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YouthBank UK (YB UK) is a national grant scheme in the United Kingdom, providing small grants for young people to help individuals and groups fund projects to help the community. Both YB UK and local groups are led and run completely by young people, helping them learn new skills, meet their needs and aid their communities. YB UK puts the money in the hands of young people, and is run at both a local area and national level by groups of young people, but adults can help as supporters, facilitators and advisors. YB UK is a registered charity, registered charity number, 1113047.

Background and history

In 1999, five organisations, British Youth Council, Changemakers, the Community Foundation Network, the National Youth Agency and The Prince's Trust, who becameYB UK's consortium partners, set up seven pilot YouthBanks, in Bristol, Bradford, Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Wales. In September 2001, YB UK was successful in securing a million pound, grant from the Community Fund, to develop a Central Development Unit to expand the pilot YB UK projects.

YB UK has received major grants from Comic Relief, the Football Foundation, the Department of Education and Skills National Voluntary Youth Organisation, and are delivery partners for the Big Lottery Fund's Young People Fund Grants to Organisation programme.

Local YouthBanks

After the seven projects received funding via the Community Fund, a Central Development Unit was established to help increase the number of local YouthBanks all around the UK. Youth groups from anywhere in the country can now apply to become a YouthBank for their area. Once a group becomes a YouthBank, they decide how applications are designed and assessed, and decide who receives the grants.

List of local YouthBanks

Below is a list of areas that have a functioning YouthBank, according to the official website.



Northern Ireland



  1. YouthBank UK; About us URL Accessed July 25, 2006.
  2. YouthBank UK About us (flash) - select About Us URL Accessed July 25, 2006.
  3. YouthBank UK A brief history (flash) - select About Us then YouthBank- A brief history URL Accessed July 25, 2006.
  4. YouthBank UK Training Toolkit booklet. YBUK publicity and starter pack.
  5. YouthBank UK What is a local YouthBank? (flash) - select About Us then What is a local YouthBank? URL Accessed July 25, 2006.
  6. YouthBank UK Where is my nearest YouthBank (flash) - select Where is my nearest YouthBank URL Accessed July 25, 2006.

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