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Frequently Asked Questions for Small Grants

The small grants programme allows organisations that are successfully running the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme to apply for a small grant of up to £750 to further enhance their work with young people.

Schools and organisations can invest the money in something special that they would not usually have the funds for. This might be specialist equipment for a sports team or a fun trip out for the whole class! Schools and organisations can use the grant in whatever way they know would benefit young people most.

Is my organisation eligible to apply for a Small Grant?

In order to apply for a small grant, you must already be running the Achievement Award Scheme and have successfully completed at least one grant report for the period January – June or September – November.

We  must also have an approved a Leader within the last 12 months. As soon as you receive confirmation from us that your chosen Leader Award has been accepted you will be eligible to apply for a small grant in either of the next two small grant rounds (March or September).

For example, if you recognise a leader in July, you will be able to apply for a small grant in either the Autumn round in September or the Spring round the following March. You can only be successful once each year, but you have two opportunities to submit a grant application.

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What is the criteria for a small grant

We are looking for applications projects that demonstrate the funding will make a meaningful difference to your organisation and will be of greatest benefit to your young people.

To apply for a grant you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Applications must be completed by your organisation’s Achievement Award Scheme Coordinator
  • The organisation must have a valid Leader Award Winner within the last 12 months
  • Your chosen Leader Award Winner must not have previously received a small grant in relation to their award
  • We favour applications which clearly demonstrate the involvement of young people and the Leader Award Winner in the application process
  • The maximum small grant available from JPF is £750
  • The overall project cost must not exceed £5,000.
  • The project must benefit a group of young people (not just an individual)
  • The project must not promote religious or political beliefs
  • The project must be completed within nine months of funding being awarded
  • You will be required to submit a grant report once the grant has been spent and the project is completed. You will receive a report deadline which will be included in your grant offer letter, we will also remind you one month before the report is due

Unfortunately, we cannot fund:

  • Applications that are received after the closing date
  • Incomplete applications
  • Applications where the total project cost exceeds £5,000
  • Activities that have started before you receive notification from JPF of whether your small grant fund application has been successful)
  • Applications from organisations that have already received a small grant for their ‘active’ Leader
  • Activities/projects which do not meet the criteria detailed above

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How do I apply?

All applications need to be submitted by the Achievement Award coordinator for your club / school using our online application form which will be available to complete during March and September only.

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When can I apply?

The Small Grant Fund is open for two application rounds per year, from 1st March – 31st March and from 1st September – 30th September each year.

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What information do I need to include in the application form?

You will need to confirm information about the organisation, confirm the Leader Award reference and provide details of what you are applying the grant for.

Your Grants Officer is always happy to help with any general questions.

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How long does the process take?

We aim to inform you of the outcome of your application within eight weeks of the closing date.

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What are the reporting requirements?

You will be required to provide a simple report on how you have used your small grant.

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How do I submit my grant report?

Please complete the online Small Grant report

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