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Youth Provision Grant 2020-21

Gloucestershire County Council has funding available to invest in community activities for children and young people 8-18 years old. 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.

What can it be used for?

The funding will be used to support projects that enable young people age 8-18 to learn new skills and take part in lots of exciting activities. These projects may relate to art, drama, sports, cookery, wildlife or anything else that might interest and inspire young people.

Some previous examples of project that have been funded in Gloucestershire

  • Paternoster School/Tennis Plus Academy received a grant to provide tennis sessions for SEN students at the local Paternoster School, continuing the project from last year.
  • Cinderford Area Neighbour Development Initiative (CANDI) received a grant to continue providing weekly dance sessions in Cinderford and Drybrook, providing young people a place to learn dance and choreography, getting regular exercise and making new friends.
  • Create Gloucestershire received a grant to run 1 hour workshops to help students to hone their story-telling and writing skills learning from a published author. Then students can choose whether to enter their piece into a competition.
  • Bourton-on-the Water Parish Council received a grant to provide youth club activities for the local youth in Bourton-on-the Water after closure of their previous youth club many years ago.

The successful grant applications will contribute to delivering our priorities which are:

  • Improving young people’s health and wellbeing
  • Building positive relationships with the community, supporting young people to recognise the role they play and the skills they can contribute
  • Helping children and young people with additional needs to learn and succeed
  • Developing skills for the future
  • Increasing the resilience and safety of local communities

What can’t be it used for?

  • Funding activities primarily aimed at children under 8
  • Supporting the mainstream activities of an organisation e.g. ongoing yearly spending commitments including salaries and administration costs.
  • Purchasing vehicles eg. minibuses
  • Funding land or building works.
  • Funding civic events, donations, or profit-making organisations.
  • Funding curriculum-time school activities.
  • The funding must be a “one off” and cannot create an ongoing funding commitment from the County Council

Who Can Apply?

  • Community or Voluntary Groups
  • Registered Charities
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Sports Groups and Associations
  • Schools and Academies for out of school activities
  • 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 Division is £1000.

The funding is split equally between the Councillors with each Councillor allocated £1000 to distribute in their Division, however Councillors can combine their funding if they wish to provide funding for a more expensive project that will have wider benefit.  Alternatively Councillors can fund a number of smaller projects from their allocation. 

Councillors will be responsible for ensuring that the number of applications submitted from their division does not exceed the total level of funding available for their division.

How long is the scheme open for? 

Applications for funding will be accepted until all the money has been allocated.  Decisions will be made on a first come, first served basis.  No applications will be accepted after 28th January 2021.

This funding must be used by the 31st March 2021.

How to apply?

  1. 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 local county councillor here: find your councillor's contact details.
  2. Complete the application form Youth Provision Grant - Application Form and send to your councillor
  3. Your local county councillor will forward your application on to the Youth Activity Team who will process it.
  4. A member of the Youth Activity Team will be in touch to let you know if your application has been successful. The Youth Activity Team will process applications as quickly as they can, and are aiming to make payments within one month of receiving the application. 

What happens next?

To ensure that the scheme is transparent we will make information about which projects have been funded publically available on the council website.

If your application is successful we will need you to promote your activity and the county council’s funding support. This should include acknowledging the county council in any written or media communication about your activity and adding the county council logo to any public material.

For further information on the Youth Provision Grant please speak to your local county councillor or email heather.ellis@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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