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Big Deal NI


*All of the Big Deal Programmes are now closed - No new applications will be accepted*

The Big Deal programme was all about encouraging children and young people aged 0 to 25 to get involved in making decisions that affected them and their friends and others in youth groups, schools, families and communities across Northern Ireland.

The Big Deal was a £4 million initiative funded through the Big Lottery Fund under its Northern Ireland Young People’s Fund programme.The programme ran from 2006 - 2010. 

£3 million was invested in The Big Deal 0-10, 11-16 and 17-25 Strategic Programmes.

£1 million was available through the Small Grants Programme for individuals and groups of children and young people to apply to.

The Big Deal involved different agencies working with children and young people:

Youthnet (lead partner and responsible for small grants programme)

PlayBoard (0-10 delivery partner Play Quest programme)

Northern Ireland Youth Forum (delivery partner) supported by the Education & Library   Boards (11-16 and 17-25 Strategic Programmes) 

Youth Council for Northern Ireland (strategy and co-ordination partner).

This site gathers together resources and information from the 3 strategic programmes and the small grants programme. Use the links on the left to find out more.

The Education and Training Inspectorate carried out an inspection of the Programme in 2010

Participation and The Big Deal, (Sam McCready, UU, 2011) is a critical analysis of The Big Deal Programme which offers a personal perspective on the potential legacy and how it can be included in future youth work programmes.