Small Grants Programme 2020-21

Rebuilding The Future Together

The Small Grants Programme has been set up to allow young people from Education Authority Youth Service (EA-YS) registered groups to apply for grants for projects in order to Support the Growth Of Young People Through The Pandemic. Following the impact of Covid 19, the programme this year is focused on young people rebuilding their future together.

What is the Small Grants Programme?

The Small Grants Programme 2020-21 will enable young people to apply for funding to support young people in their communities to:

Applications should show how they have been able to contribute to one or more of these aims.

The Programme is open to groups of young people aged 4 through to 25 years. A group applying should be made up of no less than 3 young people, with the application being filled in by those young people in the group.

A group can apply for a grant of between £300 and £2,000 & Funding applications will remain open until 15th January 2021.

Applications for grants are assessed and moderated by other young people on the Small Grants panel, to strengthen the participation of young people as decision makers within the local and wider community.

The Small Grants Programme is about young people taking part in projects which have been planned by young people for young people. 

Further information can be found in the Guidance Document and Application Form which are listed below along with videos instructing young people how to apply.

There are also 2 examples of how to complete the data sections of the form.

Support sessions will be available via Zoom to help support young people with developing their programmes and their applications. Youth leaders may also attend in their support role.

To register your interest for a Zoom support session please email  

These can be arranged for your group only (minimum of 3 young people in attendance) or you can join with other leaders and youth groups. Please inform us of your preference when making your request.

Help and support can also be given by emailing your questions or project ideas to, where staff will be happy to answer your queries.

The panel of young people who will assess the submitted applications are made up of young people from different areas throughout Northern Ireland (including the Derry & Strabane, Newry, Newtownabbey and Belfast).  The panel will receive training and support to enable them to both plan and distribute funding as well as visit and monitor projects. 

A number of projects will be selected to receive monitoring visits.  The Panel members will make contact with the applicants to discuss how this will take place following Covid 19 guidance.

Young people will have the opportunity to join the small grants panel in January 2021 to plan the future scheme for next year.

Application Documentation