Applications open for national Youth Social Action Fund


The government has launched a new £1m Youth Social Action Fund to encourage youth participation in social action. The Pears Foundation and UK Community Foundations (UKCF) will match the investment. It will address gaps in participation that the Ipsos Mori Youth Social Action Survey identified last year. This showed a lower participation rate of young people from lower-socio economic groups. Part of the new fund will therefore be for organisations that can work with young people in more deprived areas of the country.

The survey also showed that only 25% of young people in the East of England took part in meaningful social action compared with a 40% national average participation rate. The other part of the fund will help organisations to increase youth social action opportunities in the East of England.

The money is being split into two separate funds:

  • a national level, £1.26m fund, jointly run with Pears Foundation to work with young people in more deprived or rural areas
  • a local level £510,000 fund run and matched by UKCF, to work with young people in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire through these counties’ community foundations

Applications will close at 5.oopm on Friday 28 August 2015. For more information and to apply, go to GOV.UK