Our learning from the ReachOut programme has told us that in communities, where resources do not allow for it, we need to offer the opportunity to offer an unrestricted project feasibility/inception/start-up small grant fund for young people to ‘test’ out locally identified needs (usually to a maximum of £500). The initial small grant would enable young people and organisations to explore an idea and engage the people the project would seek to serve to identify/clarify need, capacity, development opportunities (upskilling of volunteers, etc, and consider any potential gaps) running events/programmes to bring young people together to share experiences, promote community cohesion and (re)connect them with a sense of belonging to their ‘place’.
What can the fund be used for?
Start up grant of £500
Follow up grant of £4500
Following this ‘inception/start-up phase’, the idea(s) of young people can then be scaled up with support from the youth support worker or equivalent to apply for an additional £4,500. This would be potentially funded through the main programme of grants as part of this project, but young people and/or youth workers are also encouraged to attract additional resources from other sources (core funding, funding bids, etc.), to ‘add value’ to and sustain the work in communities. This process will include setting the conditions to demonstrate that the work is/has been meaningful to the intended (and wider) target audience against identified need. For example, we would anticipate applicants potentially working with local authority youth services to advocate for young people to be able to apply to the mental health and wellbeing grant from Welsh Government.
We aim to be as flexible and responsive to young people’s changing needs and will work closely with them to ensure that the funding is being used to best effect. We understand that purchasing equipment can help sustain projects into the future. Usually, no more than 15% of the grant awarded should be spent on capital items, but successful
applicants can potentially spend more with agreement from Youth Cymru.
We especially want to hear from individuals and groups of young people with their vision for how they want their community to look in the future. We are especially looking for projects that promote at least one of the following: