This grant funding will support VCSE organisations to deliver open access youth provision across two cluster areas: Castleford and Airedale; and Pontefract and Knottingley.

The Wakefield Children and Young People’s Partnership ‘Children and Young People’s Plan 2019-2022’ outlines Wakefield Council’s commitment to improve outcomes for Wakefield’s children and young people, their families, and their communities.

It's the Council’s ambition to create a district where children and young people’s rights are respected, and their voices are heard. The Council recognises that the delivery of these outcomes requires excellent universal services that build resilience and provide important protective factors.

As part of the development of universal support, Wakefield Council is providing up to £80,000 of grant funding to support the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to deliver open access youth provision for children and young people aged 11 – 17 years (up to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)).

Funding will support the delivery of open access youth provision across each of the following two cluster areas:

  • Castleford and Airedale; and
  • Pontefract and Knottingley.

You can find details about the Council's cluster areas and new Youth Support Hubs in the Application Document (Word).

Project Overview

This fund is going through the Third Sector Framework, so successful applicants must be an approved member of the Framework. Don't worry if you're not a member, there's still time to apply! See the details on applying to join the Framework below.

There is £80,000 of funding available, which can be split between multiple organisations in line with the cluster areas their services can cover.

Successful applicants will be expected to work together to create and deliver a youth offer that includes:

  • A minimum of two weekly open access youth sessions delivered from The Hut in Airedale
  • A mixture of twilight and evening (after 6pm) youth sessions, to cater for differing age groups (11 – 17 years (up to 25 with SEND))
  • Provision delivered from a variety of settings including the recipients’ own location/premises
  • A flexible range of provision to meet the needs of children and young people aged 11 – 17 years (up to 25 with SEND)
  • Implementing mechanisms that promote youth voice and participation and provide opportunities for children and young people to guide delivery
  • Referring and signposting children, young people and families to the range of support services available through the Wakefield Families Together partnership
  • Compliance with safeguarding policy and practice

Successful applicants will build on strengths of support delivered within the community already and encourage new ways of responding to community issues and children and young people’s needs and vulnerabilities.

The project will start on Friday 1 July 2022.

Application Process

Complete and submit your application by 5pm on Monday 30 May 2022.

You can download the Application Document here (Word), please return completed applications to

Applications will be evaluated by a panel representing a range of Council and partner stakeholders, and the evaluation panel may choose to undertake due diligence with the top scoring applicants. Following this, the funding will be awarded.

Applying to join the Third Sector Framework

This is an amazing funding opportunity for VCSE organisations focused on youth provision, and we wouldn't want you to miss out because you're not a Third Sector Framework member! You can submit your membership application alongside your funding application, although please get your membership application in as soon as possible. Information about the Framework is available on the Nova website here.

You can download the Membership Application Form here (Word) - if your organisation's annual income is under £25,000, there's a shortened version that's just 4 pages long.

Not sure why you need to apply or want help with your application? We'd recommend that if you're not a Framework member, you should come along to our next onboarding session (Wednesday 18 May) from 12pm - 12.30pm on Zoom.
The link to join is: