Citizenship grant for young people

Citizenship grant for young Scots


 


Simon Cattle


21.02.05


 


 


Young people are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £100 for a citizenship project in their community.


 


The Young People’s Innovation Fund is part of a scheme to support groups of young volunteers to take action in their communities and to link with ‘Citizenship and Community month’ in October 2005.


 


2005 has been designated the Year of the Volunteer, a year-long celebration of the work volunteers do and a call to action to get more and more of the public volunteering. Community Service Volunteers (CSV), Volunteering England, the Home Office and the Scottish Executive are working with a number of voluntary sector organisations to create a year of volunteering opportunities.


 


Under the new grant scheme groups of five or more young people up to the age of 18 based in a school, youth group, faith group or community organisation can apply.


 


CSV’s director of education Peter Hayes said: ‘Young people can make tremendous contribution to their community and have a fun time too.’


 


Last week at the ‘Gathering of the Networks’ of Scotland’s voluntary sector it was revealed that Scots are giving more time and money to charity – with almost half of all adults doing some voluntary work.


 


Applications are available from www.csvcommunitypartners.org.uk  or by calling 020 7643 1435.


Deadline for applications is March 24 and successful groups will be notified by April 4.