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Young people in County Durham are being given the opportunity to have a final say on funding for community projects.

3 Towns Partnership’s (AAP) newly-formed Youth Panel gathered for the first time to assess applications for its Children and Young People’s Small Grants fund.

Jointly managed by the AAP and the Youth Panel, the fund awards grants between £200 and £500 to organisations for projects for children and young people up to age 19.

The ideas and applications must come from children and young people at the applying organisation, with the support from an adult within the organisation, and the final decision on which projects receive funding is made by the members of the Youth Panel.

Jay Conlon was a member of the Youth Panel as a teenager and is now supporting the panel in assessing applications as an adult 3 Towns Partnership public representative board member.

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