Bristol City Council Youth Sector Support grant programme Partnerships

This grant programme is open for applications.

Opening Date:
8th April 2021
Closing Date:
The closing date for submitting an Expression of Interest is 7 May 2021.
Maximum grant awarded:
See guidelines for full details

1. About this grant programme

Bristol City Council has set up the Youth Sector Support Fund to support Bristol-based organisations working with local children and young people. The grants programme will support projects/activities 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 this programme. But we also want to see a strengthened youth sector, and this programme can support pilot projects and new ways of working.

This programme is focused on supporting partnership work, with funding split across three areas of Bristol: East Central, North, and South. See section 7 of the guidelines for further information.

2. What you can apply for
This programme will support community-based activities with children and young people, aged 8-19* years. These activities should be preventative and focussed on children and young people who may be at risk of adverse outcomes. This can be preventative and early intervention work that addresses:

There may be other challenges in specific areas and communities that require early intervention or preventative work. It’s important you can demonstrate the local need and how the grant will help children and young people at risk of adverse outcomes or reducing these challenges from escalating.

Priority will be to applications:

*Just over 10% of the total funds available for this programme can be awarded to activities supporting children aged 8-10 years

The grant programme can support all costs relating to work with children and young people, including core costs (e.g. staff, office costs), project costs (e.g. venue hire, project worker), capital costs or organisational development costs. The costs included in your application should be those that cannot be supported from existing funds and must only cover a period up to 12 months.

3. Who can apply
This grant programme is open to partnerships whose members comprise of youth work and play work organisations from the VCSE sector. They should be all based and working in the City of Bristol.

Sub-contractors of the main Bristol City Council TYS contracts are eligible to apply where the work is distinct from activities funded under TYS contracts. We hope to receive applications from a wide variety of organisations and encourage non-sector-specific providers, such as arts, culture or sports organisations, to apply.

4. How to apply
There is an Expression of Interest (EOI) stage before submitting a full application to this programme. Please contact David Triggle-Wells to discuss your proposal and/or to determine your eligibility. You may then be invited to submit an EOI. If this is approved by a decision panel, you will be asked to submit an online application form. Contact details are:

The closing date for submitting an Expression of Interest is 7 May 2021, but you will need to have contacted Quartet Community well in advance of this date to discuss your proposal and eligibility. If you are invited to submit a full application, you will need to submit this by 28 June 2021.

Please make sure you download and carefully read the guidelines below before applying for a grant.