Grant Programme for Inter Faith Week 2014

Small Grants Programme for events organised by and for young people focused around Inter Faith Week 16-22 November 2014

The Trust will be awarding small grants up to £500.00 for organisations running events or projects connected with Inter Faith Week 2014

Grants are awarded for proposals for inter-faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation. The age range for young people is 11-25 years.

Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Actively involve young people in planning, running, and evaluation of the project.
  • Promote positive action i.e. young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems like improving green spaces.
  • Are run by non-statutory organisations, such as youth clubs, scout/guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations.

Grants can provide part-funding. Grants are not available for converting young people to a different faith.
Grants are given only to UK based organisations and are given for the agreed purposes set out in the completed grant application form. Grants are for use in accordance with the Trust’s charitable objectives. The Inter Faith Youth Trust as funder takes no responsibility for carrying out the work.


Download the application form

Young Leicestershire makes the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Congratulations to our chairman

On behalf of all our HQ team, our clubs and members, we’d like to offer our congratulations to Young Leicestershire’s chairman, Robert Constable-Maxwell, who today recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Appointed MBE for services to Young Leicestershire, Robert has been involved with the charity for 30 years, and has been chairman of our organisation since 1984. Mr Constable-Maxwell told the BBC news he was “extremely delighted and surprised” by the honour – and they went on to explain that Young Leicestershire “offers young people the opportunity to do activities such as football, table tennis, music, computers, arts and crafts. They can also join an annual 100-mile canoe event.” Robert said: “The clubs give children the opportunity to develop skills and an environment to flourish.” He added that his MBE was a “lovely endorsement” for his work with young people.

Get Connected – New national helpline for under-25

Get Connected is a new free, confidential helpline for young people under 25 who need help and don’t know where to turn.
The service is available 365 days a year, and it’s easy to make contact by phone, text, email or webchat.
When a young person gets in touch, one of the charity’s 100 trained Helpline Volunteers helps them explore their issues. They offer emotional support and can let them know about appropriate sources of further specialist help from a database of 10,000 trusted organisations.
Last year, each Get Connected volunteer directly helped around 200 children and young people who needed help with a wide range of issues including homelessness, self harm, bullying and drugs.
Need help? Get Connected:
“If you are under 25, whatever’s going on for you, we’re here…we’re free, we’re friendly, we wont judge and we wont tell.”
Call: 0808 808 4994 (every day, 1pm – 11pm)
Text: 80849
Webchat (and online help):

Step Up To Serve! #iwill put social action at the heart of our work

One of Young Leicestershire’s partner charities, UK Youth, has taken a lead role in the Step Up To Serve campaign which is aiming to increase opportunities for young people to get involved in social action – defined as “practical action in the service of others.”

Step Up To Serve aims to raise the level of participation in community activity by young people from an estimated 29% today to over 50% by 2020. The campaign will encourage 1.7 million more young people aged ten to twenty to make social action a habit for life. This increase in the number of young people involved in this kind of activity would add almost 90 million hours of voluntary work per year worth almost £700 million to the UK economy.

The campaign was launched today at Buckingham Palace in conjunction with a national pledge initiative called #iwill. The launch will include personal commitments from HRH The Prince of Wales, the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, and 50 inspiring young people all of who are involved youth social action across the UK.

Evidence from the CBI shows that social action helps to develop optimism, determination and emotional intelligence – skills which are key to employability.

If you’d like to find out more and maybe get involved, there’s lots more info at

Blaby & Whetstone YC transformed

With new Activity Centre Funding bids with Young Leicestershire land £600,000

As Blaby & Whetstone Boys Club approaches its 50th anniversary, a series of successful funding bids undertaken with Young Leicestershire are about to transform the club.

For starters, the club set up originally by a group of football-mad youngsters will now change its name to the Blaby & Whetstone Youth Club. And the £600,000 raised in grant money will enable the club to completely rebuild its 1960s pavilion, which will be renamed the Activity Centre.
Club chairman Brian Cleaver said: “We now have about 450 young people who come here, either to play football or to use the youth club, which has things like snooker and table tennis and takes the kids swimming, camping and canoeing.We’re hoping to encourage more female and disabled participants and to get more community groups using the site.”
The club started applying for grants earlier this year, supported by Young Leicestershire. As well as many smaller grants, the club has received £324,267 from the Football Foundation, £100,000 from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, £50,000 from Sport England and £30,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation.