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Do IT platform powers new £1.3m fund for youth groups

Do IT and UK Youth have teamed up to distribute over £1.3m of funding to help youth groups recover and become more resilient to the disruption caused by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

UK Youth, the country’s leading infrastructure support body for youth services and groups, has partnered with the Julia & Hans Rausing Trust to provide much needed funding to help ensure the sustainability of grassroots youth organisations that have struggled due to the pandemic. Grants are being offered to facilitate the reopening and continuation of youth provision to pre-pandemic levels.

Do IT, working closely with Do IT Foundation, is supporting the fund via a new digital grant delivery system that was announced at the end of last year. Called Fund, which was developed with support from Innovate UK, the system will make it easy for youth groups to apply for grants and for UK Youth and their partners to make decisions quickly and efficiently. Fund is being piloted with UK Youth before being made available to other funders in later 2021.

Geoff Russell-Jones, Head of Grants at UK Youth said,

"UK Youth Fund are delighted to be working with Do IT to distribute this generous funding from Julia & Hans Rausing. By utilising the innovative Fund grant delivery system we will be streamlining our grant making processes and significantly improving the application process for our grantees."

Do IT CEO George Grima said,

“We are excited to be supporting UK Youth to distribute much needed funds to their members to aid their Covid 19 recovery. Our Fund service is a core component of our new platform that that makes it even easier for people and organisations to come together to do good things and be happier and healthier as a result.”

Do IT Foundation founder Jamie Ward-Smith said,

“Working with UK Youth will enable us to demonstrate how we can streamline the grant making process and make it more accessible to small community groups that too often miss out on funding opportunities.”

The UK Youth fund opened for applications on 1st July and will close at midnight Sunday 18th July 2021 - youth groups can apply and get more information via this link:

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