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Stephen Lawrence Day: Live Our Best Life – small grants available

19 Mar 2019 - 14:55 by michelle.foster

22 April 2019 will be the inaugural ‘Stephen Lawrence Day’, a day of commemoration and celebration of the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence, who was senselessly murdered in south London in 1993. The Prime Minister announced this national day following a memorial service marking the 25th anniversary of his death last year.  The government is continuing to support The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust efforts to transform the lives of young people and achieve social change, by providing a focus for communities, schools and organisations to engage in activities that empower and inspire young people to live their best life. The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Stephen Lawrence Day is for all ages and individuals from every background. The day will have a strong focus on young people and the communities they live in, enabling them to make positive choices and live their best life. Since the announcement The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust have set up a steering committee, to develop an all-year-round programme of events and activities aimed at building stronger communities and inspiring young people to achieve their aspirations.

It has become clear to The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust that they will need to support communities through cultural, emotional, and social education, to create community activists who deliver true societal change. The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are supporting community groups such as the National Police Cadet Service, the National Youth Charter and Youth Ambassadors and others who are creating positive change for their local communities and the young people who live in them, by encouraging more young people to take part in a day of social action within their community. The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust will work with young people showcasing new models for how society can respond to community challenges by providing a small grant for community projects.

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are inviting community leaders, members and residents to come together to use the story of Stephen’s life and legacy as an opportunity to hold an event, however small, which marks the day. The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust are welcoming a limited number of applications from individual community organisations to deliver social action activities focusing on identified risk factors for serious crime and violence in line with the Stephen Lawrence Day communities guiding principles. All activities need to take place on or around the day.  Events, activities, big or small The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust want to hear from you and your community.

Amount of funding available: Up to £400 for a day of activities.

The activities must focus on:

  • Young people from the most disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds
  • Urban/inner city or coastal areas where there is clear evidence of deprivation which impacts on young people and local communities

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust will consider funding activities which work in any one or more of the following areas:

  • Young people from BAME communities
  • Young people affected by and seeking to turn away from serious crime and violence
  • Young people with disabilities
  • Girls affiliated with or affected by gangs
  • Education, training and employability
  • Community integration and social mixing

Funded activities will need to demonstrate one of the following:

  • A strong understanding of your target beneficiaries and the challenges facing young people in your local community
  • A unique and fresh approach to engaging the target beneficiaries and to addressing the issue of youth crime and serious violence

Completed applications and relevant supporting documents should be submitted to Chelsea Way at: Chelsea@stephenlawrence.org.uk by Friday 22 March 2019.

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