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Youth opportunity fund

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

What the Youth Opportunity Fund is

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.

When you can apply

We're holding 3 different rounds of applications from November 2020 - January 2021. This means you can apply for the Youth Opportunity Fund between the following dates:

  • Round 1: Monday, 2 November 2020 - Friday, 27 November 2020
  • Round 2: Monday, 30 November 2020 - Friday, 18 December 2020
  • Round 3: Monday, 4 January 2021 - Friday, 29 January 2021

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. 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.

Youth opportunity fund application form (417kb pdf) . Youth opportunity fund application form (1MB doc)

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. We'll check your form to see it fits the application criteria in the section below. We'll then inform you of the outcome which will either be to:

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

Reasons why your application might be unsuccessful

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

Examples of applications we will not fund include:

  • Dangerous activities or projects where the relevant safeguards are not in place, including measures to minimise risk of COVID-19 transfer.
  • 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

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

  • Provide realistic, well thought out and achievable health outcomes
  • Provide additional places for young people aged 8–19 to go and additional things for them to do and someone to talk to.
  • Fully involve young people in the planning, delivery & evaluation processes
  • Be a new activity not already provided in the area
  • Provide value for money
  • Wherever possible be sustainable
  • Be safe and risks assessed in line with government guidelines around the spread of Covid-19

The panel will be fair in assessing applications and 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 by volunteers, using existing resources or equipment.

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

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01706 926090

Phone: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.

Youth Service
Floor 4, Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU