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BCP Youth Fund

The BCP Youth Fund is a fund for young people managed by young people.

A pot of £25,000 is available to local charities, business, statutory services and voluntary organisations.

Groups can apply to receive funding from this pot for initiatives which will directly impact the lives of young people in BCP, providing them with exciting opportunities and new experiences.

About the fund

Any organisation that works with, or provides services for, young people in the BCP area can apply.

The type of groups that can apply could include youth clubs, schools, social groups or companies that specialise in services for young people.

By applying for funding, groups are assisting the youth-led BCP Youth Forum in achieving its core aim of giving young people the chance to have access to skills, resources, and opportunities and to give back to the population.

Applying for funding

Groups can apply for funding by downloading and filling out the application form.

Key information we’re asking for includes:

  • The aims and activities of your organisation
  • A summary of the project you wish to receive funding for
  • What the impact of the project will be
  • The amount of money you wish to apply for

We also welcome a one-minute video telling us more. This doesn’t need to be anything flashy – just young people talking to the camera, telling us why they think the idea deserves funding.

You can upload your video as an unlisted link to YouTube and share with us on the application form. Alternatively, you can use WeTransfer to send it to rebecca.mcdade@bcpcouncil.gov.uk.

The deadline for applications to the fund is Friday 22 July 2022

The Youth Panel will meet shortly after the deadline and shortlist applications. Those who are shortlisted will be invited to an interview with the Youth Panel in early August.

We would anticipate successful bids being notified by the end of August.

If you have any questions about the fund, or have problems with the application form, please contact Becky McDade, rebecca.mcdade@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

How will we decide who gets the money?

We will assess projects equally against the following criteria:

  • Youth Led
  • Realistic
  • Meet at least one campaign
  • Impact.

Five projects were funded in 2021.

Further fund information

For the purpose of this fund, a young person is defined by us as someone 7 years old, up to 19, or 25 for young people with SEND or who are care leavers.

By applying for funding, groups are assisting the youth-led BCP Youth Forum in achieving its core aim of giving young people the chance to have access to skills, resources, and opportunities and to give back to the population.

Organisations must be able to provide proof of legitimacy, safeguarding policies and provide information on other sources of funding.

Organisations must be owned or operated by a legal adult (a person over the age of 18).

Projects must be able to start between September 2022 and 1 March 2023.

There is a maximum grant size of £10,000. Currency transfer is not an option.

BCP Council cannot accept more than one application per organisation at the same time. Preference will be given to organisations bidding for larger sums of money or for a project that will make a significant impact.

All the information shared with us will be seen by the application panel, excluding banking details and any personal contact details.

The BCP Council privacy notice gives more detail about how information is stored.

If an application is successful, we will contact groups for more details of their organisation and the project seeking funding. We will then work with organisations to transfer all, or part, of the requested funds.

We would request groups share their project successes at an event in March 2023.

If an application is not successful, we will provide feedback on that application, and will encourage groups to re-apply at a later stage if we do not allocate all the funds to other projects in the first round.

More information can be found in the BCP Youth Fund information pack.

https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/Councillors-committees-and-elections/UK-Youth-Parliament-UKYP/BCP-Youth-Fund/Youth-Fund22-Application-Form.pdf
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