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£2M YOUNG PEOPLE'S FUNDING GRANTS ANNOUNCED

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A funding package from the Big Lottery Fund's Young People's Fund programme, which supports projects that work with...
A funding package from the Big Lottery Fund's Young People's Fund programme, which supports projects that work with young people on creating activities that give them a focus, somewhere to go and something positive to do has been announced.

Details of BIG's Young People's Fund Grants to Organisations funding:

East Mids: 3 grants =£174,147

West Mids: 1 grant =£140,200

London: 5 grants =£493,649

North West: 6 grants =£607,120

North East: 1 grant =£108,305

South West: 3 grants =£249,649

Yorks & Humber: 4 grants =£411,963

Total: 23 grants to the tune of£2,185,033 across seven regions

Notes

1. The Young People's Fund in England was launched in September 2004.

Funding from the Young People's Fund open grants programme in England can be accessed through three specific strands:£10m for applications from individuals,£40m in grants to voluntary organisations/partnerships,£27.6m will go to national organisations for large projects.

2. The Big Lottery Fund's Board has agreed to allocate a further£100m to the extension of the Young People's Fund programme in England. The money will be allocated in 2006 following a paper to the Big Lottery Fund's Board that develops the possible options for the extension. These options will be developed to reflect the learning from our current programmes and to compliment the messages of the DfES Youth Green Paper that is to be published soon.

3. The Young People's Fund aims to put young people at the centre of creating, planning and delivering projects to achieve the following:

* Being healthy: enjoying good physical and mental health and living a healthy lifestyle

* Staying safe: being protected from harm and neglect and growing up able to look after themselves

* Enjoying and achieving getting the most out of life and developing the skills for adulthood

* Making a positive contribution: to the community and society and not offending or behaving anti-socially

* Economic wellbeing: overcoming disadvantages to achieve their full potential in life.

4. The success criteria for this programme include young people's involvement at every stage of the project from start to finish and the project delivering on at least, two of the five Young People's Fund programme aims. To be considered applicants will need to demonstrate how they intend to achieve both of these objectives.

5. Big Lottery Fund is the joint operating name of the New Opportunities Fund and the National Lottery Charities Board (which made grants under the name of the Community Fund). The Big Lottery Fund, launched on 1 June 2004, is distributing half of all National Lottery good cause funding across the UK.

6. The Big Lottery Fund is building on the experience and best practice of the merged bodies to simplify funding in those areas where they overlap and to ensure Lottery funding provides the best possible value for money. To date, the two merged Funds have committed more than£5bn to initiatives with national, regional and local partners from the public, voluntary, charity and private sectors, with a particular focus on disadvantage.

7. The Grants to Organisations strand of the Young People's Fund programme in England closed for applications on 14 July 2006. The last awards from the Grants to Organisations strand will be made in December 2006.

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