The Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson which is set to redevelop Croydon’s retail centre, is inviting local charities and community groups to apply to its Youth Opportunity Grant Fund for 2016.
As announced at the end of last year, bidding for the first round of funding opened on 1st January 2016, with £4,000 set to be shared between a handful of winning applicants. The deadline for submissions for this round is 21st March and winners will be announced at the end of April.
There will be two further opportunities later in the year to bid for a share of the £12,000 of grant funding available in 2016.
Steve Yewman, Westfield, said: “We’re really looking forward to continuing the funding programme this year. The calibre of entries we’ve had to date has been fantastic and we would really encourage local charities and community groups to apply to the Youth Opportunity Grant Fund, even if they have applied in previous rounds.”
Carolyn Kenney, Hammerson, said: “We supported some very worthwhile projects last year through the Youth Opportunity Grant Fund and we know there are other initiatives that will benefit from our support. We’re dedicated to working with young people in the borough through the grant process and we look forward to reviewing the applications from the first round. “
The Croydon Partnership awarded a total of £12,000 to nine charities and community groups across Croydon in 2015 through its Youth Opportunity Grant Fund. Those commended included awareness campaign groups, training and support for deprived young women, family support services, entrepreneurial workshops, music, art, fashion and youth theatre projects and health outreach programmes.
The fund was set up to support the employment prospects of young people across the borough. The Croydon Partnership invites 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, which forms part of the broader Croydon Partnership Community Plan.