Bristol City Council Youth Sector Support Fund Grant
This grant programme is currently closed to applications.
- Closing Date:
- Due to the Coronavirus outbreak we have decided to temporarily close this grants programme. This is because of the high volume of applications to our Coronavirus Response Fund and the need to prioritise these.
- 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.
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
We encourage applications that will support the play and youth sector to become more sustainable, such as helping organisations to collaborate, diversify their income, or seek new ways of working. This grant programme aims to:
- Support Bristol-based organisations working with children and young people aged 8 – 19 years
- Help the play and youth sector become more sustainable by diversifying its sources of income, collaborating and working in new ways
- Fund open-access or more targeted services
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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*
- 13 January 2020 (decisions due in early March 2020)
- 14 April 2020 (decisions due in early June 2020)
- 20 July 2020 (decisions due in mid September 2020)
- 12 October 2020 (decisions due in early December 2020)
*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.