Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Greater Manchester targeted in new Lottery scheme to combat youth unemployment

Greater Manchester is one of 21 areas of England that will receive a share of a new five-year £100 million fund to tackle youth unemployment.

The Big Lottery Fund is inviting organisations in the selected areas to develop partnerships that will submit bids for funding from the scheme. The areas in the initiative, known as Talent Match, have been chosen because they have high levels of unemployment among 18 to 24-year-olds.

Grants will range from £1 million to £10 million and there can be only one partnership per area.

The schemes will need to demonstrate that they will achieve outcomes such as improving access to better quality local employment and training and developing confidence and optimism in young people who have been unemployed for more than a year.

According to the BLF, the partnerships are likely to be led by voluntary and community sector organisations, and are expected to include local stakeholders including councils, colleges and employers.

Up to £10,000 of development funding will be made available in each area, and final decisions on awards are expected to be announced in June 2013.
♦ GMCVO is co-ordinating the development of a delivery partnership which will undertake the programme design for Greater Manchester. For further information about what is happening in Greater Manchester, and to get involved in the design or the delivery of the programme, please click here.