Westfield and Hammerson’s Youth Opportunity Grant Fund continues to support local charities and community groups
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 round of successful applicants for the Youth Opportunity Grant Fund 2016.
Bidding for the first round of funding opened on 1st January 2016, with £4,000 awarded across the following successful applicants:
• Croydon Citizens were awarded funding towards their First Step Croydon programme, a study to build a youth employability project connecting employers, schools and colleges in Croydon.
• My Outspace received funding to develop an online platform that will encourage young people to engage with community projects in their area.
• Lives Not Knives has been awarded funding for 3D printing equipment that will be used in their popular LNKTech workshops for young people in Croydon.
The second round of funding is now open; all applicants from local community groups are encouraged to enter, including those from previous rounds. The deadline for submission is 25th July 2016 with the winners being announced in August 2016.
Steve Yewman, Development Director, Westfield, said: “We supported some fantastic local charities and community groups in 2015, through the Youth Opportunity Grant Fund, and we look forward to continuing our support of young people in the borough through the fund this year.”
Carolyn Kenney, Development Director, Hammerson, said: “Croydon Citizens was chosen for its First Step Croydon initiative, a programme directly connecting young people in the borough with employers. We’ve also looked to continue our support of charities such as Lives Not Knives to enable their ongoing work with young people from Croydon.”
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.
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Notes to Editors:
Further background on the Youth Opportunity Grant Fund
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 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:
• Online at www.thecroydonpartnership.com/community
• By email on request to firstname.lastname@example.org
• By post via the Croydon Partnership Community Team (c/o Ahzaz Chowdhury)
Unit 35, Centrale, Keeley Road, Croydon CR0 1TF
Further background on the Croydon Partnership’s Community Plan
In June 2014 the Croydon Partnership launched its Community Plan; a rolling programme of community initiatives focusing on youth engagement and local enterprise. The plan encompasses the provision of training and education, a grants and bursaries programme, local sponsorships and additional in-kind support and assistance to the wider Croydon community.
The Community Plan demonstrates the Croydon Partnership’s commitment to long term investment in Croydon and the continuing regeneration of the area. The Croydon Partnership will be working closely with local businesses, community groups, Croydon Council and the Mayor of London.
All of these activities are over and above the Croydon Partnership’s investment in the physical development of the retail centre alongside the s106 commitments associated with the outline planning permission which received cross party support.
About Croydon Partnership’s plans for Croydon
The Croydon Partnership’s £1.4bn scheme will transform Croydon’s town centre into a 1.5m ft² state-of-the-art retail, leisure and restaurant destination, together with new public realm, creating 5,000 new jobs, new car parking and between 400 and 1,000 new residential units including affordable housing. This will provide the kick start to Croydon’s much needed regeneration, attracting new residents and visitors back to the town centre for the benefit of all local businesses, whilst delivering a safe destination for families.
The Croydon Partnership can be followed on Twitter at @croydonpartners. You can also visit the website www.thecroydonpartnership.com