Youth Social Action Fund

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Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places.

The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action. The programme aim is to increase youth social action by 50% by 2020 taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%. 

Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.

Social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.

The definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.

Big Lottery Fund and the Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering local youth social action opportunities. Local fundraising is also a key part of the Youth Social Action programme.   

Areas Covered

All Merseyside boroughs including Halton. 

How much can groups bid for?

The Youth Social Action Fund will provide funding of between £1000 and £5000 for each project.


Please note, a key focus of this fund is young people tackling a social issue which also involves/educates the wider community.  

Important - Before applying for funding, all applicants must read the full criteria before applying. 

Download criteria (PDF) 


There is very limited funding for this next round, therefore the fund will close when we receive 6 COMPLETE & ELGIBLE applications on a first come , first serve basis. We are aiming to have decsions by the end of February 2018. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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