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Youth Futures Foundation

COVID 19 update: Please note that successful applicants will receive funding for a 6-12 month period of planning and set up from September 2020 onwards (depending on when they apply), during which time no direct delivery to young people will be required. This will be followed by funding for a delivery phase from January 2021 onwards, by which time we hope face to face work will be possible again.

The rolling grants programme is designed to find, fund, support and evaluate promising practice. Funding will go to organisations working with young people aged 14-24 to help overcome barriers to finding meaningful work. They are looking for approaches that can be tested, evaluated and, where proven to be effective, expanded to more young people.

They want to partner with organisations that share their values and are committed to learning, investing in good practice and sharing what works to transform the youth employment landscape.


  1. Development Grants
  2. Impact Grants

Summary of who can apply? Full details are contained within the prospectus on the website

Not-for-profit voluntary or community-sector organisations, or statutory organisations applying individually or as a lead organisation on behalf of a partnership or consortia, which:

  • have been operating for at least 3 years – with a track record of working with young people who are, or are at risk of, becoming NEET (Not in Education Employment or Training) and face barriers to finding and keeping decent jobs
  • offer an existing or new solution to youth unemployment
  • have clearly outlined planned activities, which link to getting young people into work
  • are committed to an independent evaluation
  • have an annual turnover of over £100,000
  • are not at risk of financial crisis

They will support activities which:
• respect and involve young people
• seek to learn and share what works (and what doesn’t)
• demonstrate good value for money
• have been well designed
• can be robustly and consistently delivered to ensure impact is maximised
• have strong relationships with the community and employers

What will they fund?
You will need to show that your programme works directly with young people (aged
14-24) who are either not in employment, education, or training (NEET), or with young
people who are at risk of becoming NEET, to improve their access to employment and
the labour market. You should currently be supporting young people who face at least
one of the following barriers to accessing employment including:
• not in employment, education or training
• young people who have experience of the care system
• young parent, or have a caring responsibility
• economically disadvantaged (eligible for free school meals) or living in an area of
high deprivation
• have special educational needs or disabilities
• have experience of offending
• have experience of exclusion or alternative provision
• have experience of homelessness
• ethnic minorities, particularly those most at risk of facing disparities in the labour
market (e.g. Pakistani; Bangladeshi; Black; Mixed; Gypsy, Roma and Traveller).
• have a mental health or long-term health condition
• have experience of substance abuse
• facing another substantial barrier with an evidence base showing its association
with youth unemployment

When can I apply?
You can register your organisation and begin your application at any time. They operate
an open, rolling application process throughout the year.

There are key dates when funding decisions will be
made. To meet these, you must ensure you submit a full application form no later than:
• 31 May 2020 for a decision by 30 June 2020
• 23 August 2020 for a decision by 30 September 2020
• 9 November 2020 for a decision by 31 December 2020.