How to Apply for Another Chance – Diversion from the Criminal Justice System Grant

Deadline: 5pm Friday 14 May

How to Apply for Another Chance – Diversion from the Criminal Justice System Grant

Applications have now opened for our £20 million ‘Diversion from the criminal justice system‘ grant round!

The Youth Endowment Fund exists to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. We do this by finding out what works and building a movement to put this knowledge into practice.

We know that sometimes, children need another chance: alternatives to arrest, conviction and custody.

Diversion programmes help them do that, whether it’s through mental health support, whole family interventions or mentoring (for example). They all tend to offer support at key turning points. That might be at point of arrest, before court action is taken or when a child sustains a serious injury because they’ve been involved in a violent assault.

The question we’re aiming to answer  through this grant round is:

Which diversion approaches work best at preventing 10 to 17-year-olds from becoming involved in violence?

What we’re aiming to invest in

We’ll aim to identify around 10-20 programmes that are ready for robust impact evaluation or could be supported to reach this point within two years. We will look to spend between £10 million and £20 million depending on the quality of the applications.

Scope of Programmes we’ll fund in this round

We’re looking to fund projects that meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Your project supports children (aged 10 – 17 living in England and Wales) identified at one of four turning point moments before court action is taken for a crime:

(a) Not yet arrested but identified by police or other statutory bodies as at high risk of becoming involved in crime

(b) At point of injury due to a violent incident

(c) At point of arrest

(d) Prior to charge and court action (often referred to as out of court disposals)

  1. Diversionary programmes that provide:

(a) Family and parenting support

(b) Mental health and therapeutic support

(c) Restorative justice

Other approaches if they can demonstrate scale and evidence of impact.

  1. Programmes that involve a referral by a relevant statutory body, for example:

(a) Police

(b) Violence Reduction Unit

(c) Local Authority Youth Offending Team

(d) Acute healthcare trust

But programmes may be provided by charities, public services, or private sector organisations.

  1. Programmes that have sufficient scale and evidence of impact to run a large-scale efficacy and/or effectiveness evaluation, through a randomised control trial or quasi-experimental design method.


  1. Programmes that require a pilot study, but that could be ready for an efficacy and/or effectiveness trial within two years.

For more Information: Visit the website for Another Chance – Diversion from the Criminal Justice System