Youths get a cash boost to become more engaged

By Farnham Herald in Community News

A FUND that bids to inspire Surrey’s young people to become more engaged with their communities is to get a huge cash boost.

The Community Foundation for Surrey in partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is increasing cash available to the Youth Social Action Fund, which is offering grants of up to £5,000 to groups working with people aged 10-20 (or 25 for those with disabilities).

It targets activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a contribution to their communities.

The PCC wil match funds distributed in Surrey by the Community Foundation on behalf of Big Lottery Fund and the Office for Civil Society, which are investing £2 million in England to fund groups delivering local youth social action opportunities.

PCC commissioner David Munro said: “I am delighted to see Surrey receive national funding to further this important cause. I hope these opportunities will equip those young people taking part with vital skills whilst reducing anti-social behaviour, exclusion and disadvantage.

“Encouraging young people to become more engaged with their communities has the potential to significantly benefit local people and places.”

Kate Peters, grants manager of the Community Foundation for Surrey, added: “We are delighted that the PCC is supporting the foundation, allowing us to award twice as much money across the county.

“Projects who have already benefited from this fund have shown great promise and we are looking forward to seeing

what this next round of applications brings.”

• Applications to the fund should be made at www.cfsurrey.org.uk by Friday, July 7. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application during August.

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