Young People’s
Holiday Respite Fund

Local grant fund for Young People experiencing hardship in North East Lincolnshire’s most disadvantages areas

The Fund aims to reduce hardship by providing activities that help young people (aged 8 and 18 years) benefit from rest and relaxation whilst experiencing a short break.

Voluntary or community organisations in North East Lincolnshire or young people or their carers can apply. Groups can apply for up to £2500 and individuals up to £500.

The initial two funding rounds have closed but there is now a third funding round closing 30th April 2019

This new scheme has been funded by a dormant trust formerly known as the Riby Square Resource Centre Holiday Fund and is now being administered by Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire (VANEL) as a charity with the same charitable objectives and a track record in grant management.

Two funding rounds took place before the end of March 2018 but a third round has now been added (closing April 2019) and it is possible that if additional resources can be added to the fund it will allow for further rounds later into 2019.

Read on for further details of the eligibility requirements and application process.

Apply now. Next closing date 30th April 2019

How it works

This grant scheme accepts applications from voluntary and community organisations with charitable objectives in North East Lincolnshire. They need to clearly demonstrate how their holiday proposal contributes to the fund’s aim of reducing hardship and providing activities that help young people (aged between 8 and 18 years) benefit from rest and relaxation whilst experiencing the short break.

The fund also accepts applications from or on behalf of individual young people with parent/carer consent provided. As with small group applications it must be clearly demonstrated that all required enhanced DBS checks, safeguarding training and other child protection measures have been taken. A final report on activities completed and monies spent will need to be submitted after the holiday.

Eligibility Criteria

Applications from groups need to be able to show that they are a charitable organisation by sharing their constitution and their latest set of audited or independently examined annual accounts.

Application Process

Bidding rounds launch dates for 2017/18 will be: 1st November 2018; 1st February 2019,  1st April 2019

Application form deadlines for 2017/18 will be: 30th November 2018; 28th February 2019, 30th April 2019

Panel dates: 6th December 2018; 7th March 2019, tbc

The results will be announced on: 10th December 2018; 11th March 2019, tbc

Successful applicants will receive an offer letter with information about the fund’s terms and conditions; activity monitoring and expenditure reports.

Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified in writing.

Grant Conditions including Monitoring and Reporting

As soon as a signed copy of the offer letter has been returned by the applicant the total grant amount will be awarded and sent to the named contact person for groups. The holiday will be paid for directly for applications received from individual young people.

Once the holiday has been completed the final reports will need to be submitted within 14 days.

Panel Members

VANEL Trustees will form the Young People’s Holiday Respite Fund decision-making panel with scrutiny provided by the North East Lincolnshire Council’s Finance Portfolio Holder.

Make your application

Download the application form here.

Return the application to Richard Wendel-Jones at VANEL as below.

If you have any questions before you submit your application please feel free to discuss them with Richard or Paula Grant at VANEL.
01472 361043
VANEL, 23 Bargate, Grimsby, DN34 4SS


More about the fund

Speaking about the new Young People’s Holiday Respite Fund, North East Lincolnshire Council Finance Portfolio Holder, Cllr David Watson said: “This is a fund that some of our most disadvantaged young people could really benefit from.  Supporting young people in our borough and enabling them to overcome some of the challenges that they face is one of our priorities, so I’m pleased we can offer this opportunity.”

Keep an eye on the VANEL blog (, our weekly e-bulletin ( or Twitter (@vaneltalk) for regular news and updates from the fund.