Funding for Young People to Develop Community Projects

If you're someone who is brimming with good ideas for a sport or physical activity project, but need a financial helping hand, then there are several funding streams that might provide the answer.

V-INSPIRED Cashpoint

vInspired's Cashpoint gives you the power (and the money) to bring your own community project to life. Tell us what great change you want to make and how your project clearly benefits others. We'll give you up to £500 to make it happen.

Our Loud and Proud Grants are now open. Currently, these grants are only accepting applications for LGBT+ projects. They will be opening up funding to other types of projects soon.

vInspired will help you every step of the way!

So, if:

  • The project is run by a 14-25 year old volunteer in the UK
  • The project has a clear community benefit
  • The main aim of the project is not to fundraise
  • The project is either completely new or something you've done before but would like to do differently
  • At least two unpaid 14-30 year old volunteers can help you out
  • The project costs £500 or less and vInspired Cashpoint is the only funder

Then click here for more information.

O2 Think Big

Funding available: £300
Deadlines: See website for further details

O2 Think Big is for people aged 13 to 25 years old with ideas which will help make things better in their local community.

The award is for £300 plus training and support and it may be possible to apply for further funding if a project is going well.

Click here for more information.


Funding available: See website.
Deadlines: See website.

UnLtd currently run a number of programmes which help individuals develop project ideas within their local community.

The programmes are focused on creating social change, and UnLtd provide a range of different grants and supports depending on the project.

There are also additional programmes for people looking to develop projects within 'Big Local' areas.

Click here for more information.

Alec Dickson Trust

Funding available: £500.
Deadlines: Decisions are made every three months.

The Alec Dickson Trust supports young people (under 30) in the UK who want to use volunteering or community service to set up something new in their community.

The Trust provide grants of up to £500 to individuals or groups of young people aged 30 or under, to help them put their ideas into action and run projects that benefit the lives of others – particularly the most marginalised and disadvantaged.

When they assess projects, they are looking for projects which:

  • Support and encourage youth volunteering.
  • Benefit disadvantaged communities and individuals, addressing a specific need.
  • Improve communities and ideally are innovative and try to do things a bit differently e.g. using social media creatively or using existing resources in new ways.

Click here for more information.