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Teenagers decide on grant funding

Teenagers in Cumbria have been invited to have their say on how more than £230,000 should be spent on projects for young people.

Cumbria has been awarded £234,700 by the government Under the Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF).

This allows 13 to 19-year-olds to apply for grants of up to £7,000 with the support of youth groups.

Applications, which will be considered and awarded by panels of young people, must be submitted by 21 October.

Kath Calvert, co-ordinator for the fund for Cumbria County Council, said: "The YOF has made a big difference to the lives of young people, by funding activities, equipment, expenses for volunteers and paying for specialist workers to facilitate their learning of new skills and gaining new and exciting experiences.

"The best thing about it is that the young people who award the grants really understand the impact that the funding can make on young people and their communities."



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