Grants for organisations helping young people find meaningful work


The Youth Futures Foundation provides grants to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. They are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to more young people.

Young people are twice as likely to be unemployed than older adults in the labour market and BAME young people have higher rates of unemployment than White young people. Disadvantaged young people are disproportionately likely to be out of work or education.

“We are committed to giving young people from diverse backgrounds access to meaningful work in which they can progress. Our aim is to address the root causes of youth unemployment and under employment

There are two types of grants available:

Development Grants of £30,000 – £100,000 per year, aimed at projects which are not yet ready for larger scale delivery and/or external evaluation straightaway, but could be in the near future. These projects will work with at least 50 young people a year over 1-2 years.

Impact Grants of £100,000 – £800,000 per year, aimed at projects that have the potential to generate useful lessons for both your organisation and the wider audience through robust evaluation. These projects will work with at least 150 young people a year over 1-5 years.

What They Fund

Area: one or more regions of England (Greater London, South East, South West, West Midlands, North West, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, East of England)

Suitable for: registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations, statutory bodies (local authority, combined authority, town, parish, or community council), state-funded schools/academies/colleges, universities or higher-education institutions, community benefit societies and cooperative societies

Key eligibility criteria that we have identified include (a full list can be found here):

  • You must have at least a 3 year track record of working with young people and have directly worked with at least 100 young people in the last year
  • You must have an annual turnover of over £100,000
  • Your project must work directly with young people (aged 14-24) who are either not in employment, education, or training (NEET), or with young people who are at risk of becoming NEET, to improve their access to employment and the labour market
  • You should currently be supporting young people who face at least one of the following barriers to accessing employment including:
    • Not in employment, education or training
    • Young people who have experience of the care system
    • Young parent, or have a caring responsibility
    • Economically disadvantaged (eligible for free school meals) or living in an area of high deprivation
    • Have special educational needs or disabilities
    • Have experience of offending
    • Have experience of exclusion or alternative provision
    • Have experience of homelessness
    • Ethnic minorities, particularly those most at risk of facing disparities in the labour market
    • Have a mental health or long-term health condition
    • Have experience of substance abuse
    • Facing another substantial barrier with an evidence base showing its association with youth unemployment

Funding size: £30,000 – £100,000 a year over 1-2 years for Development Grants and £100,000 – £800,000 a year over 1-5 years for Impact Grants

Application deadline: You can apply at any time. The upcoming funding decision dates are:

  • Apply by 31 May 2020 for a decision by 30 June 2020
  • Apply by 23 August 2020 for a decision by 30 September 2020
  • Apply by 9 November 2020 for a decision by 31 December 2020

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.