Youth Clubs Grants

UPDATE: March 2020
Please be aware that, due to the coronavirus outbreak in the UK and the impact this will have on various aspects of Variety's funding process, applications for grants are likely to be delayed. You can still submit your application as usual, and we will respond as quickly as we are able to confirm we have received it. If you have already submitted an application, or had one approved recently, your funding may be significantly delayed. In all instances, our grants team will endeavour to keep you informed at every stage. We appreciate your understanding and patience at this time.


Variety’s roots lie in supporting youth clubs. We’ve been supplying them with essential equipment for 70 years. That’s why we set aside funding each year to support youth clubs that work with the most disadvantaged young people through informal education, positive activity, and skills development.

Youth Clubs

At a glance...

  • We welcome applications for equipment costing more than £1,000.
  • In 2018, we provided grants to 31 youth clubs.
  • About 50% of applications are for sports and play equipment, which enable young people to develop their fitness and social skills.

What we fund

We fund tangible resources including, but not limited to:

  • Sports, gym and games equipment
  • Computers, printers and IT equipment
  • Photography and film equipment
  • Consoles, accessories and games
  • Arts and crafts materials
  • Musical instruments and recording equipment

We fund in partnership

We only provide part-funding for youth club grants and expect you to make a contribution towards the cost of the equipment. We encourage this contribution to come from the young people’s own fundraising events and there is no minimum contribution required.

Applying for a grant

To be eligible for a Youth Club Grant, you must be affiliated to a national youth organisation such as Ambition, UK Youth or Association of Boys and Girls Clubs. At present we do not fund uniformed organisations.

You can submit an application at any time by downloading and completing the application form below before emailing it to youth clubs@variety.org.uk.  You should also include a quote for the equipment you are applying for.

For more information or to discuss a speculative application, give our grants team a call on 0207 428 8100, or email youthclubs@variety.org.uk