DCMS Your Best Friend Fund – for groups supporting girls and young women – large grants deadline 18 February 2022, small grants rolling deadline

Article date
8 December 2021
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Your Best Friend Fund are distributing £300,000 in grants to organisations and groups based in England and Wales to create their own ideas and projects that support Your Best Friend’s aims.

Who is eligible to apply?

They welcome applications from groups and organisations that include:

  • Schools (pastoral teams, peer mentors, feminist societies, sports and drama teams etc)
  • Colleges and universities (student union, societies, sports and drama clubs, pastoral teams etc)
  • Community-based social and health services (inc sexual health, pregnancy and young mums’ support)
  • Charities and community groups (national, regional and/or local) Religious groups
  • Youth clubs, groups and societies (inc activism, sports, drama, music, Scouts and Guides, adventure, craft, support groups etc)
What are the funding priorities?

All they ask is that your idea or project must:

  • increase understanding about healthy, unhealthy and toxic relationships
  • give people the knowledge and confidence to know how to keep their friends safe
  • they’re interested in all good ideas to help you keep yourself and your friends safe
How much can groups and organisations apply for?
  • They expect to give 30-40 small grants of £1,000 – £10,000
  • and 6-8 large grants between £10,000 and £25,000
  • You can only apply for one grant at a time.
What can you use the funding for?
  • You can apply for a grant to use the tools and resources Your Best Friend creates in your own community, or to develop ideas and activities of your own.
  • Your idea or project should focus on girls, young women and non-binary people aged 13-24. They are particularly interested in getting these tools and resources to those who might not find the help they need easily and need it in a language, or style, or place where they feel safe.
  • You can use the grant to pay for staff, for professional help (like a graphic designer), to hire a venue, pay for printing etc.
  • They will ask you to provide a very simple budget.
Deadline for applications
  • The fund is open for Applications since 24 November 2021,
  • If you are applying for a large grant (£10k – £25k), the first deadline is 18 February 2022.
  • If you are applying for a small grant, (£1k – £10k) this is a rolling programme, you can apply at any time.
What is the current schedule for applications?

The current schedule for applications is:

  • Small grants first panel: 24 January 2022
  • Large grants deadline: Friday 18 February
  • The week of 7 March: large and small grants panel
  • The week of 25 April: small grants panel
  • Second deadline: 20 May 2022
  • The week of 6 June: small and large and grants panel.
  • The week of 18 July: small grants panel.
How to apply and how the application will be assessed
  • You can print your application and email it to them at yourbestfriend@safelives.org.uk or post it to: FAO: Your Best Friend Fund administrator/SafeLives, Suite 2a,Whitefriars, Lewins Mead, Bristol BS1 2NT
  • If you want to apply online for a small grant use the SG-Link
  • If you want to apply online for a large grant use the LG-Link
  • If you want to apply through a paper document in English/Welsh, you can download the documents from Your Best Friend website.
  • Or, if you’d like to record the main section in a video that’s absolutely fine – just upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and send them a link to it.
Once you submit your application
  • If you are applying for a small grant (rolling programme),  your application will be assessed at the next available panel meeting.
  • Decisions will be made by 3 Grant Panels which are predominantly young people and will be based in the South of England, the North of England and in Wales.
  • They aim to give you a decision between 4-6 weeks after receiving your application.
Further information and funding guidance
  • If you require more information or have any further questions before applying, please email them yourbestfriend@safelives.org.uk
  • The guidance notes in English/Welsh and how apply for both small and large grants are here.
Support for your group from RVA

If you would like support with understanding how to complete an application for funding, and procedures that are needed to support your application, please get in touch with Herjeet Randhawa, RVA Advice Service Manager at herjeet.randhawa@rva.org.uk or telephone 0118 937 2273 for free and independent support and advice.