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  • 17 May 2021

Youth Strategic Investment Fund – A £2.8 million package of support for the long term

Paul Hamlyn Foundation is supporting five organisations with a £2.8 million package of support in the latest round of the Youth Strategic Investment Fund.

A small number of organisations are supported through the Fund each year. It is designed as a strategic investment that will have a longer-term influence on the shape of an organisation, its impact in working with young people and its position within its field.

The Fund will provide a five year package of support to the following four organisations:

The investment includes £500,000 towards each organisation’s core costs as well as a package of tailored and flexible expert support, which is structured to resource practical steps towards strengthening organisations and the impact of their work with young people. This combined package brings the total investment in each of these organisations to £675,000 over five years.

The Fund is also supporting Fully Focused Productions with a £135,000 package of support over the next 12 months as a pilot investment towards realising long term growth in an area of innovation in work with young people.

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: “This latest round of the Youth Strategic Investment Fund aims to support the long term growth and impact of organisations that we see are doing a brilliant job of working with young people to achieve positive change. Core funding has been a key element of our funding approach. At a time when young people are facing significant challenges, and when investment in youth services and activities is declining, we believe it’s even more important. We hope this commitment, alongside flexible expert support, will enable these organisations to strengthen their services and consolidate their position as leaders within their field.”

Ele Semadeni, Operations Manager at Gloucestershire Young Carers said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this investment, especially in what has been such a challenging time for young carers. We are excited to have this opportunity to develop our organisation strategically and operationally, working with our partners to reach out to more young carers, promote good practice and expand our work with young carers influencing policy.”

Jack Reynolds, Co-Director, Football Beyond Borders (FBB), said: “Our working culture has been instrumental to our success to date and we will continue to invest in what makes FBB an incredible place to work as we grow nationally. We know the professional and personal development of our team is harnessed best through building authentic relationships, relationships that are galvanised by shared values and a drive to give the best possible support to our young people. Young people who hopefully, through our graduate and leadership programmes, spur FBB forward to be the leading specialist provider for disengaged KS3 students in the UK.” 

Martin Bisp, CEO, Empire Fighting Chance said: “The funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation is a watershed moment for us. We will use the long-term investment to establish Empire Fighting Chance as a national charity. In five years, we aim to be reaching tens of thousands of young people across the country with our programmes that combine non-contact boxing with intensive personal development.”

The Fund is invitation only.

Please see our grants database for more information.