17th Jan 2018

Youth Social Action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people aged between 10 and 20 years old (up to 25 for disabled young people), and benefitting local people and places. The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action involving activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities. Social action also develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.

Big Lottery Fund and the Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering local youth social action opportunities. 

More details about the principles can be found at

How much can you apply for?

The Youth Social Action Fund will provide funding of between £1000 and £5000 for each project.

What will Youth Social Action fund?

·         The funding is for community groups working in County Durham, Darlington and Tees Valley

·         This fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations including Social Enterprises and CICs

·         National organisations with local branches (with their own management committee and bank account) can apply

·         New groups that fulfil all the other criteria are welcome to apply

·         Projects do not have to be led by a youth group

·         Applications should be for a project that lasts up to a year

·         Projects do not have to last a year, e.g. they can be one-off events

·         Repeat funding is a possibility

·         Projects can deliver opportunities in a range of contexts and settings: for example online, extracurricular, in clubs and groups, informally, or as part of structured programmes

·         Groups should engage young people in ongoing regular volunteering OR demonstrate how another youth-led method will be as effective at engaging young people in social action (e.g. regular ongoing volunteering may not be achievable for the young people you engage)

·         Core costs are eligible if the other criteria are met, including how the project meets the principles of great youth social action.

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