The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) provides grants up to a value of £5,000. The grants can be used to run projects and activities or to purchase equipment. The fund is accessed through application to individual Local Councils.

The following websites have resource pages with many links to charities and trusts offering grants to projects involving young people: Makeaspace.org , Yes on the net and Youthoria.

Londonyouth.org which has a page on grant funding and general advice for youth groups on applying for grants. There is also turn2us a subscription free grants search website.

Below is a selection of individual organisations offering finance to youth projects.

Erasmus+ The Erasmus+ programme offers support to youth activities across the UK through a variety of different projects. It is open to a wide range of youth organisations and groups working with young people. In general only organisations are able to apply for Erasmus+ grants but specific allowances will be made for the youth sector to enable informal groups of young people to apply.

Freemasons – Offers major grants over £5,000 to youth projects focusing on disadvantaged young people between the ages of 16 and 25. Grants over £5,000 are made only for a specific purpose and are generally made to larger nationwide charities. Core funding grants of between £500 and £5,000 are given to smaller, nationwide charities whose annual income does not exceed about £1 million. Core funding means that an applicant charity does not have to specify a project. A minor grant can be used for the general running or overhead costs of the charity.

Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation - Trustees aim to provide practical activities that help young people attain their full potential and take their place within society as responsible citizens. To this end, they support Youth Activity Centres, uniformed youth groups and youth clubs. They also help those who are young ex-offenders, 'at risk' or in danger of exclusion.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation - Are a medium-sized grant making foundation giving grants to small, well-established organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.

Seafarers UK – Offers grants to young people in maritime youth groups focusing on those considering or pursuing a career at sea.

Hampshire community buildings capital fund - The Community Buildings Capital Fund supports capital based projects including refurbishment and improvement of Hampshire community centres, village halls and charitable and voluntary organisations including youth clubs.

Tesco Charity Trust - The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £2,500. The funds should be used for improving opportunities for young people under the age of 25.

Big Lottery Fund - Has various opportunities for funding young people and has produced a guide Sources of funding for young people.


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