Young people’s grants scheme open for bids

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Could your group or project use funding to make a difference to the lives of young people in your community? If so why not submit a bid and let the young people of the area decide where the cash should be spent.

The latest round of North Ayrshire Council’s young people’s participatory budgeting scheme is open for submissions, offering the chance to secure grants of up to £1,000 per project.

Applications can be sent in by individuals, clubs or groups and parent councils and should fit with at least one of the following themes: health and well-being, poverty and inequality or participation and young people’s voice

The closing date for submissions is at noon on Sunday, October 13,and application packs are available online fromwww.young.scot/napb, by emailing youthpb@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or by calling 01294 324749.

A total of £60,000 is available to share between all of the six North Ayrshire localities, including Arran, £10,000 of which will focus on young people’s mental health and well-being.

Even if you’re not bidding for funds, you can play an important role by voting for the projects that you believe will best use the funding.

Voting is open to all eight to 25-year-olds who live in North Ayrshire and will be officially opened at North Ayrshire Youth Conference on Friday, November 1, with the vote going live on the Young Scot website on Friday, November 8. Voting will close on Friday, November 22.

Access to the online voting platform will be through your Young Scot National Entitlement Card – or you can obtain a temporary number to vote by emailing youthpb@north-ayrshire.gov.uk.

To find out more about North Ayrshire Council’s Participatory Budgeting schemes, visit www.northayrshire.community/get-involved/participatory-budgeting-in-north-ayrshire.