PCC partners with Foundation to encourage youth social action

31st May 2017

David Munro - Police & Crime Commissioner

The Community Foundation for Surrey are thrilled to be developing a fund to encourage and inspire young people in the county to become more actively engaged with their community, in partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (‘PCC’).

The Youth Social Action Fund is offering grants of up to £5,000 to groups working with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old (or 25 for young people with disabilities) in Surrey. It covers targeted programmes of activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.

The PCC will be matching funds distributed in Surrey by the Community Foundation on behalf of Big Lottery Fund and the Office for Civil Society. £2 million is being invested across England to fund groups delivering local youth social action opportunities.

David Munro, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey said

“I am delighted to see Surrey receive national funding to further this important cause. I hope these opportunities will equip those young people taking part with vital skills whilst reducing anti-social behaviour, exclusion and disadvantage. Encouraging young people to become more engaged with their communities has the potential to significantly benefit local people and places.”

Kate Peters, Grants Manager of the Community Foundation for Surrey, said

“We are delighted that the PCC is supporting the Foundation, allowing us to award twice as much money across the county. Projects who have already benefited from this Fund have shown great promise and we are looking forward to seeing what this next round of applications brings.”

Previous grants from the Fund include an award to Leatherhead Youth Project to establish a monthly youth council creating a positive connection between young people and their community, and a grant to Woking United Reformed Church to support a project for young people as they prepare home cooked, healthy meals which they will then deliver to lonely, elderly or needy people in the community.

All applications to the Fund should be made by Friday 7th July. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application during August so that successful programmes can start in September.