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, 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.

Support Surgeries, bookable online or 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.

The next support surgeries will be held on:

Wednesday 11 December 2019, 9.30am - 12pm. Click here to book your 30 minute surgery slot
Tuesday 4 February 2020, 12.30pm - 3pm. Click here to book your 30 minute surgery slot


Raising Money for your Youth Group
Wednesday 22 January 2020, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Royal Oak House, Royal Oak Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4GB.

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. 

A free one-day conference, Sustaining the CYP Sector, was held on Thursday 21 March 2019 to help with professional development, including networking opportunities and workshops from leading CYP organisations, sector experts and Bristol City Council. Click here to see photos from the conference. 

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.