Paul Hamlyn Foundation launches new Youth Fund


Grants of between £10,000 and £60,000 are available to help organisations working with young people cover their core operating costs to help grow an organisation’s impact. Grants will be for up to two years, with the possibility of renewal in some cases

Not-for-profit organisations working in the youth sector and with young people are eligible to apply. However, the Fund will be restricted to organisations which have the potential to grow their impact by:

  • replicating a programme or service
  • widening the reach of an idea or innovation
  • spreading a technology or skill
  • advancing policy or enhancing its implementation

Importantly, the Fund wants to support those organisations which work with young people in a way that recognises and builds on their strengths and potential – what some call ‘asset based’, ‘strength based’ or ‘advantaged thinking’ approaches. So, it will only fund those already taking or embarking on this approach.

It will only fund organisations whose main purpose is about helping those in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging, and those who are most vulnerable. The following list sets out some of the circumstances where it is felt asset-based approaches might better enable young people to survive and thrive.

  • poverty and lack of income
  • unemployment and poor employment prospects or insecure attachment to the labour market
  • discrimination, for example on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion
  • being stigmatised by others, including the media
  • experience of abuse, victimisation or exploitation
  • homelessness
  • trouble with the law and involvement in the criminal justice system
  • becoming a parent at a young age and lacking support
  • lacking support with mental health and wellbeing
  • lacking support to manage having a learning disability
  • experience of the care system or kinship care, family mental health or addiction problems
  • struggling with addiction or a stigmatising health condition
It will not fund organisations with an income below £25,000 or above £5m. There is an open application process with no deadlines, but probably best not to wait too long as there is likely to be a limited number of grants awarded.

For full information and to apply, visit the Youth Fund