The small grants programme allows organisations that are successfully running the Jack Petchey Achievement Award Scheme to apply for a small grant of up to £750 to further enhance their work with young people.
Schools and organisations can invest the money in something special that they would not usually have the funds for. This might be specialist equipment for a sports team or a fun trip out for the whole class! Schools and organisations can use the grant in whatever way they know would benefit young people most.
Small Grants have supported 424,028 young people in schools and youth organisations across London and Essex.
Organisations are eligible for a small grant if they have applied for and received a Leader Award within the past 12 months.
The small grant is open for applications in March and September. All schools and organisations that have an active eligible Leader Award will automatically be notified when the programme is open for applications.
The Friendship Society used their Small Grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation to put towards booking an extra special guest for their week-long gymnastics programme! Ex-Olympic gymnast, Olexandra Gridasova, visited the group to pass on her expert advice to the young people.
Zuzanna, one of the young gymnasts who got to be trained by Olexandra Gridasova, said: “My dream came true – I met [an] Olympian champion whom I adore and wish to be like her!“