Hope for Youth Northern Ireland
Grants are available for cross-community projects that give disadvantaged young people (aged 11-18) in Northern Ireland the opportunity to work together on practical projects that foster teamwork, creativity and personal development, especially within the arts or in the great outdoors.
- Current Status
- Open for Applications
- Maximum value:
- £ 5,000
Objectives of Fund
Hope for Youth aims to help fund cross-community projects that give disadvantaged young people (aged 11-18) in Northern Ireland the opportunity to work together on practical projects that foster teamwork, creativity and personal development, especially within the arts or in the great outdoors.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available.
Larger sums may be offered in exceptional circumstances at the Trustees’ discretion.
Match Funding Restrictions
Priority will be given to projects that are able to match fund from other sources.
Who Can Apply
Organisations based and working in Northern Ireland can apply.
The following are not eligible for funding:
- Core salaries of an organisation, though funding the staff costs associated with the delivery of a project will be considered.
- Transport, kit and equipment unless it is an essential part of a wider sustainable project.
- Applications from individuals.
- Capital building costs.
- Provision of utilities and running costs.
- Publications or research (unless the output of the project is a result of young people’s collaborative work, such as a book of artwork).
- Projects taking place outside of the UK or the Republic of Ireland (eg foreign travel or expeditions or the preparation for a trip).
- Core work of statutory organisations.
- Other established fundraising charities.
To be eligible, projects must:
- Engage with young people in Northern Ireland, normally aged between 11 and 18 years.
- Foster community integration.
- Focus on outdoor activities, sport, music, dance, drama and the arts.
- Promote personal or team development.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a cross community emphasis eg, a focus on improving community integration in regard to cultural, ethnic or religious diversity.
Priority will be given to:
- Projects based in recognised areas of socioeconomic deprivation.
- Projects where the benefits or effects on the communities and individuals can be measured.
- Projects that can demonstrate sustainable benefit.
- Longer-term projects, ie those held over a number of months, where ongoing community development and improved community relationships can be realised.
- Projects that are small/locally based and those that are ‘start-ups’.
- Projects that can match fund from other sources.
How To Apply
Applications can be submitted throughout the year but the cut-off date for applications for grants to be awarded in the following calendar year is 31 July each year.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, there may be changes to the schedule for applications in 2021.
An online application form can be found on the Hope for Youth website.
Printed application forms can be requested by contacting Hope for Youth directly.