Frequently Asked Questions

Use this page to find answers to frequently asked questions about the £3m Youth Work Education Recovery Fund.

If your query isn't answered below, please contact our National Grants Manager Jane Dailly on jdailly@youthlinkscotland.org.

 

We’re a national organisation, how should we submit applications across multiple local authority areas?

National organisations can submit separate bids to multiple local authority areas.  More than one bid can be submitted in any local authority area.  Each individual bid can be up to the maximum of £60,000.

 

Can we submit a bid for more than the suggested maximum of £60,000?

Larger bids can be submitted and will be considered but these bids must be strategic, area wide and come from strong area wide youth work alliances/partnerships.

 

Can I work with a partner who is based in a different local authority area?

Yes, as long as the beneficiaries are from the area where the proposal is being submitted.

 

Do partners all have to be youth work organisations?

No, your proposal can have other partners such as schools, employers, community development trusts, other community groups or private companies as partners – however the focus for delivery of activities must be youth work.

 

What is the age range for young people?

We’re working to the general youth work age range of 12-25 as outlined in the Statement on the Nature & Purpose of Youth Work.

 

I would like to work with current P7 pupils to support their transition to secondary school in 2021, but some might be under 12, is this okay?

Yes. It is acknowledged that youth work plays an important role in supporting transition from primary.

 

Does a local partnership bid have to include a school?

No, but we encourage collaborations that support local education recovery and youth work opportunities that engage young people in high quality learning and result in clear learning outcomes for young people.

 

How much is available to each local authority area?

There is an allocated amount to each Regional Improvement Collaborative area. There is no notional split per local authority. Applications in each collaborative area will be assessed according to the fund criteria and awards made according to assessor scores. It’s possible that where there are no eligible/strong bids from one local authority area that no award will be made in that area.  However, where there are strong bids from each local authority area (within a collaborative area) and the collaborative pot is oversubscribed, a “fair share” principle will be applied based on the following formula: (The number of young people in each area, number of children in low-income families, positive destination statistics, and rurality).

 

How was the allocation to each Regional Improvement Collaborative decided?

The formula for funding allocations takes into account - the number of young people in each area, number of children in low-income families, positive destination statistics, and rurality.

 

Do proposals have to be for activity that covers a whole authority?

No, proposals can be for local authority-wide activity or activities that target or focus on specific localities.

 

If we are establishing a new partnership would that disadvantage us, given we won’t have a track record of working together?

No, in fact we encourage new and innovative approaches and partnerships.

 

Can I apply to deliver a project that has already been piloted, or delivered before, but is no longer running due to funding?

Yes. Building your proposal from an evidence-base would be welcomed. Proposals should aim to deliver youth work that complements rather than duplicates existing provision.

 

What financial information do you need?

The lead partner needs to be able to provide accounts and prepare the budget.

 

The application form asks about match funding. Is this something we’re expected to secure?

No, match funding isn’t compulsory and will not influence decisions. The question is included because experience has shown this is often levered through funding streams such as Cashback and allows us to report to Scottish Government regarding the added-value.  It is unlikely that projects dependent on large amounts of unsecured match funding will be successful.

 

What kind of costs could we include in our proposal?

You can apply for funding towards costs related to the delivery of the activities or programme. This could include salaries, transport, venue, activities and to evaluate the programme. This fund does not support capital costs and is intended to support the costs of direct delivery to young people.  Where a small amount of capital costs directly supports this delivery you may apply for capital costs that equal between 10- 25% of your overall bid. We suggest that 10% is taken as a rough guide. You could also include a small management fee for the lead partner to manage and report on the contract. 

 

Can I include costs to carry out evaluation of our programme?

Yes, you could consider including costs specifically to enable evaluation.

 

Would I need to begin delivering as soon as the funding is released?

No, you can begin your project at an appropriate time. Projects must be completed by end August 2021, but can begin at any time after November 2020 and there is no minimum or maximum length of project.

 

Can voluntary organisations be in more than one bid (the guidance says that local authorities can)?

Yes, where the guidance uses the term “local authority partners” it means any organisation in a local authority area.

 

How will local and national assessment work?

Local assessors will score and comment on applications according to fund criteria (including fit with local need and priorities). All applications will be passed to the national panel who will assess each application according to the fund criteria and feedback from local assessor groups. The national panel will make award decisions.

 

If the fund is under allocated in a particular improvement collaborative area, what will happen?

If this is the case, we will approach partners again to invite additional bids. There is no limit to the number of applications you can submit.

 

Are capital costs eligible?

This fund does not support capital costs and is intended to support the costs of direct delivery to young people.  Where a small amount of capital costs directly supports this delivery you may apply for capital costs that equal between 10- 25% of your overall bid. We suggest that 10% is taken as a rough guide.

 

When does the fund close?

4pm Wednesday 14th October 2020.

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