Young Start Fund

Young Start Fund
The Big Lottery

A new fund aimed at unlocking the potential of Scotland’s children and young people has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund. Young Start will invest dormant accounts money* in projects that encourage young Scots aged 8 to 24 to be

CONFIDENT   Children and young people have more confidence and skills

HEALTHY  Children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional health 

CONNECTED  Younger and older generatiosns are better connected and have more understanding and respect for each other

ENTERPRISING  Young people are better prepared for getting a job or starting a business.

Young Start, which is forecast to invest £8.9 million by March 2013, will award grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for up to two years. The fund is aimed at third sector organisations including voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, housing associations, sports organisations, cooperatives and charities.

Projects will have a better chance of success if they can show young people have been meaningfully involved in the development, design and delivery of the project. Young Start can fund a range of projects including the following examples:

• Using local artists in a creative arts project to improve young people’s confidence.
• Getting young people involved in sport through the use of local sports facilities.
• Young people teaching older people how to use technology and try new activities such as using the internet, social networking and gaming.
• Work experience tasters with local employers.

Application form and guidance materials are available online at There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time.  Applicants will hear if they have been successful within 8 weeks of submitting an application form.

Groups can keep in touch with the latest Young Start news at or following Young Start at

*dormant accounts money is money that has come from bank and building society accounts that have seen no customer-initiated activity for at least 15 years. The Scottish Government directed the Big Lottery Fund to use its expertise in grant making to develop a fund which would invest this money in Scotland’s third sector.