Youth Sector Support Fund

The Youth Sector Support Fund (YSSF) supports Bristol-based organisations that work with children and young people aged 8-19. The fund's purpose is to build the capacity of the youth and play sector so it's more sustainable and fill gaps in services across the city. The fund offers grants of up to £10,000 per organisation per year, or up to £30,000 per partnership (two or more organisations) per year.

Update: 13/01/2021

Quartet Community Foundation has temporarily closed the Youth Sector Support Fund, as we are approaching the end of the financial year. An approach for the next financial year is being discussed by Quartet Community Foundation and Bristol City Council.

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.

The goal is to help youth and play services diversify their income sources and collaborate more.

Your application must meet one of the five funding aims. These are to:

1. Help youth and play organisations increase financial sustainability and reach their communities - this can involve collaborating with other organisations, finding new income sources, and/or developing new ways of working.

2. Help open-access services (open to everyone) or more targeted services supporting a specific group. 

3. Prioritise areas of Bristol without enough activities or services for young people.

4. Support play and youth services (though just under 90% of funding is allocated to youth services). 

5. Respond quickly to emerging issues, such as anti-social behaviour in a specific neighbourhood, with short-term solutions. If your application involves emerging needs like these, you should get in touch with Quartet Community Foundation and Voscur before you apply. 

Applications are normally accepted all year round, and the YSSF is scheduled to run until 2021, but grants have been awarded at panel meetings every three months. As mentioned above, the fund is temporarily closed, so please do not try to apply at this time.

Previous activities to help funding applicants are outlined below.

Sustaining the CYP Sector - online conference:

Our online conference was split into a series of four sessions, making it easier for you to work around other commitments. The conference was free to attend if you're part of a VCSE organisation working with children and young people, whether you're a staff member, volunteer or trustee:

Tuesday 6 October, 2-4:30pm
An introduction to the conference, and a session on current strategies and thinking in the CYP sector.

Thursday 22 October, 10am-12pm
Practical workshops to help your organisation be more sustainable.

Tuesday 17 November, 2-4pm
Learning about funding opportunities, income strategies and major changes to policies. 

Thursday 17 December, 2-4pm
We closed the conference with a plenary (a meeting for everyone taking part in the conference to attend), and looked at what the CYP sector needs to survive and thrive. 

This year's conference was originally due to be held on Tuesday 17 March 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID-19. We offered various online activities to replace the original event, including a Twitter Q&A session, and online workshop resources. 

Voscur held its first YSSF conference, Sustaining the CYP Sector, in March 2019; click here to see photos from the day.

Support Surgeries, bookable online or by telephone:

Receive one-to-one support before, during, and after applying for the YSSF, and ask us your 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.

If you are unable to make support surgery dates when the fund reopens, please call Jenny on 07904 099136, or email training@voscur.org. During the pandemic, to meet social distancing measures, we are offering surgeries via Zoom rather than face-to-face meetings. 

Workshops:

Future workshops will be listed here as and when they are available.

 

Working with children and young people - YSSF

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. 

For more information on applying for the Youth Sector Support Fund, please see the grant guidelines when it reopens, or call Voscur for support on 0117 909 9949If you'd prefer, you can complete our webform online.