A new fund has been created to help young people living within a 20 mile radius of Stoke on Trent break down barriers and follow their dreams in a sport, hobby or pursuit. The Youth Endeavour Fund has grants of up to £500 available, per person, for those aged 14-25, for items including equipment, clothing, travel costs, educational trips and volunteering costs. Applications are now open until 20th September 2017.
Young people try new activities on a more regular basis than adults and can be restricted to engaging with a narrow range of pursuits due to costs. The Youth Endeavour Fund has no prescriptive list for what activities are included, and what is involved, but the fund advisors are more than happy to receive applications that detail the barriers faced as young people and how the financial help can help them overcome participation challenges. In previous years the Fund has donated to individuals across various projects including paying for travel to Kenya to help build a local school, specialist sports equipment for an Olympic hopeful and professional media equipment for a Performing Arts student.
Steve Adams, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation For Staffordshire who are managing the awards said: “Every year many young people have to give up on the next stage of their hopes and dreams because of a few small obstacles that they just can’t overcome. Often this is for the sake of a small amount of money. The Youth Endeavour Fund is here to help. It could be that someone has seen a new sport on the TV and wants to have a go but the nearest facility requires special transportation. Or they could be pursuing an activity and wish to make it to the next grade, but can’t afford the extra equipment. A small amount of money can make a huge difference and can be life-changing.”
He continued: “The grants are available to people aged 14-25 resident within 20 miles radius of Stoke on Trent. So that will include all of the Potteries, Stafford, Rugeley, Leek, western Shropshire including Market Drayton, East Cheshire including Nantwich and Crewe and Macclesfield and western Derbyshire towards Buxton and Ashbourne. The awards are now open and close on 20th September 2017 and we’d like to invite people to apply and awards will be made on merit and on a set of criteria. If you want more information call us now on 01785 339540 or visit www.staffsfoundation.org.uk”
The Community Foundation is a team of professional local community fund and grant managers based in Stafford. Non-profit making, they create and administer benevolent funds and grant giving schemes for philanthropists, business, central Government and local authorities who want to create a lasting local legacy. They give away over £1m every year to Staffordshire voluntary organisations and charities, from their own funds, plus they manage the local distribution of Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief money.
For more information please contact Julian Fisher, Townhouse Communications on 07970 715809.