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Million Hours Fund

Million Hours Fund 

Does your project support young people and provide positive experiences to help them thrive? We’ve partnered with DCMS to invest in vital youth activities that improve the lives of young people across England. Applications are now open.


What is the Million Hours Fund?

The Million Hours Fund is a £22 million jointly funded initiative from the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder in the UK. The programme funds organisations to provide positive activities for young people in areas with high levels of antisocial behaviour. The eligible areas in warrington are;

Bewsey and Whitecross

Fairfield and Howley

Poplars and Hulme


Who can apply?

We can fund work with young people aged:

  • 11 to 18
  • up to 25 if they have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

To apply, your project must:

  • Benefit young people aged 11 to 18, or up to 25 for young people with SEND
  • take place in, or benefit young people living in, eligible areas
  • Effectively engage with young people at risk of anti-social behaviour
  • Deliver more hours of youth work than you are already providing
  • Show how you involve young people in deciding how your project works
  • Deliver youth work that is open access and free from barriers to attend
  • Deliver youth work that is run by trusted adults such as qualified youth workers, youth support workers, or experienced volunteers.

Your project must also deliver activities that will aim for young people to have:

  • Improved emotional wellbeing
  • Improved life and practical skills
  • Access to trusted relationships with adults and feel safer.


You can apply even if you already have funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and if you already have Million Hours phase one funding.

Could your youth project benefit from this vital funding?

Find more information and how to apply here Million Hours | The National Lottery Community Fund (

Grants must be spent by March 2026.


About Us

Warrington Voluntary Action supports the development of a vibrant, thriving and sustainable third party sector to meet the diverse needs of local communities. Our values revolve around being passionate, whilst thinking creatively and working collaboratively with others.