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Young people can see ideas take flight with Youth Opportunity Fund

13 September 2018

Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Councillor Kieran Heakin.

Our Youth Opportunity Fund is available to give young people across the borough the chance to apply for money to finance new activities.

The fund is for young people aged 8-19 who can now apply for funding up to £2000 for projects to 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 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 air transport hub.  

"I know there is a wealth of creativity out there in our young people, we see it in the work we do with them"

Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Councillor Kieran Heakin, said: "We really want to help kick start some of the wonderful ideas young people have. I know there is a wealth of creativity out there in our young people, we see it in the work we do with them. I would really encourage them all to apply to us. We are looking forward to receiving applications and funding a wide variety of projects".

Some of the funding ideas might be around sporting activities, Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions or holiday 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.

Applications will be judged by a panel made up of young people from the children's council, youth council and the youth service

As part of the fund, we 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 Thursday, 27 September 2018.

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