You(th) Decides - looking for bright ideas

Young people living in the west of Edinburgh are being given the chance to win funding for their very own projects.

Grant awards of up to £500 are available to win through the You[th] Decides Initiative, which is being launched this week following last year's succesful scheme by the West Edinburgh and Almond Neighbourhood Partnerships.

Successful projects should meet the criteria of increasing opportunities for children and young people, and could relate to issues such as sports, arts and media, outdoor education, and community participation.

Any groups with members aged between 11 and 18 and living in Drumbrae/Gyle and Corstorphine/Murrayfield areas and any group with members aged between 12 and 18 and living in Cramond, Davidson’s Mains, Silverknowes, South Queensferry, Dalmeny, Kirkliston, Ratho Station and Newbridge can apply.

Communities and Neighbourhoods Convener, Cllr Maureen Child, said: "We’re running this project again because it was so well received last year, and we had some fantastic ideas from youngsters living in the Almond area. It’s a chance for them to show off their talents.

"We are looking for imaginative projects which will engage young people and increase opportunities for them in an exciting way."

The funding of a total of £4,000 from the Western Edinburgh and £2,000 from the Almond Neighbourhood Partnerships Community Grants Fund has been allocated to the Initiatives.  Successful schemes will be decided on by the students from local schools, members of the Neighbourhood Partnership Boards and West Edinburgh members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Application forms for the You[th] Decides Initiative are available from schools and youth groups, or by contacting for Western Edinburgh NP,  Steven Kipanda Steven.Kipanda@ea.edin.sch.uk or audrey.primrose@edinburgh.gov.uk and for Almond NP Steven Stewart steven.stewart@ea.edin.sch.uk  or jim.conner@edinburgh.gov.uk

The closing date for Almond is October 24th 2014, and for the west of the city, October 31st.

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