Voluntary and community sector organisations throughout the UK may apply for grants of up to £3 million to support projects that help young people between the ages of 8 and 14 years avoid pathways into offending. Funding is available for between three and five years and will be offered with a package of tailored specialist support and technical assistance.
Realising Ambition is a £25 million Big Lottery funded programme with the aim of building the UK evidence base of what interventions work in helping young people avoid pathways into offending. The programme intends to support approximately 20 applications from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A consortium led by Catch22 has been appointed by the Big Lottery Fund to identify the best projects.
The Big Lottery Realising Ambition programme aims to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people at risk of becoming involved in crime, to enable them to fulfil their potential.
The Realising Ambition programme seeks to achieve the following:
• More children and young people benefit from opportunities and support enabling them to fulfil their potential, avoiding pathways into offending.
• Organisations working with children and young people have better evidence of what works in avoiding pathways into youth offending and are able to replicate the most effective approaches.
• Big Lottery and others learn about how they can best identify and support the replication of proven practice.
Expressions of Interest should be submitted by Monday 10 October 2011, 09:00. Full proposals will be invited and should be completed by December 2011.