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Ever wanted to start your own business or social enterprise? Join The Agency and turn your passion into a real-life project.

The Agency works with young people from the Moston and Harpurhey areas of Manchester and the Clapham Junction and Battersea areas of London, in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre.

Your idea can be about anything you like, from a boxing workshop to a music festival or a film project, as long as you can demonstrate how it inspires positive change in your community.

You’ll be invited to pitch your idea to a panel of experts and, if successful, be given £2000 to turn your passion into a project, business or social enterprise, as well as professional support and guidance to help you succeed.

TO APPLY FOR 2017-18 (FROM 1 AUGUST) CLICK HERE

    ‘It’s had a massive impact on my life, it’s inspired and empowered me.’ 

    Samuel, The Agency

     

    We have published an interim report on the progress of The Agency in Manchester and London to date. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

    In 2016 Agency participants from Manchester and London presented to politicians and policy-makers at the Houses of Parliament, speaking about their projects and the impact of the programme on their communities. The project was also the focus of a major Telegraph article: How the Rio Slums inspired a startup Revolution. 

    The Agency is funded by the Big Lottery and the founding funder was the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

    • Ages
      Aged 15-25 and based in Moston or Harpurhey
    • Contact

      Steve Vickers, Project Manager
      stevevickers@contactmcr.com

    • Details

      Annually between September – April

    • The Agency Year 4

      Featuring:
      AFROBASE Afro-Carribbean festival
      OPEN MINDS BUT SILENT SOUNDS' supporting young people's mental health
      CONSOLE CODE coding programme
      REEL IT IN community fishing project

      Find out more
    • The Agency Year 3

      Featuring:
      3 POINTS basketball project
      BOUNDLESS BOOKS a book-share and writing programme for young people in care
      AMPLIFY a new music platform.

      Find out more

    Credits & Partners

    • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
    • Big Lottery Fund
    • Battersea Arts Centre
    • People's Palace Projects