Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
'As part of the government's commitment to building a truly compassionate society, this additional £1 million will tackle the challenges facing disadvantaged young people and help embed social action in young people's lives.'
Trevor Pears CMG, Executive Chair of Pears Foundation, said:
'Pears Foundation is delighted to match fund the government's commitment to growing sustainable and scalable youth social action across England. Together, we will be able to offer much-needed support to enable the many excellent organisations working in this field to provide more opportunities for young people. We look forward to working in partnership with the Cabinet Office, and with the successful funding applicants.'
Charlotte Hill, Chief Executive Officer of Step Up To Serve, said:
'Participation in social action offers young people a wide rage of tangible benefits and should be accessible to all. We are really pleased that this fund is responding directly to findings from our 2014 national survey by targeting those not currently taking part. It is also great to see funders joining forces to invest in embedding social action in the lives of young people across the UK.'
Fabian French, Chief Executive Officer of UK Community Foundations, said:
'UKFC is extremely excited to be supporting the Cabinet Office and Step Up To Serve in increasing youth participation and volunteering in the East of England.
Strengthening communities and increasing community engagement is the very reason community foundations exist, and the involvement of young people is crucial to the future of our communities. We believe it is vital that young people are encouraged to engage in their local communities, and we are thrilled to be working with our foundations in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk to make it happen.'
Apply for funding
View the National Youth Social Action Fund specification and application form here, and submit your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 28 August 2015.
Local level funding in the east of England will be available from 3 August 2015. To apply for a grant, see the relevant local community foundation's website:
Cambridgeshire Community Foundation Local Youth Social Action Fund
Suffolk Community Foundation: information about the funding
Norfolk Community Foundation: information on applying for the funding