The Cabinet Office recently launched the Campaign for Youth Social Action with the aim of doubling the number of young people taking part by 2020.
The campaign was the result of a review set up by the Prime Minister and led by Dame Julia Cleverdon and Amanda Jordan OBE.
Alongside the campaign launch, the government announced a Youth Social Action Fund which has been created to offer financial support to social action programmes. There is £5 million in total over 2 years, £4 million from the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action and £1 million from the Education Endowment Foundation, for programmes in Birmingham, Middlesbrough, Lancashire and Kent. Call for bids opened on the 27 June with the fund due to close for applications on 29 July.
The fund aims to:
• work intensively in a small number of geographic areas to demonstrate the potential for transformation of the landscape of social action opportunities for young people by following the principles of the Campaign for Youth Social Action
• support programmes that engage young people in social action activities to adopt the standards and help them expand their reach and impact
• learn about how the Outcomes Framework and Quality Mark work in practice
• begin to build a longitudinal evidence base which can start to make causal links between youth social action and outcomes for young people, and to share this data with the campaign
• continue to build an understanding of how social action can create positive outcomes for young people, including improved attainment and engagement at school
To do this, there are two separate calls for ideas.
Birmingham and Kent
1. The first call for ideas seeks bids for programmes which will be delivered in Birmingham and Kent (specifically, Thanet, Swale, Shepway, Dover, and Canterbury) which: provide social action opportunities for 10-20 year olds: programmes should either focus on 10-14 year olds, or demonstrate how they will fill a gap in existing provision for other age groups within the 10-20 age range; or support the take-up of, and progression between, social action opportunities for 10-20 year olds, and the overall success of those programmes.
There is up to £3 million for this call, which is completely funded by the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action. For information on how to bid for this fund, please see ‘The Youth Social Action Fund call for ideas - Birmingham and Kent’.
Middlesborough and Lancashire
2. The second call for ideas seeks bids for programmes that will be delivered in Middlesbrough and Redcar, and Lancashire which: provide social action opportunities for 10 to 14 year olds and can create positive outcomes for young people, including improved attainment and engagement at school.
There is up to £2 million for this second call, and this is co-funded by the Cabinet Office and the Education Endowment Foundation. For information on how to bid for this fund, please see ‘The Youth Social Action Fund call for ideas - Middlesbrough and Lancashire’.
For more information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/youth-social-action-fund
To apply, please email youthsocialactiontrials@Cabinet-Office.gsi.gov.uk to request a form.
Applications must be received by 29th July 2013, and grant recipients will be notified in September.