Activity grants for youth schemes
A pot of £132,000 is available for youth schemes in Kirklees.
The pot is used to support 3 funding programmes that are open to voluntary and community sector organisations which organise activities including arts and crafts, environmental projects, sport and recreation, adventurous activities, and community cohesion projects.
All programmes should be delivered in young people’s own neighbourhoods within Kirklees.
The Holiday Activity Programme
The Holiday Activity Programme is for groups who want to organise fun informal learning opportunities in the school holidays for young people aged 8-19 (up to 25 for disabled young people).
Previous commissions have been given to the Creative Arts Hub – who ran a series of two day arts skills academies for 8-12s in studios in Mirfield and at Batley Library and Nature’s Footprints who run a number of Forest Schools for 8-12 year olds across Holme and Colne Valley and Huddersfield where young people can make dens, try outdoor cooking and much more.
- The deadline for Round 1 is 28 July 2015 and this grant covers activities during October half term, Christmas and February half term. Over £36,000 is available including £5000 set aside for targeting disabled young people.
- The deadline for Round 2 is 11 January, 2016 for projects covering Easter and Spring half term 2015. Over £46,000 is available including £5000 set aside for activities for disabled young people.
The Weekend Activity Programme
There are also commissions available for a Weekend Activity Programme – a total of £38,000 is available for weekend activities between November and April for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for children aged 8 to 19, but applications for activities aimed at those aged 13 to 19, in areas with a history of anti-social behaviour and nuisance involving young people are particularly welcome.
Weekend Activity commissions have recently been given to Ravensthorpe Young People’s Centre who run Saturday evening sessions – initially over the winter period and then extending into spring and summer. Young people have exclusive access to a gym with youth workers on hand to discuss healthy lifestyles. Another commission allowed young people in Fieldhead to attend Total Sports Foundation’s Friday evening sessions with qualified sports coaches.
- The Weekend Activity Programme deadline is 27 August 2015.
The Small Grants Programme
Through the Small Grants Programme – funding of up to £500 is available to promote or improve programmes, particularly those running at the weekend, which offer young people activities as a diversion from crime and antisocial behaviour. To qualify, projects should complement other sessions taking place in Kirklees for 8 to 19-year-olds, or disabled young people up to 25.
Past activities include open days for young people to try tennis at Thornhill Tennis Club and forest school sessions led by Get Out More CIC in Dewsbury Country Park.
- Deadlines for this funding are as follows: Round 2 – 26 August 2015, Round 3 – 4 November 2015 and Round 4 – 11 January 2016.
How to apply for activity grants
For application forms and information, please contact Katy Peasley, Integrated Youth Support Service on 01484 221000 or email IYSS.Projects@kirklees.gov.uk with Holiday Pack, Weekend Pack or Grant Pack in the subject box.