Young People's Grant Scheme Launches today for 2018 (April 17)

£1,000 council funding available for borough’s talented young people

Young People's Grant Scheme Launches today for 2018 (April 17)

Telford & Wrekin Council Leader Shaun Davies caught up with young BMX champ Archie Smallman, a year after he applied for the council’s Young People’s Grant scheme which launches for 2018 today.

The bursary allowed Archie to train with World BMX Champion Kelvin Batey, have one-to-one sessions to enhance his skills, consider lighter parts for his bike and purchase costly new body armour - essential for track safety.

Now in its second year, the scheme offers up to £1,000 per successful applicant and is targeted at helping children and young people living in the borough, who have overcome challenging circumstances to achieve their aspirations or have been identified as gifted and talented in areas such as performing arts, education and training, sport and employment. 

The scheme is funded by savings from reductions to Cabinet allowances. In 2011, when Labour took over the authority, the council’s Cabinet chose to forgo ten per cent of its special responsibility allowance, helping to create a bursary fund for 2018 of £12,000. 

Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “Our borough is full of dedicated and hardworking young people with strong support networks around them. As a Council we believe it is important to help these young people achieve their dreams and build on the 32 ambitious applicants from last year. 

“Applications came from a very broad range of specialisms, from sport, music and arts, to education, training and dance and came from across the borough – from Dawley to High Ercall, from Longden on Tern to Stirchley.” For full details of successful applicants click here

Further information is available here and the scheme is open to all children and young people up to the age of 25, residents in Telford & Wrekin, have been identified as gifted, talented, excellent or exceptional by their teacher, professional worker or mentor in education, training, employment, sport, arts, culture, dance or music.

Any applicants who are unsuccessful, or miss the application deadline of Thursday, 31 May 5pm, 2018 can find a list of other bursaries available on our website.

Successful applications will be notified by July 31, 2018. Children and young people who do not live in the borough of Telford & Wrekin will not be eligible, and private organisations and groups are not able to apply.

A funding panel will consider all applications received and will then make the decisions for the awards. The successful applicants will then be informed in writing and the money sent to them at the start of the next academic year.

Those interested in applying can fill in the online form, alternatively call 01952 380320 for further information.