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Grants of up to £5,000 now available for youth activities

by Jonathan Kearney

Community groups and organisations can now apply for Knowsley Council’s Youth Community Fund and Short Break Grants Programme.

The fund aims to provide a range of positive and engaging activities for young people across Knowsley by supporting new, start up community-led projects to become, over time, self-sustaining.

Grants of up to £5,000 can be applied for and projects must commence within the financial year 2024/2025.

To be eligible to apply for a Youth Community Fund Grant, the project must meet at least one of the following categories (which have been identified by young people in Knowsley):

  • Sport (including Football, Boxing, Basketball, Swimming, Rugby, Cricket, Golf, Biking, Climbing, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Archery, Darts, Pool/Snooker, Horse Riding, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Gym, Running, Paintballing, Inflatables).
  • Music (including lessons, production, DJ-ing etc)
  • Computers (including gaming i.e. Playstation/Xbox, coding, animation).
  • Outdoor adventures (including rock climbing, canoeing, Go-Ape, Forest Schools, Bootcamps, Animal care etc)
  • Creative skills (including Media, Graffiti, Photography, Dance, Drama, Theatre, Make-Up/Hair and Beauty, Cooking)
  • Mixed Group Activities/Youth Clubs

If an organisation is already delivering one of the above activities, the provider must be able to show additionality in order to be eligible for the grant funding.

To be eligible to apply for a Short Breaks Small Grant, the project must meet at least one of the following categories (which have been identified by young people in Knowsley):

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Sport (including Football, Boxing, Basketball, Swimming, Rugby, Cricket, Golf, Biking, Climbing, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Archery, Darts, Pool/Snooker, Horse Riding, Gymnastics, Trampolining, Gym, Running, Paintballing, Sensory Play, Inflatables).
  • Music (including lessons, production, DJ-ing etc)
  • Computers (including gaming i.e. Playstation/Xbox, coding, animation).
  • Outdoor adventures (including rock climbing, canoeing, Go-Ape, Forest Schools, Bootcamps, Animal care etc)
  • Creative skills (including Media, Graffiti, Photography, Dance, Drama, Theatre, Make-Up/Hair and Beauty, Cooking)
  • Providing short break activities for young people aged 19-25 promoting independence skills and supporting transitions to adulthood.
  • Delivering support to parents/carers of children and young people with a disability (e.g., parent support groups, workshops, Stay and Play etc)
  • Whole family activities/events (e.g., involving parents & siblings in events, trips out, regular gatherings/groups, etc – however please see further info within Financial Eligibility section)

When can I apply?

The application window for the Youth Community Fund and Short Break Small Grants programme for 2024-25 is now open and will close on at 5pm on 27 May 2024. You can register and apply here.

Here are further details about the criteria and how to apply.

Where can I find out more?

There will be a chance to meet the panel to discuss the Youth Community Fund and answer any questions, as well as provide support in completing the application form, at the following MS Teams online seminars on:

  • Tuesday 7 May 2024 – 4pm – 5pm
  • Tuesday 21 May 2024 – 4pm– 5pm

To register your interest and receive a calendar invite or to request further information, please email shortbreaks@knowsley.gov.uk