Grants for youth-led volunteering projects that improve the lives of others


About the fund

Area: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Suitable for: Individuals or groups of young people aged 30 or under.

Funding size: Up to £500.

Application deadline: Trustees meet four times a year, usually in January, April, July and October.

The Alec Dickson Trust is looking for UK-based volunteering or community service projects, organised and run by people under 30 years old, which directly or indirectly respond to COVID-19. The Trust is providing grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups to help them put their ideas into action and run projects that benefit the lives of others – particularly the most marginalised and disadvantaged.

When deciding who to fund, trustees are looking for projects that meet the following criteria:

The Trust supports projects that support and encourage youth volunteering. They particularly like to fund projects that involve lots of volunteers, and/or encourage these young people to stay engaged as volunteers in the long term.

Trustees are looking to support young people who run projects that have a positive impact on disadvantaged communities and individuals. They are particularly interested in projects that will have a deep and meaningful effect on those it reaches, as well as projects that are as long-lasting and sustainable as possible.

The Trust particularly like to fund volunteer initiatives that are innovative and try to do things a bit differently, such as using social media creatively or using existing resources in new ways.

Read more about this funding opportunity.

About the Author:

Keir is a project officer based in Semble's Bristol office. Most of his time is spent on two of our movement campaigns, Outdoor Classroom Day and Backyard Nature. One of Keir’s main interests is food equality and outside of Semble he runs a small community food waste project.