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
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
National Voluntary Youth Work Organisations Support Fund
  • Status:  Closed
Social Isolation and Loneliness 2023
  • Status:  Closed
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
Backing of up to £12,000 each will be open to as many creative organisations as possible. A fund that connects visionary culture organisations with business sponsorship opportunities will open for its seventh round of applications this month.    Managed by the charity Culture & Business Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government, the fund will provide backing of up to £12,000 each to as many creative organisations as possible ranging from grassroots initiatives to established cultural events.   
  • 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
Stronger Starts supports thousands of local community projects and good causes across the UK. The scheme is 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 £1500 to local projects from across the whole of Scotland.
  • Status:  Open
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
RS Macdonald Charitable Trust
RS Macdonald Charitable Trust
In every part of Scotland RS Macdonald Trust awards are helping charities to make an impact by giving support and help to those who need it most. The research is helping to create better futures for children and adults who are facing multiple challenges.
  • 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