Apply now for youth grant

Published: Monday 22nd October 12

Applications are now being accepted for the latest round of Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) grants.

The Wandsworth Youth Opportunity Fund is a £130,000 pot given to Youth Opportunity Fundyoung people to fund community projects, or to spruce up premises used by youth groups.

A panel of specially-trained youngsters listen to presentations by applicants and then decide who should get the cash. After grants have been awarded they go and inspect projects to monitor how the money has been spent.

Successful projects funded by the scheme have included making a film about deaf awareness to help people communicate with deaf young people, sending members of Devas Youth Club on a lifeguard course, setting up a boxing academy, and sending local representatives to the Young Carers Festival.

Earlier this year a makeover of the garden at the council's Training Resource Centre in Alma Road was partly funded by the fund.

Applicants should apply as a group, and will need an adult sponsor. Successful project will receive up to £5,000 and will be expected to

  • Genuinely come from young people
  • Include a range of young people, particularly those who are marginalized or disadvantaged
  • Help young people achieve something positive
  • Have appropriate costs

The next deadline for applications is November 30. Email, call Antonia on (020) 8871 8530 or download an application form.

There are a range of ways that the borough's young people can get involved in their community and influence local policy, including the Wandsworth Youth Council and the Police Youth Think Tank. Read more at

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