Community Play: Better Play Grants

The 2015/18 round of Community Play (Better Play Grants) support organisations that can help address the priorities outlined in York Taking Pay Forward policy for play.  There is £87,000 available in the pot for projects small and large projects over a one to three year period.

In this round we are working along side other projects that support for children and young peoples initiatives in the city including, Shine and Yor-Part.  This is to ensure we are have a wide range of opportunities for children and young people across York.

To qualify for funding, applicants are required to be a constituted voluntary or community organisation with policies and operating procedures in place, appropriate for working with children and young people.  Services will be also be required to register their organisation on the YorOK Service Directory.

Please not that this funding is for revenue projects and can not be used for capital works.

If you have project that you would like to talk through in more detail before applying – please contact

Better Play Grants 2015/18

Thanks to all those that applied for a Better Play Grants. Following a rigorous short-listing process the following organisations we awarded funding for their projects.






Name of Organisation

About the project

Funded Year 1

Funded Year 2

Funded Year 3


To hold 15 half day events and a 5 day play schemes on environmental play across the city.




The Wonder Years

Staff training to introduce new activities into the club.




York Down Syndrome Support Group

To provide support to the parents - learning about play strategies and techniques that will bolster speech and language skills.





To offer disabled children and young people a variety of quality play and recreational opportunities in Easter and Summer school holiday periods from 2015 to ending March 2018.




Door 84

To extend current provision by raising the capacity of currents session and attract new young people to attend; host 3 large community events and develop the roles of staff and volunteers within the organisation




The Island

To employ a Playworker to introduce playwork principles and practices into current youth session run by the Island.




Chapelfields OOSC

To provide free and subsidised session to families experiencing disadvantage through defined criteria ( to be reviewed after yr 1 to inform allocation for years 2 & 3)










Projects over £5k were formally approved at a decision session of the Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People on Friday, 27th March, 2015 9.30 – to read more please see the documents for this meeting.

As the funding was not allocated for all 3 years, we will run future funding rounds in January of 2016 and 2017, to allocate the remaining amount. Bids that are over £5k will again seek  approval of the Cabinet Member.


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