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Connected Futures Fund

We are delighted to launch our new £6.1 million fund to support young people to get good jobs through pioneering local partnerships. We envisage funding 6-8 bids for up to 18 months, then making longer-term commitments to 2-4 bids.

The aim of the Connected Futures programme is to join up services at a local level so that young people furthest from the job market receive good quality, consistent support that understands their complex needs. When young people facing disadvantage told us what they want from employment support, they talked about changes to the whole system. It is clear that these young people need:

  • holistic support that responds to their situation by taking their needs and strengths into account
  • aligned services that work together to help them achieve their goals, rather than pulling in different directions
  • connected services with effective communication and coordination across organisations and sectors so that they don’t have to navigate everything for themselves
  • consistent support over time

We are looking for partnership bids that tackle this issue.

The fund is open to partnership applications from local authorities, charities, not-for-profits, employers, and related organisations and must be focused on a distinct geographic area.

The grants for the first phase of the Connected Futures programme will run for a duration of up to 18 months.

The deadline is Monday 17 January 2022.


Join us at our workshops for prospective applicants and hear more about the fund. We’ll go through frequently asked questions and it is an opportunity for you to ask new questions.

To register for Wednesday 24 November at 15.00 please click here, or to register for Wednesday 8 December at 10.00, please click here.