Grants Fair For Merton Youngsters

Chance to apply for youth project funds

Merton youngsters have the chance to bid for up to £3,000 to fund a short-term youth project of their making this month, at the Young Grants Fair on Monday November 29.

As part of Merton Council ’s annual Youth Opportunities Fund grants allocation, any young person, or group of youngsters, can apply for financial contributions to help fund projects of benefit to young people in Merton aged 13-19 years old. The projects need to be completed by March 31 2011 and be delivered within the borough for the benefit of Merton youth.

The Youth Opportunities Fund panel, made up of a group of elected young people, will listen to appeals for funding at the grants fair, which runs from 6pm in the Merton Council Chamber and Committee Rooms.

To apply for funding, contact Merton’s youth participation officer, Jo Young, to register an interest and secure a time to present your ideas to the judges' panel. On the evening, young people should bring a completed application form and be ready to present their idea and request for funding to the panel and to answer any questions about their proposal.

This application and presentation would have to be made by the young people who want the project but their adult supporters may also attend.

Councillor Maxi Martin, cabinet member for children’s services at Merton Council said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to turn their inspirational ideas for projects that benefit other young people in Merton, into a reality.

"Projects like the King George’s Youth Space, Merton’s new youth van, refurbishment of the John Innes Youth Centre and the additional sensory room at Phipps Bridge Youth Centre all started off with support from the Youth Opportunities Fund. This is a real opportunity for other young inspirational people to turn their brilliant ideas into a reality too."

Visit for more information or contact email Jo Young at or phone 07957 402672.

November 18, 2010