General, Surrey County Council, Young people

Thousands of pounds up for grabs for Surrey youngsters

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Groups in Surrey could benefit from a cash pot of £220,000 under a county council grants programme designed to help young people.

The annual Youth Small Grants programme is designed to support small, voluntary, faith and community organisations to deliver more quality youth work, help youngsters not in education, employment or training, and to keep young people safe from crime and anti-social behaviour. Last year around 130 bids received grants ranging from £500 to £5,000.

Helyn Clack, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “From skateboarding and angling to coaching and camping, the Youth Small Grants programme gives young people in the county the chance to do activities that might otherwise be too expensive.

“Last year’s 130 or so grants benefitted a range of groups, from scouts to youngsters improving their job prospects through skills training, and we hope to have even more applications this year.”

To apply, visit the Surrey County Council website’s Youth Small Grants page and download an application form at the foot of the page. All completed 2013-14 applications must be emailed to youthsmallgrants@surreyyouthfocus.org.uk by 31 December 2013.

NOTES TO EDITORS

To be eligible for a grant, the application must:

  • Enable direct work with Surrey youngsters aged 10-19
  • Come from a voluntary, community or faith organisation with a turnover of less than £100,000
  • Not be from an organisation with an existing contract with the county council’s service for young people
  • Not be used for capital projects, such as repairs or new rooms

The total amount available depends on how many young people aged 10-19 there are in each district within Surrey. The deciding committee may award partial grants in some cases.

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