Grant applications for youth organisations now open

Published: Wednesday, 29th November 2017

Youth organisations across Oxford can now apply to receive grant funding for 2018/19 from a £180,000 pot set aside by Oxford City Council.

The City Council is inviting Oxford based youth organisations and groups to apply for two grants which will be used in helping support young people across the city with their wellbeing, education, health, and more.  

Youth organisations can apply for funding from two separate grants:

  • Youth Ambition grant - Organisations can apply for up to to £7,000 to support young people with: mental health and wellbeing, sexual health and relationships, crime and anti-social behaviour and employment, education and independent living.
  • Holiday activities grant – Organisations can apply for up to £20,000 to deliver holiday activities for children aged 8-19.

Groups and organisations should be engaged with young people in Barton, Wood Farm, The Leys, Littlemore, Rose Hill, Northway, Cutteslowe, or East Oxford (including Cowley Marsh).

Applications for grants opened Monday 27 November and the closing date is midnight on Sunday 14 January.

For 2018/19, Oxford City Council has allocated £50,000 for the Youth Ambition grants, and £130,000 for Holiday Activities to assist children and young people across Oxford. Last year, 3042 young people accessed services funded by the grants provided by Oxford’s Youth Programme.

Oxford City Council has supported over 25,000 children and young people aged 8-19 since 2013. They deliver fun, challenging and creative activities through eight youth clubs, seven multi-sports session and two social action projects per week that are designed to develop young people’s skills, knowledge and capabilities.

Previous recipients of the Youth Ambition grant includes The Parasol Project, which last year received £6027, allowing them to deliver an inclusive Volunteering Project for 41 disabled & non-disabled young people. These Volunteers completed over 3000 hours of volunteering over a 16 week period.

Project manager Dan Norey said: “Through our partnership young people from a wide variety of backgrounds have had the opportunity to volunteer, including young people that are – disabled, looked after, young carers, refugees, those at risk of exploitation, excluded from school, disadvantaged, young offenders and victims of crime.

 “Parasol’s inclusive ethos enabled us to create a safe and supportive environment in which young people made new friends and were diverted from risky behaviours whilst gaining work related experience and improving social skills, independence and self-confidence.

The Volunteer Co-ordinator recruited, interviewed and supervised young people and ensured they were provided with opportunities and responsibilities appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Volunteers were invited to our end of Summer Celebration event at the Old Fire station in Oxford where they received certificates of achievement in front of a full house of friends, family and Parasol supporters. Without the support of the City Council this project would not have been possible.”

Councillor Marie Tidball, Board Member for Young People, Schools and Public Health said: “I am delighted that we can continue to support young people and children across Oxford through these two grants. The grants programme aims to build capacity in the voluntary and charity sector to better meet the needs of children and young people. We greatly encourage interested groups to apply for one of the grants.”