Groups organising activities for young people in Southwark can get grants of up to £60,000 after the council launched a funding scheme worth £1m in total.
Activities might be sports and adventure play, arts and wellbeing workshops or anything that help young people develop and “lead positive lives”. Grants range from £20,000 at the lower end to £60,000, split evenly over two years. Funding comes from Southwark Council’s Positive Futures Fund, which first started in 2019.
Cllr Jasmine Ali, deputy leader and cabinet member for children, young people and education, said: “If like us, you’re passionate about supporting young people and have an activity you think would help them meet their ambitions and potential – we want to hear from you!
“After more than a year of multiple lockdowns and missed opportunities, we’re looking to invest in a whole host of youth activities all geared towards helping our young people lead positive lives now and in the future. Through our Youth New Deal, we’re working hard to make sure there’s a wealth of things to do in Southwark outside of school and work that will help our young people truly flourish.”
Potential applicants can join Q&A sessions and should submit an expression of interest by the end of September 17. The next stage is a ‘Dragons Den’-style presentation, followed by a longer application form. You can still apply if you already have a council grant.
All proposals will be reviewed by a board that includes members of Southwark’s newly elected Youth Parliament.
For more information visit Southwark’s Positive Futures Fund page.