Start by approaching those LOCAL groups with a shared interest in and responsibility for the particular community needs you are wanting to cater for. These may include:

  • Neighbouring Councils
  • Police
  • Fire and Rescue
  • Residents Groups
  • Housing Associations
  • Round Tables
  • Rotary
  • Local Charities
  • Local Companies
  • Groundwork

As you may know, Groundwork operate through a network of regional Trusts and you can find the one that covers your area by visiting www.groundwork.org.uk. They are very experienced in both fundraising and project management. Not only may they be willing to help but may also have other partners ready and willing to get involved with your project.

Or National?

There are also Regional and National funding bodies and portals (examples below) who will also support youth shelter schemes. Clearly, the more remote the funding body is from your community the less local interest and understanding they will have of your needs and issues and to be successful your bid will need to contain a clear and persuasive business case (see ‘How’):


BBC Children in Need

Government Funding Portal

National Lottery Funding Search

Heritage Lottery Fund

Sport England

Sport Wales

Big Lottery Fund

Awards for All

Directory of Social Change

Viridor Credits

Fields in Trust

Public Parks Initiative

BEN Ethnic Minorities Award Scheme

Lloyds TSB Foundation

ASDA Foundation

Aviva Community Fund

Funding Information

Ernest Cook Trust

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

The Robertson Trust

Watkin Jones Community Engagement

People's Health Trust

Waste Recycling Environmental WREN

UK Lottery Funding


SITA Trust

Yorventure North Yorkshire

Landfill Communities Fund