DCMS Youth Covid-19 Support Fund – deadline 19 February 2021

Article date
1 February 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The Youth Covid-19 Support Fund is open to grassroots youth clubs and uniformed youth groups. It will help to mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain viable.

This fund will focus on enabling the struggling, but most impactful, youth organisations to continue operating, where they may have scaled back service provision or temporarily closed due to reductions in their income following Covid-19. This would ensure that young people, especially those who are disadvantaged, have uninterrupted access to services, and could prevent local grassroots organisations from permanent closure.

  • This funding can support eligible organisations in England only.
  • Grant size caps: lower of £250k, 25% of annual expenditure per the most recent annual accounts, or total evidenced deficit from November 2020 – March 2021.
  • The award value will be based on the relative financial need across all successful applications.
Who can apply?

Local youth clubs or uniformed youth groups defined as a place where young people, from within the locality, can meet and participate in a variety of youth work activities.

The young people who benefit should be aged between 5 and 19 years old, or in the case of individuals with special educational needs up to 25 years old.

What can the grant be used for?

Costs incurred between 1 November 2020 and 31 March 2021 that enable the organisation to remain viable, open, reopen or partially reopen, where this represents a value for money approach and where their service delivery is in line with government Covid-19 guidance. The funding can be applied retrospectively to eligible expenses already incurred during this period that have not been funded by another external source. Essential business expenditure can be funded, such as staff salaries, and fixed/operational costs:

  • Rent
  • Utility costs
  • Insurances
  • Facility or equipment hire
  • Core staffing costs (including casual workers) that cannot be met elsewhere by other government funds (e.g. Furlough)
  • Equipment (which is not capitalised) to ensure compliance with public health requirements.
  • Supporting the retention of specialist skills and expertise.
Is there a deadline?

5pm on 19 February 2021

Further information and application form

Go to the DCMS Youth Covid-19 Support Fund Applicant Portal.