The Big Lottery Fund are running a grant programme called Young Start which aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24 to help realise their potential. They are awarding grants between £10,000 – £50,000 for projects that meet one or more of the following programme outcomes:
Connected – Younger and older generations are better connected and have more understanding and respect for each other
Enterprising – Young people are better prepared for getting a job or starting a business.
Confident – Children and young people have more confidence and skills
Healthy – Children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional health
In particular they are keen to fund intergenerational projects in the following areas: North Lanarkshire, Perth & Kinross, Highland, South Ayrshire, Midlothian.
Intergenerational groups may be eligible for funding if they can show that at least 75% of the project beneficiaries will be aged 8-24.
Third sector organisations can apply and grants can run between one to two years. They are interested in projects that have been designed to ensure that everyone can take part, as well as projects that focus on specific groups of children and young people.
Young Start can fund 100 per cent of project costs. However, they can also fund part of a larger project if additional funding is in place. If they are only funding part of a project, the total project cost should be no more than £100,000. This is a rolling programme so groups can apply at any time.
More information can be found on the website and the enquiry team are happy to answer any questions regarding the funding or application process. They can be contacted on free-phone number 03001237110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.