Covid-19 Relief Fund Cost of Living Crisis Fund Reading Youth Fund General Grants Given

The Reading Youth Fund


Most recent grants given

⭐️ Progress Theatre

⭐️ Assisting Berkshire Children (ABC) to Read

⭐️ Grassrootz Youth Club

⭐️ Parenting Special Children

⭐️ Starting Point

About the Fund

We are excited to announce the launch of the Reading Youth Fund, a dedicated £50,000 fund to provide critical support to organisations who focus on the Young People in our community. The fund is a transformative initiative aimed at enriching the lives of young people aged 12-18.

Since the start of 2022, we have visited over 40 local community groups, all of whom are doing such fantastic work supporting those in need in Reading. We have collaborated with many groups and individuals who offer unwavering support, including to Young People in Reading, but we have witnessed a large gap when it comes to this demographic. Budgets have been cut, youth clubs have disappeared, and more and more young people have nowhere to go after school, at weekends, or summer holidays, resulting in some getting enticed into crime or at least in spending more time on social media.

The Reading Youth Fund has been allocated £50,000 and is a visionary project by the John Sykes Foundation. It seeks to assist organisations in Reading to help support opportunities for Young People to engage in sports, arts, music, drama, teamwork, and personal growth. The Foundation recognises the vital role that these activities play in shaping well-rounded individuals and aims to make them accessible to all, regardless of financial limitations.

Before completing your application

Before applying, please read our separate Guidance Notes in full, and check that your charity / community group is located within the geographical area outlined therein.

Submitting your application

Please complete this form in full. The easiest, preferred, and quickest way to submit your application is via our online form below. However, if completing our application form offline this can be emailed to [email protected], or if this is not possible, please post your application to:

John Sykes Foundation
First Floor
23/24 Market Place

Our response

We aim to issue our decision in respect of your application within 14 days, unless further questions or queries arise.

If you are successful, we aim to remit funds to you within 14 days of the award date.


Type of Organisation:

Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)

Charitable Company (limited by guarantee)

Unincorporated Association


Brief summary of your organisation

What it does and how it benefits the community of Reading (Max 200 words)


Set out how you would use the grant if you are successful in your application (Max 200 words)

How will it make a difference

Set out how receiving the grant will make a difference to your organisation and the individuals which form part / rely upon it

Case studies

To help bring your application to life please include one case study which demonstrates the work you do.

Bank details

Please supply your organisations bank details, which must include your bank name, account name, account number and sort code.


Please ensure the following items are enclosed with this application:

  • Your organisation's last set of accounts
  • A copy of your organisation’s most recent bank statement