COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund

This fund has been established in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver £2 million in National Lottery grants to support vulnerable children and young people.

The Chances for Children grants are targeted at improving the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people and their capacity to engage in education and learning. However, grants will be tailored to meet the current and changing needs as the immediate, and longer-term, impact of the COVID-19 crisis becomes clear.

They are individually tailored grants of up to £2,000 for children and young people who have experienced a recent crisis or significant change in life. Items and activities can be funded to help improve social and emotional wellbeing and increase capacity to engage in education and learning. Applications are accepted only from frontline professionals working closely with the children or young person, who have carried out at least one home visit, and made a full assessment of the children’s or young person’s needs. The professional will also need to supervise grant spend, upload receipts and complete an evaluation survey.

Children/young people must meet all of the criteria below.

  • The child or young person must be aged 18 and under if living with parent/carer, or 20 and under if living independently with little or no support.
  • They must have been socially, emotionally or educationally impacted or otherwise negatively affected by their circumstances, such as domestic abuse, estrangement, abuse, neglect or another issue.
  • The family or young person must have recently taken positive action to improve their situation, e.g. fled from the perpetrator of abuse; the children have recently moved to live with other family members; parent/carer has engaged with support services to address a specific issue such as drug/alcohol misuse; young person has re-engaged in education etc. 
  • They must be living on a low income and experiencing financial hardship.
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