Youth Opportunity Grant Fund announces first three grant recipients

Youth Opportunity Grant Fund announces first three grant recipients

  • Date :
    20 January 2015

The Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson which is set to redevelop Croydon’s retail centre, is pleased to announce the first three successful local community groups to be awarded a total of £3,500 through its Youth Opportunity Grant Fund. RISE Media was the winning applicant, with the Network for Teaching Young Entrepreneurs and the Bensham Manor Community Association receiving runners-up awards.

Launched by the Croydon Partnership in September 2014, the Youth Opportunity Grant Fund was set up to support the employment prospects of young people across the borough. The Croydon Partnership invited local community groups and charities which work with young people to apply for a grant from the total of £12,000 per annum it has committed to the scheme.

The Croydon Partnership is also pleased to announce the second application period is now open and that the deadline for receipt of applications is 23rd March 2015.

  • RISE Media, which produces a quarterly youth magazine called Limelight, was awarded the winning grant, receiving a £2,000 grant. The magazine is written and designed by young people, including teenage job seekers, those from low-income families and ex-offenders, to help them develop as versatile young people and as the kind of all-rounders that employers need. The grant will help fund publication of the magazine in 2015. RISE Media also won the Croydon Advertiser’s Heart of the Community Award last September and the proceeds of both awards mean that the next edition of the magazine is now fully funded. (
  • The Network for Teaching Young Entrepreneurs which provides support for young entrepreneurs was awarded a £1,000 grant. The donation will provide an opportunity for four young women from Thornton Heath who won the NYTE Summer Entrepreneurial School contest held in Croydon last July to attend the Global Young Entrepreneurs Recognition Event in New York this March. The young women, who are from under privileged backgrounds, won the initial competition with their ‘cook my dinner’ app business idea and have subsequently represented the UK in the European Young Entrepreneurs competition. (
  • The Bensham Manor Community Association was also awarded a £500 grant, which will go towards funding a 12-week programme of maths and ICT classes for 20 students in the Queensgate Housing Estate over the Summer of 2015.

Steve Yewman, Westfield, said: “Youth engagement and local enterprise is the core focus of our Community Plan, and these three organisations are shining examples of the excellent work being undertaken to support young people across the borough.”

Carolyn Kenney, Hammerson, said: “The Partnership is committed to supporting local independent charities and community groups at grass roots level, and we look forward to hearing from further organisations in the next round of funding.”

Further information on the applying for the second round of funding:

A total of £12,000 per annum has been allocated to the Youth Opportunity Grant Fund, and the second application period is now open, the deadline for receipt of applications is 23rd March 2015.

The criteria for submission focuses on organisations developing the employability of 12 to 18 year olds, and includes; improving skills, the provision of training and equipment, activities which develop positive attitudes towards work, and projects which provide practical experience of the workplace.

Applications are invited from: registered charities / CIOs (Charitable Incorporated Organisations / CICs (Community Interest Companies) / companies limited by guarantee or community / voluntary sector groups with a constitution (or set of rules).

Application forms are available:

The Youth Opportunity Grant Fund forms part of the Croydon Partnership’s Community Plan, which was launched in June 2014. The plan sets out a comprehensive programme of community support, with a focus on youth engagement and local enterprise. There are three components to the programme, which commits the Partnership to become “Partners in the Town“, “Partners in Business” and “Partners in the Community”, which is where the Youth Opportunity Grant Scheme sits.

The Croydon Partnership Community Plan has been established to help ensure that the town, its residents, local businesses and grass roots community organisations will benefit both immediately and over the long terms from the redevelopment. It comprises a series of direct investments into community projects over the course of the development, as well as in-kind donations and support on an ongoing basis for various community groups. The Croydon Partnership has already committed to around £545,000 worth of cash and in-kind support until the end of 2015.

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