One young person with a connection to Pairc stands to gain £500 towards fulfilling their ambition for the future, thanks to a grant launched on Wednesday (19 May).
The Pairc Trust had already pledged to mark their fifth anniversary of community ownership in December 2020, with an annual £500 award to a young person, and this month the Pairc Trust Youth Enablement Award opens for applications.
The single annual award is to be offered to someone between 16 and 30 who needs the support to help fulfil their ambitions.
The subgroup set up to develop the criteria for the award stress that the award is not just an academic bursary.
Vice-chair of the Pairc Trust Angus Nicolson said: “We want to keep the award as flexible as possible. Personal development comes in many forms – it could take in studies, travel, training, a defined project – anything that the young person feels would bring some benefit to our area and help them to develop themselves.”
Some ideas of why the award might be made are to help with training, adult education or a career change, to help set up an entrepreneurial project or micro-business, to invest in crofting equipment or a land management project or to create something in Pairc that will be of benefit to the community – be it an experience for themselves that would also benefit people living in Pairc or some kind of voluntary effort that needs financial support to continue.
Estate office manager Fiona Stokes said: “This award is about developing them, not just their idea. It is there to enable a young person from Pairc to do something that has meaning for them.
“The only conditions are that the successful applicant would take part in a bit of publicity on social media and that they’d be prepared to submit a short report of what they’d done afterwards, or would tell us about it so that we could write something up).
“We want to keep this as open as possible to get lots of applications.”
The deadline to apply for the grant is at noon on Friday July 30 and applications will be reviewed by a panel of Pairc Trust board members and scored on individual merit.