Town Council Youth Grants Available

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Town Council Leader Brian Smedley

Bridgwater Town Council has allocated a budget of £10,000 per year for ‘Youth Grants’ and is now calling on Groups within the town to apply for a share of this year’s allocation.

Cllr Brian Smedley, Town Council Leader, said “The aim of the Youth Grant is to highlight youth provision in the town of Bridgwater, to add value to existing providers and to encourage new and additional initiatives. The target age range is agreed at 11-18. The amount of grant per applicant will not normally exceed £500. If your application is for a higher amount this will be considered on its merits. Funding could be available for general running expenses, specific projects, staff, resources, equipment, programmes, residential. Grants will only be payable to organisations with a recognised bank account. Applicants must have in place appropriate Health and Safety and Child protection policies. Applications promoting religious or party-political beliefs will not be considered. Applications must be developed with the involvement of the young people who will benefit from the award.  Bids will be considered and evaluated by Bridgwater Youth Council who will make recommendations to the Town Clerk for decision. Applicants must spend the allocated money within the financial year and an end of funding evaluation report must be submitted within 4 weeks of the project end date.”

Youth Council

A Bridgwater Youth Council has been set up to consider the grant applications and comprises 2 delegates from each of the 4 secondary schools and from Bridgwater College. Their next meeting will be on October 11th at 4pm at the Town Hall.

The Process for grant applications is as follows

  1. Groups submit their application before the deadline of Wednesday 9 October 2019
  2. Applications will be considered by the Youth Council on Friday 11 October 2019
  3. Applicants will be notified of the decision and if accepted will be required to sign an acceptance form
  4. Grants are paid to successful applicants
  5. Applicant to complete and funding evaluation report within 4 weeks of the project end date.

You can access the Grant application form on the Town Council website

For further information contact Town Clerk David Mears on