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
Youth Music NextGen Fund
This fund offers young creatives grants of up to £2,500 to make their ideas happen. The NextGen Fund is currently closed for applications. Deadline for applications is 19 January 2024 Notified April 2024.
  • Status:  Closed, Recurring
  • Closing date:  19 January, 2023
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:  19 May, 2023
FCC Scottish Action Fund
The FCC Communities Foundation provides funding for community, heritage, and environmental projects in areas around eligible waste management sites in Scotland. Deadline: 7 June 2023.
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  7 June, 2023
Glasgow City Council - Let's Grow Together Fund
The Let's Grow Together Fund was created to support communities to create, access, and celebrate growing spaces within Glasgow and in this way increase the opportunities for citizens to grow their own fruit and vegetables locally.
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  25 June, 2023
Take a Break
Take a Break is Scotland’s short breaks fund for parents and carers of disabled children and young people with complex additional needs.   This fund aims to improve unpaid carer’s quality of life, health and wellbeing by providing grants to help them access a break from the day-to-day routine of caring. 
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  26 June, 2023
Corra Foundation - The Promise Partnership
The Promise Partnership offers funding and support to organisations and collaborations to #KeepThePromise and help drive forward change that matters to children, young people and families.
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  10 July, 2023
CSGN Growing Food Together Fund 2023
The CSGN Growing Food Together Fund 2023 is now open for applications and the Green Action Trust is managing the fund as part of its work to drive forward the delivery of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN)
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  14 July, 2023
Shackleton Foundation
Supporting social leaders, entrepreneurs and early-stage social enterprises who work to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people. Deadline: 17 July 2023.
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  17 July, 2023
Hedley Foundation
The Hedley Foundation's main objective is young people - their education, recreation, support, training, health and welfare. Deadline: 26 April 2023.
  • Status:  Open, Recurring
  • Closing date:  26 July, 2023
Henry Duncan Grants
In 2023, Henry Duncan Grants want to fund organisations that increase opportunities for Deaf/Disabled People and / or people living with long term conditions, helping them to participate fully in society and live independently. Henry Duncan Grants will be open to grassroots organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less. Organisations can apply for up to £40,000 across five years (£8,000 per year). Henry Duncan Grants anticipate making grants up to a total of £925,000. In recognition of historic inequity in funding, Corra commits at least £330,000 (around 30%) of this fund budget to fund organisations who are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Led.
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  30 August, 2023
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
  • Closing date:  30 August, 2023
The Robert McAlpine Foundation
The Foundation was established by the family of Sir Robert McAlpine and gives grants to support small charities situated throughout the UK. Closing date for applications: 31 August 2023.
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  31 August, 2023