Teachers, employers and support

 Raising Aspirations 3 

Raising Aspirations 3 Fund 

West Yorkshire Combined Authority are pleased to announce a third round of Raising Aspirations funding for schools and colleges. 

Schools can apply for funding between £5,000 to £20,000, to design and implement a sustainable project to be delivered in the 2023/24 academic year. The project should be aimed at Year 9, 10 and 12 students from underrepresented / disadvantaged groups of your choosing. The aim of the project is to provide information, inspiration and encouragement to the students, who, due to covid restrictions, missed some key transition points in their education.  

Estimates show that West Yorkshire has the potential to create over 40,000 good, new and high skilled jobs in the green economy by 2030.  We need to ensure our young people are fully informed and ready for these opportunities. Therefore, your Raising Aspirations 3 project must have a Green Skills focus. 

The project will provide support to achieve good careers education and strengthen engagement with employers or engagement with young role models working in Green Skilled Careers. This will help to strengthen the work schools undertake when working towards achieving Gatsby Benchmarks 2, 4, 5 and 6. 


Applications will be assessed by an appraisal panel after 31 March deadline, providing they meet eligibility criteria. 

Date / timescale Activity
Monday 30 January 2023  Call for applications open 
Monday 20 February 2023  Briefing support sessions
Friday 31 March 2023  Deadline for applications 
W/C 3 April – 28 April 2023 

Appraisal panel meetings 

Recommendations to be made by the panel to Combined Authority Officers who will sign off spending for approved applications. 

2 May – 12 May 2023 

Application outcome 

All schools to be notified of the outcome of their application no later than 12 May 2023. Successful applicants will be issued with a Grant Offer Letter. 

30 June 2023

Grant offer letters returned 

Deadline for schools to return their signed Grant offer letters 

Delivery could commence from July 2023 to end July 2024 (any point within this).  

Second call 

Should all the funding not be allocated within the first round then the Combined Authority reserve the right to open a second call. Timescales for this call would be reviewed during and following the first call but may provisionally allow for: 

Timescale Activity
May 2023  Second call opens if funding remains 
June 2023 

Deadline for second call 

Appraisal panel meets 

July 2023  Notification to all applicants and grant offer letter issued to successful projects.