FENLANDER: Youth Council has �10,000 to give to Fenland youth groups

CALLING all young people: there’s a big pot of money available to help you fund your pet projects. And now’s the time to stake your claim.

For the past few years Fenland’s Youth District Council has allocated small grants totalling �10,000 per year to projects run by local youth groups or organisations working with young people. Last year these helped to finance many fantastic projects which have given young people across the district the opportunity to take part in sporting activities, dance, music, arts and day trips.

Examples of successful funding include:

• �1,000 to run street dancing sessions for youth clubs in Wisbech

• �700 to help showcase the young talent of Chatteris Amateur Boxing club

• �500 to buy a new cooker for a Scout and Guide group in Whittlesey

This year the YDC again has �10,000 to give away. Groups can apply for up to �1,000 for projects, activities or equipment which will benefit young people living in Fenland.

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All decisions on the grants are made by YDC members, who have relished the opportunity to make a big difference to the lives of their peers.

Councillor Steve Garratt, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for children and young people said: “This grant scheme is a terrific example of young people working positively to provide the sort of opportunities that their age group really wants. The grant money is handed out on a first come, first served basis and once it’s gone, it’s gone! So I urge any group that has a project in mind that needs some extra cash to get their application in as soon as possible.”

For more information about the YDC small grants scheme, visit www.fenland.gov.uk/youthroom, call Ross McGivern, FDC’s community development officer, 01354 654321 or email ydc@fenland.gov.uk

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