Positive Activities Grant (PAG)

The Positive Activities Grant is designed to benefit young people by grant-aiding voluntary youth organisations who provide diversionary positive activity.

What is the Positive Activities Grant (PAG)?

The 2024 Positive Activities Grant is managed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Early Help and Prevention Service (EHaPS) and is designed to benefit young people aged 11 to 19 and those with learning difficulties or disabilities aged 20 to 24, by grant-aiding youth/sport organisations who provide recreational and educational leisure-time activity.

Who can apply for the grant?

Organisation/projects/clubs that deliver recreational and educational leisure-time for young people within East Riding of Yorkshire can apply for the grant.

Organisations must be voluntary, not for profit, and be a member of HEY Smile Foundation and have a Development Plan prior to commencement of the project/provision. Organisations that are a sporting club/project need to be registered with ERCAS ((East Riding Club Accreditation Scheme).

Grants will only be allocated to organisations who will deliver recreational and educational leisure-time activity to groups of young people aged 11 to 19, or up to 25 with a learning disability or disability.

A maximum of one application per organisation is permitted for every Band (where eligible).

Who can not apply for the grant?

The following cannot apply for the grant:

  1. Schools, Local Authorities, organisations that are not a member of HEY Smile Foundation or profit-making organisations
  2. Organisations that do not deliver recreational and educational leisure-time activities for young people within East Riding of Yorkshire
  3. Individuals or organisations who fund individuals.

What type of grants are available?

There are three bands of grant available (only one application per organisation):

Band A

For Voluntary Youth organisations that are new and have not received a PAG Award previously.

Maximum of 1 award of £10,000.

Band B

For established youth/sport organisations to continue delivering a youth project/club.

Maximum of 12 awards up to £2,500.

Band C

For youth/sport organisations to improve the skills of their staff and volunteers with youth work-related qualifications.

Maximum of 5 awards up to £3,000.

Band D

For youth/sport organisations to provide emotional well-being support for young people.

Maximum of 5 awards up to £5,000.

What is the grant for?

This grant is for youth/sport organisations who wish to deliver recreational and leisure-time activities for young people in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

How do I become registered as a member and get a Development Plan as a voluntary youth organisation?

To become registered as a member and get a development plan, please contact:

Community Development Team, HEY Smile Foundation

Tel: (01482) 590270
Email: community@heysmilefoundation.org

Sports projects applications

Applicants from sport projects are required to be registered as an ERCAS (East Riding Club Accreditation Scheme) organisation through the Health and Wellbeing team at East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Please contact Tracey Topliss prior to application:

Email: tracey.topliss@eastriding.gov.uk
Tel: (01482) 392523

Any organisation that has not become a member of the Smile Community Hive or registered with Sports and Play team by 31 January 2024 will not be eligible for the PAG award.

Youth projects

Applicants from youth projects are required to register on the Beecan website (link below) and upload the requested policies/documents:

Beecan (external website)

This is a system that HEY Smile Foundation use to support youth projects and the guidance notes offer further information to support your application.

How are applications scored?

Band A and B applications will be scored on the following basis:

  • The organisation evidence what it will do with the funding and what difference it will make. Up to 10 marks.
  • Evidence that there is a need for the project/activity and that young people have been consulted and shaped the application. Up to 10 marks.
  • The applicant shares why the funding should go to their application. Up to 20 marks.

Band C applications will be scored on the following basis:

  • The organisation evidence what are the training needs of staff, volunteers and young people. Up to 10 marks.
  • The applicant evidence who will benefit from the training and how it will be implemented/impact the project/young people. Up to 10 marks.

Band D applications will be scored on the following basis:

  • The organisation evidences the need that young people have for emotional well-being support. Up to 10 marks.
  • The applicant evidences the impact the support aims to achieve and how it will be achieved. Up to 10 marks.

All grants must be spent in the 2024/25 financial year, and any monies not spent will need to be returned to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Please note: we may be oversubscribed with applications and the above scoring process will be used to decide the successful Grant Awards.

Are there any guidance notes?

Guidance notes can be found by clicking on the link below:

2024 Positive Activities Grant (PAG) Guidance (pdf 306kb)

How can my organisation apply?

Applications can be submitted via an online system using the link below:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council - Grant Application Portal

Once registered on the site, users can apply for council funding schemes and carry out searches for other sources of funding.

Closing date for applications

Applications close on 31 January 2024 at 23:59.

If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Email: darron.lawer@eastriding.gov.uk

What are the key dates in the Positive Activities Grant (PAG) process?

Below are the key dates that form the PAG application timeline:

Key dates

Activity Date
2023 PAG Awards Open for applications and support to Organisations considering a PAG application 10 January 2024
Application Deadline 31 January 2024
PAG Awarding Panel End of February 2024
Grant letters sent to successful organisation, and unsuccessful applicants notified Start of March 2024
PAG Presentation Evening April/May 2024
Positive Activities Projects/Activities commence 1 April 2024

Who decides where the Positive Activities Grant funding is awarded?

The members of the PAG Award Panel are as follows:

  • An independent representative working in the voluntary sector
  • A member of East Riding Funding Team
  • Strategic Manager – Early Help and Prevention
  • A young person.

Which organisations have been successful previously?

The 2022 PAG awards were distributed to 13 organisations across the East Riding.

The successful organisations were:

  • Brough Youth Hub - £10,000
  • Cottingham Youth - £4,000
  • ERVAS - £4,000
  • Market Weighton Youth Action Group - £4,000
  • Bridlington Pride - £2,000
  • Cherry Tree Community Centre - £2,000
  • Gilberdyke Parish Council - £2,000
  • Goole Youth Action - £2,000
  • Hornsea Town Council - £2,000
  • Moorlands Community Charity - £2,000
  • New Life Support - £2,000
  • Stamford Bridge Sports Hall Association - £2,000
  • The Park, Kilnwick - £2,000

Where can I get further information?

For further information please contact Darron Lawer on:

Mobile: 07796 697940

Email: darron.lawer@eastriding.gov.uk

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