Apply for grants

TIME is running out for young Hartlepool people to bid for grants to help them organise activities and events.

Youngsters in the town can apply for support of up to £5,000 on offer from the Youth Opportunity Fund.

The cash on offer from the fund, which is administered by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Intergrated Youth Support Service, must be used to provide activities for young people aged between 13 and 19 or those aged up to 25 with special needs.

Specialist equipment, swimming club training programmes, performing arts projects and sailing course are just some of the schemes which have received the cash in the past.

Grants of up to £5.000 are available to applicants who make a successful pitch to a Dragon’s Den- style panel next month.

Support of up to £2,000 is also available for youth organisations and £500 for individuals who don’t need to make a presentation.

Applications are considered by a panel made up of young citizens from across Hartlepool.

The Dragon’s Den-style presentation will take place on Wednesday, February 29, but applications must be in a week earlier by Wednesday, February 22.

Those who don’t require a presentation must have their applications in by Wednesday, February 29.

Juliette Ward, participation worker with Hartlepool Integrated Youth Support Service, said: “If you are a young person living in Hartlepool who has a good idea for an event or an activity for young people, we’d love to hear from you.”

For more information or a grant application form, please contact Juliette on (01429) 523422 or email Juliette.ward@hartlepool.gov.uk.