YOUNGSTERS are in with a chance of being awarded £10,000 to fund a community project of their choice.

The Jack Petchey Foundation has launched a Dragon’s Den-style competition in Basildon, which will see youngsters aged between 11 and 25 work together to come up with a potential community project.

The groups will then pitch their ideas to a panel of experts as they attempt to win one of five cash grants.

Once applications are received, eight groups will be shortlisted to attend a “boot camp” to help them with their pitches.

Training will include public speaking techniques, communication skills and ways to sell their idea to a potential investor.

After the pitches, the panel of experts and leading community figures will select five successful groups to receive up to £2,000 each towards their project.

Youngsters must show their project will have a lasting impact on the community, directly benefit young people. All projects must be based in Basildon.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday, March 31.

For more information or to download an application form, visit face-the-challenge.