UK Youth Parliament

Information about the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) programme and how to apply to deliver the grant.

This advert was updated on 15th November with additional information on criteria weighting and TUPE considerations (see Supporting information).

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Summary

DCMS is relaunching the UK Youth Parliament programme to increase engagement with young people from across the UK, including with more marginalised young people and those that may not normally take part in a youth voice programme. The programme aims to build the UK Youth Parliament into an established part of the policymaking and parliamentary process, with direct access to decision makers, and improve feedback and recognition to young people. It will also bring together the successful elements of DCMS’ previous Youth Engagement Grant under the banner of the UK Youth Parliament. The programme is delivered as a partnership between central government, UK Parliament and the youth sector. The key objectives of this grant are to:

  • Engage young people in a UK-wide democratic process;

  • Enable young people to express their voices on issues that matter to them;

  • Engage young people at an early stage in the development of policy affecting them; and

  • Test specific government proposals and policy with young people.

DCMS is competing the grant, in line with best practice in grant-making across government. A grant of up to £750,000 is available for the delivery of the UK Youth Parliament for two years from April 2023 to March 2025.

  • Up to £650,000 of this grant is expected to fund the core costs of the programme; and

  • Up to £100,000 (£50,000 per annum) to ensure young people from the devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can participate in the programme, including in elections, induction, training and associated activities.

Grant funding is available from UK Parliament to support this project as follows:

  • £10,000 per annum is available to support a yearly Youth Select Committee, to be delivered in collaboration with UK Parliament.

This funding will be agreed with UK Parliament once the delivery provider is known. The delivery provider will need to complete additional due diligence to receive the UK Parliament grant funding, and this funding is subject to UK Parliament confirming satisfactory due diligence has been completed.

Grant funding is also available from the House of Commons to support this project as follows:

  • £32,000 per annum is available to support a yearly House of Commons Sitting, to be delivered in collaboration with the House of Commons.

This funding will be agreed with the House of Commons once the delivery provider is known. The delivery provider will need to complete additional due diligence to receive the House of Commons grant funding, and this funding is subject to the House of Commons confirming satisfactory due diligence has been completed.

DCMS is also committing up to £80,000 for each financial year to focus on evaluation and analysis of the programme. This will focus on understanding the impact of the programme on participants, Ministers and officials that engage with the UKYP, and policy and decision making. The impact evaluation work will be conducted by an external provider and will be overseen and managed by DCMS. DCMS intends to contract for the research and impact study in 2023.

All applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Ability to deliver: Applications must demonstrate the organisation’s capability, capacity and creativity to deliver the project, including through evidence of sufficient expertise and experience in working with young people and amplifying youth voice, as well as through outlining a clear project plan and the scale and reach of project outputs. Applications will be assessed on the suitability of timescales and clarity of quarterly activities. Applications will also be assessed on how easy it is to understand what you are proposing and how well this meets the strategic outcomes and key outputs outlined.

  • Adaptability for delivery: Applications must demonstrate the organisation’s ability to adapt delivery based on external circumstances, including Covid-19 restrictions.

  • Diverse group: Applications must demonstrate the organisation’s ability to reach young people with a range of lived experiences and diverse backgrounds, including through digital engagement.

  • Digital engagement: Applicants must demonstrate the organisation’s ability to support digital engagement, including a strong focus on online communications, branding and marketing.

  • Value for money: Applications must demonstrate how the greatest value for money will be delivered, including providing plans for how activities will achieve social impact. Applications will be assessed on the suitability of financial management mechanisms.

  • Ability to secure external funding: Applications must demonstrate the organisation’s ability to bring in external funding sources and partners, to add value to the programme.

  • Partnerships: Applications must demonstrate the organisation’s ability to build links with local authorities, schools and other partners.

  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Applications must provide plans for robust evaluation of the project, including the level and number of outputs and outcomes to be measured.

These criteria will be weighted as follows:

  • Ability to deliver, Adaptability for delivery [Section 5] = 35%

  • Diverse group, Digital engagement, Partnerships [Section 4] = 35%

  • Value for money, Ability to secure external funding [Section 7] = 20%

  • Monitoring and Evaluation [Section 6] = 10%

We are looking for new and creative proposals to deliver the programme activities. We are particularly interested in proposals increasing digital engagement, branding, marketing and communications and increasing engagement with more marginalised young people and those that may not normally take part in a youth voice programme. We encourage consortium bids or partnership working to be able to deliver all aspects of the programme.

Eligibility

This grant competition is inviting individual, and consortia of charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations in England to apply for funding. The criteria are:

  • Applications should be for up to £750,000;

  • The value of the grant requested must not represent more than 50% of the applicant organisation’s, or consortia’s collective annual income for the financial year;

  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they can carry out activity across all four nations of the United Kingdom;

  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate the organisation's ability to adapt delivery based on external circumstances, including Covid-19 restrictions;

  • Applicants must be able to draw down and complete all funded activity by 31st March 2025;

  • Applicants should demonstrate that they will be able to secure external investment and partnerships to add value to this grant;

  • Applications must include details of arrangements for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults as part of their planned activities.

Objectives

The key objectives of the grant are to:

  • Engage young people in a UK-wide democratic process;

  • Enable young people to express their voices on issues that matter to them;

  • Engage young people on the development of policy affecting them;

  • Test specific government proposals and policy with young people.

This will be achieved through a range of grant-funded activities, including:

  • Election of young people to be Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) and Deputy Members aged 11-18 from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, mirroring representation in the UK Parliament, and ensuring participation from the Devolved Administrations.

  • Selection of a Youth Steering Group to oversee and advise on the UKYP to include previous MYPs and other young people on an application basis.

  • Induction, training and support for young elected members.

  • Participation in at least one event a year to bring together all young elected members (for example, an Annual Conference).

  • Yearly House of Commons Sitting (to be delivered in collaboration with UK Parliament).

  • Yearly Youth Select Committee (to be delivered in collaboration with UK Parliament).

  • Increased Ministerial roundtables/workshops averaging 6 events a year.

  • Regional events to engage young people in the democratic processes to take place throughout the year.

  • Yearly ballot of UK-wide youth views.

  • Increased engagement sessions in and outside education on UKYP and democratic processes to take place throughout the year.

  • MYP Manifesto and policy development, including deep dives into policy priority areas.

  • Campaign activity and promotion throughout the year locally, regionally and nationally.

  • Accredited training, e.g. leadership training for all beneficiaries.

  • Establishing a pool/network of young people from existing youth voice groups to work in collaboration with the UKYP.

  • A range of engagement options to increase outreach including surveys and polling.

  • Increased outreach work to engage with more marginalised young people and those that may not normally take part in the UKYP, including creating accessible content.

  • Greater focus on facilitating join up between APPGs/Select Committees and the UKYP.

  • Greater focus on digital communications/digital engagement platform to effectively engage with large numbers of young people.

  • Local/regional/national ongoing support for participating organisations and support, advertising and promotion for new areas to sign up.

  • Evaluation report on the programme and key findings.

These activities will be essential to delivering the programme’s strategic outcomes, as outlined below:

  • Encouraging young people to participate in the democratic process;

  • Young people taking active leadership and decision-making roles in shaping the programme locally, regionally and nationally;

  • Reaching 10% of young people (11-18 years old) through the UKYP and ballot;

  • Reaching a diverse group of young people;

  • Participating young people develop skills for life and work;

  • Greater digital engagement with the UKYP and ballot; and

  • Young people being encouraged to participate in the democratic process and social action.

Dates

We will be running two webinars on Tuesday 15th November from 10am - 11am and Thursday 17th November from 2pm - 3pm to explain the grant and answer any questions. If you would like to attend one of the webinars, please contact Rachel Cole at rachel.cole@dcms.gov.uk to sign up.

The deadline for clarification questions is Friday 2nd December. Please send any questions to Rachel Cole by this deadline.

  • Applications open on 7th November 2022 at 10am;

  • The deadline for applications is 18th December 2022 (6 week window);

  • All applicants should answer all questions on the application form;

  • All applications received by the closing date will be assessed following the closing date;

  • Any applications received after the closing date will not be assessed;

  • All available information and guidance relating to this funding is contained within the application form, guidance for applicants and DCMS terms and conditions;

  • As the application process is competitive, we are not able to answer individual questions or respond to requests for support in completing the application.

Successful applicants will be informed by January 2023. We expect the grant agreement to be finalised with the successful applicant in January/February 2023. Exact timing may vary.

Programme delivery will take place from April 2023 - March 2025 with all spending to be completed within this time period.

How to apply

The UK Youth Parliament grant will be hosted on the Apply for a Grant service.

To apply, click the 'Start new application' button above to be taken to the Apply for a Grant service. You’ll need to register before you can access the application form. Once registered you’ll be taken through to the application form for completion.

Supporting information

Guidance for Applicants

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UKYP Guidance for Applicants.docx (69 Kb)

Terms and Conditions

Consideration of Employee Issues - "TUPE"

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TUPE Considerations.docx (8 Kb)

DCMS UK Youth Parliament Grant Webinar, 17th November