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Funding for Individuals for Community Projects

If you're an individual brimming with good ideas for a sports project, but need a financial helping hand, then there are several funding streams that might provide the answer.

Starbucks Youth Action programme

UK Youth and Starbucks Coffee Company fund is targeted at young people aged 16 to 24 years who are not in education or employment. Grants of up to £1,000 are available to help them run a social action programme, with an additional contribution for youth worker support time.

N.B. The Starbucks Youth Action website currently doesn't detail any deadlines beyond March 2016.

To apply, 2 young people need to lead the project and engage a further 50 young people throughout the course of the project. The young people will need to have a youth worker / training organisation able to support them throughout the activity.

The fund is looking for projects that provide a positive benefit to the local community and that look to enhance the young leaders' employability and leadership skills.

Think Big is open to young people between the ages of 13 and 25.

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.


UnLtd helps individuals develop community projects.

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.

Alec Dickson Trust

The Alec Dickson Trust provides grants of up to £500.

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.