ORGANISATIONS working to improve the lives of young people in Dorset are being urged to apply for funding.
The deadline for applications for the Dorset Youth Fund is fast approaching, with groups having until June 14 to get their bids in.
Run by Dorset Council, the fund helps groups and clubs make a real difference to the young people they work with.
Organisations can apply for grants ranging from £500 to £5,000 to deliver youth projects and activities within the council area.
Projects must provide positive activities for young people or promote their wellbeing and money can be used for equipment and staffing costs and projects that ensure young people experience new activities.
Last year, 24 projects received funding, with a total of 68 grants made over the last three years. Among them was the Weymouth Skate Park Association.
Bids submitted before the deadline will go before a panel made up of three young people and three councillors.
The panel will be co-chaired by one of the young people alongside Councillor Byron Quayle, portfolio holder for Children’s Services.
Cllr Quayle said: “We are delighted we can support children and young people via our Youth Fund grants.
“The voluntary sector in Dorset does an amazing amount of work to provide activities that enrich the lives of young people.
“The Youth Fund has resulted in many successes like the Weymouth Skate Park Association and we want to see many more.
“We’d love to see applications from across the council area to help make Dorset the best place to be a child.”
For more details on the scheme and how to apply, log on to www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/your-community/support-for-voluntary-and-community-organisations/funding/dorset-council-youth-fund-grant-criteria-2023-to-2024.