Youth Opportunity Fund

We are pleased to announce that Tower Hamlets Youth and Community Services will once again be running the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) this year. YOF is a special fund that offers grants of up to £3,500 for youth projects in Tower Hamlets. Funding decisions are made by local young people who are trained in grant making.

Projects must benefit young people who live, work or study in Tower Hamlets and priority will be given to those which include volunteering opportunities.

About the YOF

Do you want to make your area safer, brighter or give young people something to do other than hanging around on the streets or sitting at home playing computer games? Do you want to help reduce the negative hype that surrounds young people by creating events and ideas which involve old and young people alike? Do you want to improve your Youth Centre or learn a new skill and get accredited for it?

If the answer is yes to any of the above, or possibly you have any other great ideas for creating new exciting projects then speak with your friends, ask a youth worker to help you and fill out the application form for a chance to bid for up to £3,500 to make your ideas become reality.

Last year’s theme was to tie in your bid with the London Olympics. This year the theme has changed to highlight the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and make sure that all young people get the chance to be aware of these and help promote them to their friends and peers alike.

Registration

Anyone applying to YOF must be supported by an organisation registered with the Youth and Community Services Registration Scheme. If the organisation is not already registered with the scheme, they have to be in the process of registering when they submit their application.

Please note that no applications for YOF funding will be considered for groups not registered with this scheme.

Organisations can register online at: http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgsl/851-900/871_community_grants.aspx.

If you have any queries about registering, please contact Akhlaqul Ambia on 020 7364 0903 or akhlaqul.ambia@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Payment of the grant

YOF grants will be paid in two parts; an initial 70% of the grant followed by the remaining 30% once we have received your Evaluation Form and receipts for the full 100% of the grant.

Organisations must be ready to cover their project costs while the grant is administered.

Application deadlines

The deadline for application forms to be submitted to lee.ocsko@towerhamlets.gov.uk is September 14, 2013.

Important documents

Please click on the following links to read the guidance notes and make your application.

Further information

If you have any questions, need help or would like a paper copy of the application form, please contact Lee Ocsko on 020 7364 4839 or email lee.ocsko@towerhamlets.gov.uk