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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:

What’s it all about?

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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 Young Start funding is 45%. This is based on decisions made between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. Please read our blog for more information on 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.

The Big Lottery Fund is a living wage friendly funder. This means that we encourage our applicants to pay their staff the UK Living Wage.

Please visit our Living Wage page for more information


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation