Bristol City Council Youth Sector Support Grant Programme

This grant programme is currently closed to applications.

Opening Date:
4th September 2020
Closing Date:
There are closing dates throughout the year - next is 12 January 2021.
Maximum grant awarded:
£10,000 per organisation in any year, up to a maximum of £30,000 in any year for partnership applications (two or more eligible organisations). See the guidelines for full details.

This grant programme has temporarily closed due to approaching the end of the financial year and available funds for grant making becoming limited. Temporarily closing the programme avoids disappointment of applying for a grant when there are limited funds available. This programme will reopen in April 2021, so please do revisit our website then.

About the Youth Sector Support Fund
Bristol City Council has set up the Youth Sector Support Fund to support Bristol-based organisations working with local children and young people. The fund will support projects and collaborations that result in a diverse range of services for children and young people 8-19 years old and a stronger youth and play sector. This fund aims to complement Targeted Youth Services (TYS) contracts by filling gaps in services across the city.

Young people’s talents, ideas and priorities will be central to every grant that we make from the fund. But we also want to see a strengthened youth sector, and this fund can support organisational development, pilot projects and new ways of working.

We encourage you to talk to us before applying so that we can support you to join dots, access help and make the strongest possible application. Quartet Community Foundation is working with Voscur, to provide bespoke support to organisations wishing to apply to the fund. Please contact Voscur if you need support with submitting an application to this grants programme. Their contact details are here

What you can apply for
This programme aims to support Bristol-based organisations working with children and young people aged 8-19 years. It encourages applications that will support organisations is Bristol’s play and youth sector to become more sustainable and reach into communities, such as helping organisations to collaborate, diversify their income, or seek new ways of working.

This grant programme aims to:

  1. Help play and youth sector organisations increase their financial sustainability and reach into communities by either collaborating with others, diversifying its sources of income, and/or developing new ways of working
  2. Prioritise areas of the city where there is a lack of activities or services for young people, or not enough services to meet the need
  3. Fund open-access or more targeted services
  4. Support both play and youth services, although the fund must prioritise youth services. Just over 10% of the Youth Sector Support Fund can be spent on play
  5. Respond quickly to arising issues where a short-term response could help – for example, anti-social behaviour in a particular area. Applications for these emerging needs are by invitation only so get in touch with us to discuss your project before you apply.

Priority will be given to applications meeting point 1 listed above and demonstrate there is a clear need for the work they seek a grant towards.

Please make sure you read the full guidelines (available below) as these set out the programme’s priorities and how to access help with your application.

Closing date for applications*

*applications to be submitted by 12pm

This grant programme will be open for applications all year but our decision-making panel will meet once per quarter. So we have set the above closing dates for applications. If we receive your application in time (be aware that it normally takes 6-8 weeks to process and assess an application) we will consider your application at the next scheduled panel meeting. If we have been unable to process your application in time, your application will be considered at the following panel meeting. Make sure that you allow enough time for us to assess and discuss your application at a panel meeting when you are planning the start date for your project.