Four organisations in Lancashire are the latest to benefit from grants handed out by a fund set up to boost enterprise in the county.
The BIBAs Foundation, the charitable arm of the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has handed out £7,000 to the bodies for a range of projects which will support people seeking work, provide a sign language interpreter for a young footballer and set up a social enterprise.
The applications which secured grants from the Foundation were:
AFC Fylde Community Foundation – Work with 45 unemployed people over a five-week period to help them to find employment. The programme will include writing a CV and cover letter, support them in searching for employment and giving them a two-week placement within a Lancashire business.
AFC Blackpool – Help deliver a sign language tutor for a young footballer, Rylan Casey, to deliver coaching to enable him to develop with his junior club, AFC Blackpool. The youngster has an ambition to play for the deaf team of Premier League giants Manchester United.
Blackpool Youth Voice – To support a group of young people in Blackpool to seek to develop in to a social enterprise aimed at giving the youth of the resort positive role models. It will work alongside an existing social enterprise, UR Potential, and other bodies to attract sponsorship and business mentors to deliver training for young people.
The Exchange Creative Community CIC – Morecambe-based creative hub will deliver an enterprise-based fundraising event in the resort’s West End, one of the most deprived areas of the country. It will see those taking part develop skills including recruitment, marketing, training and managing budgets.