Youth Fund

See examples of previous Youth Fund recipients in our grants database.

The purpose of the Fund

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people (aged 14-25) in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging. The Fund supports organisations which work with young people experiencing disadvantage in a way that recognises and builds on their strengths and potential – we refer to this as an asset-based approach. Such approaches can include ‘strengths-based’, ‘advantaged thinking’, or ‘asset-based community development’ practices. 

Organisations may be planning to grow their impact by:

  • Replicating a programme or service
  • Widening the reach of an idea or innovation
  • Spreading a technology or skill
  • Advancing policy or enhancing its implementation
  • Influencing attitudes

The Fund will provide core funding to organisations within the youth sector and outside. This is a direct response to what we heard in our strategy consultation – that, in order to achieve greatest positive impact in the lives of young people, organisations need to achieve a balance of stability, continuity and flexibility.

To see examples of current grants please click here.

Applicants may also be interested in the Ideas and Pioneers Fund, which offers grants of £10,000 to support individuals and organisations that have unusual or radical ideas to improve the life chances and opportunities of people in the UK.