Up to £50,000 is available for voluntary and community group projects within the city.

The funding, allocated to Gloucester City Council at the end of February by Gloucestershire County Council, helps groups to deliver activities to young people across the city.

Groups have until 8th April to apply. The funding has a quick turnaround each year so groups receive the money they need as early as possible in the next financial year.

Each voluntary or community group can apply for up to £2,500 to support projects within Gloucester City to deliver youth participatory activities.

One community group project to have previously benefited from the grant is Strike A Light. They arranged for ACE Dance and Music, a professional dance company from Birmingham who specialise in touring dance shows and dance work with young people, to host sessions with children and young people aged 8-18.

The funding was also used to host a performance that parents, friends and families of the young people could attend.

Strike A Light has received support from Gloucester City Council three times, and now have regular groups of young people taking part in dance activities.

Another group who benefited from funding from the city youth grant is Gloucester Blazers Wheelchair Basketball Club.

The club had its most successful year last year, with both teams being promoted in the national league.

The clubs activities and competitive games developed both physical fitness and mental alertness for the young people, who take part, and have reawakened ambitions and developed their self-confidence.

The club was also selected by the BBC Sports Relief programme to demonstrate the benefits of physical activity and sport for the disabled.

Cllr Jennie Dallimore, Gloucester City Council cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods said: “It is important that we continue to support the voluntary and community sector to enable more people to be active within their communities.

“I am really pleased to hear that groups are using this funding to help grow.

“I would like to encourage all groups who want to get more young people around the city involved in community to apply for funding to support projects.”

To apply, please email grants@gloucester.gov.uk, or for further information visit http://www.gloucester.gov.uk/resident/community/grants or call 01452 396396.

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Youth grants available in Gloucester by Shaun Moore | Gloucester News Centre - http://gloucesternewscentre.co.uk/