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. It supports organisations which work with young people experiencing disadvantage in a way that recognises and builds on their strengths and potential.
The Fund provides core funding for organisations that:
Seek to sustain, prepare to grow, or grow impact with and for young people
Put young people at the centre in terms of power, voice and agency – as part of an asset-based approach, starting with recognising and building on young people’s strengths and potential
Aim to achieve wide impact for young people (for example, going beyond direct delivery and focusing on systemic or structural change).
Support young people who are facing complex transitions, challenges and barriers to accessing support and opportunities. Particularly young people who are socially excluded or marginalised; whose experiences can be hidden or less well known; and whose voices are often erased or ignored.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there are no defined deadlines.