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New round of Youth Opportunity Fund opens for young people's bright ideas

25 June 2019

Young people with bikes.

Young people from across the borough can now apply for grants of up to £2000 from our Youth Opportunity Fund.

The fund is for young people aged 8 to 19 to fund projects that give young people somewhere to go, something to do or someone to talk to.

The fund was established after councillors suggested money from the Manchester Airport dividend should be invested in the borough's young people. The airport dividend comes from profits made by the airport and is split between all councils in Greater Manchester as they are part owners of the region's major air transport hub.  

'It's fantastic that we have this fund for them to apply in to and bring their ideas to life'

Cabinet member for Children's Services, Councillor Kieran Heakin, said: "We know there is a wealth or creativity out there in our young people, we see it in the work we do with them. It's fantastic that we have this fund for them to apply in to and bring their ideas to life. I would really encourage young people across the borough to apply. We are looking forward to receiving applications and funding a wide variety of projects."

Some funding ideas might be around sporting activities, Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions or summer activity programmes.

Applications need to demonstrate how their project will provide realistic, well thought out and achievable outcomes, which should help improve and support young people's mental health, resilience and wellbeing and provide additional activities for young people aged 8 to 19.

Previous rounds have seen gardening projects, summer holiday activities and residential trips funded for young people to enjoy.

As part of the fund the council will involve young people in the planning, delivery and evaluation process. Applications will be judged by a panel made up of young people from the children's council, youth council and the youth service who will be supported by our youth workers and finance staff. 

Applications to the fund are open till 5pm on Friday, 19 July 2019.