Schools, youth clubs, not-for-profit organisations and charities working with young people in London and Essex have been invited to apply for grants worth up to £1,800 from a £3m fund.
The Jack Petchey Foundation has opened its £3m Achievement Award scheme for applications for 2012, which is aimed at helping young people to "raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society".
Organisations can apply for the scheme by downloading a form from the foundation’s website.
A grants officer will visit them and decide whether they should be given the bronze, silver or gold awards based on the size of the group, the frequency of its contact with the young people and the type of activity involved.
Organisations in the bronze award scheme give awards of £200 to three young people they work with to spend on additional activities or equipment for the project. For the silver award the organisation gives awards of £200 to six young people, and for the gold award they hand out nine prizes. All organisations in the Achievement Awards scheme can apply for an additional £500 grant, which can be spent on the youth project’s running costs. There is no deadline for applications.
Gemma Dunbar, grants manager for the foundation, said it was especially keen to get applications from youth clubs.
Jack Petchey, the millionaire businessman who set up the foundation, said: "I am very proud of our awards scheme because it sums up exactly what the foundation seeks to do – raise aspirations, reward achievement and make a difference to young people whatever their circumstances."