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New Fund Launched with UK Youth to Support Youth Organisations through Cost of Living Crisis

The fund aims to ensure that as many vital youth services as possible are able to keep the lights on and support young people in their local community.

1st February 2023

We are delighted to be able to announce the launch of a new £5m fund, in partnership with UK Youth, to support youth organisations through the cost of living crisis – benefitting thousands of young people across the country.  The fund aims to ensure that as many vital youth services as possible are able to keep the lights on and support young people in their local community.

Youth organisations with an annual income of no more than £500,000 will be able to apply for three year, unrestricted grants, of approximately 10% of the current turnover of the applicant organisation.  Applicants will hear the outcome of their application within 4-6 weeks.  The fund opens on Thursday 2nd February at 10am.

Ndidi Okezie OBE, CEO of UK Youth, said:

“Youth organisations play an essential role in helping young people to find their place in society, to support their wellbeing and development, and to realise their full potential. However in recent years, the challenges posed by the pandemic and now the worst cost of living crisis since the 1950s, mean that many organisations are having to go even further – often with fewer staff, less funding and increased demand. Those pressures ultimate mean less support for young people at a time when they need it most.

 “We are delighted that the Pears Foundation have donated £5m as we launch the UK Youth Fund for youth organisations that are struggling. We expect a huge number of applications and know the grants will make a vital difference to thousands of young people across the country.” 

Sir Trevor Pears CMG, Executive Chair of Pears Foundation, said: 

“At Pears Foundation, we believe in the power of communities.  For young people, who are facing so many challenges, the heart of that community often lies within the small, local youth clubs that provide them somewhere safe and enjoyable to go.  Many of these clubs are under threat, and we must act now if we are to ensure their survival.

 “We are delighted to be working in partnership with UK Youth to support their members, providing the unrestricted, multi-year funding that we know is so desperately needed if we want youth clubs to survive and to continue to support our young people.”

Further details and how to apply can be found on UK Youth’s website here.