How to apply for funding

The UK Youth Change Squad programme is a jointly funded programme by The Cabinet Office and Pears Foundation


The Change Squad programme is committed to helping young people in deprived or rural areas to get involved in social action.


Application forms to be completed by the support worker and young people.  Things to consider before you apply:

 About you:

  • There needs to be two young people leading the project
  • Young people must both be aged between 12 and 20
  • You must live in a rural or deprived area
  • You must engage between 8 – 18 other young people in the running of project - support for this element can be given if required
  • There must be a youth worker / organisation supporting the young people through the project
  • The training will support you to effectively, plan, promote and budget your project as well as helping you to engage and recruit your additional volunteers.


About your project:

The Change Squad funding is to be used by young people in rural or deprived areas to develop and run projects in their local community

  • The project will need to engage a further 8 – 18 young people in the local community
  • If successful the supporting organisation will receive and monitor the funding
  • Please be aware that if the project requires certain ‘deal breakers’ in place for it to run, these must already be established. E.g. if permission is needed from the council to use their land, this must already be in place
  • Change Squad funding is not to be used for salaries, for projects outside of the UK or to directly fund other organisations
  • Applicants and organisations need to sign up to and adhere to the #iwill campaign set out by Step up to Serve.  Details can be found here:
  • If successful the two young people and support worker must sign the terms and conditions and adhere to the agreements set out therein
  • All evaluations and reporting documents will need to be returned prior to final support worker funding being released
  • The project needs to be completed within three months of receiving your funding.  

This project was made possible with funding from the Pears Foundation

                                                                                                    Funded by the Pears Foundation

Last modified: Wednesday, 3 August 2016, 7:03 PM