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Financial support for young people

Telford & Wrekin Council has announced the launch of 'The Leader and Cabinet Members’ Young Person Grant 2024', aimed at empowering young residents of the borough to advance in their careers.

In its ninth iteration, and second cycle for 2024, this grant offers financial support of up to £500 to young individuals striving to enter education, secure employment, or pursue training opportunities. It also extends to those looking to engage in extracurricular activities to enrich their learning and personal growth.

To qualify for the grant, applicants must live in Telford and Wrekin, or be a child in care or care leaver residing outside the borough. Applicants must also be aged 15 (Year 11) to 25 years old at the close of the application period.

Applicants are required to demonstrate how the grant will enable them to overcome existing barriers hindering their access to education, employment, or training. Funding is also available for budding entrepreneurs in need of initial investment.

Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “I’m thrilled we are able to offer to this grant opportunity to the youngest residents of our borough once again. Over the years, 577 young people have been awarded a total of £136,116 which has made a huge difference to their lives. 

“It’s a real privilege to be a helping hand for young people and to see how a relatively small amount of money can make such a big impact.”

Councillor Shirley Reynolds, cabinet member for Early Years, Children and Young People, said: “All of our young people deserve the chance to explore the dream career they want without anything holding them back. The Young Person Grant can make that possible for our youngest residents.

“We invite all eligible candidates to apply and look forward to hearing about the creative approaches they are taking to their future education and careers."

Applications are now open via www.telford.gov.uk/ypg and will close at 5pm on Friday May 24, 2024.