Lottery grants available for youth projects

YOUNG people in Angus are being helped to become more confident, healthier and connected to their communities through a new fund set up by the Big Lottery Fund.

Aimed at voluntary and charitable organisations, the Young Start fund will also help to prepare youngsters for the world of work and if they intend to start their own business.

Around £8.9 million nationally will be invested by March next year with the fund dispensing grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for up to two years.

The fund is open to community groups, social enterprises, housing associations, sports organisations and co-operatives. Grants are available for projects including using local artists in a creative arts project, getting young people involved in sport through the use of local sports facilities and work tasters with local employers.

Application forms and guidance materials are available online at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/youngstartfund. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time.

Groups can keep in touch with the latest Young Start news at www.facebook.org.uk/youngstartfund or follow Young Start at www.twitter.com/youngstartfund.

Further information about a broad range of funding opportunities is available from Angus Council’s external funding team on 01307 473222 or on the council’s website at www.angus.gov.uk/externalfunding.