Black Training and Enterprise Group offers grants for groups that work with young black men

Forty organisations will benefit from awards

The Black Training and Enterprise Group,  an umbrella organisation for black and ethnic minority voluntary and community organisations, is offering small grants of £500 for organisations that work with young black men.

The Reach Programme: Community Engagement Project will award grants to 40 groups to put on events aimed at inspiring 13- to 25-year-old black men to achieve in education and professionally.

It is the second phase of the grants programme, which started in July 2009. The Communities and Local Government department has provided funding for the project.

Typical activities funded by the grants include educational workshops and lectures from one of the programme’s ‘role models’,  who are 46 male volunteers selected by the CLG in 2007 to, according to Reach’s website, "help young black men find their right path in life". The role models include high-profile businessmen such as Mark Sutherland, head of property at Tesco and television broadcasters including the BBC’s Clive Lewis.

Jeremy Crook, director of BTEG, said: "The Reach programme has already inspired more than 10,000 black males across the country.

"The feedback we receive from the young people is great and we want to encourage local groups that work with black boys and young men to apply for a grant."

Events should be aiming to attract at least 35 young black men, and organisations applying for the grant should already have experience of working in this area.

The deadline for the grant application is 10 September. To apply go to http://www.bteg.co.uk/reach_project.html.

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