Apply for a grant

The Irish Youth Foundation invites applications for grants each year from organisations working with young Irish people in England, Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland with the exception of large and national charities. Application forms are available during December with a submission deadline at the end of January, and grant awards are made the following May/June. 

Unsolicited applications at other times during the year are not accepted. 

Grants for organisations in England, Scotland and Wales fall into two categories:

  • Small Grants up to £2,500
  • Standard Grants for over £2,500 and up to £10,000

Organisations based in Northern Ireland may apply for grants of up to £5,000 using the Northern Ireland Grant Application form. The funding period for all grants is 1 year.


We provide funding for a wide range of projects including:

  • Training/Counselling
  • Drug rehabilitation
  • Advice/Advocacy
  • Youth Work
  • Family Support
  • Homelessness
  • Educational, cultural & social activities
  • Cross-community initiatives
  • Travellers
  • Disability

The Irish Youth Foundation does not support:

  • Projects for the over 25’s in Northern Ireland
  • Projects for the over 30’s in England, Scotland and Wales
  • General appeals, large/national charities
  • Academic research
  • Alleviating deficits already incurred
  • Replacing loss of statutory funding
  • Individuals (except for university students applying under our Lawlor Foundation Education programme)
  • Capital bids
  • Overseas travel
  • Multiple applications from a single organisation