How do I apply?

Visit our apply page and read the programme [Guidance] which will help with the application process.

Can I get support with the application process?

Contact us on or 0131 225 9450 to talk to a member of the team who will be able to provide assistance with your application.

What amount of funding is available?

The National Lottery funders have created a funding pot of £500,000 and grants of £3,000 – £10,000 will be awarded.

What are the deadlines for submitting an application?  

There are two deadlines for applications under this programme on 30 April 2018 and 18 June 2018. If you wish to deliver activity during the summer 2018 we would recommend that you submit an application by 30 April deadline.

When will I find out if my application is successful?

We will let you know if you have been successful within eight weeks of the application deadline.

Does the project need to take place during the Year of Young People 2018?

The activity needs to start during the Year of Young People but can last longer than 2018.

Can I apply if I already have a grant from the National Lottery?

Yes, but you should explain how you would manage multiple projects at the same time.

Can I submit more than one application to this Fund?

We would recommend that you make only one application to this Fund.

How soon after a decision is made will I receive the funding?

We will pay the full grant in one instalment once we have given permission for the project to start.

Who makes the decision on my funding application?

The Heritage Lottery Fund will manage the distribution of the fund with support from the other National Lottery funders.

Your application will be assessed by a Grants Officer. It will then be discussed with an advisory panel including young people, which will help us to take a decision on your application.

I am a school/ college, can I apply?

Yes, we can accept applications from schools/ universities but would recommend that the activity should be additional to normal activities.

Can our project be a mix of heritage, sport, and community activity?

Yes, you can include any mix of these elements in your project

Can our application include costs for travel and activity outside the UK?

We would not expect to see costs like these in applications to this programme

Can we include funding from other National Lottery projects as match funding?

No, we would not accept other National Lottery funding as match for this Fund

Do we have to be a registered charity to apply?

No, we will accept applications from any not-for-profit organisation that has a constitution and bank account

Can I apply to this fund if I have funding from another Year of Young People programme?

Yes, but please include information about the other project and funding

If this programme is not the right one for me are there any other options for funding?

All of the National Lottery funders support young people’s projects and you can contact them directly for advice on what is currently available.

What types of activity can we get funding for?

Projects might provide new opportunities for young people to enjoy Scotland’s wild places for the first time, volunteer for a sport or community organisation, develop the skills to improve a green space, discover a new creative talent or work alongside older people in the community to change attitudes and behaviours.

What do you mean by health and wellbeing?

Health and wellbeing includes many different things from bringing together young people to lead active lives to providing opportunities to learn about and improve both mental and physical health and  overall resilience, for example:

  • Improving confidence and self esteem
  • Adopting a positive attitude to personal mental and physical wellbeing
  • Increased awareness and abilities in accessing the resources available to support healthy lifestyles