be delivered whilst adhering to social distancing/stay at home guidelines, specifically:

  • Face-to-face activity delivered within schools, including activities to help vulnerable young people return to school
  • Face-to-face delivery of detached youth work


We will prioritise funding for activities and work which:

  • Can clearly describe why the activities will be effective, especially if activities are being adapted to remote, digital or virtual delivery.
  • Are tailored to young people and involve regular virtual contact with a practitioner (for remote/digital/virtual activities).
  • Have clear strategies for engaging the most at-risk young people and monitoring their engagement.



Who can apply?


An application can be made by any legally constituted organisation delivering in England and Wales. This could include:

  • Charities and social enterprises
  • For-profit companies
  • Public sector agencies, such as councils, schools, health or police forces


Learning from what we fund

We urgently need to find out whether projects being delivered or adapted as a result of social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines are effective in reaching and engaging vulnerable young people.


In order to do this, we will evaluate everything that we fund. If you are applying for funding for this round you need to be willing to work with the learning partner we appoint. We expect that successful applicants will work with us and the learning partner to determine how their activity can best contribute to this learning activity.



How to apply


To apply, please complete our COVID-19 application form by clicking HERE.  The form provides instructions on what you need to do and how you can save your application as you are completing it.

The accompanying Application Guidance contains important information about the application process, eligibility requirements and what information to include in your submission. Please read the document carefully before starting your application.

Both the application form and application guidance are available in Welsh. Please click on the following links to access and download:

  • COVID-19 Application Form (Welsh)
  • Application Guidance (Welsh)


Supporting evidence


Before starting your application, please read the relevant evidence summary for your proposed activities:

  • Virtual and Digital approaches
  • School-based approaches
  • Detached youth work approaches




Applications are now open. The application window will be open for four weeks.

Applications close midday Wednesday 3 June 2020.



Help and support

If you have any questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions. If your question is not listed or you need support with your application, please email and a member of the grants team will then get back to you to help you with your query.


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