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Support creators with Fan Funding

We'll be turning off the Fan Funding feature at the end of February 2017. We're building new solutions for creators to monetize content, and for fans to support their favorite creators. Check our Creator Blog for updates.

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 support voluntary Fan Funding payments?

You can make voluntary Fan Funding payments if you are located in the following countries:

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

If you want to turn on Fan Funding for your own YouTube channel, see the eliglble locations and requirements. Locations where video creators can turn on Fan Funding may differ from where viewers can make voluntary Fan Funding payments.

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.
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