What is the Youth Investment Fund?
The Youth Investment Fund (YIF) is providing new opportunities for young people to get involved in their communities, support their personal development and get the skills and confidence they need to enter the workplace and reach their full potential. The fund is made up of £40 million of government and National Lottery funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Community Fund.
The fund is supporting over 90 voluntary, community and social enterprise youth projects to deliver, expand and create high quality open access youth provision in six targeted areas across England that were identified as disadvantaged areas. The YIF was launched in September 2016 with 86 funding awards made in March 2017. An additional round of grants for organisations working in the East of England and the West Midlands were awarded in October 2018, bringing the total awards to over 90.
The areas targeted through the YIF are:
- Bristol and Somerset
- East London
- Eastern regions
- Liverpool City region
- Tees Valley and Sunderland
- West Midlands.