Communities and safety

Youth and community grant 2024-2029

We are looking to award unrestricted funding to Liverpool-based voluntary, charity and social enterprise (VCFSE) partnerships and organisations. The youth and community grant replaces the youth and play and community resources grants, which both end on 31st August 2024.

Unrestricted funding means that recipients can spend the grant on anything that helps you to meet the aims and objectives that you tell us about in your application.  We want to award this to organisations that have similar objectives to our own. You can read the full details in the guidance document below.

Amount of funding available

There is a total estimated budget of £1.6 million per year, over 5 years. £950,000 per year is ringfenced to support organisations and partnerships that provide at least some youth and/or play provision that meets the following definition:

Youth and play definition

Education (especially youth work) and recreational leisure-time (for example, outside of school hours) activities and facilities which are for the improvement of the wellbeing of children and young people age 8 to 19, and those with learning difficulties or disabilities aged 20 to 24.

Wellbeing relates to:

  • physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • protection from harm and neglect
  • education, training and recreation
  • the contribution made by young people to society
  • social and economic wellbeing

Organisation objectives

Your partnership or organisation must have at least one of the following objectives:

  • Greener and cleaner neighbourhoods
  • Increase in active travel
  • Improvement in physical health
  • Improvement in mental health
  • Reduction in social isolation and loneliness
  • Children, young people and adults feel safe
  • Improvement in education and training
  • Increase in civic participation
  • Improvement in financial wellbeing
  • Children, young people and adults have access to justice
  • A modern, independent, sustainable VCFSE sector

Who can apply?

You must be able to answer yes to all of the following to be eligible to apply:

  • Is your organisation based in Liverpool?
  • Is your organisation a voluntary, charity, faith or social enterprise sector organisation?
  • Does your organisation have all relevant policies and procedures in place?
  • Do all the staff and volunteers in your organisation who are in contact with children and young people have enhanced DBS checks?
  • Does your organisation have all relevant insurances in place?
  • Does your organisation have an up-to-date governing document?
  • Does your organisation have an active business bank account in the name of the organisation?

You must also be able to answer no to the following:

  • Does your organisation intend to use this funding to promote political parties?
  • Does your organisation intend to use this funding to either practise or promote religion or religious beliefs?

If you meet the criteria above and can provide the relevant proof you can submit an application.

Before you apply

We advise you to read the guidance and scoring documents, and other information below before submitting your application online: 

How to apply

Apply online for the youth and community grant

Read our privacy notice which tells you how we use your data.

All applications must be received by Sunday 30th June 2024.

 Read our application FAQs

Yes, you can talk about everything that you do linked to the aims and objectives we’ve set. And because its unrestricted funding, if you are successful, you can spend the money however you need to help your work on these aims and objectives.

No, only VCFSE orgs can be partners. But if you get the grant, you can continue to use it to pay for sessions provided by private companies if you want. Tell us about the sessions in your answer to “what do you do to deliver your aims and objectives” and/ or in your answer to “what impact would this funding have on you?”

Tick all the Wards where your beneficiaries live, even if they live in different wards to where you are based.

No, you will need to complete the application in one go. We strongly advise to download the stage 1 application questions from this page. Write your answers on a Word document, copy and paste to your online application.

You will need to let us know before the deadline Sunday 30th June 2024 and we will agree an extension date. 

No, the link on the internet will not be available after 11.59pm on the 30th June 2024. 

No, although applications will be sent to Councillors for feedback.

You must be registered in Liverpool City Council’s boundary to apply.

What happens next?

We will review all eligible stage 1 applications and carry out the due diligence as outlined in the guidance and scoring document.

We will share applications with councillors to gain their insight, so that their knowledge can be considered when funding decisions are made.

The Corporate Director of Neighbourhoods and Housing, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Communities and Streetscene, will decide whether to make applicants conditional offers or not.

Unsuccessful applicants will not have the right of appeal.

If you receive a conditional offer, you will proceed to stage 2, where we will collect more detailed information and any supporting documentation.

We will notify you of the stage 1 decision at the end of July/start of August.

Based on evidence from previous grant programmes, we estimate that 1 in 10 of applicants may be offered full funding, whilst 3 in 10 may be offered part of the funding applied for.

Further information

If you have a query that is not included in the guidance and scoring document please email 

Access payments

If you have an accessibility issue with any part of our application process and need additional support, you can ask for an access payment of up to £500 to help you apply. You can use this for  a range of support including a scribe, BSL interpreter, translator, screen reader, additional staff time, access to work support or other support tailored to your needs.

To ask for this support, email and enter 'Access Payments for youth and community grant' in the subject field. We will contact you to ask for the following information:

  • Organisation name
  • Accessibility issue
  • Bank details
  • What you require an access payment for
  • How much you need (maximum of £500)

If approved, we aim to make the access payment within a week or receiving all the relevant details. We will make the payment directly to your organisation.