The Big Lottery has recently advertised a second round of the Youth Investment Fund and Wolverhampton is one of the areas that the fund is being targeted towards.


Changes to the original criteria for the Youth Investment Fund (YIF) mean that this is now open to a wider range of organisations. The new criteria are as follows:

– The Youth Investment Fund will support VCSE youth organisations and VCSE led partnerships that provide frontline, open access youth services in the targeted areas. By open access youth provision the Lottery means provision that includes a range of leisure, cultural, sporting and enrichment activities that usually take place around youth and/or community venues. This provision should not require a formal referral process for young people to be able to access it.
– A single organisation can apply or a partnership.
– Any partnership must be led by a single voluntary and community sector organisation.
– Partners are expected to have experience of providing frontline youth services
– Lead organisation and partners have the commitment, capacity and resources to manage an investment of this scale (Total grant £150,000 – £750,000).
– That a significant proportion of the lead organisation or partners’ beneficiaries are young people. We consider young people to be those who are 10 – 18 years old (10 – 25 years with a disability or special educational needs). All of your youth beneficiaries should be located in the targeted areas.

Detailed guidance and further information can be found at:



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