“If you are an Organisation based in Northern Ireland and you provide opportunities for young people aged 11-18 to come together from different cultural, ethnic or religious communities to work together on a creative, practical or outdoors project, then you may be eligible for a grant from Hope for Youth, Northern Ireland”.

Deadline - 31 July, 2017

 

Application Guidance Notes

This details on this page are in five parts and cover; general information, the criteria for a grant, the timetable for applications, the payment of grants and the application process.  

General Information

The trustees award grants on an annual basis. Currently:

  • They will provide grants up to a maximum of £5000, although they reserve the discretion to award a larger sum in exceptional circumstances.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a cross community emphasis e.g. a focus on improving community integration in regard to cultural, ethnic or religious diversity and all applications must include a statement of accounts, including details of income and expenditure.
  • Successful applicants can apply for a grant in subsequent years.  Each application will be considered on its merits.
     

The Criteria for a Grant

The Hope for Youth criteria for awarding grants are listed below:

Hope for Youth can support organisations:

  • Applying for grants to support projects that focus on sport, music, dance, drama and the arts, as well as outdoor projects that promote personal and team development.
  • Working with young people aged 11 to 18 in Northern Ireland.
  • Fostering cross-community relations in interface areas.

 Hope for Youth will give priority to:

  • Projects where the benefits or effects on the communities and individuals can be measured and can demonstrate sustainable benefit.
  • Longer-term projects i.e. held over a number of months, where ongoing community development and improved community relationships can be realised.
  • Projects based in recognised areas of multiple or high deprivation.
  • Projects that are small/ locally based and those that are “start-ups”.
  • Projects that can match fund from other sources.

Hope for Youth regrets that it cannot support:

  • Applications from individuals.
  • Grants to cover capital building costs or running costs.
  • Grants for publications or research (unless the output of the project is a result of young people's collaborative work, such as a book of artwork).
  • Projects taking place outside of Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland (e.g. foreign travel or expeditions or the preparation for a trip).
  • Funding to cover transport, kit and equipment unless it is an essential part of a wider sustainable project.
  • The core work of statutory organisations.
  • Other established fund raising charities.

 The Timetable for Applications

 The closing date for an application for a grant is 31st July and successful bids will be allocated funding in the following calendar year. Applications can be made at any time during the year and early applications are encouraged as this allows time for the trustees to seek additional information from the organisation, should this be necessary.  There are five stages and the timetable runs as follows:

  •  Stage 1 – By 31st JulyApplications for grants in the following calendar year must be received by 31st July at the latest.  Early applications are encouraged.
  •  Stage 2 – August to December. Once the application has been screened and seen to meet the charity’s criteria for a grant, the applicant will be visited by a Hope for Youth Northern Ireland trustee or adviser.
  • Stage 3 – January to February (the following year).  Applicants will normally be advised by the end of February if they have been selected to receive a grant.  Grants will be made in two tranches and the first tranche will usually be handed over in March. More details surrounding the payment of grants is covered below.   
  • Stage 4 – March/April onwards. When a project has started, a Hope for Youth Northern Ireland trustee or adviser will visit the organisation to assess how the project is progressing. The second tranche of the award will be made following this visit.
  • Stage 5 – At the conclusion of the project.  When the project is completed, the applicant will be requested to provide a short report covering the project’s results and expenditure.

The Payment of Grants

The trustees pay grants in two tranches:

The first tranche will be handed over in March (this is at Stage 3 of the timetable for applications). Recipients will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony which will usually take place during the spring.

When the applicant is ready to receive the second tranche, he/she will invite the Hope for Youth Northern Ireland trustee or adviser who visited the project at Stage 2 of the application process to revisit the project (this is at Stage 4 of the timetable for applications).  The second tranche will be allocated following this visit subject to two conditions: the first is for the applicant to provide a short report including photographic evidence which can be used by the charity for public relations, and the second is for the Hope for Youth Northern Ireland trustee or adviser to confirm that the project is progressing as planned.

The Applications Process

Before completing an application form, please:

Be aware that every year the charity receives many more applications for grants than they have the funding to support. Therefore the trustees screen each application to check that it conforms to the charity’s criteria and those that do not, however laudable, are screened out.

  • Note that the cutoff date for applications for grants to be awarded in the following calendar year is the 31st July.
  • Check that your organisation meets the charity’s criteria for awarding grants
  • Please submit your application using the online application form.

To request a printed application form, please call Cherton Enterprise Ltd. on 028 90769966 or email karen.hughes@cherton.co.uk.