A total pot of £700,000 is being made available to groups as part of the Youth Work Fund strand of the Cashback for Communities Fund. The Fund is administered by youth work agency YouthLink Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government who set it up with the aim of tackling inequalities by focusing more on young people from deprived areas.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects delivered between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.
Initiatives must support young people (aged between 10 and 24 years) that face one or more of the following disadvantages:
- Living in areas of deprivation. (Priority will be given to projects working in communities within the top 20% SIMD.)
- Unemployed, not in education or training (NEET).
- Excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school.
- At risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending or re-offending.
Local groups and partnerships in Scotland can apply if they are providing diversionary youth work activities for young people that raises their attainment, ambition and aspirations. Projects must be accessible, sustainable, and supportive of the contribution of young people to the development, management and running of the project.
The deadline for applications is 15 December 2017.