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
Sport Facilities Fund
This Fund supports capital projects that create or improve places where people can become involved in and participate in sport and physical activity. Deadline: 1 April 2023.
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  1 September, 2023
Climate Engagement Fund
The Climate Engagement Fund aims to build understanding of the climate emergency across communities in Scotland, both geographic and communities of interest, by offering support for climate engagement activities. Application deadline: 12 noon on Friday 1st September 2023
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  1 September, 2023
Cash-First Fund
The £1.6 million Cash-First Fund is aimed at public sector and third sector partnerships to deliver cash grants for food and other essentials, helping to reduce the need for food parcels. Up to £200,000 will be made available to partnerships including community food initiatives, local authority teams, and money advice services. Up to eight successful partnerships will each be provided with up to £200,000 over two years to deliver activities that improve urgent local access to cash in a crisis. Deadline to Apply is 5pm 1st September
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  1 September, 2023
Thrive Renewables Community Benefit Programme
CSE supports communities to take local action on the climate crisis, and one way they do this is to support them to make energy efficiency changes to their local community buildings. The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Thursday 21st September.
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  21 September, 2023
The Novum Trust
Providing small short-term, one-off grants generally of between £500 and £2,500 to support distinctively new and Scottish projects in Christian action and research. Deadline: 15 October 2023.
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  15 October, 2023
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
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:  Closed
  • 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
Connecting Scotland Support for Device. Digital Exclusion
Support for Device Lending Libraries (Summer/Autumn 2023)
The objective of this project is to provide devices and/or connectivity to organisations across Scotland that can be used as part of lending schemes or lending libraries to support people who are experiencing digital exclusion.
  • Status:  Open
  • Closing date:  27 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
Leathersellers' Company Main Grants Programme
Leathersellers' Company Main Grants Programme
  • Status:  Closed
  • Closing date:  4 December, 2023