Barking and Dagenham youths urged to apply for achievement grants

Talented children could win cash for their youth clubs under a multi-million pound reward programme.

A total of �2million is available as part of the achievement award scheme run by the Jack Petchey Foundation in east London.

Jessica Mead, 13, scooped a �200 award last year for her 10th/18th Barking and Dagenham Scout Group, which meets at Becontree Heath Methodist Church in The Broadway, Dagenham.

More than 20 community groups in Barking and Dagenham currently receive Jack Petchey funding recognising the accomplishments of their young members.

To apply for grants of up to �1,800 a year, call the foundation on 020 252 8000.