People and communities Youth, Play and Participation Service VCS Grants for Youth and Play Work - July 2023 to April 2025

VCS Grants for Youth and Play Work

Applications are now closed.

Manchester’s Youth Play and Participation Service (YPPS) is looking to award funding to local Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations to support the delivery of YPPS in the city. The Grant focuses on securing sufficient provision of educational and recreational leisure-time activities for children and young people, and to make sure they have a say in the local offer. The YPPS VCS Grant aims to:

  • Connect children and young people with their communities
  • Offer children and young people opportunities in safe environments to take part in a wide range of activities
  • Support the personal, social, political and economic development of children and young people
  • Improve young people’s physical and mental health, and emotional wellbeing, and support them with making key decisions about where they work, live and play 

There is a total of £1.2 million available from 1 July 2023 to 31 up to 31 March 2024, then a total of £1.6 million to 31 March 2025 to VCS organisations delivering youth and play services. Successful organisations will need to meet a number of requirements linked to local Manchester strategies and work to meet tangible outcomes that are measurable and reportable.

The purpose of this Grant is for VCS organisations to deliver activities or projects that will meet the needs of children and young people in certain wards of the city. Successful organisations are expected to liaise and work with other VCS and statutory organisations to deliver effective and efficient services identified by children and young people. They are also expected to attend and contribute to District based Networks to jointly address issues, support each other and develop the youth and play workforce. We welcome applications from groups who are Manchester based, and groups working together in a partnership with one organisation acting as the lead, accountable organisation.

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Please note the youth team cannot help you complete your application form or offer advice on the likelihood of your application being funded.

The closing date for all applications will be Sunday 26 February 2023.

We are unable to consider applications received after this date.

All organisations will be contacted no later than Wednesday 15 March with an outcome. Grant confirmation letters will be issued on Friday 17 March. Delivery will be expected to commence on 1 July 2023.

Please ensure you have read the prospectus and guidance notes thoroughly before starting the application.


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