Great Yarmouth YAB Opportunities Fund

*Open for applications now*

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

The Great Yarmouth Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a body of professionals and young people that meet bi-monthly to discuss issues that impact on young people. The YAB has made available a £12,500 ‘Opportunities Fund’ to support young people from low income families in accessing activities.  This Fund will also support individuals seeking employment opportunities, but are unable to do so due to financial barriers.

For 2015/16 the Great Yarmouth Advisory Board Fund has identified key priorities where it wants to see improvement for young people, and groups and individuals will be expected to feedback that the grant awarded has helped in at least one of the following ways:

  • Improved mental health and well-being – this could include increased confidence and self esteem
  • Improved physical health
  • Reduced drug and alcohol use
  • Increased employability

Who can apply:

The Fund is open to voluntary groups/clubs working with young people, and individuals aged between 11 and 19 years (and individuals with any form of disability up to the age of 25) who live in the Great Yarmouth Borough Council area.

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 16 must provide this information).

Funding available:

Individuals can apply for grants of up to £300 (total available £10,000) to help support the cost of sport memberships, performing arts courses, music lessons, sports equipment/sports kit and potentially transport* to help them access the activities. Additionally, it can be used to help with equipment/clothing needed for a course, training and associated transport* costs, and pursuing a business idea.

Groups and clubs can apply for a grant of up to £500 (total available £2,500) which will provide bursary type support to cover the cost for individual young people to access their activities who are prevented to do so due to financial barriers. Groups that can apply include uniformed groups, youth clubs, sports or performing arts clubs.

Here are some examples of what a grant could be used for:

  • A young person may want to access a course in circus skills, however the cost to attend is £150 and the young person cannot afford this. The transport* cost to enable the young person to travel to and from the activity could also be included in the application.
  • A young person wants to join a football club, however the cost of equipment and clothing is expensive, and his/her family cannot afford this.
  • A young person wants to learn to play a musical instrument and parents cannot afford the cost of lessons.
  • A young person has found a training course that will help them gain skills but cannot afford the specialist equipment.
  • A group may know of a young person who would like to join in an activity, such as a camping trip for example, but is unable to afford it. A grant would enable the group to cover the cost so that the individual can attend.   A grant could also pay in advance for a young person to attend regular sessions including dance or drama classes, and if needed cover the cost of any equipment and clothing that the young person needs.

*Please note this fund is not designed to cover the cost of driving lessons.

Funding for individuals  – Great Yarmouth YAB Individual application form

Funding for groups  – Click here to begin an application

 Other information:

  • An individual can make an application for either £300 per year or any number of applications of up to £300 in any 12 month period.
  • A group or club can make an application for up to £500 per year to support one or more individuals.
  • There is an expectation that grants awarded will be spent within six months of the offer letter.
  • We may contact you by telephone or email to discuss your application.
  • Grants will not fund something that has already been paid for.
  • Please note if applying to this Fund towards travel cost of getting to University interviews, the grant will support travel costs for one interview only.
  • For individual applications, grants will be paid direct to the service provider/retailer where appropriate. 
  • If successful, individuals and groups will be required to complete a brief report confirming how the grant was spent and what difference it has made. 
  • Successful individuals will be asked if they can be contacted to complete an ‘Outcome’ star, the details of which are on the application form.If you are applying as an individual, your application will be assessed anonymously by a trained group of Young People.

When to apply
Applications can be made at any time while the fund is open and funding is available.  We aim to consider applications on a monthly basis. Where an application is urgent (i.e. a sports course starts on a certain date or there is an enrolment deadline), cases can be considered upon application and a decision made quickly.

If you have any enquiries about the application process please contact Jo Maddocks, Grants Officer by email or telephone 01603 623958.



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