Go Higher West Yorkshire Grants


Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) is working with Leeds Community Foundation to provide funding to communities as part of a larger programme which aims to increase the number of young people progressing into Higher Education from areas where progression rates are currently low, particularly when GCSE attainment is taken into account i.e. young people who do well academically or vocationally in their GCSEs but don’t progress into Higher Education.

GHWY is a consortium of 12 Higher Education partners (colleges and universities) who aim to raise awareness and understanding of Higher Education and help facilitate access to and preparation for studying. GHWY is currently delivering the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) in 27 ward areas, across West Yorkshire. GHWY is working with Leeds Community Foundation to make £100,000 available to community groups to help more young people aged 13-19 progress into Higher Education from areas where rates of progression are currently low.

Go Higher West Yorkshire Grants will offer grants of between £1,000 and £15,000 to community organisations working in the defined 27 ward areas to develop and deliver their own activity to support young people to make informed choices around Higher Education, and empower parents, carers, other family members or key influencers to support young people in doing this.

Grants will aim to be awarded w/c 6th August 2018 and all funded activity must take place before the end of December 2018. Successful applicants will be required to return all monitoring documentation within one month of activity completing or by 7th January 2019.


 Funded activity must primarily support local people located within the following 27 specified wards:

ArmleyCastleford WhitwoodKeighley SouthSouth Elmsall
BeestonCity and HolbeckKnottingleySouth Kirkby
BramleyFeatherstoneOvendenWakefield Central
BurmantoftsHarehillsRichmond HillWortley
Castleford Ferry FrystonHemsworthSeacroftWyke
Castleford GlasshoughtonHunsletShipley East

To double check your activity area is taking place in a required postcode you can use GHWY online postcode checker located: www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/postcode-search/

Guidelines and Criteria

A full breakdown of the programme criteria is available in the Grants Criteria Flyer. Please ensure you read this carefully before applying.

Activity needs to be aimed towards young people aged 13-19, their parents, carers, family members or key influencers working directly with young people or with families. The proposed activity should support the following areas:

  • Activity which enables young people to make informed choices about their next steps in education
  • Activity with parents/carers, other family members and key influencers to help them better support their young people to do this
  • Activity which: develops confidence and resilience, attainment raising, opportunities within the world of work; and one to one support e.g. mentoring/tutoring

 Projects must directly address the following outcomes and develop young people’s…

  • Awareness and knowledge of the benefits of Higher Education
  • Capacity to navigate the Higher Education sector and make informed choices
  • Confidence and resilience building activity
  • Study skills and developing capacity for academic attainment
  • Understanding by contextualising subject knowledge

Available Grants

 Applicants can apply for small or large grants. A full list of examples can be found in the Grants Criteria Flyer.

Please note the below examples are not definitive and we look forward to hearing your own ideas.

Small Grants: £1,000 – £2,500

  • Workshop with inspirational speaker or artist to inspire young people.
  • Photography, arts, story led or other projects about opportunities and challenges in your local area that affect young person or parents and carers.
  • Series of progression nights, either dealing with what is already available in your local area and how to access this or how to support your young person in understanding the information that is already out there.

 Large Grants: £5,000 – £15,000

  • Run a confidence building residential for your young people (or a family residential) to develop confidence, self-belief and build resilience, helping young people stay on track and manage the challenge of their educational choices.
  • Provide a period of intensive tutoring and/or mentoring around attainment and progression.



Priority Activity Themes 

There are five key priority areas that funding will support. Examples of the types of activities is included in the Grants Criteria Flyer. 

  1. Develop young people’s knowledge and awareness of the benefits of Higher Education
  2. Activity to develop young people’s, parents and carers capacity to navigate the Higher Education sector and make informed choices
  3. Activity to develop young people’s, parents and carers confidence and resilience to negotiate the challenge of university/ Higher Education life
  4. Activity to Develop  young people’s, parents and carers  study skills and capacity for academic attainment
  5. Develop young people’s understanding by contextualising subject knowledge i.e. subject related group using  sports, arts as a mechanism


The deadline for the receipt of all applications is noon on Thursday 28th June 2018. We aim to inform successful applicants during w/c 6th August 2018. Monies need to be spent before 31st December 2018.

How to Apply 

If you are interested in making an application to this programme, please read the full Grants Criteria Flyer before you start. If you have any questions, please contact our friendly Grants Team on grants@leedscf.org.uk or 0113 242 2426.

There are two separate applications forms depending on what level of grant you are applying for. Please select that application form that is relevant to you: