YEF – Another chance – Diversion from the criminal justice system

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Another chance Diversion from the criminal justice system

New Initiative to Reduce Crime among Young People

The Youth Endowment Fund, a charity committed to improving the life chances of children and young people, has announced the  opening of a new grant round, called Another Chance – Diversion from the Criminal Justice System. The charity firmly believes that children and young people at risk of falling into the trap of crime deserve a better future. To make this possible, the Youth Endowment Fund launched an initiative aiming to explore innovative and effective strategies to prevent young people from 10 to 17 years-old from becoming involved in violence.

The Youth Endowment Fund welcomes proposals for promising projects that will exert a tangible and positive impact on the lives of young people. The charity will sponsor a variable number of projects, ranging from 10 to 20, and, depending on the quality of the applications, will invest £10 to £20 million.

Applicants can be charities or organisations operating in both the public and the private sector. In order to be eligible to apply for the grant, interested parties are required to meet a set of criteria. Projects are expected to provide support to children and young people, living in England or Wales, who are at one of four turning point moments before court action is taken: 

  • Not yet arrested

    but identified by the police or other statutory bodies as at high risk of becoming involved in crime 

  • At point of injury due to a violent incident

  • At point of arrest

  • Prior to charge and court action.

Projects will focus on diversionary programmes offering family and parenting support, mental health assistance and restorative justice. Other approaches may be considered, as long as evidence is provided that they can ensure impact at scale. Projects will also involve a referral by a relevant statutory body, such as the police or the Violence Reduction Unit. Finally, interested parties must guarantee that their projects are ready for robust impact evaluation or will reasonably reach this point within two years.

The application window will be open from 19 April 2021 to 14 May 2021. Shortlisted applicants will be notified in July 2021. Grants will be awarded in November 2021.

Throughout March, the Youth Endowment Fund has been running a series of online workshops explaining in more detail the aims and the structure of the scheme. Full guidance on how to apply for the fund is accessible here.

Later in the year, the Youth Endowment Fund will launch another themed grant round called A Supportive Home - Helping Families to Overcome Challenges, which will address the question of how it is possible to provide children and young people with a welcoming home environment, so as to reduce the chances that they become involved in crime. In line with its vision and mission, the charity will thus continue its efforts to spread good practice and shape a more inclusive society, a society in which young people can fully realise their aspirations.WW

Premier Advisory Group has a market leading track record in working with its clients to secure funding across a range of central and local government schemes.

If you are interested in submitting an application to the fund, PAG would be delighted to support you to prepare and submit the best possible project proposal. We are first-class bid writers, highly experienced in producing compelling applications for funds in multiple areas, from education to social justice, and have significant experience in presenting the practical application of theory in project design and delivery.

We are committed to providing our clients with best-in-class services, enabling them to turn their projects into reality.

Since formation in 2015, we have secured over:

in project funding for our clients, including both revenue and capital funding.

PAG is well placed to support bidders to apply for the fund.

If you would like to have further information on Another Chance – Diversion from the Criminal Justice System, or would like to learn more about our support, or please contact Anna Fosse-Galtier at