Thursday, 16 January 2014

Extra Funding Boost For Projects Aimed At Young People

Youth councillors in South Cambridgeshire are calling on communities to bid for grants to deliver projects aimed at improving the lives of young people.

At a portfolio holder’s meeting of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Leader today (Thursday 16 January), Cllr Ray Manning agreed a plan that will see the Council’s youth councillors consider all applications for project funding targeted at people aged up to 18 years old.

At the meeting Cllr Manning also agreed to increase the amount communities can bid for under the Council’s community chest grant scheme. The new £1,500 limit, which has been increased from £1,000, will mean communities can make more substantial purchases and deliver bigger projects.

Funding through the Community Chest grant scheme is available to voluntary and community sector groups, charities, parish councils and public sector bodies who are looking to further improve quality of life in South Cambridgeshire.

So far this financial year £22,000 has already been awarded for projects through the Community Chest scheme and funding is still available.

For further details about the Community Chest grant scheme visit www.scambs.gov.uk/content/community-chest-grants-201314 or contact Joseph Minutolo on joseph.minutolo@scambs.gov.uk or 01954 713359.

South Cambridgeshire District Council has also launched a new online grant grabber which helps groups locate avenues of funding from the Council and beyond. This can be found by visiting www.scambs.gov.uk/grant-search-service.

Cllr Ray Manning, Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “Who better to promote, advise on, and help award grants aimed young people in the district than our very own youth councillors. They have first hand knowledge about what works well in their area and I hope their input will see the number of applications and projects aimed at under 18s increase.

“By increasing the financial support available under the Community Chest scheme to a maximum of £1,500 for each successful application we also think this will give groups a better chance to make a real difference in there are and leave a lasting legacy.”

Isabella Marshall, Chair of South Cambridgeshire District Youth Council, said: “The youth council has helped give young people a voice on the issues that affect them most and it is really good news we are now going to be at the heart of grant applications too. As well as assessing the applications we are very willing to provide advice to any community group embarking on a project aimed at helping young people.”

To find out more and contact the Youth Council visit www.facebook.com/SCYouthCouncil