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Youth Investment Fund

Offering grants for youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality youth provision
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Funding size:
£150,000 - £750,000
Total available:
£40 million
Application deadline:
20/11/2017 17:00:00

What’s it all about?

The Youth Investment Fund (YIF) supports voluntary, community and social enterprise youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision in targeted communities across England. Successful applicants are funded up until 2020, which allows them to invest and plan for the future.

The YIF was launched in September 2016, and following the initial round of applications, eighty six funding awards were made in March 2017. The disadvantaged areas targeted through the YIF include: Bristol and Somerset, East London, Eastern regions, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley and Sunderland, and West Midlands.

Due to not being able to fund as many applications as we anticipated in the initial round, we are inviting an additional round of applications in the specified areas below. Applications for this round are only available by contacting the YIF team. Further information is available in the guidance.

A total of £2 million is available (which is part of the £40 million total for the YIF). Taking a locally nuanced approach to funding youth provision in the specified areas will ensure that young people in these disadvantaged places can benefit from the investment. The following areas are eligible:

West Midlands Urban

  • Sandwell
  • Wolverhampton
  • Dudley
  • Solihull
  • Walsall


  • Peterborough
  • Kings Lynn and West Norfolk
  • Huntingdonshire
  • Fenland and East Cambridgshire

This programme is run by the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).