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National Citizen Service pilots – commissioning process for grants opens

Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement of plans for National Citizen Service pilots, a competitive commissioning process is being launched today, Monday 2 August.

National Citizen Service will give young people the chance to learn new skills that will help them to make a positive contribution to their community.  Government-backed pilots for the scheme will take place in summer 2011 and provide around 10,000 places for 16 year old school-leavers, subject to the outcome of the cross-government spending review which concludes in October 2010.

Activities are expected to include an outdoor challenge, structured tasks to develop personal skills whilst visiting and helping groups in the local neighbourhood and designing a social action project in consultation with local communities.  The experience will end with a graduation ceremony for those who successfully complete it. In the longer-term, graduates will be encouraged to take-up training sessions, reunion events and further community involvement, to build on the enthusiasm and relationships generated by NCS.

The Office for Civil Society is planning to award a small number of grant funding agreements to organisations/groups of organisations that can deliver the programme in a range of locations across England during the pilot period. 

To apply

Interested organisations should email mailbox.nationalcitizenservice@education.gsi.gov.uk to obtain a copy of the specification and an expression of interest form. The deadline for completed forms is 12.00pm on Wednesday 25 August. Organisations successful at this stage will be notified and invited to submit a full application in September 2010.

Successful candidates will be announced in late October. In common with all Government programmes, the scale of the pilots will be subject to the spending review.

Information events/updates

We are running seven events for potential bidders in London and Sheffield which are now full. Information provided at these events will be circulated to everyone who has requested a copy of the specification, to update organisations not able to attend.