The Youth Scotland Rural Action Fund is removing barriers in rural communities
Returning for a fourth year of funding, The Youth Scotland Rural Action Fund has already supported rural community-based youth work successfully for three years.
Supported by The Robertson Trust and The Gannochy Trust, this fund aims to enhance and develop community-based youth work in Scotland’s rural communities, remove barriers to access of youth work provision and build youth work capacity across Scotland.
The Youth Scotland Rural Action Fund is now open and accepting applications.
Groups and projects successfully funded in previous phases of the fund are encouraged to apply once more.
What is the Rural Action Fund?
The Youth Scotland Rural Action Fund is a Micro Grant fund being supported by The Robertson Trust and The Gannochy Trust. This fund was created in response to the challenges which rural youth groups are facing in funding the delivery of community-based universal youth work. It will make small awards to enable youth groups operating in rural communities to provide more and/or better youth work opportunities for young people. The minimum amount of funding is £100 and maximum amount per award is £750.
Who can apply?
Youth Scotland member youth groups which:
- Are based in Scotland
- Operate in rural communities with a maximum of 2 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff members (If you have more than 2 FTE staff members for fixed periods e.g. during holidays, please contact us as you may still be eligible for funding)
- Are universal access for all young people
- Can demonstrate a lack of alternative universal access provision for young people in their community (as a result of their rural location)
- Work with young people aged between 5 to 25 years old
- Want to try new things, enhance existing provision or increase your capacity to deliver a specific project or programme
- Plan to spend the grant within 6-9 months of receiving it
- Can provide evidence of an annual turnover less than £200,000
- Are applying for between £100 and £750. No match funding is required
- 15 September 2021
- 25 October 2021
- 15 November 2021
Please note that the third and fourth deadlines are subject to availability of funding. Don’t wait to apply if you have a project or activity that you need funding!
What happens after I apply?
Once we have received your application, we will review this to make sure all the information we need is included. Applications will be considered by a Grants Panel and we aim to let you know the whether you have been successful within 6 weeks of the deadline.
What will we fund?
What won’t we fund?
· Equipment and programme materials
· Longer-term programmes of activities
· IT equipment to enable digital engagement of young people and delivery of online activities
· Video-calling licences
· Data bolt-ons/top-ups for young people
· One-off events
· Venue hire
· Travel costs to an activity
· Promotional material
· Specialist tutor/ facilitator costs e.g. art tutor, sports coach, dance tutor, film –maker
· Sessional youth work staff costs
· Membership fees and essential insurance costs
· Building repairs and maintenance work e.g. boiler repair (where you own or have a long-term lease on the property)
· Hall lets
· Training costs for volunteers / young leaders
· Youth groups which are not currently members of Youth Scotland.
· Activities that do not comply with Scottish Government’s public health guidance. If you are unsure whether your proposed activities comply please contact us before applying.
· Salary costs of existing staff
· Youth groups with an annual turnover of £200,000+ per year
· Uniformed youth groups
· Building upgrades e.g. new toilet
· Activities which take place outside of Scotland
· Projects and activities which incorporate the promotion of political or religious beliefs
· If you are currently in receipt of funding directly from The Robertson Trust or The Gannochy Trust, please contact us before applying.
In its first three years, the highly successful fund has enabled 8,110 young people to access opportunities in their local communities and will now fund even more rural youth projects.
The fund was created in response to the challenges which rural youth groups are facing in funding the delivery of community based universal youth work.
It will make small awards to enable youth groups operating in rural communities provide more and/or better youth work opportunities for young people.
Where can I find out more?
You can read about how to apply, any terms and conditions and the application form itself, all as downloads below.
If you would like to discuss your application or any other element of the fund, please contact us