Jack Petchey Award Scheme
WHAT IS THE JACK PETCHEY FOUNDATION ?
Jack Petchey was born in July 1925 in the East End of London and had an impoverished upbringing. He decided, at a young age, that he wanted to prove to everybody that he could do something good with his life and went on to become a very successful businessman and property developer. In June 2004 he received an O.B.E. for his services to young people in East London and Essex through the Jack Petchey Foundation.
It was because of his resulting wealth that Jack wanted to put something back into the Community to help young people and thus The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999. It is a young, progressive grant making Trust based in Ilford, Essex. The JPF gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25 years in the whole of London and Essex. It enables schools/colleges/youth clubs, etc. to recognise the effort, endeavour and achievement of young people in a practical and positive way.
JPF is now among the largest and most influential London charitable foundations and operates in 1600 secondary schools and youth clubs in London and Essex.
The grant budget for 2008 is over £20 million, with over £60 million having been given since 1999.