King Charles III Coronation Youth Fund Launched in H&F

£1million earmarked for youth projects across the borough

Young people celebrating the launch of the new fund at the Sand's End Community Centre

May 1, 2023

Launch of the new Coronation Youth Fund with DanceWest at Sands End Arts & Community Centre

A new fund has been set up in celebration of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III on Saturday 6 May. £1 million has been earmarked over two years for youth projects reflecting HM The King’s lifelong dedication to youth through The Prince’s Trust.

Local community organisations across the borough working in the field of arts, music, drama and sport can received support from The King Charles III Coronation Youth Fund.

The new fund, which was announced on Tuesday (25 April) at the DanceWest studios in the Sands End Arts & Community Centre in Fulham, marks a record amount of council funding to youth services in Hammersmith & Fulham.

The council recently was subject to criticism after changes to the way the Brunswick and Sulgrave youth clubs were funded raised questions about their ability to continue.

The fund aims toinspire young people aged 11 to 24 to reach their full potential. Half of the fund will be allocated to sports and leisure infrastructure projects.

Organisations who deliver events, clubs and activities for young people across the borough are invited to apply for the funding.

Small grant applications for individual support of up to £1,000 will be welcome. Larger grant applications for organisations will be available to help invest in and deliver programmes for young people aged 11 to 24 in arts, drama, music and sport.

The fund can also support running costs for events, refurbishment projects, equipment, staff costs or volunteer expenses. It will also seek to help fund one or two major capital facility applications each year.

Set to last for an initial two years, the council hopes to open the fund to local businesses and residents to contribute donations in the future.

The Representative Deputy Lord Lieutenant for H&F, Mr Kevin McGrath OBE, said: “The Coronation will reflect the monarch’s role today and will also look towards the future. So as a tribute, it is both wonderful and fitting to see Hammersmith & Fulham Council make this commitment to continue to fully support the future of its local children and young people.

“The King Charles III Coronation Youth Fund serves as an important marker of this historic event and is sure to leave a lasting legacy across the borough.”

Children dancing at the DanceWest studios in Sands End Arts & Community CentreChildren dancing at the DanceWest studios in Sands End Arts & Community Centre

Cllr Sharon Holder, H&F Cabinet Member for Public Realm, said: “Everyone knows how dedicated His Majesty King Charles III is to supporting the country’s young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“It is truly fitting that we should come together to celebrate and mark his coronation by launching a new youth fund.”

Guide to applying for the King Charles III Coronation Youth Fund

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