Youth Futures Foundation – rolling deadline

Article date
4 November 2020
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Youth Futures Foundation are offering development and impact grants.

Their 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 them overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. They are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to reach more young people.

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

Development grants will fund between £30,000 and £150,000 per annum, over 1 to 2 years, supporting over 50 young people towards employment. Impact grants will fund circa £100,000 to £1.2m for delivery over 1 to 5 years, supporting over 150 young people towards employment.

Who can apply

Not-for-profit voluntary or community-sector organisations, or statutory organisations applying individually or as a lead organisation on behalf of a partnership or consortia, which:

  • have been operating for at least 3 years – with a track record of working with young people who are, or are at risk of, becoming NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training) and face barriers to finding and keeping decent jobs
  • offer an existing or new solution to youth unemployment
  • have clearly outlined planned activities, which link to getting young people into work
  • are committed to an independent evaluation
  • have an annual turnover of over £100,000
  • are not at risk of financial crisis
What are the funding priorities

You will need to show that your programme works 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 (e.g. Pakistani; Bangladeshi; Black; Mixed; Gypsy, Roma and Traveller).
  • 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
What can the grant be used for

They provide a full cost recovery approach to funding, including:

  • staff salaries
  • project activities
  • running costs
  • capacity-building and organisational developments costs
  • expert support
  • equipment (i.e. small capital costs – such as IT equipment, building renovations, new facilities)
  • things that benefit young people in securing employment (e.g. workwear, driving licences, passports).
Is there a deadline

You can register your organisation and begin your application at any time. They operate an open, rolling application process throughout the year. Whilst applicants are encouraged to work at their own pace, there are key dates when funding decisions will be made.

Youth Futures Foundation will continue to offer open funding during 2021 and beyond. If you decide not to apply for funding this year, please sign up to our newsletter to ensure you receive updates about future funding.

Further information and how to apply