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Winners announced for the Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund

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14 uniformed youth groups will benefit from round 1 of the £10 million Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund. Round two of funding is now open.

The Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund aims to get more young people involved in social action through uniformed groups. The winners were announced after a competitive grant process that aimed to create 15,000 more places for young people to join uniformed youth groups across the UK.

More funding is available: find out more about round 2 funding and apply by 5pm on 31 October 2014.

This project is funded through LIBOR fines which were raised from banks for misdemeanours and attempted manipulation of the financial markets. This latest funding from the LIBOR fines pot builds on almost £150 million which has already gone to support the armed forces community, military charities and other good causes.

The Youth United Network will distribute the funding to 14 organisations:

  • Catholic Guides of Ireland Northern Region
  • Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade
  • Combined Cadet Force Association
  • Fire Cadets
  • Girlguiding
  • Jewish Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade
  • Marine Society & Sea Cadets
  • Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA)/Army Cadet Force (ACF)/Air Cadets
  • St John Ambulance
  • The Boys’ Brigade
  • The Girls’ Brigade England and Wales
  • The Scout Association
  • Volunteer Police Cadets
  • Woodcraft Folk

Through the funding, these organisations will encourage young people living in disadvantaged areas or hard to reach communities to get involved in social action by joining uniformed youth organisations.

This supports the Step Up To Serve campaign which aims to double the number of young people involved in social action by 2020.

George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said:

I am delighted that we are using LIBOR fines to improve the lives of thousands of young people, by supporting these good causes. It is right that money paid in fines by people who demonstrated the worst of the values in our society is now being used to support those who demonstrate the very best and bring about a positive change.

Brooks Newmark, Minister for Civil Society said:

The Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund is an excellent example of how the Cabinet Office is using money collected through LIBOR fines to increase social action across the UK. All recipients are well placed to provide young people with more opportunities to work on social action activities in their local area. This scheme will help to build a generation of young people with raised aspirations and greater prospects for their future.

Rosie Thomas, Director of Youth United Foundation said:

We are delighted to announce this allocation of funding to a number of fantastic uniformed groups which carry out grassroots social action all over the country and have a track record of unlocking potential in young people. These grants will enable them to attract more young members, particularly in deprived areas, who in turn will benefit from the experiences, skills and confidence they gain as part of a uniformed group.

3 October update: apply for round 2 funding

Youth United Foundation and the Cabinet Office have launched a second funding round for the remaining funds from the Uniformed Youth Social Action Fund. This aims to help uniformed youth groups pilot innovative approaches to reach young people in deprived communities and hard to reach groups.

We are inviting bids for funding from members of the Youth United Network and from other uniformed youth organisations that offer social action opportunities and structured activities.

Learn more about round 2 funding and apply by 5pm on 31 October 2014.