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Up to £2,021 available for organisations supporting young people

A Cumbrian charity is to offer grants to organisations supporting young people.

Cumbria Community Foundation has teamed up with Made By Sport to create something which will offer unrestricted grants of £2,021 to groups who use sport as a vehicle for social good and enable young people aged 5-25 to develop a range of skills and knowledge that bring a benefit to not only them but also to their local community.

From April 12, the Made By Sport #ClubsInCrisis Fund, supported by the Cash4Clubs scheme, will open to funding applications from community organisations and sports clubs across Cumbria.

Made By Sport is a charity that raises awareness of the power of sport and funding for organisations that use sport to support young people across the UK.

The ‘Clubs In Crisis’ fund is part of a wider campaign that believes sport is the best vehicle for creating societal change for young people across a myriad of challenges they face in the modern world.

Sophie Mason, CEO at Made By Sport, said: “While community sport provision is in a precarious state right now, there has never been more recognition that sport is fundamental to our individual, community and societal development.

“If sport at its most grassroots level is denied, we risk a huge rise in mental health issues, antisocial behaviour and lack of life skills that lead to better employment opportunities.

“We are delighted to be working with community foundations across the UK to make sure this support reaches the clubs that really need it.”

Ellen Clements, senior grants and programmes officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “Sport is a vital tool to help young people develop and overcome social issues such as mental health, fight crime and anti-social behaviour, increase employment skills and pathways and to bring communities together.

“We know this money is needed now and that’s why Cumbria Community Foundation is thrilled to support this fund alongside Made By Sport, the leading organisation that raises awareness of the power of sport and raises funds for sports clubs and organisations.”

If you would like to know more about the #ClubsInCrisis Fund, which opens for applications on April 12, visit www.cumbriafoundation.org/fund/clubs-in-crisis-fund