APPLICATIONS for grants across the Bradford district for groups helping young, disadvantaged people to reach their full potential are now open.

The fund which was set up in 2019 in memory of Manjit Wolstenholme, the youngest woman to head an investment bank in London and who went on to become the first ethnic minority to chair a FTSE 100 company, is open for new applications.

Provident Financial Group established the fund in partnership with Give Bradford to ensure grants were being distributed to those who were doing the most for disadvantaged, young people.

Grants of up to £10,000 are being offered to community groups in the Bradford district who are looking to develop their activity to support young people to reach their full potential, no matter what their background.

Groups benefitting from the funding should aim to develop confidence in young people as well as guide them towards making informed decisions about the future.

Funding can be used towards increasing digital inclusion and IT skills among Bradford’s youth.

As Manjit worked in finance, a key initiative behind the fund is to improve young people’s personal financial capabilities as well as providing money management advice.

Funding will be awarded in late November 2021 and the deadline for applications is September 30 at noon.