Each and every Youth Zone presents its own set of unique and intricate funding challenges.
A model of local ownership is a key success factor in ensuring financial sustainability of each Youth Zone into the future. This all-important funding approach is split into two distinct areas of Capital and Revenue:
The cost of building and fitting out a Youth Zone is in the order of £6million. £3m is provided by the Council, with the site provided by the local authority and the remainder made up of grants, trusts funding and local philanthropic giving.
The OnSide Foundation invests in the new Youth Zones by flowing capital grants raised by OnSide to each project.
The cross-sector funding model is unique and sustainable. The annual running costs for a start-up Youth Zone are £1million; 40% met by local authority support, 50% by the local private sector and 10% through membership and entry fees from young people. OnSide works with the local team to raise the first three years of private sector funding ahead of opening.