Hope for Youth (Northern Ireland) - Grants for cross community projects for disadvantaged young people

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.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Larger sums may be offered in exceptional circumstances at the Trustee’s discretion.

Who Can Apply

Organisations based and working in Northern Ireland can apply.

To be eligible, applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Their projects engage with young people in Northern Ireland, normally aged between 11 and 18 years.

  • Their projects foster community integration.

  • Their projects focus on outdoor activities, sport, music, dance, drama and the arts.

  • Their projects promote personal or team development.

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a cross community emphasis e.g. a focus on improving community integration in regard to cultural, ethnic or religious diversity and all applications must include a statement of accounts, including details of income and expenditure.


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 (e.g. foreign travel or expeditions or the preparation for a trip).

  • Core work of statutory organisations.

  • Other established fund-raising charities.

Eligible Expenditure

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, held over a number of months, where ongoing community development and improved community relationships can be realised.

  • Projects based in recognised areas of socioeconomic deprivation.

  • Projects that are small/locally based and those that are “start-ups”.

  • Projects that can match fund from other sources.

How To Apply

Please read further guidance and an online application form can be found on the http://hopeforyouthni.com/grants/  

Applications can be submitted by either post or email.

Application deadline:31/07/2019