Voluntary and community organisations working with young people in Harlow are set to benefit from grants totalling £160,000 over the next two years.
Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available from The Youth Social Action Fund for a wide range of activities which seek to engage young people in their community and increase their learning and understanding of local issues.
Supported projects may address topics which include, but are not restricted to, social inclusion, employment, disability, bullying and homelessness or increase access to sports and the arts. All projects must, however, benefit young people aged between 10 and 20 or up to 25 for disabled young people.
Big Lottery Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill fund. Essex Community Foundation (ECF), in conjunction with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Essex (OPCC) are acting as match-funders and are awarding grants locally on behalf of the #iwill fund.
Paul Hill, Head of Grants and Programmes at ECF said, “We are delighted to be a part of this nationwide programme which aims to engage young people in learning about their local community, improve their understanding of local issues and help them to interact with people of different ages and cultures.
“We are grateful to the OPCC for providing match funding for this programme in Harlow. We know there are many voluntary organisations working with young people in this area and we would encourage them to contact us as soon as possible to discuss grant funding.”
Jane Gardner, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex said “Engaging young people to become proud contributors to their local community is vital. We look forward to working with ECF to ensure this funding makes a difference to the lives of young people living in Harlow.”
For more information and application criteria visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk or call ECF’s grants team on 01245 356018. Applications will be accepted throughout the year and the first grants will be awarded in April 2017.