The Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson which is set to redevelop Croydon’s retail centre, is pleased to announce the final round of successful Youth Opportunity Grand Fund applicants for 2015.
A total of £4,000 has been awarded in the last round of funding for this year to the following recipients:
• Club Soda was awarded £2,000 to fund a music and arts project for young people from Croydon with learning disabilities, the programme will provide music lessons and opportunities to perform.
• Purley Youth Project has been awarded £1,500 to support its youth outreach and engagement programme for young people with health problems, learning difficulties and disabilities.
• Lives Not Knives received £500 that enabled the charity to purchase Raspberry Pi computers. The credit card-sized single-board computer allows people to learn programming in a fun and practical way and will enable the 8-18 year olds taking part in the LNKTech classes to learn coding.
The Croydon Partnership has awarded a total of £12,000 to nine charities and community groups across Croydon in 2015 through its Youth Opportunity Grant Fund.
The first round of funding for next year will open on 1st January 2016; all applicants from local community groups are encouraged to enter, including those from previous rounds. The deadline for submission is 21st March 2016 with the winner announced on 25th April 2016.
Steve Yewman, Westfield, said: “This is our final round of funding for 2015 and we’ve been delighted to support such a wide range of worthwhile projects and initiatives throughout the year. We look forward to continuing the funding programme in 2016.”
Carolyn Kenney, Hammerson, said: “Club Soda was chosen as the winning applicant in this round of funding because of the compelling nature of its dedicated work helping young people with learning disabilities through music and arts.”
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.