The David Cross Young People’s Fund

Who can apply:


  • Registered charities
  • Constituted community organisations
  • Companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims
  • Community interest companies
  • Youth groups
  • Schools and colleges, providing the proposal is additional to statutory obligations
  • Social enterprises


Fund criteria:

Applications are invited from community and voluntary sector organisations, youth groups, schools and colleges who are working with young people aged 12-25 in Northern Ireland.

Proposals should be clearly focused on the fund’s objectives and have been developed in conjunction with young people.

Proposals should take into account the impact of the Covid-19 in how the project will be delivered and how the pandemic has affected young people’s prospects.

The fund welcomes applications which seek to pilot innovative, creative and technological solutions, particularly where these could be upscaled or replicated.

The fund welcomes applications which involve cross community collaboration and partnership as a means of meeting the challenges common to all young people.

Funding can be used to cover equipment (at up to £5,000), as well as activity, materials, training and staffing costs.

All applicants will have access to capacity building support through a free accelerator programme. Successful applicants will also receive up to 30 hours of bespoke mentoring support.

What can be supported within the fund themes?

Examples of potential projects that we may be able to support include:

  • Training initiatives
  • Projects to develop new skills
  • Research and development
  • The piloting of new technology
  • The development of relationships between young people, industry and business
  • Apprenticeships


We expect projects to include:

  • Creative thinking
  • Youth leadership
  • Sound monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Collaborative approaches and partnership working, where possible
  • Opportunities for replication / upscaling

The Fund will not support:

The Community Foundation will not fund organisations or activities which promote causes that are contrary to our purposes. Causes and activities that are contrary to our purposes include, but may not be limited to, those outlined in our investment policy i.e. those linked to the promotion of armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses, tobacco or pornography.

In addition the Community Foundation will not support the following:

  • The advancement of religion. This includes organisations whose purposes include advancement of religion;
  • The establishment of endowment of any school or institution providing further education within the meaning of the education and libraries (Northern Ireland) order 1972;
  • The provision of assistance to any Housing Association within the meaning of the housing (Northern Ireland) order 1976 – *Note: Housing Associations will be eligible for some funds, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements, and if they apply as part of a partnership project, and are not named as the applicant organisation.


We also generally do not fund:

  • Party political activity
  • Trips abroad
  • Individuals
  • Replacement of statutory funding
  • Funding for projects that have already started
  • Groups who have not complied with previous monitoring requirements
  • Groups with more than three live Community Foundation grants grants at any one time

Applying to the David Cross Young People's Fund

Stage One: Submission of online application via the Community Foundation’s website by 1:00pm on 11th September 2020.  This must include an organisation strength checker –  This must be attached to your application, and must help shape the nature of what you are requesting financial assistance for.

Stage Two: Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their project to the David Cross Young People’s Fund panel in early October.  This will consist of a 5 to 10 minute presentation, followed by approximately ten minutes of discussion and questions from the panel representatives.  Please note that depending on government restrictions and social distancing guidelines, the presentation may be done remotely using an online platform.

Successful applicants will be given 12 months from date of award to complete their project.

Applicants are required to provide the following with their application:

  • A copy of your governing document, e.g. constitution – this must be signed and dated;
  • A copy of your most recent accounts or up to date income and expenditure;
  • A copy of a current account bank statement for your organisation’s bank account – this must be in the same name as your constitution, dated within the past three months and should not be overdrawn. If the bank statement is overdrawn please provide an explanation as to why the account is overdrawn.  The Foundation staff will then consider this explanation in line with our due diligence policies and procedures.
  • A copy of your safeguarding policy.
  • Your organisation strength checker.


Closing Date: Sep 11, 2020 13:00

Sep 11, 2020 13:00

  • Area:

  • Northern Ireland

  • Grant size:

  • Grants of up to £15,000

  • Priorities:

  • The fund has four key objectives: To support youth entrepreneurship; To enhance young people’s skills and employment prospects; To encourage cross community working and reconciliation; To support creative and innovative thinking and problem solving

Ready to apply?

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The David Cross Young People’s Fund is open for applications from 9am on Tuesday 28th July 2020 and will remain open until 1pm on Friday 11th September 2020.


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