The government has today announced that it has made available £5m worth of funding to help “support expansion and development” of new uniformed youth groups.
Called the Uniformed Youth Fund, the government hopes the grant will create 5,500 new places for young people to join uniformed youth groups such as the Scout Association and the Girlguides. The government has said the fund will also “provide more opportunities for adults to get involved in projects and volunteer their time in order to grow and sustain groups in their community”.
The fund will be distributed and managed by Youth United Foundation, a member organisation for uniformed youth groups.
Tracey Crouch, minister for sport and civil society, said: “Organisations like the Guides and Sea Cadets play a key role in so many childhoods. They create lasting friendships and teach important life skills such as teamwork and resilience.
“This fund strengthens our support for young people by ensuring that even more children have access to these groups and are helped to reach their full potential.”
Samantha Hyde, director of Youth United Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be able to expand our important work with children and young people living in the some of the most deprived regions in the country, providing them with the opportunity to join a uniformed youth group and, as a result, gain a range of life-changing skills and experiences.
“We strive to increase opportunities in areas and communities where there are least provisions and the most need, to ensure that young people of all backgrounds are able to succeed.”
There are no details on when charities will be able to apply for the funding. A spokeswoman for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that "further announcements on funding cycles will be made in due course".