Pots of Gold

Here 2 Help awards programme

Contact details:
Help Yourselves, Save the Children, 5th floor, Halfords Lane, Smethwick, West Midlands B66 1BB.

What is it?
A programme of small grants designed to inspire young people in Britain to develop local projects to improve their communities and to speak out on issues that affect them.

Who runs it?
Funded by British Gas, the scheme is run by the Help Yourselves initiative set up by Save the Children. Applications are assessed by a panel made up of Save the Children staff from England, Scotland and Wales.

How much money does it give away?
Over the next three years the project will provide 300 grants of up to £1,000 each.

How big is each grant?
Up to £1,000.

Who or what is the money intended for?
Help Yourselves aims to support projects that focus on young people’s right to be healthy in the community, have access to play and leisure facilities, and be safe.

What kind of projects are eligible?
Projects must be running between January and May 2006. Eligible projects include those that:

  • Promote sexual and mental health.
  • Address drug and solvent abuse.
  • Help children and young people develop skills through play and leisure.
  • Help give children and young people a voice in their communities.
  • Combat bullying, racism and isolation.
  • Promote safe places for children and young people to meet.
      Who can apply?
      Any project that supports young people aged 18 or under. Applications may be made either by children and young people linked to an adult-led group or by any organisation that works with young people or wants to involve them in their work. Statutory bodies may apply but awards will only be granted to projects that have no other sources of funding.

      How do I apply?
      Application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded from:

      When should I apply?
      Applications for the first round must be in by 7 October 2005. The second round will take place in early December 2005.

      How long does the process take?
      Successful applicants from the first round will be informed by the end of November 2005.

      How will our project be monitored?
      Projects will be monitored by Save the Children. Details of each project will be published on the Help Yourselves website.
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