Bids open for funding cash pot

APPLICATIONS for the next round of grant funding for activities and clubs for youngsters are now open.

A cash pot was set up in August to give charities, community and voluntary groups, social enterprises and not-for-profit groups the chance to bid for a share of Derbyshire County Council’s (DCC) £250,000 Youth Action Grant scheme.

The scheme offers up to £1,000 for projects for young people aged between 13 and 19, or up to 24 if they have learning disabilities. So far, 27 groups have successfully bid for £22,830 cash to support new projects or extend existing ones.

The grant scheme was introduced as part of changes made to youth services, to improve them and make it easier for all young people to access activities, particularly in the evenings, weekends and school holidays.

Cllr Barry Lewis, DCC cabinet member for young people, said: “Our Youth Action Grants are helping support local groups and schemes so they can make a real difference to the lives of young people across Derbyshire.”

Visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/yag or Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058 or 01629 533190 for more information. Closing date: December 31.