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Young Start

Creating opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24
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Funding size:
£10,000 - £50,000
Total available:
£8.9 million in year one
Application deadline:
See programme details

What’s it all about?

Video transcript


Young Start distributes money from dormant bank accounts. It aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24 to help them realise their potential.

The success rate for grants for community-led activity funding is 29 per cent based on decisions made between 1 April 2016 and 31 August 2016. In this period we received 78 applications. Our blog has a breakdown of our success rates.

Before you submit your application to us, please read our blog to help make sure your application is complete.

From April 2016, we won’t accept Young Start applications from groups that have received two or more Young Start grants until at least two years after the most recent grant has ended.

What are we looking for?

Young Start can support projects that meet one or more of these outcomes:

  • CONFIDENT - Children and young people have more confidence and skills.
  • HEALTHY - Children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional health.
  • CONNECTED - Younger and older generations are better connected and have more understanding and respect for each other.
  • ENTERPRISING - Young people are better prepared for getting a job or starting a business.

Who can apply?

  • Voluntary organisations
  • Community groups
  • Social enterprises
  • Housing associations
  • Sports organisations
  • Co-operatives
  • Charities.

What can you apply for?

We expect to fund a wide range of projects for up to 2 years that will make children and young people aged 8 to 24 more confident, healthy, connected or enterprising. We are keen to see projects involve young people in their development, design and delivery, as well as projects that make the most of existing resources and potential within the community.

Here are just a few examples of what a Young Start grant can pay for:

  • Staff costs
  • Activity costs
  • Training costs
  • Venue hire
  • Purchasing or leasing a new vehicle
  • Transport costs including travel expenses
  • Materials or equipment such as IT equipment for the projects
  • Publicity and marketing costs
  • Equipment hire or purchase
  • Volunteer expenses.


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation