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Funding available for youth projects

21st June 2018

Voluntary and community organisations working with young people in Essex are encouraged to apply for funding to support their work.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available from the #iwill Fund for activities which give young people the opportunity to develop their character, build skills and engage them in the community.

Projects must benefit young people aged between 10 and 20, or up to 25 for disabled young people.

This funding programme is part of a national campaign by Big Lottery Fund, Step Up to Serve and the Government Office for Civil Society – with the goal of enabling more than 60% of 10-20 year-olds across the UK to participate in social action.

Essex Community Foundation, in conjunction with the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in Essex are acting as match-funders and awarding the grants locally.

Among the organisations to receive grants previously are Integration Support Services, who used their grant of £5,000 to launch a peer mentoring scheme in Harlow where 10 young volunteers, aged between 13 and 18, have been paired with young Asylum Seekers.

The group meet regularly to take part in a range of social activities including basketball tournaments, art sessions, field trips to the seaside, as well as having discussions on topics such as hate crime and bullying.

Mimoza Matoshi, Chief Executive of Integration Support Services, said: “The refugees and asylum seekers we work with have experienced lives unimaginable to most British people. Many of them have experienced trauma and have been forced to leave their homes.

“This peer-led project is an opportunity for young people who are relatively new to the area to meet with other young people, build on their language skills and make friends.”

Grants from the #iwill Fund can be awarded throughout the year and will support a wide range of projects, including, but not restricted to, skill training, anti-bullying, homelessness and to increase access to sports or the arts. 

If you are a local charity or voluntary organisation working with young people, call ECF now on 01245 356018.

To read the criteria, click here. There is also a seperate application form to complete.