By Abby Rugg
Young people in East Brighton are being urged to bid for up to £20,000 to kick-start youth projects in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean.
The call also appeals to groups and organisations that involve young people as they have decided the criteria and process for projects bidding as well as local community organisations.
Councillor Sue Shanks, Cabinet Member for Children & Young People, said: “We have consulted widely on our council budget including with young people and this puts some real power in their hands. It is part of green party policy to involve local communities in budgets.”
The Big Dish Out fund is available to apply for money to deliver youth projects in East Brighton.
A small pot is available for grants up to £750 aimed at small, local groups and a larger pot for amounts up to £3,000.
Applicants that set the criteria and process came from both estates and are mixed genders, ages and ethnicity, with different interests and knowledge of local services.
They will have the opportunity to present their proposals to residents and other local young people who will vote for their favourite at an event on Saturday March 31.
Councillor Shanks added: “Young residents face a whole range of challenges these days so it’s great that we can help start projects designed by young people for young people.
“This is a truly grassroots project that provides young people in Moulsecoomb and Bevendean with significant funds that could help kick start projects to make a real difference. I hope that as many people as possible get involved in both the bidding and voting.”
Open meetings will be held every Monday from 5 – 7pm at the Moulsecoomb Leisure Centre leading up to the voting event.