Game4Grenfell Young People’s Fund kicks off

04 October 2018

Young People in North Kensington will soon be reaping the benefits of the Grenfell Children and Young People’s Fund which has been launched this week.

Nearly £1.5m has been secured as a result of Kensington and Chelsea match funding the £431,500 raised by last year’s Game4Grenfell. Together with £574,000 from the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund, Grenfell Appeal and a further £269,000 from Artists for Grenfell.

The fund will provide up to £45,000 for any one project over three years, with a total grant budget of about £400,000 per year. A panel consisting mainly of young people and local community members will make the decision on which projects are funded.

Cllr Emma Will, Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Lead Member for Families, Children and Schools, said:

“We decided to match the money raised by the Game4Grenfell football match last year and made sure it went to support young people and community groups in North Kensington. We wanted to make sure young people had their say, so we spoke to them about how to use the money in order to create a lasting legacy.”

Kensington and Chelsea looked at a variety of options to provide long-term support for young people in North Kensington following Game4Grenfell. The opportunity of joining the Evening Standard and Artists for Grenfell was clearly the best option to achieve the Council’s aspirations.

Organisations that wish to apply will need to show how they aim to improve the lives of young people in one of the following areas and must have a turnover of less than £500,000:

1) Wellbeing - mental health support, trauma therapy, sport, music and dance
2) Empowerment - youth leadership, violence reduction, community cohesion
3) Work ready - offering work experience, training, skills or qualifications

Applications should be made by Wednesday 31 October to The London Community Foundation