Children and young people grant fund 2022

An opportunity has arisen to provide funding support to projects across South Cambridgeshire which help to empower children and young people to build self-belief and make a positive difference to themselves and their communities.

Successful applicants will be developing or running projects which aim to build resilience in children and young people and their communities to help keep them safe and enable them to thrive.

What should projects aim to achieve?

We are specifically looking for projects which address/achieve the following outcomes:

  • Help children, young people and their communities to develop their own initiatives and by doing so contribute to their own resilience and well‐being and that of their community
  • Motivate and empower other children and young people and their community members to take part and by doing so develop social capacity.
  • Develop opportunities for children, young people and their families to engage in positive activity which is beneficial to their physical and mental health and well‐being
  • Address social disadvantage and equality of opportunity.

How much can you apply for?

You can apply for funding of between £4k and £8k. You should consider your potential to offer added value in this process via match funding, partnership work or existing resource. This could be volunteering hours, donations or entry fees or the donation and loan of resources from other community assets such as your children’s centre, school, nursery, library, church, parish council etc.

Consideration should be given to how projects will be sustained and further developed beyond the term of the funding.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 30 November. Any applications received beyond this date and time cannot be accepted.

All applications will be presented to the Grants Advisory Committee for consideration against the aims and objectives outlined above and notified in early January. Funds should be spent between January 2022 and December 2022.

Eligibility criteria

Organisations must:

  • Be independently set up for charitable (not for profit), benevolent or philanthropic purposes. (N.B. Parish councils may also apply).
  • Decide policy and overall management practice through a committee of elected, unpaid volunteers (a management committee or board of trustees).
  • Have a constitution, mission statement or set of rules, aims and procedures.
  • Meet relevant legal responsibilities, including those of an employer, and adopt, implement and monitor good employment practices, including having relevant insurances to cover operations.
  • Provide evidence that employees are paid the National Living Wage and that they are not subject to zero-hours contracts.
  • Have systems and structures in place to manage their affairs effectively and efficiently, hold regular meetings to plan and monitor activities, keep minutes and circulate information to group members.
  • Illustrate user and member involvement in policy-making and management as appropriate.
  • Illustrate how they recruit and support volunteers as appropriate.
  • Adopt appropriate child and vulnerable adult protection, health and safety and DBS checking policies, as appropriate.
  • Prepare budgets, keep relevant financial records, monitor income and expenditure at least quarterly and prepare proper accounts. If part of a national or regional organisation, please only provide information relating to your branch.  Please provide evidence of a ‘business’ account for the organisation, and of two cheque signatories.  Please also submit your current audited accounts and annual report. 
  • Demonstrate a need for financial support. You will be asked for details of your policy on unrestricted reserves, based on Charity Commission guidelines, please visit the Charity Commission’s website for further information.
  • Charge service users where applicable at an appropriate rate in line with other local services. We will not subsidise projects that are deemed to be under or over-charging clients.

Case studies

The aim of the Sensory Garden is to promote the mental and physical well‐being of the young people in Cambourne by encouraging an active interest in horticulture and the local eco‐system.

The students at the Village College have been allocated an area of land and we have chosen to put it to use for the whole school and the wider community in and around Cambourne. Our young people have shown their initiative and enthusiasm by designing and creating an environment that is suitable for everyone. By taking ownership of the project, young people will be motivated to provide an ongoing sanctuary for themselves and others, as well as the natural wildlife.

We have already begun to install the foundation pieces of our garden – but we need funding to construct all‐weather pathways to provide improved access for wheelchair users and people with physical disabilities within the school and broader community. In addition, the students need a small polytunnel or greenhouse to work in where they can take responsibility for the day to day cultivation and propagation of flowers, herbs and vegetables for the community’s wellbeing. We would like to install a beehive to help protect the local bee population, and an attractive dog kennel for the unofficial school canine, Mowgli who has grown up around the children since he was a puppy. We would also eventually like to have a dog creche where staff can bring their own dogs in and be looked after and managed by the young people.

The area will be a drop‐in location for people from all over the town, and it will be associated with relaxation, safety and education for the whole community.

Aims to improve long‐term outcomes for young people in Abbey through general and targeted youth work


  • Improve mental health
  • Improve physical health
  • Build connections with role-models / adults to improve long-term outcomes including creating greater community resilience.
  • Improve Young People’s engagement with education / employment / training

By developing a community ‘Coffee Truck’ café which will be run by the young people, with support from and supporting the local community, young people will develop ownership over the provision, develop relationships with adults from around the area (youth workers as well as users of the leisure facilities), and will develop a sense of responsibility for the Abbey Pool & Coldham’s Common area of Abbey. By developing more joined-up and better-resourced youth provision will help a sense of pride in being from Abbey. This will contribute to a sense of belonging and empower young people to take part in opportunities provided by organisations such as Hammer & Tong, CUCT & Romsey Mill including social action projects, giving back to their community.

This project was to create and enhance an outdoor village asset, enable the young people to help the community, and provide a focus for learning new skills

This project follows on from the successful collaborative Copse project in 2016 and 2017. SSYI partnered with Great Shelford Playscape to redevelop the overgrown area at the end of Shelford Recreation Ground into a natural play space and woodland trail, open to all. Great Shelford Playscape is a charity set up to transform the play provision across the village recreation ground. They want to create an inspiring and playful landscape to benefit the whole community and leave a wonderful legacy for future generations. Great Shelford Playscape is run by a group of local volunteers with a vision to transform Great Shelford’s play provision into an exemplary facility for the benefit of the whole community.

3 years on and our young people are keen to further develop the space and put their own stamp on it. Great Shelford Playscape and Great Shelford Parish Council are actively supportive and our young people have lots of ideas to share and energy to burn.

 Copse 2 will:

  1. Engage the young people in the local community
  2. Improve and update the space at the end of the Rec to the benefit of everyone in the local area
  3. Allow the young people and members of the community to put their own stamp on the village
  4. Teach new skills to all

Through this work, many of the challenges that the young people face will be addressed: belonging, confidence, positive social interactions and risk taking, understanding of their role in the community, constructive engagement with people of all ages. It will improve emotional and physical health and well‐being, providing purpose and a safe focus for the group involved. As a result the young people will be more resilient, and the wider community will see them as positive contributors to their village, as well as benefiting from the actual Copse itself We are hopeful that the SSYI young people will continue to see the Copse area as something they can nurture and experience in future, with ongoing involvement in keeping it tidy and usable. We anticipate further similar projects around the village.

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