Apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme and create a valuable employment opportunity for a young person in your community

Suzanne AllenBlog & News

This Summer, the Chancellor announced new funding to help local businesses create employment opportunities for young people through The Kickstart Scheme.

Could your Third Sector organisation use this funding to create a valuable opportunity for a local young person from your local community?

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for 16 to 24-year olds, who are currently claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.

These quality placements should support participants gain valuable experience and help them to develop the skills needed to find employment after the scheme ends.

Find out more via the GOV.UK website by clicking here.

What Funding is Available?

The £2 billion pot is expected to create hundreds of thousands of job opportunities over the next few years.

For each placement, funding will cover:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

There is also £1,500 per job placement available to help cover support and training costs, as well as helping pay for uniforms and other setup costs.

Who Can Apply?

Any organisation, regardless of size, can apply for funding.

The job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs. They must not:

  • replace existing or planned vacancies
  • cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment

The roles you are applying for must be:

  • a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

How to Apply

Applications must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. However, organisations are encouraged to apply as part of a group of employers, if they are unable to offer this many job placements.

Other organisations could include:

  • similar employers
  • local authorities
  • trade bodies
  • registered charities

Find out more about getting someone to apply on your behalf here.

Get full details on the application process via the GOV.UK website by clicking here.

Supporting the Third Sector through COVID-19

A series of documents and updates regarding the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Programme and the response to COVID-19 can be accessed here.

As ever, our dedicated CSI Representatives are here to understand and unpack the issues that the third sector is facing within the current ESIF programme which are affecting their ability to use European funds effectively. 

So that we can raise these issues at government level on your behalf and pro-actively work for solutions, we’re asking Third Sector organisations to tell us their experiences using these funds, in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. Please contact us via