Youth groups can bid for cash

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COMMUNITY groups working with young people in Lancashire can apply for a share of funding that will help them to run a wide range of activities.

Groups can apply for a grant of up to £4,000, out of £111,000 available, using the Young People’s Service’s new online registration form for voluntary youth groups across the county.

Activities can include:

l Places to go and things to do and someone to talk to

l Information advice and guidance

l Opportunities for volunteering, leadership and active citizenship

l Alternatives to formal education.

Applications are welcome from community groups that offer services for young people between 13 and 19, or up to age 25 for groups working with young people with learning difficulties or disabilities.

Panels of young people in each district have been trained and supported to consider all the applications for funding. Their recommendations are passed to the Cabinet Member for Young People, County Councillor Mark Perks, who is responsible for deciding which applications for funding are approved.

Groups registered with Lancashire’s Young People’s Service can apply for any amount up to £4,000 in one financial year. Any group applying for more than £2,000 must clearly demonstrate how they have identified the need for the project in the area and how young people’s learning will be developed and recognised.

Groups considering making an application should register with the county council’s Young People’s Service online at www.lancashire.gov.uk/yps and click on the voluntary youth group’s link. Registration is open throughout the year.

County Councillor Perks said: “This is an excellent and hugely popular initiative. Last year, we awarded grants to 109 groups and 36 individual young people who were doing a wide range of activities”

The next three deadlines for community groups to apply for funding are June 25th, July 16th and October 23rd.