Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Youth Fund

Article date
17 May 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is working with and for young people (aged 14-25) who face complex transitions to adulthood.

  • Core funding grants up to £90,000 over three years
  • Rolling application cycle – no deadline

Through the Covid-19 crisis the Foundation have been made increasingly aware that inequality plays out in ways that connect and intersect across race, gender, class, disability and other characteristics. The pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on young people.

The current context is increasing demand for work with and for young people, whilst at the same time making it more challenging to deliver. Despite these difficult conditions, many organisations continue to have ambitious plans for the future.

Purpose of the fund

The Foundation want to support organisations to:

  • Sustain, grow or prepare to grow the organisation’s impact.
  • Improve, consolidate and spread practices which empower young people to shape their lives and lead change (sometimes called asset-based approaches).
  • Support and champion people with lived experience in the leadership and operational delivery of this work, particularly people who are most affected by systemic oppression and or discrimination.
What they will fund and what type of organisation
  • Core operating costs. Organisations can request up to £90,000, spread over three years i.e. up to £30,000 per year. The Youth Fund is designed to be a strategic investment in your organisation and so they prefer to fund for the full three years and at the maximum amount per year. Grants of less than £15,000 per year are unlikely to be made.
  • Organisations which provide direct services or infrastructure support

The Foundation makes around 25 grants per year through the Youth Fund and will prioritise work that takes place outside of London.

Is there a deadline?

Rolling application cycle – no deadlines.

Further information, support and how to apply