Where do you operate?

Youth Futures Foundation is focused on reducing youth unemployment in England. The £90m of dormant assets money that was awarded to us by Government is restricted to England and a separate allocation of dormant assets money focused on youth services has been allocated to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What do you mean by “youth”?

Our initial work is aimed at 14-24 year olds who are furthest from the labour market.

In the future, we may explore preventative projects involving children between 11- 14 years old, but we have no immediate plans to work with this age group.

Why focus on youth unemployment?

Nearly 302,000 young people in the UK are currently unemployed and a further 461,000 are not in any education or training, but not looking for work. Experiencing periods out of the labour market at the start of your adult life harms your future career trajectory. Impetus report that long periods spent NEET can have a negative impact on a young person’s mental and physical health and can have a significant impact on future earnings – to the tune of £225,000 over a lifetime. Even in times of low unemployment, young people – particularly those with low qualifications and social disadvantages – are most likely to be vulnerable to unemployment.

Despite this, there is less available evidence on how to support unemployed young people into work than there is older people. This is something we’re hoping to change.

Why focus on ethnic disparities?

The government’s Race Disparity Audit data shows large disparities at a national level in NEET rates between different ethnic groups, despite having similar qualifications. The data also shows that the unemployment rate for young people from a BAME background is stubbornly nearly double the average.

Youth Futures Foundation is committed to working towards decreasing this BAME youth employment gap.

What is Youth Futures Foundation connection to the government?

Youth Futures Foundation is an independent UK company established in response to the government’s commitment to allocate £90m of dormant asset funding to youth opportunities. YFF has purposefully been created as an independent organisation, with its own board and the ability and remit to set its own strategy.

How was Youth Futures Foundation created?

In January 2018, the Government announced that £90 million from dormant bank and building society accounts would fund projects to support young people furthest from the labour market into employment. Youth Futures Foundation was established in response to this.

You can read more in the statement of intent published in March 2018.


Government’s Civil Society Strategy published in summer 2018, (p43, “helping the most disadvantaged young people”) announced that, following a consultation exercise to determine the best way to deploy the funding, a new organisation would be created, independent from government.


What are dormant assets?

In the UK, dormant asset are defined as money from bank accounts where the customer has not touched the account for 15 years or more and where banks have been unable to contact those customers.

The Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act (2008) enables banks and building societies to voluntarily transfer money held in dormant accounts to the Reclaim Fund Ltd (RFL). Any spending of dormant assets funding needs to have a well-defined social purpose.

In addition, in England, expenditure must be directed to either youth, financial inclusion or social investment. So far over £1.2bn have been transferred to RFL, with over £600m passed on the Big Lottery Fund to distribute to good causes across the UK.

Does Youth Futures Foundation award grants to charities?

In March 2020 we launched our first rolling grants programme, designed to find, fund, support and evaluate promising practice. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. We are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to more young people.

We want to partner with organisations that share our values and are committed to learning, investing in good practice and sharing what works to transform the youth employment landscape.



What are the sources for the statistics on your homepage?
The statistics on our homepage are taken from a variety of reliable reports and studies as follows:



In June last year, the Prime Minister committed to an Opportunity Guarantee to ensure young people could access training, apprenticeships or quality jobs. We need the Government to deliver on that promise if we are to avoid a generation’s future blighted by the scarring effects of long-term unemployment.  

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When we launched our first funding programme last year, we had a clear ambition: to find, invest in, support and evaluate promising approaches that ensure that all young people have fair access to good quality jobs. 


Introducing six members of our grants panel who are bringing their passion, experience and expertise to our grant-making decisions.


Comment on the latest labour market statistics which show that under-25s account for three fifths of the fall in employment.


Youth Futures Foundation publishes its current grants portfolio representing an investment of over £5million to improve job outcomes for young people who face disadvantage or discrimination.


Youth Futures Foundation is delighted to announce the membership of its Future Voices Group, 13 young people who will act as ambassadors for the organisation and inform its strategy and work. 


Young people are being hardest hit by the downturn in the labour market, says An Unequal Crisis: The impact of the pandemic on the youth labour market, a new report published by Youth Futures Foundation today (12 February 2021). 


Charlie Howard, aged 20, joined Youth Future’s Foundation as a Finance Officer Apprentice in October 2020. 

Digital Communications co-ordinator, Rebecca Omereye, spoke to him about taking the apprenticeship route and his plans for the future.  


The Spending Review is a missed opportunity to support young people into jobs and invest for the future.


Chris Goulden comments on how the rise in the number of young people staying in full-time education pushing down NEET numbers.


Youth Futures Foundation and BBC Children in Need announce the grant recipients of the £7 millon Inspiring Futures fund.


Deuvaunn Darroux joins the Youth Futures Foundation as Strategy Officer Apprentice.


Director of Impact and Evidence, Chris Goulden, reports back from the ERSA Kickstart Forum


Jason Arthur joins Youth Futures Foundation as Director of Strategy and Innovation.


New Heads of Grants Dilys Winterkorn and Lekan Ojumu join Director Matthew Poole (pictured centre) in the Grants and Investment team.