Secure funding and resources for youth work

Business Sectors (Suites): Youth Work
Developed by: CLD Standards Council Scotland
Approved on: 29 Mar 2019


This standard is about determining sources of funding and other resources for work with young people and establishing good working relationships with actual and potential fund holders. It includes developing and submitting proposals for funding, or other forms of support, and negotiating the terms of proposals to a successful conclusion. You will also establish contingency plans so that you are able to mitigate against any shortfall in funding.

This standard is suitable for youth work practitioners and managers who have responsibility for securing finance to develop youth work provision

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. establish an up to date list of individuals and organisations that provide resources currently, and which might provide resources for future activities
  2. develop fully costed proposals and recommendations for obtaining the finances and other resources required to deliver proposed youth work activities
  3. agree proposals and recommendations with relevant stakeholders
  4. make bid proposal submissions to potential funders
  5. address any requests for further information and clarification
  6. agree contractual arrangements with funders which set out the terms of the resource provisions
  7. update all relevant parties regarding the outcome of the proposal
  8. provide those who will make use of the resources with information about any conditions attached to the funding
  9. develop contingency plans to address any problems regarding the spend requirements
  10. implement a system for effective funding source monitoring
  11. meet the values and principles underpinning youth work in relation to the requirements of this standard

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. guidelines and codes of practice and any legislative, regulatory and ethical requirements in relation to types and providers of funding for youth work
  2. the objectives, plans and resources of your own organisation
  3. the proposed activities of your organisation, including those which require finance and resources
  4. the organisation's stakeholders and their views in relation to the financing of the organisation's activities
  5. the current types and providers of finance and other resources used by own organisation, and other potential types and providers of finance and their associated benefits and risks
  6. sources of information on resourcing opportunities, including those within the statutory, private, voluntary and charitable sectors
  7. how to make a business case and promote the benefits of the proposed youth work projects
  8. the scope, available resources and purpose of the funding body being approached, and any constraints under which they operate
  9. what information is required by the funding body and the correct format for the presentation of the proposal
  10. relevant people in your organisation and any key stakeholders who should be consulted on proposals and recommendations for obtaining finance and resources
  11. the importance of submitting clear proposals of bids or applications to providers of finance and other resources, and of allowing sufficient time for consideration
  12. the type of agreements that should be put in place with providers of finance and what they should cover
  13. the type of actions that might need to be taken in the event of a shortfall in funding
  14. why it is necessary to put contingency plans in place in relation to obtaining finance and the type of contingencies that might occur
  15. the values and principles underpinning youth work in relation to the requirements of this standard


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

28 Mar 2022





Originating Organisation

CLD Standards Council

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Youth Workers

SOC Code



Youth; young people; funding; resources; activities; strategy; policies; identify; source; proposals; stakeholders; providers; activities; plans; programmes; contingency; costs; risks