Community projects for Nottinghamshire’s young people are set to receive a £75,000 windfall through the #iwill campaign.
Nottinghamshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and the 1986 Jones Charitable Trust, in partnership with the National #iwill campaign, have awarded grants of up to £5,000 to 17 local groups which help hundreds of young people.
The injection of funds is designed to encourage young people to take action and volunteer in their community through the #iwill Initiative. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign which is delivered locally by Nottinghamshire Community Foundation and aims to get six out of ten young people involved in social action by 2020.
The lucky recipients include: The Pythian Club, Al-Hurraya, Nottingham Arimathea Trust, East African Education Centre, Pat Samba Fitness and the Nottingham Peace Project.
Paddy Tipping, the Police and Crime Commissioner, said; “We were keen to fund projects that would help to create a positive social impact and improve community safety, such as micro-volunteering activities where young people decide what they want to do. We wanted to fund enjoyable projects that build and share skills, demonstrate positive impact on the wider community to include improving social cohesion and crime prevention.
“Young people are our future and they deserve the opportunity to get involved in their community in ways that work for them. I’m delighted that we have been able to find so many different groups with so much to offer.”
Wayne Bowcock, Deputy Chief Fire officer said; “We had to make some very difficult decisions but we eventually chose 17 projects that demonstrated their commitment to helping young people make a positive contribution to their community.”
At a presentation on the Forest Recreation ground today, four of the groups receiving a grant and some of the young people involved, received a big cheque from the funders.
Ben Rosser the founder of the Pythian Club said; “Thank you so much for this vote of confidence in our work. We shall use this funding to support our young leaders programme where we engage them in activities to build confidence and reach out into the wider community.”
The Big Lottery Fund and Department of Culture, Media & Sport are each investing £20 million seed funding over four years to create the #iwill Fund. Nottinghamshire Community Foundation is acting as match funders and is awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund across Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County.
For information on applying for a grant for your group or setting up your own local legacy or family fund please go to www.nottscf.org.uk or email; firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone 01623 620202.
The Forest Sports Zone is operated by Nottingham Forest Community Trust in partnership with Nottingham City Council, who also received funding from the Police & Crime Commissioner to support the capital build of The Forest Sports Zone.
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Posted on Monday 20th August 2018