How would you use £5,000?


Would you like up to £5000 for your project or activity? Apply now for the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund and make your idea a reality.

The Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund gives you the chance to run a project for other young people. You come up with the idea for an activity – and if the young people on the Hackney YOF Panel like your application – you’ll get the grant!

To apply, you need to be aged 8 – 19 and live, work or study in Hackney and you need to form a project team with at least two other young people.

How to apply

In order to apply you need to have the support of an organisation like a youth club or school. Send your completed application to or by post to Curtis Worrell, Young Hackney (1CYPS), Third Floor, Hackney Service Centre, London, E8 1DY. Please note, applications that arrive after the deadline will not be considered.

Who decides: The Hackney YOF Panel

All decisions about projects are made by the Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund Panel, a group of young people aged 11 – 19. If you are interested in joining the Panel, then click here.

The deadline for Hackney Youth Opportunity Fund applications  is Friday 27th March 2020. 


  1. Apply Early – this way someone from the YOF team can read over it and possibly make suggestions to strengthen the application. 
  2. Read and Reread the guidelines
  3. After completing the application ask the Young People “What makes the project unique”
  4. Seek feedback from outside the group prior to submitting.

In the last round of applications Hackney based dance group, E-Kidz were awarded £4,500!

E-Kidz train every week at Concorde Youth Hub. They used the grant to fund their trip to the Netherlands, where they competed in the UDO European Street Dance Championship.

Out of the fund they were able to purchase costumes, printing, pay for accommodation, entry for the competition and more!

The Championship took place in Netherlands 10-12 May 2019. E Kidz did very well bringing home a total of 4 trophies! Including:

  • 1st – Under 14 Duo Novice
  • 2nd – Under 8 Beginner solo
  • 2nd – Under 14 Intermediate Solo
  • 6th – Under 14 Intermediate Team

“We want to say thank you so much to Young Hackney and everyone part of making the Youth Opportunity Fund possible, we loved every minute of our trip. It was hard at times but all our traning and rehearsals paid off! We would encourage other young people to get involved and apply for the funding, you won’t regret it!”

E Kidz Dance Group