Get £10,000 to help the environment

Environmental issues are already presenting challenges to how we live, but what are we doing about it? Digital technology can help create solutions and lead us to a greener, better world. As a generation, we have the innovation, skills and passion to drive positive change, so we want you to get thinking about the environmental problems we all face, and how digital tech can help solve them.

If you have got an idea to help the environment, such as improving energy efficiency, reducing waste or increasing recycling, and you are aged between 17 and 24, then you could apply for up to £10,000 from The Environment Now to bring your idea to life!

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ENVIRONMENT NOW?

 

The Environment Now  funds young people’s ideas to tackle energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, using the power of tech. Successful applicants get £10,000 to develop their idea over 10 months, as well as mentorship, work experience and insight days with industry professionals. It’s funded by O2 and the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund through the Our Bright Future programme, and managed by the National Youth Agency.

If you feel inspired to tackle environmental problems with digital tech, the next deadline for project applications is looming – 14 November . You can find out more and apply for an Environment Now grant of £10,000 here.

WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS CAN GET FUNDING?

If you have an idea of how digital technology could help the environment, The Environment Now want to hear from you!

They’ve already funded projects like…

LettusGrow: a company on a mission to reduce food waste around the world through soil-free gardening.

Filamentive: a 3D printing filament business that needs money for experimentation, research and development into new recycled and recyclable materials.

Virtually There:  an app that will contain different virtual reality experiences highlighting the impact of global warming, waste and deforestation.

For more information on other projects The Environment Now have already funded, take a look here.

HOW CAN I APPLY?

Applications for funding are open until 14th November. Go to The Environment Now website to read the full criteria and apply for funding!

If you have any questions about funding or Thinkspiration events, you can contact the team at The Environment Now here.

Youth work bursary scheme opens for applications

A new £40,000 bursary scheme designed to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds gain youth work qualifications is open for applications. 

Youth Work

The Youth Work Foundation, an independent charity established by the board of the National Youth Agency (NYA), is offering 10 higher education scholarships of £2,000.

In addition, the charity, funded by NYA and the O2’s Think Big youth initiative, is offering 100 bursaries of £200 to those requiring extra support to pay for childcare, travel, books or resources.

To be eligible for an award from the Youth Work Foundation, applicants must be able to prove they are disadvantaged and that their financial or social circumstances prevent them from accessing a qualification independently.  In addition, applicants must have secured a place on a course recognised by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for youth and community workers, which sets the national framework used to grade and pay youth work jobs, before applying.  They must also have started studying or be ready to start studying within three months of their application.

The chair of the Youth Work Foundation is Michael Bracey, assistant director of children’s services at Milton Keynes Council and a NYA trustee, he said:

“A considerable number of youth workers come from disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds – and many make some of the best practitioners as they themselves have direct experience of the challenges faced by the young people they work with.  Yet for many the increasing financial burden of study is putting them off getting professionally qualified. I hope these awards will go some way to addressing that, and the sector will be richer, more diverse and better equipped to deliver excellent youth work as a result.”

The deadline for applications is 30 September.

The launch of the fund follows a consultation on the JNC’s Youth Work Practice Level 2 and 3 qualifications.  The review, supported by NYA, highlighted the need for courses to include management units to support youth workers managing volunteers and for safeguarding units to be updated.