The Small Grants Programme has been launched by members of the Programme’s Youth Panel.
The Small Grants Programme is a Youth Service initiative supported by Education Authority full-time youth work staff. The programme has been set-up to enable young people to administer grants to other young people, and aims tostrengthen the participation of young people as decision-makers within the local and wider community. The Programme is a key action in the Department of Education’s policy document, ‘Priorities for Youth – improving young people’s lives through youth work’ (2013).
The Youth Panel was established in November 2015 as part of the Regional Youth Development Plan. The panel is a representative group of 10 young people, aged 15 to 20 years, from throughout the province who have been supported to develop and deliver the Small Grants Programme. Over the past year the Panel has engaged in a number of training sessions exploring a range of themes which aided in their understanding of participation, youth policy and the funding process. The application and guidance notes were developed by the young people as a product of the training and their understanding of the processes involved.
The Small Grants Programme is open to groups of young people aged up to 25 who are part of an Education Authority Youth Service registered / funded group. Groups can apply for funding of between £300 and £1500 to plan, develop and deliver projects within their youth organisations and/or local areas. A group applying should be made up of no less than three young people. The closing date for applications is Friday November 11 at 4pm.
Further programme information, application form and guidance notes can be obtained here.