Thursday, December 04, 2008


Prince’s Trust Cymru Business Programme
The Prince’s Trust in Wales has launched a new Business Programme to provide unemployed 18-30 year olds with low-cost loans, grants and other support to get their business ideas into action. It is hoped to support about 150 young people a year. Applicants can apply for: a low interest loan of up to £4,000 (or £5,000 for a partnership); a grant of up to £1,500 in some areas; a test marketing grant of up to £250, again in some areas only. Further details are available by calling 0800 842 842 or visit
(Source:, 6/11/08)

Call for applications to become a Right Here pilot site
Improving mental health and well-being for young people
Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Mental Health Foundation are inviting applications from groups of voluntary and statutory organisations across the UK, to work with them in developing new ways of protecting and promoting the mental health and well-being of 16 to 25 year olds. They expect to select up to four partnerships to work with from September 2009 - December 2013, with one focusing on improving support for black and minority ethnic young people. Each of the pilots will be awarded up to £800,000 from September 2009 - April 2013. They will also provide additional support to assist with planning and implementing the work, developing the partnerships, and documenting and sharing the learning. The deadline for applications is 18 December 2008. For more details or to apply to become a Right Here pilot site, in the first instanc e, please visit the comprehensive Right Here website. Alternatively, contact Tamasine Angell (; 0207 803 1181) with further queries.

UK-German Challenge Fund
The Fund supports schools, colleges or youth groups for language and non-language related activities that encourage young people to build links between the UK and Germany. The Fund supports large and small projects of a curricular or non-curricular nature across a wide range of themes, including: science and technology; business and enterprise; citizenship; energy and the environment; multimedia and ICT; culture and the arts; vocational skills. Applications must be made by teachers, youth leaders or project co-ordinators on behalf of the groups or institutions taking part. You need to apply at least four weeks before you plan to start your project. Details and application forms are available here or by e-mailing A lison Kliché, UK-German School and Youth Links Officer, via The next closing date is 31 January 2009.

Multi-million pound regeneration fund planned for Wales
The Welsh Assembly Government has announced plans to create a multi-million pound urban development fund (UDF) - one of the first of its kind in Europe - under the European Commission’s JESSICA programme. The news was announced by the Deputy Minister for Regeneration, Leighton Andrews, at a landmark Regeneration Summit held in Swansea to enable a wide range of delegates learn more about the development and investment opportunities available throughout Wales and how they can get involved. The fund, which could be operating by 2010, would be jointly financed by the ERDF and a combination of public and private finance, and would invest in a range of regeneration projects across Wales, with the Assembly Government and its private sector partner sharing in the returns. Further information is available here.

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