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Youth Work Fund

The Warwickshire County Council (WCC) Youth Work Fund (YWF) for larger grants is now closed for applications. There are nine organisations that have benefited from the larger grant fund and by September will be delivering universal youth work provision for young people in Warwickshire. 

WCC Youth Work Fund is now launching additional funding. The YWF Small Grants Scheme is aimed at community and voluntary groups that provide youth work services for 11-18-year olds in Warwickshire. Its main purpose is to increase and/or enhance youth work capacity and capability in Warwickshire, including to support existing youth work provision currently not delivering.

The Small Grants Scheme aims to support small projects which tackle local and county issues and can provide long-term, sustainable and demonstrable improvements in outcomes for young people in Warwickshire. 

The funding awarded is to support the delivery of weekly (or more frequent) projects for a minimum of 12 months from a start date of September 2021. Delivery must not be exclusive to school holidays or for short term projects and to meet young people’s needs, is likely to be evening work. All project delivery must be completed by September 2022 and full project reporting completde by March 2023. The funding will be for staffing costs and, in exceptional circumstances, revenue funding will be given for contributions to rental costs. 

Applicants must outline in their proposals, their intention and ability to affect positive change and work towards positive outcomes in at least one of the following key themes: 

  • Reduction in anti-social behaviour
  • Increase in prevention work around alcohol misuse
  • Support for those at risk or already experiencing admissions to hospital for alcohol related issues 
  • Increase in prevention work around bladed article use
  • Increase in prevention work regarding county lines and child exploitation 

All the above contribute to the reduction in young people entering the Youth Justice System. Additional likely outcomes could be identified in addition to the above.

Grants provided to successful organisations, whilst focusing on the outcomes above, should support universal youth work provision. Universal youth work is inclusive and equitable for all young people who wish to access it. It should not exclude specific groups of young people aged between 11 and 18.

The projects MUST be for young people to access themselves. There should be no referral system for young people to access the provision.

Fund details

Youth Work Fund small grants scheme application form

Applicant details  

For this fund, we are seeking applications from existing voluntary and community groups who run youth work services for young people aged between 11-18. 

Who can apply? 

  • Constituted ‘not-for-profit’ community and voluntary organisations in Warwickshire who provide youth work services for young people aged between 11-18 

Who cannot apply? 

  • Organisations who do not currently offer youth work provision (except those who have recently been forced to suspend provision) 
  • Organisations who have received funding as part of the larger WCC Youth Work Fund 
  • Party political/lobby groups 
  • Individuals 
  • Statutory organisations 
  • Schools 
  • Organisations that solely provide alternative education provision 

What will not be funded by the WCC Youth Work Fund 

  • Projects that promote religious or party-political beliefs 
  • Projects for personal profit or personal gain 
  • Costs relating to anything prior to the award of grants 
  • Loans or debt repayments 
  • Activities that are part of statutory obligations 
  • Existing contractual arrangements with WCC 
  • Any building or equipment maintenance 
  • Any projects that exclude groups of people  
  • Any project that does not provide universal youth work provision (available for all) to young people aged between 11-18 
  • Vehicles 
  • Running costs of existing buildings 
  • Leasing buildings or renting office space  
  • Outdoor activity equipment   
  • Electronics, televisions, ICT equipment etc 
  • Residentials 
  • Conferences 

What may be funded by the WCC Youth Work Fund 

  • Youth worker staffing and associated costs to address the following themes: 
    • Reduction in anti-social behaviour   
    • Increase in prevention work around alcohol misuse   
    • Support for those at risk or already experiencing admissions to hospital for alcohol related issues   
    • Increase in prevention work around bladed article use   
    • Increase in prevention work regarding county lines and child exploitation 
  • Room hire to deliver youth work – only in exceptional circumstances 

Costs can be discussed with Helen Jones, Senior Youth Worker – helenjones@warwickshire.gov.uk

All projects must follow national legislation, guidance and good practice in relation to equality and diversity; health and safety; safeguarding and the current COVID-19 guidance

Funding for Youth Work Training

We are also excited to announce that there is additional funding available for youth work projects to have access to training opportunities for staff and volunteers. The training on offer will include youth work training and we encourage groups to advise of any training that they will find beneficial to meet local and county need. We recognise that being able to access training will enable and develop a higher quality of youth work that is consistent across the county.

“Youth work – the science of enabling young people to believe in themselves and to prepare for life – has never been more important”. Our starting point is our steadfast belief in young people and their potential to shape the world, The purpose of youth work is to facilitate and support young people’s growth through dependence to interdependence, by encouraging their personal and social development and enabling them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities and society”. National Youth Agency

If you would like to discuss opportunities to access training, contact Helen Jones, Senior Youth Worker at helenjones@warwickshire.gov.uk Telephone: 01926 428142.