Guidance notes

Please note this round of funding is now closed to applications.


The Opportunity Fund is administered by Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow and is funded by the Scottish Government.

Projects must meet the criteria below to be considered for funding.

The project must relate to the Developing the Young Workforce agenda with a focus on:

  • Engaging schools and colleges with industry
  • Creating an industry-ready workforce through training
  • Growing youth employment opportunities

The project must evidence impact on one or more of the following equalities groups

  • Disability (physical and learning)
  • Black minority and ethnic groups
  • Care experienced
  • Gender (addressing an imbalance)
  • Social mobility

1. Who is eligible to apply for the Opportunity Fund?
The fund is available to any registered organisation, charity, business or school. Projects are required to be delivered within the Glasgow City Council boundary area (for the benefit of Glasgow citizens).

The lead person applying for the fund must be over 18 years of age and be employed within the organisation.

We are unable to accept applications from individuals.

2. Is there a limit to the number of applications per organisation?
We will only accept one application per organisation.

3. What are the minimum and maximum funding levels?
The minimum fund level is £100 and the maximum fund level is £4000. Only in exceptional circumstances will a higher fund be considered.

4. Can we include appendices to the application?
No. On this occasion, further information will not be considered as part of the application unless relevant to an existing project - please see 4.1 below.

All applicants should complete all sections of the application form.

4.1. Can the fund be used to continue existing projects?
The fund can be used to continue existing projects that have proven outcomes and impact - evidence of impact to date should be included.

5. Can the fund be used for recruitment of staff?
Yes, the fund can be used to cover the cost of staff.

6. How long will the Opportunity Fund be open to applications?
The fund is open between 1 July - 15 August 2017.

7. When is the deadline for submission?
The deadline for submissions is 5.00pm on Tuesday 15 August 2017. Applications received after the closing time will not be considered.

8. How will the applications be assessed?
Applications will be assessed by a panel and via an online vote on the DYW Glasgow website, with the ultimate decision being made by a panel.

9. When will we hear if we are successful?
Applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted by 25 August 2017.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified if their proposal was successful by 13 September 2017.

10. What are the timescales for project delivery?
Projects must be concluded with a final written report to DYW Glasgow by the end of February 2018 - failure to deliver within this timescale may result in a reduced final payment.

11. How will the projects be evaluated?
Successful applicants are expected to monitor/evaluate the impact of the project in two phases:

-  An interim update at the halfway point in the project providing information on:

  • How plans have progressed so far
  • Achievements to date
  • Status of the project using a red/amber/green system

-  A final evaluation, providing details on

  • Impact
  • Outcomes and output
  • Learning
  • Ongoing future activity as a result

Reporting timelines will be determined by the timeframe of the project.

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