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
Gambling Education & Prevention
Groups of young people aged 12 – 25 in youth groups across Scotland have can apply for up to £500 to turn their ideas into action and create their own gambling education project.
  • Status:  Open
Culture and Business Scotland
The C&BS Fund enables culture and business organisations to come together and build effective, sustainable partnerships, bringing creative projects – large and small – vividly to life.
  • Status:  Open
Volunteering Matters - Action Earth Awards
In 2023, Volunteering Matters Action Earth will be offering grants to help urban communities to respond to our nature and climate crises. Projects must be completed by January 31st 2024.
  • Status:  Closed
Tesco Stronger Starts Grants
Every three months, three local good causes are selected to be in the blue token customer vote in Tesco stores throughout the UK. Open to all schools, registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people. It provides grants of up to £1,500 to local projects from across the whole of Scotland. 
  • Status:  Open
The Alec Dickson Trust
The Alec Dickson Trust
The Trust supports young people who are able to demonstrate that through volunteering or community service they can enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society. They especially welcome the opportunity to support innovative projects.
  • Status:  Closed
Children in Need - £1m A Million & Me Award
BBC Children in Need has launched a £1 million award  to deliver early intervention support to children across the UK. Please note that you cannot apply until you attend an online information session.
  • Status:  Open
Women in Forestry Practical Training Fund
The Women in Forestry Practical Training Fund has been established to support the personal development of women (over 16 years old), providing them with additional skills to progress their careers and employment opportunities in forestry beyond their current role.
  • Status:  Open
Riada Trust
Funding available for the prevention or relief of poverty; the advancement of education; the advancement of health; the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science; the advancement of public participation in sport; the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.
  • Status:  Open
Climate Engagement Fund
Organisations across Scotland, including community, cultural and education groups, will be able to bid for support from a fund aimed at engaging people in tackling the climate emergency. Deadline 7 May 2024
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  7 May, 2023
The Lintel Trust Small Grant Programme
The Lintel Trust Small Grant Programme
Supports projects that help those recognised as being most disadvantaged in social housing. Deadline: 24 January 2024
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  24 January, 2024
Trefoil - Personal Development Grants
Trefoil offers personal development grants to foster the independence, confidence, and assertiveness of young people under the age of 25 with special needs. Deadline: 9 February 2024
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  9 February, 2024
Scottish Children’s Lottery Trust
The Scottish Children's Lottery Trust funds organisations supporting the most vulnerable children and young people who are at a high risk of being negatively impacted by poverty.
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  15 March, 2024