Green Futures

Green Futures brings environmental opportunities to the ambitious and capable young people of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Through a range of innovative projects we aim to inspire, support and empower young people to create positive environmental change.

Funding for young people to set up and run their own environmental projects

The Youth Environmental Action Fund provides funding and support for young people to set up and deliver small scale environmental projects that:

  • Improve or enhance the local natural environment or
  • Develop environmental awareness in local communities.

The money can be used to run events, meetings or workshops, or purchase resources for practical environmental work. You can apply for 100% of the total project cost. The minimum grant is £50 up to a maximum of £1000.  

Can you apply?

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

Our next round of funding is now open ... but closes on 1 April 2022. To find out more or let us know you are interested please contact:
Fiona Busfield or call 015242 51002

You can download an application form and guidance notes below but please contact us before applying, we can give you support and advice that may save you time! 

Application form       Guidance notes


Youth Environment Action Fund grants so far 

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