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Young Mayor’s Fund opens for bids

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Young people in Croydon are being given the chance to bid for funding to make their projects helping other young people in the borough a reality.

The Croydon Young Mayor’s Fund offers up to £2,000 to groups of young people who live or go to school, college or work in the borough.

Croydon Young Mayor William Awomoyi, his deputy Shea Williams and youth cabinet members will sit on a Dragons’ Den-style panel to receive the funding bids.

The panel will then decide whether to allocate a grant from the £20,000 Young Mayor’s Fund.

William Awomoyi, who was elected as Croydon’s first Young Mayor in March, said: “I believe young people in Croydon have potential, they have talent and they have great ideas.

“If you believe your plan could make a difference to young people in our borough, then stake your claim – my panel and I look forward to hearing your pitch.”

Groups of young people aged eight to 18 or those with an adult sponsor and access to a business bank account, company or community organisation are welcome to apply.

For more information or to request an application form email youngmayor@croydon.gov.uk

Completed forms must be returned to the same email address by no later than midnight on Friday 24 February 2019.

Selected applicants will then be invited to pitch their idea to the Young Mayor on the week starting Thursday 7 March.

For any questions call the youth engagement team on 07436031163 or email: youngmayor@croydon.gov.uk. Follow Young Croydon on social media for up-to-date news, information and project announcements:

  • Twitter: @young_croydon
  • Instagram: Young_Croydon

The fund is not for young people to set up a business, support for-profit organisations, solely benefit project applicants, staff and management costs or projects in schools reasonably expected to be funded by the school independently such as a sports or cultural day or an end of year awards or celebration.

There will be another opportunity to bid for funding later in the year.

“The first round of grants from the Young Mayor’s Fund helped some fantastic projects including an anti-knife crime video in by children in New Addington and a project by Lighthouse Educational Society.

“We will do everything we can to support the borough’s young people to achieve their potential.” Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning

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