Youth Opportunity Grant Fund Second Round Winners

Youth Opportunity Grant Fund Second Round Winners

  • Date :
    27 April 2015

The Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson which is set to redevelop Croydon’s retail centre, is pleased to announce that the third round of its Youth Opportunity Grant Fund will open on 1st May 2015 and is inviting applications from local community groups. Applicants from the previous rounds are also welcome to reapply. The deadline for submission is 31st July 2015.

The latest round of funding attracted significant interest from a diverse range of applicants. Amongst a number of promising submissions, the Partnership was particularly impressed with The Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation, awarding them the top funding prize. Other notable submissions included Lives Not Knives, The Family Centre and the Network for Teaching Young Entrepreneurs, which all received runners-up awards. The latest successful applicants were awarded a total of £4,000 from the Croydon Partnership’s Youth Opportunity Grant Fund.

  • Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation, received £2,000. The group organises workshops with schools, community and youth groups to help young people across the borough to participate and contribute in the creation of theatre productions.
  • The Network for Teaching Young Entrepreneurs, which provides support for young entrepreneurs was awarded £1,000. The group, which was also awarded funding in the first round, will run a five day programme for 40-45 students from local schools.
  • Lives Not Knives, the awareness campaign founded to prevent pre-teens from carrying a knife, has been awarded £600. The funding will kick start a dedicated programme with the ultimate aim of encouraging and supporting young people into employability by developing Tech skills.
  • The Family Centre, a small organisation offering family support services, has been awarded £400 to support mentoring courses for men and young fathers to help them gain skills to get back into employment.

Launched by the Croydon Partnership in September 2014, the Youth Opportunity Grand 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.

Commenting on the latest round of awards, Steve Yewman, Westfield, said: “The work undertaken by the Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation clearly demonstrates the positive impact performing arts can have on young people. The organisation is an excellent example of a group that is truly dedicated to engaging with young people in order to significantly improve their overall prospects and, while there were many worthwhile entries, we were delighted to Award them the winning funding package from this round of our Youth Opportunity Grant Fund.”

Carolyn Kenney, Hammerson, said: “The groups that have been awarded funding each play a vital role in supporting young people in Croydon. They undertake grass roots work that targets a variety of interests, making sure the Community Plan reaches as many young people as possible.”

RISE Media, The Network for Teaching Young Entrepreneurs and The Bensham Manor Community Association were the first successful local community groups announced in January 2015.

Notes to Editors:

  • Croydon Youth Theatre Organisation - The support work the theatre organisation undertakes will help young people discover the various cultural worlds outside their everyday lives and broaden their perspectives.
  • The Network for Teaching Young Entrepreneurs - The five day programme for 40-45 students from local schools is designed to help community cohesion and teaching entrepreneurship by enhancing employment skills. Further background teaching will also be provided, covering aspects of business, general business skills and the local employment network.
  • Lives Not Knives – The awareness campaign founded in 2007 by Eliza Ribeiro at the age of 14 is organising a series of workshops that will teach coding, how to create apps, Raspberry Pi’s, and graphics all under the cardboard theme. The programme will educate on the uses of cardboard and how it can be recycled, Google cardboard goggles will be given as prizes for the best projects and young people will have the opportunity to make their own recycled cardboard projects.
  • The Family Centre - The grant will support their ongoing work, with men and young fathers, including exploring a variety of employment opportunities, qualification and training in finance, budgeting and self-employment options.

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

A total of £12,000 per annum has been allocated to the Youth Opportunity Grant Fund, and the second application period will open on 1st May 2015 and the deadline for receipt of applications is 31st July 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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