New CashBack for Communties Scheme to support youth groups in Scotland 

Youth Scotland is pleased to announce the launch yesterday of the CashBack for Communities Small Grants Scheme.

The pilot scheme will provide grants of up to £2,000 to support youth groups to provide positive opportunities for Scotland's young people.

Youth Scotland is managing this pilot scheme in partnership with five other national, volunteer-led youth organisations; The Scout Association, Girlguiding Scotland, Boys Brigade, The Girls' Brigade in Scotland and Clubs for Young People (Scotland).

All member groups of the organisations are eligible to apply for the funding, which will fund start-up costs up to £1,000 and programme or activity costs up to £2,000.

If you are affiliated to Youth Scotland and would like to apply for a grant, please click here.

Speaking at the scheme's launch today at the Scouts' Scottish headquarters, Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill MSP said;

"This is a perfect example of bad money being used for good purposes, by turning cash seized from crooks into funds supporting the work of six very deserving youth organisations."

"The projects being supported demonstrate to young people that there is more to life than petty crime and getting out of your head on drink and drugs. These six organisations have been demonstrating this for many years, doing fantastic work in the local community, often on a limited budget, getting kids off the streets and involved in positive activities.

"I'm pleased this money can be put towards more great projects to benefit young people across Scotland."

Carol Downie, Chief Executive of Youth Scotland, added;

"The launch of this CashBack Small Grants scheme is a really positive move for community based youth work in Scotland. It will give groups that may not have previously had access to external funding the opportunity to get set up or run a specific programme of activity, by providing them with a manageable sum of money and support with the application process."

The scheme will be accompanied by a series of Roadshows taking place across the country, where groups will be able to find out more about the scheme and get practical help and advice about how to apply and the processes involved. For more info about the Roadshows, click here.

Get more information about the Small Grants Scheme.