About our grants

The Youth Futures Foundation is committed to transforming employment for young people. We recognise that achieving this systemic change will be a team effort involving a broad range of employers, government, funders and organisations working with young people. Our activities and grant giving are designed to reflect this.

Here we set out the details of current Youth Futures funding opportunities. Over time we will be announcing further funding streams, advocacy and capacity building activity to support the wider youth employment ecosystem.


Current funding available

Our Development and Impact rolling grants programme is 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 reach 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. In response to Covid-19 we have significantly increased funding available for these grants.

The launch of our Resilience Grants is in direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic to support key infrastructure organisations that demonstrate their ability to play a pivotal role in responding to rising youth employment and support young people from the hardest hit communities.

We have partnered with Children in Need to deliver the £6m Inspiring Futures programme to improve the employment prospects of children and young people who discrimination or disadvantage.

In addition, please note that successful applicants for Development and Impact funding will receive funding for a 6-12 month period of planning and set up from September 2020 onwards (depending on when they apply), during which time no direct delivery to young people will be required. This will be followed by funding for a delivery phase from January 2021 onwards, by which time we hope face to face work will be possible again.


THREE types of grants are available

  1. Development and Impact Grants
  2. Resilience Grants Please note the deadline for applications to this fund has now passed. Further funding may be available in the near future, so please check back with us or sign up to our newsletter.
  3. Inspiring Futures Please note the deadline for applications to this fund has now passed.

How to apply:

Click through to the relevant page for details.

If you need help:

Please read our grants prospectus and check to see if our frequently asked questions can help you.

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