£500 grants for young people are now open!

Returning for the seventh year, Telford & Wrekin Council has launched the ‘The Leader and Cabinet Members’ Young Person Grant 2023’, supporting young borough residents aged 15-25 to take the next steps in their career.

£500 grants for young people are now open!

The grant of up to £500 is available for young people who are seeking support to help get them into education, employment or training. Additionally, the grant is also available to young people who need support overcoming a hardship of any kind to help them strive towards a better future.

To be eligible for the grant, the young person must live in Telford and Wrekin - or be a child in care or care leaver living outside of the borough - aged 15-25. They must showcase how the funding could successfully help them overcome barriers, including those that are currently preventing them from accessing education, employment or training. It is also available to those seeking to start up their own business and need an initial investment.

Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council Cllr Shaun Davies (Lab) said, “I’m thrilled that we are once again offering this grant to young people across the borough. It’s a fantastic opportunity to support people in their education, employment and training and give back to our local community.

“Over the last six years, the grant scheme has supported 369 young people with a total of £79,697 and made a huge difference to their lives. Every cycle we meet so many enthusiastic and intelligent young people who showcase their passions. We’re on their side and want them to achieve their dreams.

 “It’s a real privilege to be a helping hand for young people and to see how a relatively small amount of money can make such a big impact.”

Cllr Shirley Reynolds Cabinet Member for Children, Young People, and Families (Lab) said, “All of our young people deserve the chance to pursue their dream careers and the Young Person Grant can make that possible.

“We invite all eligible candidates to apply and look forward to hearing about what they want to achieve going forward – whether to overcome a hardship, start up a business or enrol in education to help them on their journey to success.

“So, to not miss the deadline, we encourage entrants to submit their applications early. We look forward to reading them!” 

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on January 5th 2023.

For more information or to submit an application visit www.telford.gov.uk/ypg