The Youth Environmental Action Fund can provide up to 100% funding and support to young people to set up and deliver their own small scale environmental projects that:
- Improve or enhance the local natural environment or
- Develop environmental awareness in local communities.
Since the Youth Fund started in 2017 it has supported 33 projects, given out £26,500 and engaged more than 2,000 young people! We've helped young people to get a wide variety of inspiring projects off the ground, from an eco-festival and BioBlitz to recycling schemes and wildlife gardens.
"I really wanted to organise my own BioBlitz event to help local people find out what wildlife lives in the area.
My hope is that lots of people and especially young people were inspired to love the natural world around us.
I believe that if people know and understand what lives alongside them, they will be more passionate about protecting it."
Can you apply?
Grants can be used for all kinds of activities: to run events, meetings or workshops, or purchase resources for practical environmental work. You can apply for 100% of the total project cost, from £50 up to a maximum of £1,000.
To apply you must be:
- Aged 11-24 years
- Based in the Yorkshire Dales National Park or areas of North Yorkshire, Lancashire and parts of Cumbria bordering the Yorkshire Dales National Park or areas of Bradford, Keighley & Leeds (West Yorkshire) and north-east Lancashire within an hour’s travel of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
How to apply
We are currently reviewing our grant processes and are not accepting any new grant applications at the moment. Please check back for more details in the next few weeks.
Youth projects we've supported
Since the Youth Fund started in 2017 it has supported 33 projects, given out £26.5k and engaged more than 2000 young people.
We fund small-scale ventures that improve or enhance the local natural environment or develop environmental awareness in local communities. We've supported a wide variety of inspiring projects including:
- 10 projects that help to increase biodiversity and enhance wildlife spaces
- 5 recycling projects that save an estimated 162,769 kg of plastic waste going to landfill every year!
- 9 projects that enhance community green spaces, including schools, gardens and parks
- 4 conservation projects, including wildlife surveying, eels in the classroom and a school wildlife area
- Art projects, an eco-festival, school eco club and sustainability group
Find out more about some of the different projects we've supported below...