A Salford housing association is stumping up £10,000 to support youth initiatives across the city, with young people themselves deciding what to fund.
The Boost4Youth fund, created by Salix Homes, is offering grants of up to £500 a time to help fund youth projects or initiatives that will directly help young people living in Salford.
The funding is part of Salix Homes’ wider Springboard grant programme, which has so far awarded more than £90,000 to local projects that “boost community spirit, improve the environment, reduce isolation and promote health and wellbeing”.
Young people are invited to bid for a slice of the funding and applications will be considered by the housing provider’s very own Boost4Youth panel.
The panel is made up of a group of Salford teenagers who are said to act as the voice of young people in Salix Homes’ neighbourhoods. The teens work with the housing association to provide more opportunities and improve the prospects of young people in the city.
Fathiat Abdul-Quadri, aged 14, said: “The Boost4Youth Panel at Salix Homes is all about the youth of Salford. We have the independence to make things happen, and we get to make decisions and shape how things are done.
“We’re all really excited to launch the Boost4Youth fund and provide more opportunities for young people. You often hear of teenagers complaining that there’s nothing to do around here, but this is their opportunity to make a difference and we can’t wait to see what ideas we can support that will benefit the community.”
Applicants don’t have to be a Salix Homes tenant, the organisation said, but the project must benefit young people aged up to 17 living in Salix Homes’ neighbourhoods.
“Our Springboard fund has been really successful, ploughing thousands of pounds into worthwhile causes across Salford, so now we are opening it up to young people,” said Jeanette Green, Salix Homes’ neighbourhood manager.
“Young people often hit the headlines for the wrong reasons, but our fantastic Boost4Youth Panel are a great example of what a positive difference young people can make in our communities and they’re looking forward to dishing out grants to help even more youth projects.”