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D-Day in young people's battle of the bids

Published: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 16:40:55

Around 80 young people in Hull are preparing for a major decision day, tomorrow (30 March 2010), which will see them earmark around £450,000 to hopeful teenagers who have bid for funds to fulfil a dream project.

A total of 166 bids were submitted to Hull City Council by the deadline of 15 March for the first of two rounds of allocations from the government’s Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) and Youth Capital Fund (YCF), which provide young people with positive things to do and safe places to go.

However, the bids, from individuals and groups of young people, are worth a total of £662,000 – more than the entire year’s budget - heralding a day of tough decisions for the 80-strong band of young people who will scrutinise the submissions.  They meet on 30 March at Hull’s Quality Royal hotel to judge around 120 bids and, where necessary, quiz some of the bidders.  A further 40 plus bids will be scrutinised by the end of April by additional panels.

Bids range from those asking for £150 of YOF cash to YCF projects worth up to £30,000 plus.  Examples from the past include teenagers requesting grants to help them represent their county in sports such as ice hockey and fencing, to established youth projects hoping to buy a mini-bus or refurbish a youth centre.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families’ YOF and YCF schemes are part of its Aiming High for Young People strategy – a 10-year plan to provide safe places to go and positive things to do for young people at times when they most want and need them.

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