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Big Lottery Fund launches £100m competition to tackle youth unemployment

The Big Lottery Fund is launching an ambitious investment of up to £100 million to deliver creative ways to help young people find work or start their own enterprises. The initiative, called “Talent Match”, will be aimed to support young people aged 18 – 24 who have been out of work, education or training for over 12 months.

The scheme will make one grant, ranging from £1 million to £10 million in value, in each of 21 different Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas across England, for a portfolio of activities lasting up to five years. The amount awarded to each area will depend on the plans submitted by bidders. Only one application will be accepted in each LEP area targeted.

The Big Lottery Fund is looking for bids from cross-sector partnerships, led by a Voluntary or Community Sector (VCS) organisation with experience of working with young people who are not in work, education or training. These partnerships are likely to be made up of relevant VCS organisations, local businesses, local employers and their representative bodies, education and training providers and local authorities. Small scale funding (up to £10,000) will be available in the first phase of this initiative to help with the development of such cross-sector bidding partnerships. The Big Lottery Fund also expects young people to play an active role in each partnership as they believe that, with targeted support, young people can improve their own circumstances.

Nat Sloane, England Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “The Big Lottery Fund has a long history of investing in young people but this is one of the most ambitious programmes we have undertaken. With the help of our young advisors, Talent Match can have a huge impact on the youth unemployment problem threatening to consign a generation of people to the career scrapheap when they have so much to offer.”

More details about Talent Match can be found at the following link: