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The ARG Youth Activity Scheme will contribute to the post-pandemic recovery of charitable organisations and community-based businesses that provide vital support to young people across Fylde by offering a funding opportunity for the establishment of new youth activity provision.

During the pandemic, not-for-profit organisations operating in-person youth activities experienced restrictions and closures that limited income generation and fundraising opportunities, as well as restrictions to the services they were able to offer young people.  The recovery of this sector is crucial to ensuring that Fylde remains an attractive area for businesses to start-up, develop and recruit, whilst also developing the potential of individuals who will use these services.

The fund will support projects that can demonstrate a long-term plan and sustainability beyond the initial provision of funding.

Who should apply to the ARG Youth Activity Scheme?

All of the following criteria must be met in order to be eligible to apply for a grant:

The organisation:

  • Must be a not-for-profit organisation categorised as a:
    • Independent business, OR;
    • Registered charity, OR;
    • Charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), OR;
    • Co-operative, OR;
    • Community interest company (CIC), OR;
    • Sole trader or business partnership.
  • Must have a proven history of delivering successful youth services

Evidence of active trading will be sought from all applicants.

The activity:

  • Must provide a not-for-profit service to young people aged 9-18
  • Must begin before 31 March 2022
  • The premises where the activity will take place is located within Fylde – Check your postcode here
  • The premises where the activity will take place must be secured and fully funded prior to the application. A signed agreement between the landlord of the premises and the service provider will be sought from all applicants.

Exclusions

  • Organisations that are part of a large regional or national chain or franchise
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made
  • Unincorporated associations
  • Schools and further education colleges
  • Businesses that operate for profit (e.g. theatre schools, dance schools, nurseries, childcare providers, private tuition, etc)

What a grant can fund

Not all projects will be eligible for an ARG Youth Activity Scheme grant.

The grant will provide a single one-off grant of up to £10,000 to support the establishment of new youth activity provision, this may include:

  • Youth clubs
  • Health & mental wellbeing activity
  • Inclusive sports and recreational activities
  • Community centre-based activity
  • Support for young people volunteering in the community
  • Social inclusion, community cohesion and integration
  • Youth and family focused interventions
  • Training and development programmes

Assessment & Award

The fund is limited with the objective to support as many organisations as possible. The grant is not intended to cover all associated costs.  The amount awarded to eligible applicants will be based on an assessment of the evidence provided against the following considerations:

  • The level of eligible costs to kick-start the project (e.g. equipment, furniture, staff training, marketing, utilities, insurance, licensing, open day events including catering, entertainment, and guest speakers, etc.)
  • The level of involvement for young people in the development of the project.
  • The organisations experience and history of running youth services.
  • The number of young people the project will accommodate on a weekly basis.
  • The development opportunity for participants in the activity. I.e., training, life skills, social skills, physical and mental health, etc.
  • Value for money offered by the project.
  • Long-term sustainability.

The deadline to make an application is 31st October 2021.

Grant Conditions

  • The grant will be paid as a single one-off lump sum.
  • The project must be carried out by a registered youth services provider/personnel with all appropriate checks in place.
  • Grants cannot be given to cover the cost of general staffing/as a wage supplement.
  • All grants are discretionary and subject to the availability of the limited funds.
  • Fylde Council reserves the right to make any changes to the award and to terminate the agreement immediately in the event that the funding is withdrawn, stopped, or suspended by the Government or is expended by the Government.
  • The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) require the Council to make pre-payment verification checks before issuing any ARG grant, these checks include utilising the National Fraud Agency.
  • A formal offer letter including full details of the conditions that apply to the grant will be sent to a successful applicant as soon as all the evidence requested is supplied and verified.

Tax Implications

  • Grant income received by an organisation or sole trader is taxable, therefore the ARG Youth Activity Scheme will need to be included as income in the tax return.
  • Only organisations/sole traders which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Do the rules about subsidies apply?

  • The Brexit transition period has ended and new rules on subsidy control now apply. The ARG Youth Activity Scheme is a subsidy. If receiving a grant may mean that your business (or any group of which it forms part) has had £1,950,000 or more in subsidies in the last three years, we will need to ask you for more information, and you are invited to contact us directly regarding your business. You can read more on the rules about subsidies here.

How to apply

You must complete the online application form below with the initial information about the organisation and project proposal.

The application will be reviewed against the eligibility criteria and an initial decision communicated to you.  Where the application meets the criteria, a case officer will be allocated and will work with you to make an award wherever possible.

You should be prepared to provide the following evidence during the assessment process when requested:

  • Most recent independently examined or audited accounts for the last 2 financial years
  • Evidence of funds in hand
  • Budgeted plan of proposed programme for an initial 24 month period and beyond
  • Risk assessments
  • List of staff and confirmation relevant checks completed (CRB etc)

Click here to begin your online application

Further support and advice

If you are unsure whether your business will qualify for an ARG Youth Activity Scheme grant, you can contact the Council for informal advice before making an application: ian.brookes@fylde.gov.uk

Fylde Community Projects Fund

If you are not eligible for the ARG Youth Activity Scheme but are interested in securing funding to improve services and facilities in Fylde then visit our Fylde Community Projects Fund webpage to find out whether this alternative funding scheme may be able to support your projectwww.fylde.gov.uk/council/fylde-community-grants/

Applications must be made via the above online form. Applications CANNOT be accepted via email.

If you submit an application, please do not contact the Council chasing progress – this may delay the assessment process.  Should additional information be required to assess the application you will be contacted.

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