About Fan Funding

Fan Funding is a new way to make voluntary payments to support the YouTube Creators you love. If a Creator has Fan Funding enabled, you'll see a Support button on their channel. You may also see a Support message in the corner of some videos. 

To support a YouTube Creator with Fan Funding:

  1. Support buttonClick the Support button on the Creator's channel page.
  2. Choose the amountChoose how much you'd like to pay. 
  3. Leave a comment

    To be recognized for your support, click Add a comment. When you include a comment, your message, name, and payment amount may be displayed publicly and to the creator. If you don't add a message, you won't be recognized and the creator won't know the payment came from you.

    Click Next to continue. 

  4. Choose your form of payment

    Select the payment method you wish to use or add a new payment method.

    Click Buy to complete the payment.

  5. Thank you message from the creator Enjoy the thank-you message from the channel and check your email for a receipt.
For help setting up Fan Funding on your own channel, visit the partner Help Center.


How much of my voluntary payment goes to the creator?

Most of your voluntary payment goes to the creator. YouTube takes a small fee to cover the cost of processing the transaction. That fee varies by country:

Country Approximate fee per Transaction
Australia AUD $0.23 + 5%
France, Spain EUR €0.15 + 5%
Japan JPY ¥22 + 5%
Mexico MXN $2.70 + 5%
United Kingdom GBP £0.12 + 5%
United States USD $0.21 + 5%

For example, if you made a $10 Fan Funding voluntary payment in the US, YouTube’s fee would be $0.71, and the creator would receive $9.29:

Fan Funding Payment amount (USD) Less Fee (USD) Amount that goes to the creator (USD)
$10 = $0.21 + (5% x $10) = $0.71 $9.29

The service fee will be higher to account for VAT in the United Kingdom (120% of above fee), France (120% of above fee), and Spain (121% of above fee).

Which countries are supported?

We are excited to bring Fan Funding to more countries around the world as soon as possible. Here's where Fan Funding is available today:

  • Australia
  • France
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Japan

If you use YouTube Fan Funding in Japan, beginning October 1, 2015, a change in Japan Consumption Tax Law (JCT) affects your tax responsibilities in Japan. If you have specific questions related to your tax responsibilities in Japan, consult your tax advisor.
Creators located outside of Japan
If you’re located outside of Japan and receive tips from viewers in Japan, you’re responsible for charging, remitting, and reporting on any JCT to the National Tax Agency in Japan.
Creators located in Japan
If you’re located in Japan and receive tips from viewers in Japan, beginning October 1, 2015, the 30% transaction fee charged by Google Payments is now considered a business-to-business (B2B) transaction.
You’re responsible for assessing and reporting JCT for the B2B services provided by a foreign entity to the National Tax Agency in Japan. JCT will not be automatically added to your Fan Funding transaction fees.  

Can I get a refund on a Fan Funding voluntary payment?
Fan Funding voluntary payments are non-refundable. If you're having trouble with a payment, you may contact our support team.
What platforms does Fan Funding work on?

Fan Funding is supported on your desktop browser and the Android app (version 5.7 or higher).

Support for other platforms is coming soon!

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