Charities share £110,000 Housing Association youth social action funding

Thirteen youth organisations are to share £110,000 in funding to support their projects to promote social action.

Grants of up to £10,000 have been made available to the successful applicants through Sovereign Housing Association’s Sovereign #iwill Fund.

This is being made available to projects within three miles of the Association’s 60,000 homes in the South and Southwest of England.

The Fund is backed by the National Lottery Community Fund and the government’s #iwill social and community action fund.

Successful applicants were chosen in consultation with a panel of young residents.

Panel member Emily Morris said: “This funding will make such an impactful difference that truly counts towards improving lives of young people all over south England and empower them to get involved with youth social action opportunities”.

Among those to be handed funded is Hampshire based Solent Youth Action, which has received £8,400 to support young people develop a community kitchen.

Swindon based Shine Pinehurst has been handed £10,000 to make and deliver pizzas to residents.

Meanwhile, Reverse the Trend Foundation has also received £10,000, to help 10- to 14-year-olds in Bristol campaign to get mental health resources and teaching added to the school curriculum.

Others to be handed funded include Mayfield Nurseries, Youthline, Clean out Patch, Berkshire Youth, APE project, Koala Community Hub, Cianna’s Smile, Jigsaw Thornbury, Abingdon’s DAMASCUS Youth Project and YES! Brixham.

A total of 34 applications were received, with 23 eligible for funding.

“We are looking forward to working with our first round of grant holders and can’t wait to see the incredible impact that the #iwill Fund will have on young people living in Sovereign communities, making them feel empowered to take an active role in helping their communities to prosper and thrive,” said #iwill Fund project manager Daisy Mummery.

The next round of funding will start in early 2023.

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