Applications open fo £250,000 youth grant scheme

Cash is on offer to local groups to help support and create youth activities thanks to a new £250,000 Derbyshire County Council fund.

The Youth Action Grant scheme offers grants of up to £1,000 to benefit projects for young people aged 13 to 19 years, or up to 24 years if they have disabilities.

Charities, community and voluntary groups, social enterprises and not-for-profit groups are eligible to bid for the money.

Coun Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “We’re supporting local groups across the county to boost opportunities for young people.

“Changes we’ve made to our youth services have already seen us increase the number of activities available.

“Our new grant scheme will help support hundreds of new and established local groups and a wide variety of youth projects.”

Local groups will know best what their area needs but some ideas might be:

* Sports groups for young people, including netball, football, swimming, keep fit

* Media workshops such as DJ or VJ sessions

* Extending existing activities so they can be offered at evenings, weekends, school holidays or additional locations

* Music groups

* Promoting volunteering opportunities

* Drama groups

* Games clubs e.g. chess, computer

* Discos and social activities.

Applications for grants must be submitted by the last working day of the month, with the last date for bids for this round of grants being 31 October 2012.

For full details visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/yag or Call Derbyshire on 08456 058 058 or 01629 533190.