Lottery Talent Match programme launched
26 June 2012
Nearly 1.5 million young people have been identified as not in employment, education or training (NEET). In the current economic climate, there is a danger that more young people will become long term unemployed and move further away from being work ready.
The funding is focussed on supporting young people aged 18-24 who have been out of work, education or training for over 12 months. Talent Match is being targetted to 21 areas in England and the areas in the North West are Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region.
The Big Lottery Fund are looking for organisations to work in partnership to develop locally owned solutions that bring about the following outcomes:
- Improved confidence, optimism and support for young people who have been unemployed for over 12 months to lead successful, fulfilling and useful lives
- Young people secure employement, take up training or further eduction or create their own employment and enterprise
- Improved and co-ordinated local pathways to get young people into positive economic activity
- Improved access to better quality local employment and training
- More meaningful connections and partnerships between employers, agencies and VCS organisations
- More employers (including charitable enterprises) provide meaningful, supported employment opportunities for young people
- Enhanced evidence of the nature, circumstances and patterns of youth unemployment including a shared data source to track and measure the impact of interventions.
Grants will be available ranging from £1 million to £10 million in each of the targeted areas, for a portfolio of activities lasting up to five years. The amount they award to each of our target areas will depend on the plans submitted or they could decide not to invest in an area at all if the proposals are unable to meet their outcomes.
The Big Lottery Fund are making small scale funding (up to £10,000) available in the first phase of this initiative to help with the development of the cross-sector partnerships they expect to apply. See the Am I Eligible tab for more details on the requirements for partnerships and this initial funding.
For further information on the fund, you can visit the Big Lottery Fund website.