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The Access Fund supports centres working with young people who face barriers to access and inclusion.

Within the application form you will be asked to identify the group of young people you are or will be working with. Priority will be given to centres working with children and young people who: 

  • are disabled
  • have special educational needs, learning difficulties, or other specific individual requirements  
  • live in areas of rural isolation and/or socio economic deprivation
  • are in the youth justice system*
  • are looked after by foster carers or in residential children’s homes
  • are young carers or young parents
  • are in a specific minority group (eg LGBTQ+, BAME and/or PoC, homeless, traveller, asylum seeker, refugee, particular faith group)
  • are not in full-time education, employment or training/excluded from school/are in alternative education
  • are hospital outpatients/inpatients or suffering long term health problems (including mental health problems)
  • other access/inclusion issue (you will be required to tell us more in your application)
Within your Access Fund application you will need to explain how the young people you're working with apply to these groups and give more information about the particular needs or challenges they face in relation to them.
You should refer to the Access Fund information and guidance for more information about each of these priorty groups and how to complete your application.
* Please note that there are currently restrictions with face-to-face moderation in youth justice settings. If you plan to deliver Arts Award in these settings, please contact us in advance to discuss your moderation arrangements.

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