Educational grants available for young people in West Somerset
West Somerset was recently found to be the worst performing area for social mobility in the whole of England. With grants from the West Somerset Youth Trust now available, funding could go some way towards helping young people in West Somerset reach their full potential. Somerset Community Foundation, who manage the trust fund, is encouraging young people aged 14 - 25 to apply for funding that can go towards the cost of an enrichment activity such as travel, courses, events or associated equipment.
Previous grants have been awarded for international scouting jamborees, work experience placements, Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and workshops at the National Youth Theatre - all activities that can help to raise the aspirations of young people.
The West Somerset Youth Trust funding is available to young people who reside in West Somerset or have strong links to the area and grants are typically 25 per cent of the total cost of their trip or event, up to a maximum of £300. A larger percentage of the costs will be considered if the young person, or their parents/carers, are in receipt of means-tested benefits.
Anyone interested in applying for funding should click here and the closing date for applications is Thursday 28 February. Applicants will need to think about how they plan to fund the total cost of the trip or event, any other fundraising needed and plan a simple budget.