We think that young people are amazing and that they have the potential to make the world a better place through volunteering.

How To Apply

The Alec Dickson Trust supports volunteering or community service projects in the UK only that are organised and run by people under 30 years old.

If you’re aged under 30 and want to run a volunteering project in the community that meets the criteria we set out here, please fill in an application form to tell us more about your project, the need it addresses, the activities you plan to deliver, and how it will support and encourage youth volunteering.

Please note we do not fund overseas trips or gap year projects. We don’t normally fund uniforms, equipment or training for personal benefit (e.g. university course fees, training fees, laptop for an individual) or direct expenditure for a fundraising event (such as venue hire).

By applying to the Alec Dickson Trust, you are agreeing for the Trust to use your details to contact you in the future with the details provided in the application form. The Trust will store your details for 12 months after you submit your application.

The Trust’s board of trustees review applications and decide which to fund on a quarterly basis. We let unsuccessful applicants know by email after each quarterly meeting. For applications we’d like to fund, a trustee contacts the referee and (subject to a satisfactory reference) will inform the applicant they’ve been successful and send a cheque for the requested funds. Sometimes a trustee may contact you to find out more about your project if we like the sound of it, but need more information to make a decision.

To apply please use our online application form.

To see the questions you will be asked in advance please download the document at the left-hand side of this page.

If you have any questions about applying, please read our Frequently asked questions and Top tips for fundraising applicants. If your question remains unanswered, please email

Good luck with your application!


About Alec Dickson Trust

We support young people who, through volunteering or community service, aim to enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society.