DCMS Youth Investment Fund


Grants are available to local not-for-profit groups for capital projects which create and improve youth provision services in left-behind areas across England.

Current Status

Open for Applications

Maximum value:

£ 8,700,000

Objectives of Fund

Phase 2 is intended to deliver up to 300 youth facilities that:

  • Represent positive value for money.
  • Are environmentally sustainable.
  • Enable positive activities for young people.

Value Notes

The expected range in grants for Phase 2 is between £300,000 and £8.7 million. However, grants outside of this may be considered.

Match Funding Restrictions

When making grant decisions, any additional funding secured alongside the Youth Investment Grant will be considered.

Who Can Apply

The lead organisation, responsible for managing the grant, must be one of the following:

  • Local authority.
  • Registered or exempt charity.
  • Community Interest Company.
  • Community Benefit Society.
  • Uniformed Group.
  • Sports club.

The building must be in an area identified as high priority based on a combination of youth need and low provision. An eligibility checker can be found on the Social Investment Business website.

Applicants must be working with children and young people, where the majority are aged 11 to 19 years. Where young people have a special educational need, funding may be granted up to the age of 25 years.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Costs which have already been spent.
  • Requests for only small capital grants.
  • Capital requests for items that can be removed from the building (eg, computers, furniture, laptops).
  • Purchase/lease of land.
  • Refinancing existing mortgages/loans.
  • Purchase/refurbishment/renovation of any moving vehicles such as buses or boats.
  • Revenue grants on their own without accompanying capital requests.
  • Repairs, maintenance or cosmetic works that do not expand the capacity, inclusivity or quality of services being offered, or do not prevent a facility from falling into disuse.
  • Upfront costs of a project such as planning permission fees.
  • Schools, colleges or multi-academy trusts.

Eligible Expenditure

Projects must be focused on the delivery of new and renewed youth facilities within a short timescale.

Grants could cover:

  • Large new youthcentres, with multiple rooms, including outdoor space and full youth
  • Medium new youthcentres, with one or more rooms/spaces and uses for youth services/activities.
  • Small new modular youthunits, using modern methods of construction, or other innovative and efficient construction techniques, consisting of a single main space for smaller youth services/activities.
  • Repurposing of existing facilities, including preserving or reinstating disused or derelict spaces for use as youthcentres, where renovation work will expand the capacity, inclusivity or quality of services being offered to young people.
  • Expansion or extension of existing facilities used for youthservices/activities, where renovation work will expand the capacity, inclusivity or quality of services being offered to young people.

The funding is intended to support capital costs. Revenue costs can also be covered, but only alongside capital funding.

All funds must be spent by March 2025.

How To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with Grant Committees expected to be held until March 2024.

After submitting an Expression of Interest, successful groups will be appointed a Relationship Manager who will help them work up a full proposal. This could take one to six months.

The Expression of Interest form allows groups to indicate how close to starting the build project they are. Until December 2022, there is particular interest in projects that can start within three months.

Projects that are not at this stage are unlikely to be worked up to full proposals until January 2023 at the earliest.

Full guidelines, FAQs and the Expression of Interest form can be found on the Social Investment Business website.


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