Million Hours Fund – Youth Services and Engagement

Deadline: 31/12/23
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The Million Hours Fund is provided by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF), the largest community funder in the UK, through its Awards for All England funding programme.

The new fund forms part of the Government’s Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan, which aims to eradicate antisocial behaviour from local communities, and the Government’s ‘National Youth Guarantee’, which will ensure every young person aged between 11 and 18 in England has access to regular clubs and activities, adventures away from home, and volunteering opportunities by 2025.

The Million Hours Fund will support an additional one million hours of positive activities from youth services.

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Objectives of Fund

The funding will support a range of youth services offering a variety of positive activities for young people in eligible wards in England with the highest reported numbers of antisocial behaviour incidents.

The funding is for projects that give young people (aged 11 to 18 years; up to 25 years with disabilities and special educational needs) somewhere safe to go, something engaging to do and someone trusted to talk to during the summer holidays.

The funding will support additional youth workers, volunteers, venue hire, activity resources as well as youth workers’ engagement with young people in the areas they already spend time in, such as parks and leisure facilities. The aim is to reach those young people ‘who are particularly at risk of falling onto the wrong path’.

Value Notes

There is a total funding pot of £11 million:

  • £3 million for the first tranche of funding.
  • £8 million for the Autumn 2023 round.

Currently, grants of between £300 and £10,000 for up to one year are available.

(In Autumn 2023, the maximum grant will rise from £10,000 to £20,000.)

Who Can Apply

To be eligible, applicants must meet the National Lottery Community Fund’s Award for All England criteria.

Applications are accepted from:

  • Constituted voluntary and community organisations.
  • Constituted groups and clubs.
  • Registered charities.
  • Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs).
  • Not-for-profit companies.
  • Community interest companies (CICs).
  • Schools (for projects that benefit and involve the communities around the school).
  • Statutory bodies (including local authorities, town, parish and community council).
  • Community benefit societies.

To be eligible, applicants must have:

  • Two unconnected people on the board or committee.
  • A UK bank account in the name of their organisation.
  • Annual accounts (unless the organisation is less than 15 months old).

The National Lottery Community Fund prioritises groups with smaller incomes; due to high demand, organisations that have a large annual income might not be able to get funding.

Eligible Expenditure

To be eligible for funding, projects must:

  • Take place in, and/or benefit young people living in, one of the eligible wards in England. Eligible wards have been determined by allocating wards to each Police Force Area (PFA) based on youth population, and then selecting those with the highest reported number of antisocial behaviour incidents from within the PFA.
  • Deliver additional youth provision (existing provision is not eligible).
  • Start during, or before, the 2023 school summer holidays (24 July to 3 September 2023).
  • Primarily benefit young people aged 11 to 18, and up to 25 years for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

The funding can be used to support:

  • Organisation’s running costs.
  • Equipment.
  • One-off events.
  • Staff costs.
  • Training costs.
  • Transport
  • Utilities.
  • Hiring more youth workers
  • Venue hire
  • Volunteer expenses.
  • Small land or refurbishment projects.


Eligible wards in Brighton & Hove include:

Brunswick and Adelaide Brighton and Hove
Central Hove Brighton and Hove
East Brighton Brighton and Hove
Hangleton and Knoll Brighton and Hove
Hanover and Elm Grove Brighton and Hove
Hollingdean and Stanmer Brighton and Hove
Preston Park Brighton and Hove
Queen’s Park (Brighton and Hove) Brighton and Hove
Regency Brighton and Hove
St. Peter’s and North Laine Brighton and Hove

How To Apply

To be eligible, applicants must meet the National Lottery Community Fund’s Award for All England criteria.

Applicants should read the Awards for All Guidelines which can be found on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

To apply, groups will need to create an account with TNLCF if they have not already done so.

Contact the National Lottery Community Fund for further information.

Deadline: 31/12/23
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