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 William Syson Foundation
Promotes, develops and ensures the practice and enjoyment of the arts, including the visual and performing arts, literature and heritage and works to support the arts sector. The open window periods for Small Grants Fund Rounds in 2024 are: April 15th to April 26th September 23rd to October 4th
  • Status:  Open, Recurring
The Pixel Fund
This Fund provides grants to UK based charities in order to support the improvement in mental health and well-being of children and young adults.
  • Status:  Closed
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. No deadlines for applications.
  • Status:  Open
The Pleasance Trust
This Trust awards grants mainly to small voluntary organisations in the Edinburgh area which promote the activities of benefit to young people in the Edinburgh area.
  • Status:  Open
The Wood Foundation
A Scottish-based Trust with a global outlook investing over £50 million into economic, community and enterprise activities.
  • Status:  Open
The Prince's Trust Development Awards
Young people aged 16-30 can apply for funding to cover the cost of course fees, tools or equipment to help them achieve their goals.
  • Status:  Open
Queens Cross Community Chest
Grants of up to £150 are available to children and young people up to the age of 25 in the Queens Cross Housing Association area to fund various activities.
  • Status:  Open
The Holywood Trust
The Holywood Trust
Creating opportunities for young people in Dumfries and Galloway. The Trust helps them fulfil their potential in cultural, educational and social aspects of their lives.
  • Status:  Open, Recurring
Happy Days Children's Charity - Group day trips and activity
Supports groups who work with young people with additional support needs to go on a group day trip or activity holiday. Applications can be made at any time.
  • Status:  Open
Forces Children Scotland – Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity
Operates a Grants Programme which provides grants to individuals from Armed Forces families to support their education and well-being.
  • Status:  Closed
The Rayne Foundation
Grants for charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK that work in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education and social issues. No deadlines for applications.
  • Status:  Open
Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme
One year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available towards core costs, equipment or project funding for small charities. No deadlines for applications.
  • Status:  Open, Recurring