This project was set up in 2012 by Weston-super-Mare Lions Club and the Weston Mercury. Its mission is to provide financial support to organisations and individuals which promote activity in people under the age of 18. Last year 21 grants were awarded, from 58 applications. Grants ranged from £200 to £1,800. This year we are prepared to allow grants of up to £2,000.
We are pleased that, at this stage, we have funding promises from:
Weston-super-Mare Lions Club, the Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, The Grand Pier, Hobbs and Webb, Crosville Motor Services, McDonalds, the Howard Group, the Mead Group, Worle Century Club Trustees, Asquared Technologies, Weston College and Nightingales. We are hopeful that Weston Town Council will vote to support us again this year. We are also approaching other potential sponsors to increase the fund.
Our mission is to make a positive change to the lives of children and young people in this area. We need to ensure all the projects we fund help us to achieve this. Your application will be judged by a panel drawn from our sponsors. Please read these guidelines to ensure a grant from Go Kids Go! is appropriate for your needs.
We will only consider giving grants under the following terms and conditions:
- Your organisation and project must be based within postcodes BS22, 23, 24, 25 or 29.
- You must be a registered club, charity or other not-for-profit organisation, set up to encourage activity in children.
Applications fall under two categories:
(Theatre or drama groups, music groups, scouts and girl guiding groups, youth clubs, gardening clubs community clubs or other organisations which promote activity and social interaction in children.)
The deadline for applications is 9am on July 18, 2018.
Applications received after the closing date cannot, unfortunately, be considered
Our focus is firmly on children and young people. We will examine grant applications from organisations that encourage young people to get involved in sporting, cultural and community activities, where additional funds will improve the facilities for those taking part.
Examples of grants which have been successful are:
- New training equipment.
- Kit, tools, shirts, balls, bats etc.
- Playground equipment.
We will not consider grants for:
- Relief of statutory responsibility.
- Applications from local government (except school associated) or NHS bodies.
- The promotion of religion.
- Medical treatment/research.
- Bursaries, sponsored places, fees or equivalent.
- General appeals or endowment funds.
- Deficit funding or repayment of loans.
If some questions do not apply, put N/A (not applicable) but do not leave any section blank.
You can submit additional information with your application form, if you think it helpful.
The adjudicators’ decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into about their decision.
Please note that previous Go Kids Go! applicants are eligible to enter this year.
Step 1 – Before you apply
Our application process is very competitive so, to give yourselves the best possible chance, please read our guidance and eligibility rules above carefully. The more information you can give, the greater chance of success!
Step 2 – Complete your application form
Please include as much information as possible about your organisation, why it requires the grant, who the grant will benefit and what it will buy. If possible please provide a cost breakdown of equipment. A daytime telephone number and an email address which is checked daily must be supplied. Any applications without these details can not be considered.
Step 3 – Sending us your application
When you have completed the form, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver it to:
Go Kids Go!
The Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury
32 Waterloo Street
Step 4 – The Judging.
A panel of judges, drawn from the sponsors and other interested parties will review the applications on Thursday 19 July and decide on the worthiness of the application and, where appropriate the amount to be awarded.
Step 5 – Presentation of awards
An awards presentation will be take place at 11am on Sunday, July 29. It will be in the Lions Beer Festival Marquee, Beach Lawns, Weston-super-Mare. Please ensure your group is available to attend the presentation.
Finally – thank you
We appreciate that we have asked for a lot of information, but we owe it our benefactors and the people of Weston-super-Mare, who have entrusted us to spend their contributions wisely, to do all in our power to ensure we are acting properly. We are quite sure you would not have it any other way!
We thank you for your interest in Go Kids Go! and wish you the best of luck with your application.