Apply for �5,000 from Hackney Council fund for youth events

Hackney’s young people can apply for up to �5,000 to plan, promote and put on events and activities for their peers through a Youth Opportunity Fund.

From comedy jams to musical collectives, the government fund supported many youth-led projects over the past three years, but funding came to an end this March.

But Hackney Council’s Youth Services have set aside �200,000 to continue the programme for another year, as a core element of the soon-to-be-launched Young Hackney service.

The council believes the activities teach the 11-19 year olds skills that will are invaluable in later life, from writing successful applications, to creating effective teams and managing a sizeable budget.

Projects last year included an International Women’s Day event run by the Young Women’s Group, the formation of a Steel Pan Orchestra at Young Hackney Stoke Newington Centre, and a special event to celebrate the diversity of Hackney and the lives of unsung heroes from the past at Bridge Academy in January.


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Young people can apply for funding in groups of three or more, with a project leader who should be between 13 - 19 years, and each project must also be supported by an adult project leader connected to a charity or community organisation.

For more information see www.younghackney.org

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