Brighton and Hove City Council have announced that that community organisations working with young people within in the city are now able to apply for a share of £88,000 in additional funding.
The city’s youth-led grants programme has offered this extra funding to organisations working with people aged 11 – 19, or up to the age of 25 for those with special educational needs, with between £500 and £5000 available to for each organisation to apply for.
It has been decided that as it is young people who will reap the benefits of this funding, it should be young people who lead in the decision making of where the extra money should be allocated. In the lead up to the announcement of this funding, young people in Brighton and Hove were also asked what they believed were the main areas that needed extra attention within the city.
Together they concluded that additional youth support to improve mental health and reduce alcohol and substance misuse was of the upmost importance, with the provision of additional activities also being very important to young people in Brighton.
Josh Cliff, a member of the Youth Council and one of Brighton’s young people leading the funding programme, has spoken of the promise this funding holds: “this presents a genuine opportunity to improve youth services in the city.”
Councillor Daniel Chapman, Chair of the Children, Young People & Skills Committee has also commented on the exciting news of this extra funding: “The really great thing about this funding is that its allocation is being led by young people.
“They know the type of projects and activities that young people will respond best to, so it’s right that they are included in the decision process.”
The deadline for youth organisations to apply for extra funding is 12th September 2018, and applications must clearly outline how the money would be spent, and who it would benefit.
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