Grants are available to not-for-profit groups delivering projects which build Black children and young people’s confidence and skills across the UK.

Current Status
Maximum value:
£ 50,000

Objectives of Fund

Funding is intended to support organisations to bring social action and youth empowerment opportunities to Black children and young people, to help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face.

Value Notes

There is a total funding pot of £1 million. It is expected that 50 to 70 grants will be made.

The following grants are available:

  • Up to ¬£15,000 for unregistered organisations (¬£10,000 per year, or ¬£15,000 over the 18 months).
  • Up to ¬£50,000 over 18 months for registered bodies.

Who Can Apply

Applications will be accepted from:

  • Charitable incorporated organisations.
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) limited by guarantee.
  • Companies limited by guarantee with a clause in their governing document preventing distribution of profit.
  • Housing associations.
  • Industrial and provident community benefit societies.
  • Registered charities.
  • Religious institutions.
  • Special schools.
  • Unregistered organisations.

Black-led organisations are particularly encouraged to apply. This means:

  • The most senior leader identifies as Black.
  • At least 75% of the children and young people the organisation is working with identify as Black.
  • The ways the organisation runs reflects the community it works in.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Statutory bodies or work that is a statutory responsibility.
  • Capital or building projects.
  • Promotion of religious or political activity.
  • Trips abroad.
  • Medical treatment or research.
  • Pregnancy testing or advice.
  • Holidays where there is little or no project involvement.
  • Individuals.
  • General appeals or endowment funds.
  • Debt repayments or budget shortfalls.
  • Staff redundancy or redeployment costs.
  • Investments.
  • Pension liabilities.
  • Feasibility studies.
  • Work addressing child sexual exploitation.
  • Non-fixed equipment totaling over ¬£20,000.
  • Retrospective costs.
  • Unspecified expenditure.
  • Work with people over the age of 18 years old.
  • Fixed equipment (eg boilers, lighting).

Eligible Expenditure

Funded work must be:

  • Led by children and young people.
  • Genuinely developmental and reciprocal, providing children and young people with life enhancing experience and new skills and confidence.
  • Prioritising the wellbeing of children and young people at all times.
  • Inclusive of all age ranges.
  • Harnessing the value of lived experience.
  • Allowing time and space for project ideas to grow through an initial development phase. This period of time at the start of each grant will build the capacity of the children and young people to take part in youth social action.

Projects should aim to:

  • Reach Black children and young people with opportunities to have their voices heard and empower them to create change on issues that matter to them.
  • Achieve positive outcomes for Black children and young people through Youth Social Action.
  • Learn about what Youth Social Action means to Black Children and young people, and share this learning with the wider sector.

Grants will be awarded in August. Delivery must be completed by March 2024.

How To Apply

Applicants must register their interest in the fund by 10 June 2022 before they may apply. Then, they will have until 20 June 2022 to complete the full application.

Interested organisations should enter their details using the form provided, to receive an email when the registration form is available.

More information will be published once the fund has launched.

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