The Print Futures Awards scheme has extended its reach, thanks to the added support from the St Bride Foundation and an injection of funds following the winding up of the John Crosfield Foundation.
The scheme, run since 2003 by the Printing Charity, Unite and the BPIF, gives cash grants of up to £1,500 to people aged between 16 and 30 to pay for any education related to printing, publishing or graphic arts.
This year, the number of grants available through the scheme will increase from 15 to more than 20, thanks to continuing support from existing sponsors, but in particular, to the John Crosfield Foundation, which has donated its remaining charitable fund to the Printing Charity, having wound up its operations last year.
The money, which amounts to around £17,000, will be used to bolster the work of the Print Futures Awards, which aligns with the Foundation’s aim of helping young people to train for a career in printing.
Printing Charity chief executive Stephen Gilbert said: “The Print Futures Awards will acknowledge this funding, continuing the Crosfield name. The St Bride Foundation will be this year’s judging venue, helping to promote its facilities to the new generation entering the UK printing, publishing and graphic arts sectors.”
St Bride Foundation chief executive Glyn Farrow added: “This is a wonderful opportunity to work together for a brighter future for everyone in print. It’s fantastic to be welcoming the young people of the industry as part of our drive to become the centre of the printing industry in Fleet Street.”
The awards scheme is open for entries now and will close on 30 May 2014.