cvc summer grants

Applications are now open for London Youth’s CVC Summer Innovation Grants.

Our partnership with CVC Capital Partners is now in its sixth year and we recognise just how important it is to support our members and the young people you work with at this crucial time.

This year, the grants will support organisations to adapt and improve your delivery over the summer to ensure that more young people can benefit from your work. A total of £50,000 is available in grants of up to £5,000.

Applications close on 12th July 2020 at 11:59pm. You can find out all the information you need, including criteria, how to apply and application guidance on this page.

Who can apply?

We accept applications from organisations that meet the following criteria:

  • Being a member of London Youth before 31st March 2020
  • Organisations holding a current London Youth Quality Mark (or similar) or those working towards one

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for up to £5,000 to support the delivery of your organisation’s summer project.

What does your project need to be successful?

Applications for summer projects will be reviewed and scored based on the following criteria:

Applications for summer projects will be reviewed and scored based on the following criteria:

  1. Young people’s involvement in the activities
  • You should be able to demonstrate that young people will be meaningfully involved at multiple stages of the project, from inception to evaluation, through to planning and delivery.
  • We want to see how you will you engage with hard to reach young people or young people who have disengaged with your services during lockdown. This can be through both virtual and face to face delivery.
  1. How your project will achieve impact for the young people that participate
  • We are looking for innovative methods in supporting and engaging young people. This can be through trialling and creating something new or expanding and improving on the something you already deliver.
  • We also want to see how your activities give young people the opportunity to build skills and show leadership in their communities. Activities should focus on improving or building skills for young people. Possible themes for your activities could be employability, mental health, getting active and community action.
  1. Your ability to identify and describe how the funding will be spent and how young people’s needs will be met through the activity
  • Alongside your written and/or video application, you should provide a budget outlining how the funding will be spent. Please make sure you use the budget template provided. You should be able to demonstrate the link between your activities, their cost and the outcomes for young people.

How to apply

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Complete this online form.

  2. Send a completed MS Word application form to: membership@londonyouth.org

  3. Video application. The video can be up to 3 minutes and include:

    • Brief overview of your proposal and how you will be delivering differently.
    • How you will engage hard to reach young people and/or those who disengaged since lockdown
    • Any evidence you have there is a need for this project
    • At least three outcomes that you are hoping to achieve through your project and how these are linked to the activities you will deliver.

Feel free to be creative with your video however you won’t be getting scored on your technical capabilities. We ask that you send the video clips to membership@londonyouth.org via WeSendIt or WeTransfer. You will still be required to complete a short application form that covers all the essential information and a budget form.

Please note that any applications received after the deadline of Sunday 12th July at 11:59pm will not be considered.


Key documents

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Guidance for applicants
Application form
Budget template