Youth projects invited to apply for £500,000 of funding

Newcastle Youth Fund is offering organisations up to £25,000 each to support work in communities.
Members of Newcastle Youth Panel and support staff stand on the red carpeted staircase in the main entrance to Newcastle Civic Centre. They are photographed from the landing above, with the group looking up towards the camera.

Applications to the Newcastle Youth Fund are now open for youth projects in the city.

The Newcastle Youth Fund, in collaboration with the National Lottery Community Fund, launched in 2021 as a new youth led model, aims to support the delivery of a wide range of high-quality grassroots youth support across the city.

Funding is available for not-for-profit organisations in Newcastle who deliver initiatives for young people aged 13 and 19 and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) up to the age of 25.

Funding applications are reviewed and evaluated in collaboration with the youth panel, made up of local young people, ensuring that they are at the heart of the decisions made on the successful projects. The panel then perform project monitoring visits to see the funding in action. 

In the last three years the Newcastle Youth Fund has allocated over £1.5 million to youth projects including:

  • Hat-Trick who use sport sessions as a hook to help young people develop and become more confident
  • The West End Women and Girl’s Centre who deliver group sessions to give women and girls the opportunity to meet, have fun, learn skills, look at issues relevant their lives and generally build confidence in a safe and supportive environment

Thomas Salmon who attends the Charlton Street hub funded by The Youth Fund said: “It keeps us off the streets and we get to enjoy time with people who are helping us do things to keep us entertained and enjoy time with my pals. Honestly, it’s really nice I don’t know what could make it better. It’s perfect right now, its fun and every time we come we’ve always got something to do we’re never bored.”

Cllr Lesley Storey, Cabinet Member for a Growing City at Newcastle City Council said: “It is fantastic that the Newcastle Youth Fund is available for the fourth year in a row. 

"As it is led by our young people it ensures the youth services in their communities are those that they want and need. 

“We are committed to continuing to grow youth provision in the city and we would recommend any applicable youth service providers to apply for this support.” 

Duncan Nicholson, Regional Head of Funding- North East and Cumbria at The National Lottery Community Fund said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we are able to support innovative projects like this. 

"We are proud to be able to work with forward thinking local authorities, supporting their communities, where young people participate in the decision making and benefit from the funding we are responsible for distributing.”

Projects can apply for up to £25,000 worth of funding for a 12-month period. Applications must be submitted by Monday 5 August 2024.

For more information an to apply see: