hackney youth opportunity fund

Hackney YOF 2012

Want to have a say in activities in your area? 

The Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund (HYOF) is grant funding made available by the London Borough of Hackney to fund projects for young people in Hackney.

The projects are totally young people-led. Young people come up with ideas for activities and young people make the decisions about which projects to fund.

The aim of the fund is to:

  • Give young people a voice in making decisions
  • Improve ‘things to do and places to go’ for young people
  • Help involve disadvantaged and hard-to-reach young people
  • Invest in youth facilities, particularly in deprived areas.

Application deadlines for the 2015-16 Fund

  • Deadline for Round One: Friday 1 May 2015
  • Deadline for Round Two: Wednesday 23 September 2015

Download the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund application forms

What we fund

Hackney YOF money can be used for an activity or project that benefits you and your friends/youth group and other young people in Hackney. Hackney YOF can fund a wide range of activities and projects including sports, arts, culture, citizenship and volunteering. The grant can also be used to pay for small pieces of equipment such as computers, musical instruments, sports gear, arts and crafts supplies and props for creative activities.

Just some of the projects that have been made possible through Hackney YOF funding over the past years

YOF will not fund:

  • activities/projects planned without young people's involvement
  • a project that has already happened
  • a project which it has already funded for the same group unless – (a) your group is applying for a new project;  or (b) the project is for the benefit of a new and different group of young people from the same organisation
  • Core costs for an organisation.

Become a YOF Panel member

Funding decisions are made by young people from Hackney aged between 13 and 19 years of age (up to 25 years if you have support needs). The Hackney YOF Panel meets roughly every quarter and attends a series of meetings to assess grant applications. If you'd like to have a say in activities for young people in your area, apply now to be a Panel Member. Simply email

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