Are you involved in youth work in Suffolk? Do you need a boost to your funding?
There are a number of youth service providers in the region and with Level 2 in Felixstowe celebrating 15 years of activity with an open afternoon on Sat 11th February many who have been providing support for some time can get overlooked in the apportioning of grants. But there is funding available – and three new streams have recently been highlighted.
East Suffolk Youth Priority Action Group
Activity providers across east Suffolk are being invited to apply for the latest round of funding by the East Suffolk Youth Priority Action Group (ESYPAG).
The youth holiday activities programme aims to improve the variety of opportunities available to young people aged between school years 7 – 13 (ages 11-18 years) in east Suffolk, with the ESP providing £50,000 in funding to support the initiative until 2018.
The project is being led by young people, with support from the district and county councils. Final decisions on successful applications will be made by a panel of young people who will also benefit from the project management skills they learn from the project.
Groups can now apply for funding of up to £1,500 by completing an application form. Bids for over £1,000 will need to also present their project idea to a panel of young people for approval.
This round of funding will be used to organise projects taking place during May half term and the summer holidays and can be applied by youth organisations across east Suffolk.
The project builds on the work of the ESYPAG who has been working since 2015 to support and develop youth participation in Suffolk Coastal and Waveney.
Activity providers across Suffolk Coastal and Waveney are being asked to involve and provide not just sport, but also activities promoting the arts, science as well as activities to improve skills, as well as activities aimed at young disabled people.
Ray Wang, ESYPAG and ESP Board Member, said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to provide over £14,500 in funding to 14 different providers since the fund launched last year, commissioning 18 different projects in total, ranging from pizza making and coracle building to radio workshops and youth amateur theatre.
“This is an important youth-led project helping to make a difference to the lives of young people throughout East Suffolk; to provide them with high quality activities which will not only help to develop key skills, but also help improve overall mental health and well-being.
“We hope that the increased level of funding for this round will be a great incentive to activity providers in the area to take advantage of this opportunity, and we look forward to seeing the fresh round of proposals submitted to our panel of young people.”
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 10 March 2017.
For details of funding deadlines, application guidance and to complete an application form, visit: www.eastsuffolkpartnership.org.uk/home/priorities/esypag
You can also request an application form by writing to:
Stuart Halsey Active Communities Officer
Waveney District Council Riverside
4 Canning Road
For further information about the project, call: 01502 523354.
Youth Social Action Fund
This fund is administered by Suffolk Community Foundation and is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations in Suffolk including social enterprises and CICs. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support projects in Suffolk that engage young people aged 10 to 20 (or 25 for young people with disabilities) in volunteering and other activities that both benefit their communities and develop their skills. The closing date for applications is 17th February 2017.
Minding the Gap Project
Community Action Suffolk are pleased to announce £1,660,900 of grant funding for projects providing targeted and intensive support for young people in Suffolk who are long-term unemployed or economically inactive, to gain and sustain employment and education.
Community Action Suffolk is the lead partner of a partnership with eight other organisations across Suffolk who will jointly deliver the ‘Minding the Gap’ project. The project has been supported through the Building Better Opportunities programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF).
For further information, please visit: www.communityactionsuffolk. org.uk/2016/12/16/1660900- awarded-to-help-young-peoples- employability-in-suffolk