Small Grants Programme

The Education Authority Youth Service are delighted to launch the Small Grants Programme for 2019-20.

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What is the Small Grants Programme?

The Small Grants Programme has been set-up to allow young people to administer grants to other young people, and aims to strengthen the participation of young people as decision-makers within the local and wider community.

The Programme is open to groups of young people aged 4 through to 25 years who are part of an Education Authority Youth Service (EA-YS) registered / funded group. A group applying should be made up of no less than 3 young people.

A group can apply for a grant of between £300 and £1,500 & Funding applications will remain open until 17th January 2020. 

Participation within the Small Grants Programme context is about young people taking part in projects which have been planned by young people for young people.  It’s what they decide to do, when where and how!

Help and Support

Support sessions have been arranged to help support young people with developing their programmes and their applications.  Youth leaders may attend in their support role.

Tuesday 22nd October 2019        

7.00 – 8.30pm

The Epicentre, Armagh

59 Lisanally Lane, Armagh BT61 7HF

Wednesday 23rd October 2019  

7.00 – 8.30pm

Derry Youth Office

40 Dungiven Road, Londonderry BT47 6BW

Thursday 24th October 2019       

7.00 – 8.30pm

Finaghy Youth Centre,

59 – 73 Finaghy Road South Belfast BT10 0BY

The workshops will be informal in nature, with a short presentation and then a question and answer session followed by individual opportunities to discuss programme. 

To register for the support sessions please visit Eventbrite and submit your details along with how many are attending. You can find the link for the support sessions here:

If you want to know more about the Youth Service Small Grants Programme, need help to develop a project idea or support to make an application then contact us on:-

How to Apply

Further information can be found in the Guidance Document and Application Form which are listed below.

Small Grants Panel

The Small Grants panels will be made up of 2 groups of young people meeting in the Derry & Strabane area and in the Newry-Belfast Area.  The panel will receive training and support to enable them to both plan and distribute funding as well as visit and monitor projects.  If any young people would like to join these panel groups please complete the expression of interest form below and return.

We acknowledge that some groups making an application will need support, so consideration will be given to applications assisted by a youth worker / volunteer from an EA-YS registered / funded group. All ideas for the projects must however come from the children and young people who will have control over any funding award.

  • A group can apply for a grant of between £300 and £1,500.
  • Applications will remain open until 17th January 2020. 
  • Those applications received by 6th November 2019 will be assessed in the first round of funding.
  • Later applications received by 17th January 2020 will be assessed at the second round.
Last updated: 16/10/2019