Funding opportunities for young people

  1. Funding to support the core costs of youth organisations: Not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 – 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of between 10,000 and £60,000 through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund. The funding is available for up to two-years and will support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation. Examples of what can be funded include part-funding the salary of a key individual, whether the Chief Executive or a post such as:
  • A Head of Operations/Finance
  • Policy work
  • Additional fundraising or income generation capacity
  • Upgrading IT systems or website to reach young people online; etc.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and up to 30 awards a year will be granted through this fund. Read more at:


  1. The Ideas & Pioneers Fund: The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) has produced a top tips guide to help applicants in preparing a budget to support their bid to the Ideas and Pioneers Fund. The Fund supports individuals over 18 and partnerships or small organisations with a charitable purpose. Projects funded will be based around unusual or radical ideas that can improve the life chances and opportunities of individuals and communities in the UK enabling people to realise their potential and to go on to enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. Applications should be for ideas that are in the early stages of development and the funding should be used to enable the applicant to develop the idea from concept to set-up. Grants of up to £15,000 to cover a period of up to 18 months are available with most grants expected to be in the region of £10,000.

Previous projects supported include Advantages of Age which received a grant of £10,575 to research, develop, test and pilot a training programme aimed at men and women, ages 50 and up, who have been made redundant from employment and are seeking to fulfil their potential through creating their own business.

Applications to the Fund should be supported by a 3-minute video and may be submitted at any time.  Read more at:


  1. Funding for projects that use the arts & media to address the concerns of children: Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding of up to £50,000 through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Programme. The Ragdoll Foundation’s vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. The Foundations is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more at:


  1. Helping Hand: youth project funding from #iwill: Go Think Big are offering 10 grants of up to £500 to young people who have good ideas for projects that use volunteering as a way of boosting their own skills and experience and those of their peers. The Helping Hand Youth Project Initiative encourages young people aged 15-24 to make a difference to their communities by getting involved in a wide range of activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.

Go Think Big are looking for creative, imaginative projects that could, for example, be based around anything from skills workshops, podcasts, journalism pieces, live events, community initiatives or apps. Most importantly, projects should offer the young people delivering the activity the chance to involve and inspire their peers in making a difference to their communities. Projects supported will be completed within 6 months, be realistic and achievable within the £500 award. Individuals or groups of people can apply as long as the Project Leader, who will be responsible for communications and finances, is a young person aged 15-24.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 31st December 2017. Read more at:

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