CHARITIES supporting young people on the Island have been nominated for the chance to receive £5,000 each in grants.
The Isle of Wight Youth Trust and St Catherine’s are taking part in the Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund.
The £85million fund has been established to focus on helping community groups working with young people.
The bank has divided the UK into different areas and will give money to the two charities with the most public votes , via the fund’s website, in each area. The Island causes are up against two mainland charities in the Portsmouth area.
St Catherine’s, in Ventnor, said the cash would be used to extend its vocational training service, the Worx. to support young people not in education, training or employment, with learning difficulties or who were a young offender.
"Many young people struggle to excel in mainstream education.
"The Worx aims to unlock the potential of young people by providing vocational training courses from beauty to construction in a work based environment, focusing on practical rather than academic abilities," St Catherine’s said in its on-line profile.
The IW Youth Trust said the money would be used to set up a group of young people who will help the trust develop its services through focus groups and feedback, and spread the word about the trust to other young people.
The cash would help pay for their expenses and produce marketing materials.
"The trust offers crucial services to young people, children and families in the Island and it is anticipated that the activity of the group will help those who need our services access help and support."
Voting opened this month closes at midnight on September 9.