Young Start set for a refresh

Children and volunteer doing exercises on the floorThe Young Start fund will be pausing in early November. It’s now more than five years since Young Start first opened, so we are taking some time to review and reshape the fund. We plan to reopen the fund in Spring 2018, and will continue to distribute money from dormant bank accounts to fantastic youth-led projects across Scotland.

We will continue to accept applications up until noon on Tuesday 7th of November.

The application form is no longer available on our website. If you would like to apply, please get in touch with our friendly Advice Team to discuss your plans – on 0300 123 7110 or by emailing

We anticipate that there will be a lot of competition for grants before the pause and so have extended the turnaround time from application to decision from 8 to 12 weeks. If you are considering applying before the 7th of November, please note that we are only likely to fund projects where young people are strongly involved in the planning and delivery of the work.

We are also looking to fund projects that make use of the strengths of their local communities, and that will achieve another of the Young Start outcomes on top of improving young people’s confidence.

Key dates

Deadline for submitting: noon on Tuesday 7 November, 2017

Applicants notified of our decision: 30 January 2018

For more information


Call: 0300 123 7110

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