National Youth Work Strategy 2020-2025: Local and Thematic Events Fund Open

Following the Scottish Government’s recent commitment to the development of a refreshed National Youth Work Strategy, YouthLink Scotland hosted a meeting recently with the Stakeholder Reference Group. All members expressed a desire to see groups that may experience disadvantage and barriers to participation included in the co-production of the strategy and that there is representation from the broadest range of young people.

We are excited therefore to invite applications to the Local and Thematic Event Fund. The fund will enable local authorities and third sector youth work organisations to support the involvement of communities of geography and interest in the co-production process, with a particular emphasis on groups that may experience disadvantage and barriers to participation.

Youth work organisations (local authority and voluntary sector) and young people (sponsored by a youth work organisation) can apply to the fund to meet the costs of running any of the following events:

  • Co-production events exclusively with young people.
  • Co-production events exclusively with youth work practitioners/volunteers.
  • Co-production with both youth work practitioners/volunteers and young people.

The total amount available in this fund is £18,000. Each organisation can apply for costs of between £250 - £1,000 per event. Costs are capped at £25 per person attending the event and a minimum of 10 people must be in attendance at each event. 

Please share far and wide and look out for more developments soon!

Please take a look at our dedicated fund page to read the guidance and access the application form. The deadline for applications is 15 July 2019.

If you have any questions about this fund, please contact Jane Dailly (National Grants Manager) on 0131 313 2488 or by emailing   

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