Funding: Bids Invited for Second Round of National Citizen Service Pilots

Civil society organisations are being invited to bid to deliver the second round of National Citizen Service (NCS) pilots in summer 2012.

NCS is a voluntary eight-week summer programme for 16-year-olds, which supports the Government’s vision for building a ‘Big Society’. Administered by the Office for Civil Society (OCS) and the Department for Education, it aims to help young people develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more engaged with their communities and become active and responsible citizens.

The first NCS pilots take place in summer 2011, with over 11,000 places available to young people in England. In Greater Manchester, organisations such as v, the Catch22 NCS Partnership, The Prince’s Trust, the Field Studies Council and Bolton Lads and Girls Club will be involved this year. The Government is planning to make 30,000 NCS places available in summer 2012.

The OCS is interested in receiving bids from any organisation or group of organisations that can demonstrate the ability to deliver the full core NCS requirements as set out in the bid document. Those organisations may include (individually or in consortia):

  • civil society organisations, including charities and social enterprises;
  • local authorities;
  • schools or other education/training providers;
  • uniformed services;
  • private sector organisations.

Initial proposals should be submitted by e-mail only to NCS.pilots@education.gov.gsi.uk. The deadline is noon on Thursday 5th May 2011.

Further information, including the bid document and initial proposal application form, can be downloaded at the National Citizen Service website http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/nationalc...