United Reformed Church

Children & Youth work grants

Our small grants fund is one way that the Children’s and Youth Work Committee supports activities and experiences for children and youth as well as the training of existing and potential children and youth workers.

This year, to help churches resume or start up activities for children after the Covid 19 pandemic, a grant of either £50 or £100 is also available to support churches running holiday clubs.

 

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The Children’s and Youth Work Committee is there to support children and youth activities and the training of existing and potential children and youth workers. Grants can either be by way of supporting an individual’s attendance at an activity or to support a whole group’s activity (a group would consist of 3 or more people).

Grants can be made towards the cost of attendance, required materials and/or travel. The type of activities which might warrant support include:

a) Attendance at children’s or URC youth activity at local church, Synod or Assembly level;

b) Training events for existing or potential children and/or youth workers involved in either running or development of children and youth work activities within the United Reformed Church or ecumenically;

c) Participation in URC International exchanges, visits, etc or other activities for the development of the individual;

d) Children and youth groups holding their own events or attending events which will help children or young people grow in their Christian faith.

As the availability of money may not fund all requests, the Children’s and Youth Work Committee cannot guarantee that every request will be successful. Applications will be looked at more favourably if the applicant/group has done some fundraising and/or received some other funding towards the cost of the trip (ie from the local church, Synod, local community).

We would normally give up to 50% of the overall cost and up to:

  • £150 for an activity in the UK;
  • £200 for an activity in the European Region;
  • £500 for an activity in the rest of the world.

but it may be less than this depending on the overall costs and whether the award is for a group or an individual.

No more than £500 per person will be awarded to an individual for any one grant. The maximum total grant to any one group shall be £1000. Individual applications from members of the same group will be considered as a group application (e.g. a group of young people from one local church attending an event together).

You will see on the application form that we request a referee to support your application. Please allow sufficient time for us to contact your referee before your claim is considered. With this in mind, please apply at least six weeks and no less before the event. Please also note that the Children’s and Youth Work Committee will not award to the same person or group two years running. This means that priority would be given to a person or group that has not received before.

If you are successful, following your attendance at the event we request that you submit a report, which could be written and illustrated with photographs or PowerPoint presentation or in some other media, to the Children’s and Youth Work Office which may be published on the website.

Application forms

A note on completing the application forms

If you open these with Adobe Reader rather than in your web browser, you can fill them in, save them and email them back to us without needing to print, scan or post them.

To support churches in running holiday clubs, the Children’s and Youth Work committee offer a grant of either £50 or £100 towards the costs of resources, snacks, decorations, equipment etc. Those who receive a grant will be asked to report back with a story about their holiday club and, where possible, photographs which can be shared more widely to encourage others.

A note on completing the application form

If you open the form with Adobe Reader rather than in your web browser, you can fill them in, save it and email it back to us without needing to print, scan or post them.

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