Helping young people achieve
At least one young person, in every postcode area in the borough of Telford & Wrekin, has received financial support from the Young People’s Grant Scheme since 2017.
Already, almost £33,000 has been awarded to a total of 124 children and young people, helping them continue to achieve their aspirations and goals.
The Young Person’s Grant Scheme, created by Telford & Wrekin Council, is funded through voluntary reductions in cabinet member allowances.
When Labour took over the authority in 2011, 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.
Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council Councillor Shaun Davies said: “Young people in Telford & Wrekin are so determined and passionate about what they do.
“Not only do they achieve very high standards of performance in sport and education, but many have overcome huge challenges in their lives. We think this determination and spirit should be rewarded and encouraged.
“The high standard and range of applications has been excellent and shows educational, cultural and sporting excellence as well as commitment of individuals and their families.”
Shortlisting for the current round of the Young People’s Grant Scheme has just been completed. From 43 applications, 39 grants have been awarded, totaling £11,840 in areas including sport, performing arts and education, training and employment.
This round has also included a combination of funding from the Telford 50 legacy fund.
Successful applicants will be contacted over the next week, with invitations issued to the prestigious awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 13 where Councillor Shaun Davies along with other cabinet members, hopes to meet and congratulate some of the borough’s most ambitious residents and their supporters.
Applicants who are unsuccessful, or missed the deadline, can find a list of other bursaries available here or apply again in the next round.
To keep up to date with information about grants and alternative sources of funding available through the Council, register here or visit www.telford.gov.uk/youthfunding