Youth Sector Support Fund

The Youth Sector Support Fund (YSSF) supports Bristol-based organisations that work with children and young people aged 8-19, by offering grants of up to £10,000 per organisation, or £30,000 per partnership (formed between at least two organisations). These figures have doubled since 2018, when up to £5,000 per organisation and up to £15,000 per partnership was available. 

Voscur is working with Quartet Community Foundation to offer individual and group support to applicants and grant winners, making sure applications and funding plans are as sustainable and realistic as possible. Voscur delivers this support through telephone calls, surgeries, workshops and a conference.

Just under 90% of funding supports youth services, with the rest supporting play services. The aim is to help youth and play services diversify their income sources and collaborate more.

Applications are accepted all year round, and the YSSF runs until 2021, but grants are awarded at panel meetings every three months. Funds can be spent generally driving more young people to your service, or to target a certain group you want to help.

Voscur’s Youth Sector Support services will cover the following areas by March 2019:

Support Surgeries, bookable by telephone

Receive one-to-one support before, during, and after applying for the YSSF - come to meet us face to face and ask questions. Once an application is submitted, it can show issues about an organisation’s structure, aims or budgeting that need to be addressed. Some organisations may need extra support to rethink the way they work day-to-day, or to ensure a grant would directly benefit service users.

Surgery appointments are available to book for Wednesday 13 March 2019, 10am - 1pm. To book please call 0117 909 9949.

Support surgeries were previously held on Wednesday 12 December 2018 and Wednesday 6 February 2019.

Priority Skills Workshop, bookable online

March 2019; date, time and venue TBC.

Develop the skills you need to survive long-term and help your organisation grow. This workshop will be divided into two sessions (you are welcome to attend one or both):

  • Being Fit for Funding - get everything in place for your funding applications.
  • Bid Writing for Beginners - an easy guide to writing your first bids, or improving your bid writing.

A Baseline Standards workshop was previously held on Tuesday 29 January at The GreenHouse, Bedminster. If you need help reaching the standards set by the YSSF (such as equalities, health and safety or information sharing) or recommended by Bristol City Council (such as complaints, monitoring and service user participation), please get in touch with Voscur or book onto a support surgery for one-to-one advice. 

Conference: Sustaining the CYP Sector

Thursday 21 March 2019, 10am - 4pm. Filwood Community Centre, Barnstaple Road, Bristol, BS4 1JP.

A free one-day conference to help with professional development, including networking opportunities and workshops. Click here to book your place.

For more information on applying for the Youth Sector Support Fund, please see the grant guidelines, or call Voscur any time for support on 0117 909 9949.