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Youth opportunity fund

If you're aged 8-19 you can apply for money from the Youth Opportunity Fund 2018-19 which is supported by Rochdale Youth Service.

What is the Youth Opportunity Fund?

The Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) is a fund for young people aged 8-19 to give them ‘somewhere to go, something to do or someone to talk to’. It's for young people aged 8-19 to make the decisions about what is funded and what activities will take place.

Apply for up to £2,000 from the Youth Opportunity Fund 

If you're aged 8-19 and live in the borough of Rochdale you can apply for funding. Adults can support you with your application.

There will be a maximum limit of £2,000 per application. You need to remember we want to fund as many projects as we can throughout the year, so please make your bid realistic and only ask for the funding you need.

We've tried to make the application form as straight forward as possible but it does need full information and a breakdown of planned expenditure with quotations. Also any person or organisation quoting for workshops or who will be working with you must have a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Closing date for applications: Thursday, 27 September 2018

Apply for funding (721kb pdf)

What you can apply for

You can apply for funding for a wide range of sporting, cultural, recreational activities or opportunities for volunteering which will provide you with safe, enjoyable places to go, something to do and someone to talk to. We encourage Joint funding with other young people or organisations. Some ideas for funding might be:

  • Sporting activities
  • Swimming lessons
  • Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions
  • Drama and dance sessions
  • Summer activity programmes

Next steps after you've applied

Once you've submitted your application it will go before the Youth Opportunity Fund Panel. The panel is made up of young people from the Children’s Council and Youth Council supported by Youth Workers and finance staff. Panel members will receive training on dealing with applications and allocating funds to provide new youth activities and initiatives.

All projects will be judged in the same way but there would be a greater impact for young people and the areas they live in, if projects or initiatives:

  • Involve or benefit a realistic number of young people.
  • Are supported in-kind for example volunteers time, using existing resources, equipment.
  • Can demonstrate how the project can continue and be sustained when the funding has been spent.

We check the form to see it fits the following:

  • Provides additional places for young people, aged 8-19, and more things for them to do or someone to talk to.
  • Involves young people in the planning, delivery, evaluation of the project or activity.
  • Is a new activity not already provided in the area.
  • Provides value for money.
  • Is realistic and achievable.
  • Has potential to continue after funding has been spent.

We'll then inform you of the outcome which will either be to:

  • Award the funding in full or part funding.
  • Ask for more information.
  • State the application has not been successful and explain the reasons why.

Why might your application be unsuccessful

If your application is not successful we'll inform you in writing to explain the reasons why.

We will not fund the following:

  • Dangerous activities or projects where the relevant safeguards are not in place.
  • Duplicate, replacement or extensions to an existing project or activity.
  • Management or administrative costs to the supporting organisation.
  • Refreshments.
  • Projects that promote a religion or political view.

Application criteria

The planned projects or initiatives will be assessed against the criteria set. The panel will be fair in assessing applications.

All projects will be judged in the same way but there would be a greater impact for young people and the areas they live in, if projects or initiatives:

  • Support young people’s mental health, resilience and wellbeing.
  • Involve or benefit a realistic number of young people.
  • Are match funded for example part of the total cost is funded by another organisation.
  • Are supported in-kind for example volunteers time, using existing resources, equipment.

Applications to the fund will be assessed to make sure they fit within the following criteria by the panel. All applications must:

  • Provide realistic, well thought out and achievable health outcomes.
  • Provide additional places for young people, aged 11-19, and more things for them to do and someone to talk to.
  • Fully involve young people in the planning, delivery ad evaluation processes.
  • Be a new activity not already provided in the area. Provide value for money.

Remember priority will be given to applications supporting young people’s mental health, resilience and wellbeing.

Contact

01706 926090

Phone: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.

Youth Service
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU