Breckland YAB Fund

*Open for applications now*


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are spent. Decisions are normally made monthly.

The Breckland Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a body of professionals and young people that meet on a regular basis to discuss issues that impact on young people and play a strategic role in meeting need. Amongst its wider activities to increase and enhance youth provision in the Breckland area, the YAB has made available a £20,000 small grants programme. The programme is designed to support youth activities which will be allocated under three separate schemes.

Who can apply:
Funds are available to individuals, voluntary and community groups, charities and other constituted youth providers in the Breckland area.  Individuals are able to apply for a training bursary, equipment or support for transport (though their group or club may apply on their behalf if preferred).  Applications from individuals will preferably include the name of a supporting adult – for example a parent, tutor, employer or youth worker. (Applicants under the age of 18 must provide this information).

Groups applying should be able to evidence that appropriate child protection and safeguarding measures are in place.

Whilst applicants can apply for more than one strand of the Breckland YAB small grants programme the Panel may wish to spread the limited funding as widely as possible and may, therefore, choose not to support more than one application from an individual or group.

Funding available: 

Training Bursaries are available up to a maximum of £250 per person.*
The bursaries can be used to:
  • enable volunteers supporting 11 to 19 youth activities to access training that will provide community benefit.  The funding would be used to offer access to a variety of training courses including Level 1 Introduction to Youth Work, football coaching, media training, leadership development and training, first aid courses and CRB checks etc. Volunteers need to be over 16 and there is no upper age limit (though priority will be given to those aged 16 to 19).
  • to support young people aged 16 to 19 to develop skills that will help them in their future careers. Young people need not currently be involved as volunteers with a youth group.

* where a group is applying for training for a number of its young volunteers/members the cost should equate to £250 (or less) per person.

Individuals: Download the Individual’s application form

Groups: Begin an application for a Training Bursary

Transport Fund offers grants up to a maximum of £250 per person (or £500 per group)

To provide access to transport for young people aged between 16-19 years to help overcome issues with access to employment, training or activities. This fund will support individuals or groups in accessing transport (such as a season ticket) that enables them to travel to college, a place of training or work or to participate in youth groups, projects and access health care.

Individuals: Download the Individual’s application form

Groups: Begin an application for Transport Funding

Equipment Fund offers grants up to a maximum of £250 per person or £500 per group.

  • Individuals aged 11 to 19 can apply for grants to cover items for personal use such as uniforms and school or other equipment.
  • Groups working with 11 to 19 year olds can apply for a maximum of £500 to provide equipment that will improve the quality of youth provision, and attract more participants.

Other information

  • Only one application to each scheme per individual or group can be made in any 12 month period.
  • The fund currently has around £1100 remaining (May 2018).
  • We may contact you by telephone or email to discuss your application.
  • Grants will not fund something that has already been paid for, or any debts or arrears.
  • Grants may be paid direct to the service provider/ retailer where appropriate.  Where grants are paid to the applicant evidence of expenditure will be required.
  • Applicants are asked to provide evidence of the cost of the required funding in support of their application.  If successful, individuals will be required to complete a brief report stating how the grant was spent and what difference it has made.
If you have any enquiries about the application process please contact Clive Rayner, Grants Officer by email or telephone 01603 623958.
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