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 offered grants of up to £15,000 per organisation.

Update: 23/07/2020

Quartet Community Foundation has announced that the Youth Sector Support Fund is temporarily closed following COVID-19 lockdown easing. Grants had been focusing on COVID-19 emergency provision.The fund will reopen in autumn 2020 with new priorities. 

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 the Youth Sector Support Fund goes to 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 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. Funds can be spent generally driving more young people to your service, or to target a certain group you want to help.


Sustaining the CYP Sector - online activities:

This year's conference was due to be held on Tuesday 17 March 2020. The conference is now cancelled, and virtual resources will be available online. 

We apologise for the cancellation of this event, but we hope you understand our decision in light of the current situation with coronavirus. We are offering 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.


We last held support surgeries in June and July 2020.

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


The next workshop, on funding strategies, will help you reflect on the changes and opportunities during COVID-19, and look for sustainable funding strategies. As with the support surgeries, the workshop will be held online and will be announced as soon as possible once the fund reopens.


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, or call Voscur any time for support on 0117 909 9949If you'd prefer, you can complete our webform online.