Youth Futures Foundation Grants

The Youth Futures Foundation is a new, independent, not-for-profit organisation set up to help tackle youth unemployment.

The Youth Futures Foundation will operate a rolling grants programme that will fund promising approaches and help with infrastructure costs in the aim to find and fund cutting-edge approaches that transform the lives of young people and deliver societal benefits. They are looking to partner with organisations that share their values and are committed to learning, investing in good practice and sharing what works to transform the youth employment landscape.

Providers will need to show that their programme works directly with young people (aged 14-24) who are either not in employment, education or training (NEET), or with young people who are at risk of becoming NEET, to improve their access to employment and the labour market. Potential providers should be supporting young people who face at least one of the following barriers to accessing employment including:

  • Not in employment, education or training.
  • Young people who have experience of the care system.
  • Young parent or have a caring responsibility.
  • Economically disadvantaged (eligible for school meals) or living in an area of high deprivation.
  • Have special educational needs or disabilities.
  • Have experience of offending.
  • Have experience of exclusion or alternative provision.
  • Have experience of homelessness.
  • Ethnic minorities, particularly those most at risk of facing disparities in the labour market.
  • Have a mental health or long-term health condition.
  • Have experience of substance abuse.
  • Facing another substantial barrier with an evidence base showing its association with youth unemployment.

Youth Futures Foundation will fund programmes that:

  • Deliver in one or more regions of England (Greater London, South East, South West, West Midlands, North West, North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, East of England).
  • Offer an existing or new solution to youth unemployment.
  • Support young people who are NEET, aged between 14-24.
  • Plan to support more than 50 young people per annum as a result of the funding.
  • Provide meaningful support (e.g. regular weekly contact over the course of a term or six monthly period, or significant short term intensive activity).
  • Clearly outline planned activities and how they link to getting young people into work.

Contract Value and Term:

Grant funding is available to registered charities, public-sector bodies or not for profit organisations in England who support young people aged 14-24 who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET.

There are two types of grants available:

If you would like more information please get in touch by either emailing or calling 01302 361630.