Children's Activity Fund
As part of the Active Communities policy, Gloucestershire County Council are keen to invest in community activities that promote the wellbeing of children and young people 0 - 11 years old. This does not preclude activities that also benefit older children and teenagers up to 18 years. We are particularly interested in local solutions that achieve positive outcomes for our most vulnerable children and young people who may be in challenging circumstances; living with learning difficulties or disabilities/complex needs or living in care or care leavers. There is £5000 of funding available in each of the 53 county council electoral divisions in Gloucestershire.
What can it be used for?
The grants will contribute to delivering our priorities which are:
- Ensuring the best start in life
- Helping families and parents to help themselves
- Improving outcomes for our most vulnerable children and young people
- Focus on mental health and well being and building resilience
Examples of the type of projects that may be supported are:
Hester's Way Kids Club received £870 to provide monthly outdoor sessions in partnership with Play Gloucestershire. The sessions are aimed at 6 - 10 years old and through play activities encourage participation and inclusion and use local green spaces to foster an interest in nature and the environment.
Brockworth Junior club is aimed at young people aged 9 plus received £1000. The young people attend weekly sessions and through a range of social and educational activities they build relationships with friends and youth workers, have access to new experiences and opportunities which build confidence and self esteem to build foundations for future work as they move into adolescence.
Street Games in Podsmead have received £1340 to deliver open access multi sport sessions for 8 - 13 year olds. The young people are encouraged to take ownership of the sessions and plan their own activities using local open spaces and community assets. This develops their confidence and negotiation skills and has contributed to less anti-social behaviour and vandalism.
See the guidelines and criteria document in the download section of this webpage for more information.
(Drop down for more details on how to apply and to download an application form)
Who Can Apply?
- Community or Voluntary Groups
- Registered Charities
- Community Interest Companies
- Town and Parish Councils
- Sports Groups and Associations
- Schools and Academies
- After-School Clubs
- Religious groups where the application demonstrates that the project will bring wider community benefit and the primary purpose of the activity is not religious
How much can I apply for?
There is no lower limit for funding, but the maximum budget for each area is £5,000 per year
How long is the scheme open for?
Applications can be submitted between 1 June 2017 and 31 December 2017 but as the funding is limited early application is advised to secure the support of your county councillor.
How to apply?
Complete the application form Children's Activity Fund - Application Form
Discuss your application with your local county councillor as they have to endorse your application. They will tell you whether they will support your application or not. You can find out who your county councillor is through writetothem.com and their contact details here: find your councillor's contact details.
- Reading the guidance and FAQ's
- Saving a copy of the application form to your computer Children's Activity Fund - Application Form
- Completing the form electronically.
- Email your completed application form to your local county councillor.
In exceptional circumstances hard (printed paper) copy application forms will be accepted, signed by your local county councillor sponsoring the application.
Who decides whether my grant has been successful and how will I find out?
The final decision on whether any funding will be awarded will be made by the local county councillors from your local area. A member of the Children's Activity Team will be in touch to let you know if you have been successful.
How quickly will decisions be made?
The Children's Activity Team will process applications as quickly as they can, and are aiming to make payments within one month of receiving the application. For further information on the Children's Activity Fund please speak to your local county councillor or email firstname.lastname@example.org