Bradford Youth Fund

Grant size: Up to £1,000-£5,000

Location: Bradford

Deadline: 29/10/2020 at 12 noon

Bradford Youth Fund 


GiveBradford  is delighted to be launching round 2 of the Bradford Youth Fund with funding from Bradford Metropolitan District Council and The BG Campbell Trust. This youth scheme will continue to support a wide range of voluntary, community and faith youth work projects in Bradford with a focus on services which support young people who are in greatest need.

Grants are available for the provision of regular sessions of youth work over a duration of 12 months that address at least one of the following areas of the District’s Youth Offer:

  • Open access youth work
  • Targeted youth work
  • Information, advice and guidance for young people
  • Youth voice
  • Active citizenship

In light of Covid-19 and current social distancing measures, applicants are encouraged to consider what type of activity (online, offline, on-site) they are able to safely provide. We understand that the situation is uncertain and will offer flexibility on delivery as circumstances continue to change. Grantees must ensure they adhere to current and changing government guidelines in respect of their activity.

There is some very useful guidance and top tips for managing youth activities and spaces in light of Covid 19 on the National Youth Agency website here

Who can apply?

Community groups, charities, social enterprises or other charitable organisations from the third sector that:

  • Have a constitution or other relevant governance document
  • Have a management committee/board of directors/trustees of at least three unrelated people
  • Have a bank account under the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories (if your organisation doesn’t have its own bank account, but does meet all of the other criteria, please contact us to discuss how we can work around this)
  • Are based in and supporting young people living in the Bradford Metropolitan District Area


Size of Grant

The minimum request is £1,000 The maximum is £5,000. Whilst the grant can be used to part-fund a wide range of activities, we like to see the impact our support is having. Accordingly, we prefer for our grant to equal at least 50% of the total cost of the activity or project within the criteria specified below. Only one application per organisation can be considered.


What can the Fund support?

Applications must support participation by young people aged 13-19 (or young people with a disability aged up to 25) from at least one of the following groups:

  • Young parents
  • Young people affected by drugs problems
  • LGBT young people
  • Young people who are from new migrant communities
  • Young people who are homeless, reported missing or have run away
  • Young people who are living in poverty

Priority for this fund will be given to applicants who are delivering activities in areas of high deprivation or disadvantage within the Bradford district.


Types of activities that can be funded

Projects should meet one of the following themes:

  • Activities that allow young people to come together to develop new skills around leadership, team working or social action
  • Projects that are enjoyable but also challenging and progressive, where young people are able to learn new skills, explore their strengths and gain confidence.
  • Benefit the local area, projects can tackle a community issue, raise awareness, address a cause and promote community cohesion
  • Broadening young people perspectives, thinking and horizons
  • Activities that actively encourage young people to lead, create, influence, empower and provide opportunities for young people to express their voice to make a positive difference
  • Activities which enable young people to improve and increase their social, personal and formal relationships and communication
  • Support for young people to increase educational attainment, raise their aspirations, and support critical thinking and learning
  • Build desire amongst young people to participate in volunteering alongside others as an integral part of a wider community, as active citizens.

We encourage all applications to consider:

  • How they will evidence learning and demonstrate and evaluate outcomes from the project; applicants should consider including costs for external evaluation or additional internal capacity to ensure they can effectively report on this
  • Full Cost Recovery, including a relevant portion of management costs and overheads
  • Staff costs, which should wherever possible include paying staff at least the real Living Wage
  • Costs which enable the project to be fully inclusive and accessible (E.G. transport, food, childcare)
  • How they envisage a successful project could be sustained after this funding ends


What can the Fund not support?

Grants will not be awarded to or for:

  • For-profit organisations, statutory organisations (e.g. schools and hospitals) or overseas organisations
  • Retrospective funding (activity and costs that have already taken place)
  • Grant-making to other organisations and/or individuals
  • Activity targeted at a particular group (ethnic, gender, religious etc.) without a good justification for this
  • Activity that promotes a particular political or religious point of view
  • Activity primarily for the benefit of animals
  • Individuals
  • Expeditions or overseas travel
  • Capital appeals for building projects


When can you apply?

The fund opens on the 10 September 2020 and the deadline to apply is 29 October 2020. Funding will be awarded in December 2020.


How do you apply for a grant?

To apply you need to complete an online application form available at the end of this document.   You will also need to submit a signed copy of the organisation’s governance document, signed copy of accounts, list of name and addresses of management committee/board members and a copy of Children and Young people safeguarding policy document.

We expect this programme to be highly oversubscribed so we strongly recommend you also seek alternative sources of funding for your project to avoid disappointment.

If you’re successful, you’ll also need to sign a funding agreement document and provide a signed copy of your organisation’s most recent bank statement.

To start filling in the online form, follow the link at the end of this document. We strongly suggest you submit your application at your earliest opportunity. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


What happens after you’ve applied?

We will acknowledge the receipt of your application.  We will then assess your application and may need to contact you and your referee during this time.  If your application is shortlisted, it will then be submitted to an awards panel for further consideration. We’ll tell you their decision as soon as possible after they’ve met.

If you are successful, the grant letter/e-mail will include any additional conditions set by the panel and/or the grant payment and a grant funding agreement you will need to sign. The grant must be spent within 12 months of the date of our letter confirming the grant. You must also complete an end of grant report telling us how the grant has been spent and what was achieved. The deadline for doing so will be specified in your offer letter. Please note that failure to provide appropriate monitoring information will exclude your organisation from applying to future grants schemes.

If your bid is not successful, we will let you know the reasons for declining it. Please note we have limited funding available and we are not able to fund every application we receive, no matter how deserving the project is. The decisions made by the grants panel are final.



If your application is successful, you will be required to credit support from the Bradford City Council and Give Bradford, on all materials related to the funded work. Successful projects will be required to be available for a potential monitoring visit from funders.


To Apply

Click here for the online application.

If you post documents to us please send them to the address below using the correct postage and make sure the documents are received by us before the deadline. If you require more information about this fund please contact Leeds Community Foundation on 0113 242 2426 or email






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