The Big Lottery has appealed for organisations to help deliver its £25 million Realising Ambition programme.
The programme is designed to identify outstanding projects across the UK that have already proven their effectiveness in diverting young people from crime and offer funding to allow these effective projects to be replicated elsewhere. The programme is targeting young people aged 8-14 years old who have not yet had any formal contact with the justice system.
20 to 30 initiatives will be chosen to replicate or scale up their approaches. Up to £3 million will be available for individual projects through three to five year grants.
The organisation appointed as UK Partner will have specific policy and practical experience to help implement this new investment and is likely to be a group of organisations working together. This collaboration would be led by a major voluntary and community sector organisation but may include organisations from both the private and public sectors.
Anna Southall Big Lottery Fund Interim Chair said:
“Through Realising Ambition we want to make sure that the very best practice reaches more young people. We believe that by piloting this more systematic approach to implementing best practice, more young people will be able to achieve their true potential and avoid pathways into offending.
“We will also commission a rigorous evaluation of the impact and value for money of our investment in replicating these models, to see what wider lessons might be drawn for BIG and other funders.”
Interested organisations are invited to register their interest in attending a briefing event held on 26th May in London by contacting BIG at realising.ambition@Biglotteryfund.org.uk (opens in new window) by 2pm on Monday 23rd May.
Source: Big Lottery Fund, 16/05/2011