Manchester Holiday Buzz Playscheme Fund 2019–2020

The purpose of the Playscheme Fund is to complement the all year round play offer in Manchester. The funding aims to enable open access play activities, primarily over the Summer 2019 and Easter 2020 holidays, with a particular focus on; addressing gaps in provision, increasing the numbers of disabled children accessing universal play services, ensuring access to healthy food and increasing children’s opportunities to play outdoors. It is envisaged that this will be done through the delivery of play activities by the Voluntary and Community Sector in Manchester.

Grant objectives
Grant applications must demonstrate how they will meet at least one of the following objectives:
Objective 1: To increase the number of play activities over holiday periods, in priority areas of the city where there is a need for provision (see below, section 3).
Objective 2: To increase the numbers of disabled children accessing play services.
Objective 3: To increase access to high quality outdoor play opportunities, with particular focus on increasing play opportunities in parks, streets and open spaces and ensuring access to healthy food.

Grant applicants are asked to demonstrate how their activities will help to achieve outcomes for children and young people:
• Safe
• Happy
• Healthy

Priority wards
Young Manchester are interested in applications from all wards. Priority wards have been highlighted based on free school meal eligibility data and to complement the year round play offer. The priority wards are:
Higher Blackley
Clayton and Openshaw
Old Moat
Gorton and Abbey Hey

Funding is available for the delivery of open access holiday playschemes for children and young people aged 5 – 14 years

For voluntary and community sector organisations working with children and young people. Young Manchester welcome applications from education providers partnering with the VCSE sector.

Bids are invited for between £1,000 to a maximum of £10,000

Funding is for holiday playschemes in Summer 2019 and Easter 2020, the funding is to be used by Friday 17 April 2020.

For further information and to apply, visit:, or contact 0161 631 2881, or email:

Deadline: Friday 14 June 2019, 5pm

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