Sefton is one of 12 successful local authorities who will receive the money to help develop new, and creative approaches to youth services.
Youth Innovation Zones aim to give young people a bigger voice in local decision-making, to build stronger partnerships with voluntary organisations and local businesses and to develop opportunities for young people in their local communities.
In Sefton, the Government money will be used to support young people aged 13 – 19 years to become young leaders and to further engage with them to help change their communities.
Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “This funding will enable us to really explore how far young people are able to lead and deliver quality youth work within Sefton.
“Investing in projects like this enable young people to increase their confidence, self esteem and knowledge which only bode well for the future.
“The ‘Innovation Zone’ status recognises the excellent work we are doing with our community partners to ensure the services young people want are available to them.
“We are committed to working with young people, communities and voluntary sector partners to ensure there is a high quality provision right across the borough that is available to everyone.”
For more information on the Youth Innovation Zones, call Sarah Austin on 0151 934 3601