A £100,000 fund has been set up as part of the Wolves at Work 18-24 Youth Employment Programme in response to high levels of youth unemployment in the City. 
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The City Ideas Fund launched on 18 November 2021.

It is a fantastic opportunity for City employers, partners, voluntary organisations, community groups and individuals to bid for and put forward new innovative ideas that will support more young people into jobs or learning opportunities.

We are looking for dynamic, creative activities and projects.

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The pilot round launches on 18 November 2021 and will close on 17 December 2021. Applicants will be able to apply for grants from £500 up to £10,000. Depending on the volume of applications, successful applicants may be announced before December 17, so we advise you to apply as soon as you can.

 

Who can apply?

Anyone who is a resident or who has a business with premises in the City of Wolverhampton can apply. Please note that checks will be made during the application process to ensure that it is a legitimate application, and the applicant is a resident or City business.

How to apply

Applications can be made online with any device (including a mobile phone) using the application below. It is highly recommended that you read the questions on the application form, as well as the terms and conditions, the necessary documents and the privacy policy before you complete the form. This will give you the chance to draft your responses to the questions before you complete it. Please ensure you add your supporting documentation before submitting.

The online form can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please note: You will not be able to return to your application once it has been submitted. If you make a mistake or have missed anything you will need to complete it again and submit a new form.

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or above.
  • The Proposal must help reduce the Youth Unemployment within Wolverhampton.
  • The deadline for submitting the Proposal is midday on 17 December 2021 after which no submissions will be accepted.
  • Submitted Proposals will be judged by a panel of judges using the evaluation criteria in section 2 and only those that score highly will be awarded Funding.
  • The decision of the panel will be final.
  • The panel may award Funding of between £500 - £10,000 per Proposal, the Funding amount will be at the discretion of the Council and subject to the conditions in Section 3.
  • Proposals may feature in the media and this shall be co-ordinated by the Council.
  • The Applicant accepts that submission of a Proposal does not guarantee any Funding.
  • The Council may request additional information as appropriate to support any proposal. Unsuccessful entries will be notified by the Council within 21 working days after the deadline date on 17 December 2021 and their details will be kept by the Council for a period of 12 months. The Council may use these details to discuss further funding opportunities or development of the Proposal.
Whats the criteria

Impact (50%) – who will benefit from the idea, and how will it impact young people currently claiming in the city, what will it bring to the city and when will it be realised?

Potential sustainability (30%) – How sustainable is your idea and will it have a long-lasting impact on the area or the city as a whole? How will your idea support the up-skilling of young people to prepare for jobs of the future and sectors that the city are set to see growth?

Geographical area (10%) – Can the ideas create real change and within a short period of time? Which communities within the city will benefit from your idea? Does it have any impact on the wards with the highest rates of unemployment?

Financial value (10%) – Will your idea take into account value for money? How can it be proved?

FAQs
What is the City Ideas Fund?

The City Ideas Fund is a one-off payment, ranging from £500 to £10,000, for city employers and partners to submit bids to fund new ideas aimed at getting more young people into sustained employment, apprenticeships, education or training. We hope this will create opportunities for City employers, partners, voluntary organisations, community groups and individuals to have a voice, and propose creative and innovative ideas to support young people into jobs and learning opportunities.

How much can I bid for? 

This is a one-off payment for funds between £500 to £10,000. Within the application you will have to explain how much you are applying for, what it will be used for (include as much information as possible so that the selection panel can see the detail) and what impact your idea will have in supporting young people into jobs and learning opportunities.

When will I know if I have been successful? 

Applications have to undergo some initial assessments before undergoing a blind evaluation by an independent, impartial selection panel (made up of young people, city employers and partner organisations). This will take about two weeks, after the closing date, and you will hear the outcome of your application at the end of this process.

What do I do if I do not have a Unique Tax Reference, Charity Number or Company number? 

The application does give you an option to apply as an individual even if you do not have any of the above numbers. As part of your application, you will be asked to supply some form of identification (detailed below). This might include bank statements to verify that you are legitimately using the funds awarded to make your idea come to life and have an impact which will support Wolverhampton’s young people into jobs or learning opportunities, city wide or in specific areas of the city.

What do I do if I am not VAT registered? 

Please complete this VAT document and email it to cityideasfund@wolverhampton.gov.uk including your name and your idea so that it can be processed to ensure your idea is considered by the selection panel.

How will the money be paid if I am successful? 

The City Ideas Fund team will be in touch to take your bank details, if your idea has been judged by the selection panel, through a blind evaluation, to be successful.

At this stage final checks will be made, and if you have provided false information or fail the checks, you will be disqualified, and your idea will be rejected.

If you pass the checks, you will be notified via email, and the funds will be sent via a BACS transfer directly to your bank account within seven working days.

How many times can I apply? 

We are looking for innovative and create ideas to support Wolverhampton’s young people into jobs and learning opportunities. Any idea however big or small will be considered, but you must be able to show impact, potential sustainability, geographical area, and must show value for money has been considered, in your application. Therefore, if you have more than one idea that meets the judging criteria please submit an application for each new idea.

What do you mean by Geographical area? 

We are looking for innovative and creative ideas that will have an impact on targeted areas within the City of Wolverhampton, especially areas with high levels of youth unemployment. To help you with your application there are a number of data sets available on the City of Wolverhampton’s WVInsight website.

What happens once I have been paid the funds? 

You will be asked to provide an update within the timescale you have specified, to show that the impact you have identified has been measured and achieved. A review will take place by the Youth Employment Support Team to ensure that you have spent the funds awarded in the way you have outlined in your application, that it has benefited the geographical area you have specified, and you have supported young people into jobs and learning opportunities.

Could the amount I receive be taken back at any point? 

Yes. If you are found to have received the money through fraudulent methods and have broken the terms and conditions of the City Ideas Fund, you will be required to repay the grant. If you cannot prove when your claim is reviewed that you have used the funds in ways you have outlined in your application, you will be required to repay the grant.

What happens if I am unsuccessful? 

Please do not be disappointed if you are unsuccessful, your idea may need something else to make it come to life. If this is the case, we will keep your details on file for 12 months and may be in touch to discuss your idea further. It could be that we are able to broker a conversation between you and some of our partner organisations to help in some other way to help your idea come to life.

Contact details for City Ideas Fund 

If you have any further questions, which have not been answered above, please speak to our assessment team using the following contact details.

The FAQs page will be reviewed and updated regularly with any questions that arise during the application process, not already included above.

Terms & Conditions

Definitions

  • Applicant: A person, company or a group of individuals who either live or are based in Wolverhampton
  • Funding: a one-off grant payment of £500-£10,000.
  • Proposal: is the idea put forward by the Applicant to reduce Youth Unemployment within the area of Wolverhampton.
  • Youth Unemployment: Anyone aged 18-24 in the city that are claiming benefits and are not in employment, education or training.

By submitting a Proposal to the City Ideas Fund, the Applicant is confirming that they have agreed to these Terms and Conditions.

Section 1 – Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or above.
  • The Proposal must help reduce the Youth Unemployment within Wolverhampton.
  • The deadline for submitting the Proposal is midday on 17 December 2021 after which no submissions will be accepted.
  • Submitted Proposals will be judged by a panel of judges using the evaluation criteria in section 2 and only those that score highly will be awarded Funding.
  • The decision of the panel will be final.
  • The panel may award Funding of between £500 - £10,000 per Proposal, the Funding amount will be at the discretion of the Council and subject to the conditions in Section 3.
  • Proposals may feature in the media and this shall be co-ordinated by the Council.
  • The Applicant accepts that submission of a Proposal does not guarantee any Funding.
  • The Council may request additional information as appropriate to support any proposal. Unsuccessful entries will be notified by the Council within 21 working days after the deadline date on 17 December 2021 and their details will be kept by the Council for a period of 12 months. The Council may use these details to discuss further funding opportunities or development of the Proposal.

Section 2 - Judging Criteria:

  • Impact (50%) – who will benefit from the idea, and how will it impact young people currently claiming in the city, what will it bring to the city and when will it be realised?
  • Potential sustainability (30%) – How sustainable is your idea and will it have a long-lasting impact on the area or the city as a whole? How will your idea support the up-skilling of young people to prepare for jobs of the future and sectors that the city are set to see growth?
  • Geographical area (10%) – Can the ideas create real change and within a short period of time? Which communities within the city will benefit from your idea? Does it have any impact on the wards with the highest rates of unemployment?
  • Financial value (10%) – Will your idea take into account value for money? How can it be proved?

Section 3 – Conditions of Funding for Successful Proposals

  • The Council will verify the identity of the Applicant to ensure that it meets the terms and conditions in Section 1.
  • Funding will be paid to a Bank Account within 7 working days of notification.
  • The Funding must only be used for the delivery of the Proposal and not for any personal or business needs.
  • The Council is entitled to request any reasonable changes to the Proposal to further reduce Youth Unemployment.
  • The Council will request updates, information and conduct reviews of the Proposal, the Applicant will be required to comply with these requests.
  • Failing to spend the Funding within the timeframe outlined in the application may result in the Council reclaiming the remaining Funding. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Council consider any extension, the decision of the Council is final.
  • Failing to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the Council reclaiming all or part of the Funding, in addition to any other action deemed necessary.
Managing the risk of fraud

You may be subject to prosecution and made to pay back funds received if deliberate false information is given and is found to be a fraudulent manipulation of information to access the Fund.


Application Form

The Council has a legal duty to protect your personal information in line with the Data Protection Act 2018 and UK GDPR. For more information about the data you submit as part of this application please see the City Ideas Fund privacy notice in the Downloads section.

Your details

Name

Customer name
Title

Your address

Your address

Contact details

Contact details

Are you applying on behalf of an organisation or as an individual?

Are you applying on behalf of an organisation or as an individual?


Organisation Details


Address

Organisation address

Is this your correspondence address?
Correspondence address

Have you got one of the following:
We need at least one of these to ensure you are a registered organisation.

Is the business in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking off notice?

Individual Information

Have you completed suitable training to deliver the project?
Have you completed suitable training to deliver the project?

Have you delivered similar projects?
Have you delivered similar projects?

Will you require assistance to deliver the project?
Will you require assistance to deliver the project?

Are you self-employed?
Are you self-employed?

Are you affiliated to a professional body?
Are you affiliated to a professional body?
Please list the professional body/bodies

Are you affiliated to a community or Volunteer group?
Are you affiliated to a community or Volunteer group?
Please list the community or Volunteer group?

What support/resources have you got to support your idea

What support will be required?
If you are buying in outside agencies to deliver elements of the project please stipulate the activities they will be delivering and give details of how they meet the requirements of safeguarding / suitably qualified and DBS registered.

Please state other qualifications you hold to carry out the activities being delivered.

Proof of identity



Your Idea


Where will your idea be delivered or where in the City of Wolverhampton will this benefit?

Let us know if this will be city wide or specific areas within the city.

Tell us the overview of your idea

Please tell us how much you are seeking to secure from your application?
(between £500 and £10,000)

Provide a breakdown of how the funds will be used, and the source of any further funding which may be required to realise the project.

Tell us about the community this idea focuses on

We are looking to support areas within the City of Wolverhampton to engage young people (specifically 18–24-year-olds) into jobs or learning opportunities. Specifically areas with high unemployment rates.

How do you know your idea will have an impact?

Please provide us with some detail around how you will measure the impact of your idea. How are you proposing impact will be measured?

What is the potential for sustainability?

Tell us about how your idea could be replicated or continued for a longer period of time.

How do you think you will capture value for money?

If you are seeking values above £1,000, please tell us how you will try and get value for money for your idea.

How long will it take for your idea to become reality?

How long will it take for your idea to become reality?


How will you know your idea has been a success?

Tell us how you will know that your idea has gone well. What will the success stories be and how will you be able to show that this has supported Wolverhampton’s Young People into sustained employment, apprenticeships, education or training.

Are there any barriers that could potentially be an issue with your idea?

Tell us if you can see any potential risks.

Please also tell us if you have already carried out any work to explore your idea further.

Tell us if you can you see any potential risks.

Tell us how your idea is innovative

Terms and Conditions

Definitions

  • Applicant: A person, company or a group of individuals who either live or are based in Wolverhampton
  • Funding: a one-off grant payment of £500-£10,000.
  • Proposal: is the idea put forward by the Applicant to reduce Youth Unemployment within the area of Wolverhampton.
  • Youth Unemployment: Anyone aged 18-24 in the city that are claiming benefits and are not in employment, education or training.

By submitting a Proposal to the City Ideas Fund, the Applicant is confirming that they have agreed to these Terms and Conditions.

Section 1 – Entry Criteria

  • Applicants must be aged 18 or above.
  • The Proposal must help reduce the Youth Unemployment within Wolverhampton.
  • The deadline for submitting the Proposal is midday on 17 December 2021 after which no submissions will be accepted.
  • Submitted Proposals will be judged by a panel of judges using the evaluation criteria in section 2 and only those that score highly will be awarded Funding.
  • The decision of the panel will be final.
  • The panel may award Funding of between £500 - £10,000 per Proposal, the Funding amount will be at the discretion of the Council and subject to the conditions in Section 3.
  • Proposals may feature in the media and this shall be co-ordinated by the Council.
  • The Applicant accepts that submission of a Proposal does not guarantee any Funding.
  • The Council may request additional information as appropriate to support any proposal. Unsuccessful entries will be notified by the Council within 21 working days after the deadline date on 17 December 2021 and their details will be kept by the Council for a period of 12 months. The Council may use these details to discuss further funding opportunities or development of the Proposal.

Section 2 - Judging Criteria

  • Impact (50%) – who will benefit from the idea, and how will it impact young people currently claiming in the city, what will it bring to the city and when will it be realised?
  • Potential sustainability (30%) – How sustainable is your idea and will it have a long-lasting impact on the area or the city as a whole? How will your idea support the up-skilling of young people to prepare for jobs of the future and sectors that the city are set to see growth?
  • Geographical area (10%) – Can the ideas create real change and within a short period of time? Which communities within the city will benefit from your idea? Does it have any impact on the wards with the highest rates of unemployment?
  • Financial value (10%) – Will your idea take into account value for money? How can it be proved?

Section 3 – Conditions of Funding for Successful Proposals

  • The Council will verify the identity of the Applicant to ensure that it meets the terms and conditions in Section 1.
  • Funding will be paid to a Bank Account within 7 working days of notification.
  • The Funding must only be used for the delivery of the Proposal and not for any personal or business needs.
  • The Council is entitled to request any reasonable changes to the Proposal to further reduce Youth Unemployment.
  • The Council will request updates, information and conduct reviews of the Proposal, the Applicant will be required to comply with these requests.
  • Failing to spend the Funding within the timeframe outlined in the application may result in the Council reclaiming the remaining Funding. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Council consider any extension, the decision of the Council is final.
  • Failing to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the Council reclaiming all or part of the Funding, in addition to any other action deemed necessary. 

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