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Youth Work Grants & Funding

Looking for funding to support your youth work project? We can help.

This funding directory has hundreds of charity grants and youth work funds for practitioners, youth clubs, voluntary organisations, community projects and more.

You’ll find information on everything from small local grants for individual practitioners to national funding schemes for large-scale projects. You’ll also find information and guidance on our national funding partnerships here, including the National Voluntary Youth Organisation Support Fund.

We also run a number of National Grants Programmes, designed with and for the youth work sector in Scotland, distributing over £1m each year to youth work organisations across the country. You can contact us if you have any questions about our funding programmes.


Funding Source
Type of Cost
Funding Status
The Gannochy Trust
The Gannochy Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust which supports registered charities in Scotland (Perth and Kinross in particular). Deadline: 20 October
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  20 October, 2023
John Watson's Trust
The Trust awards educational grants to the benefit of those aged 21 or under who are in a situation of disadvantage and/or have additional support needs. Deadline: 27 October 2023.
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  27 October, 2023
NFU Mutual Charitable Trust
Provides funding for projects in the rural community and is especially interested in those that educate young people and relieve poverty. Deadline: 26 May 2023.
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  27 October, 2023
Magic Little Grants 2023
Local charities and community groups can now apply for grants of £500 to deliver projects across Great Britain. Applications open until 31 October 2023.
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  31 October, 2023
European Youth Foundation
Encourage youth activities that promote understanding, co-operation and peace among young people in Europe. Deadline: 1 April 2023.
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  31 October, 2023
Weavers Benevolent Fund
Funds are given to help disadvantaged young people, especially those at risk of offending, and to address problems faced by offenders, ex-offenders and their families. There is a preference for supporting smaller charities which provide direct services.
  • Status:  Open, Recurring
  • Closing date:  16 November, 2023
Rural Action Fund
This fund was created in response to the challenges which rural youth groups are facing in funding the delivery of community-based universal youth work. It will make small awards to enable youth groups operating in rural communities to provide more and/or better youth work opportunities for young people.
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  24 November, 2023
Bells Nautical Trust
Organisations engaged in maritime pursuits, especially recognised training, like Sea Cadets, Sea Scouts, Sail Training Associations and yacht and boat clubs, are welcome to apply for assistance. The Trustees are aware that education in maritime pursuits may contain an element of recreation and they will not regard this as a disqualification, but they will not consider proposals dealing solely with recreation. It is the intention of the Trustees to give grants where financial hardship/difficulty is experienced but not to bodies whose finances are generally met from public monies, except in exceptional circumstances. Grants tend to range from a couple of hundred to a few thousand pounds. In a typical year 10 – 15 organisations are supported with a combined total of around £15,000.
  • Status:  Open, Recurring
  • Closing date:  30 November, 2023
The Radcliffe Trust Music Grants
The Radcliffe Trust supports classical music performance and training, especially chamber music, composition and music education. Deadline: 31 January 2024.
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  31 January, 2024
The Weir Charitable Trust
The Trust aims to support small community groups of charities with an income of £125,000 or less per annum based in Scotland and providing services across Scotland. Deadline: 31 August 2023.
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  29 February, 2024
Kelly Family Charitable Trust
Interested in funding charities whose activities involve the whole family, in initiatives that seek to tackle issues that face one or more of its members. Deadline: 1 March 2023.
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  1 March, 2024