The UK Government has appointed a charitable foundation to help deliver a £200m Youth Endowment Fund as part of the long-term plan to tackle serious violence and the immediate challenge of knife crime. Delivered over ten years, the fund will support the public health approach and will be run independently by charity Impetus, working in partnership with the Early Intervention Foundation and the Social Investment Business across England and Wales. Impetus is a charity focused on transforming the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The aim is to deliver ambitious early intervention schemes that prevent children and young people from getting caught up in crime and violence by making sure that those most at risk get the best possible support, as early as possible, to get on a positive path and succeed. The fund will provide scope to evaluate the impact of early interventions and to scale up and replicate those that are most successful.
Impetus plans to launch the first funding round in time to award the first grants in the Autumn of 2019.