Voluntary groups and organisations are being invited to apply for funding from Bath & North East Somerset Council to increase different services for young people in our local area.
The Council works with young people aged 11 to 25; prioritising work with 13 to 19-year-olds across Bath & North East Somerset. Its Youth Enablement Fund is in place to support increased positive activities and opportunities for young people in the area, through the provision of grants in the region of £5,000.
Encouraging the voluntary sector to develop provision for youth, as well Council-run youth work, is supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council, which recently appointed a voluntary sector development worker. In the new role, Vicky Britton will be able to support applicants throughout the application process and will be an ongoing source of guidance and support as youth provision is developed.
Councillor Nathan Hartley (Lib-Dem, Peasedown), Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth and Deputy Leader of Council, said: “We’re keen to support any groups that can help Bath & North East Somerset Council to achieve its priorities, in particular, improving the life chances of children and young people.
“We hope that the grants will help to launch aspiring projects, as well as supporting new ideas from existing providers of youth services.”
Organisations are eligible to apply for funding if they are non-statutory, not for profit, and inclusive. Applicants must be willing and able to provide positive activities and/or engagement work for young people and these should contribute to one or more of the Every Child Matters outcomes.
The funding panel, which will include young people from Bath & North East Somerset, will meet in September 2011, November 2011 and February 2012, to make decisions about the recipients of the Youth Enablement Fund. The first closing date for applications is Thursday 8 September.
Full details, criteria and conditions for the funding are outlined in the small grants application pack. To request an application pack, please contact Bath & North East Somerset Council’s voluntary sector development worker by email Victoria_britton@bathnes.gov.uk, telephone 01225 396916, or write to Vicky Britton, Youth Service, Children’s Services, PO Box 25, Riverside, Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1DN.