Young Adult Friends Development Fund

The Young Adult Friends Development Fund was created from Quaker Youth Pilgrimage monies in 2019 to generate powerful experiences of deep spiritual connection and encouragement for Young Adult Friends across the four FWCC Sections and around the world to live out our mission of uniting Friends around the world.

The Young Adult Friends Development Fund exists to enable Young Adult Friends to experience deep spiritual fellowship at international level, meet across different branches of the Quaker family, and/or learn about different variations of the same Quaker branch. It is our hope that this fund encourages the ever changing next generation of young adults to learn about, and understand the world family of Friends.

If you are under 35 and planning to attend the World Plenary Meeting, please use this form if you need support with travel. You can also use this to ask for support in taking part in other events, from running a Quaker leadership training course to planning a World Gathering of Young Friends.

We have a preference for engaging in partnerships and for working across theological and cultural differences and across Sections.

Criteria of the Young Adult Friends Development Fund:

FWCC only accepts applications from Quakers (organizations, members, or attenders) with a Letter of Endorsement from the yearly meeting (worship group in absence of a yearly meeting) or FWCC Section.

We expect that participants will contribute towards the costs of their participation, with support from their yearly meetings, monthly meetings, or churches. Creative financing, including challenge grants or collaborations are encouraged.

Evaluations and reflections on the outcome of any event supported by FWCC will be made available after an event, project or programme has been completed

Where a programme is designed to serve a small number of Young Adult Friends (for example for intense leadership training) information will need to be provided about recruitment and selection criteria

Priority will be given to partnership proposals – for example we highly encourage some cross Section engagement (between at least one of the four FWCC Sections).

Proposals must include provision for language interpretation and cultural learning as needed.

Grants will be awarded in the amount of up to £7,000 GBP, and may be allocated in increments

A budget must be provided.

Longer term projects will be expected to be self-supporting.

FWCC expects a report within 60 days of the event.

Next application date: Applications are open. Application deadlines each year are the end of April and the end of September.

To apply for support for travel to the World Plenary Meeting, apply by the end of October 2023.

Email Tas Cooper ([email protected]) for more information

How to apply:

  • Carefully read the criteria above and email Tas Cooper ([email protected]) explaining how you meet each of them.

Your email must include

Contact information for person submitting application:
• Name(s):
• Email Address:
• Contact Number (including area code):
• Church/meeting:
• Yearly Meeting:

If this is a joint application, please share second point of contact:
• Name(s):
• Email Address:
• Contact Number (including area code):
• Church/meeting:
• Yearly Meeting:

We will also need your letter of endorsement and a budget showing how you can meet some of the costs.

We highly encourage you to test your proposal – to share your thinking – with someone in FWCC before submitting an application.  Feel free to contact us.