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UK Youth - Cost of Living Fund

Objectives of Fund

This fund aims to support youth organisations that are delivering high-quality youth provision whose work is being hindered, curtailed, or cut back due to rising core costs or a need to address unprecedented demand.

Value Notes

A total of £4.5 million is available.

Three-year unrestricted grants of approximately 10% of the current turnover of the applicant organisation per year are available (For example, an organisation with a turnover of £250,000 can apply for up to £25,000 a year).

Who Can Apply

Charitable and not-for-profit youth organisations with an annual turnover of £500,000 or less that have been operating for at least two years can apply.

Applicants must:

  • Provide a copy of their full accounts covering a period of at least one year.
  • Have the appropriate insurance, qualifications, or affiliations to a governing body.
  • Comply with the Equality Act 2010, the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 and Data Protection Act 2018, Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and all other relevant statutory or regulatory requirements.

At least 70% of the applicant organisation’s beneficiaries must be aged 8-25 years old.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding is intended to help bring stability to youth organisations over a period of three years and to help mitigate the impact of the cost-of-living crisis, ensuring groups can continue to operate, cover bills, and pay staff salaries.

Successful applicants will receive three grant payments, each a year apart, that must be used in within the year that they are received.

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Applications requesting £10,000 a year or less will be fast-tracked and should receive a notification on the outcome of their application within 3 to 4 weeks of applying. Applications for more than £10,000 a year will receive a notification on the outcome of their application within 7 weeks of applying.

UK Youth will be providing further information and Q&A sessions at weekly open webinars taking place from 2 February 2023 until 30 May 2023. Applicants can book a place on the UK Youth Website.

Guidance notes and an online application are available from the UK Youth website. Groups must be registered on the UK Youth website to access the application form.


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