Cabinet Secretary for Justice marks £1.5m CashBack for Communities Small Grants Scheme for Youth Groups

30 July 2013

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Today, Tuesday 30th July, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, MSP marked the 2013 - 2016 round of the CashBack for Communities Small Grants Scheme and Young People Taking the Lead Project in Edinburgh at an event hosted by Youth Scotland.
So far, to-date, the scheme has distributed over £ 640,000 to over 664 groups, units and organisations around Scotland. 
Now in its third year, the CashBack for Communities Small Grants Scheme aims to support local volunteer led youth groups or units who may no previously have had access to external funding to enhance their programmes for young people and get positive projects off the ground.  
Young People Taking The Lead is a new project that aims to develop young people as leaders, volunteers and community contributors.  It will build their leadership skills, ability to work in teams, entrepreneurial spirit and creativity in order to increase the scale of activity delivered for young people at a local level. 
The Cabinet Secretary said: "The Small Grants Scheme is improving the lives of young people right across Scotland and I am delighted to announce this latest round of funding.

"This money is undoubtedly being put to excellent use by the respective organisations, and it is fantastic to see the hard work that has gone into the rewarding initiatives.

"CashBack for Communities is a unique initiative that takes money from those who indulge in criminal activity and puts it back into the community to help young people at risk of turning to crime.

"Since 2007, this Government has invested more than £50m in CashBack for Communities and is committed to continue to expand the hugely successful programme in the future."
Ian McLaughlan  Chief Executive of Youth Scotland said: "Youth Scotland  is delighted to be hosting the launch of the 2013 -2016 CashBack for Communities Small Grants Scheme  and the YPTTL project at our newly refurbished offices, Balfour Office, in Edinburgh. 
"The CashBack programme has been of enormous value to 100 of volunteer led youth groups which has helped them provide new and exciting activities to the young people they work with.  I am grateful to the Cabinet Secretary and Scottish Government for their commitment to the programme and especially for this additional investment to the partners delivering young work programmes in a variety of settings and context." 
The two CashBack for Communities projects, funded via proceed of crime money, are administered by a partnership consortium of six national youth work organisations; Scottish Council - The Scout Association, Girlguiding Scotland, Boys' Brigade, The Girls' Brigade in Scotland, Clubs for Young People (Scotland) and Youth Scotland. 
Sally Pitches, Girlguiding Scotland Executive Director, said: "Girlguiding Scotland are delighted to be part of the CashBack for Communities Small Grants Scheme partnership, providing accessible and effective funding for local volunteer led youthwork which makes a huge positive difference to girls and young women.  
"Grants have helped our Leaders to extend and improve existing Girlguiding programme activities and opportunities, such as residential events, outdoor activities such as kayaking, sailing and raft building.  Grants have also given more girls in communities across Scotland the opportunity to experience all the fun, adventurous and amazing opportunities Girlguiding offer.  Overall, the Small Grants scheme has been, and will no doubt continue to be, a real success story for young people."
At the launch event, Mr MacAskill met young people from Falkirk whose Small Grants Scheme grant had funded activities including; canoeing, theatre outings, biking and access to a Young Driver Education programme. 
Amy 16 years. Momentum Young Drivers Education programme participant said: " This was an awesome course and I learned so much that will help me to be much safer when I start driving. "  
Charlotte 11 years, said: "I loved canoeing and I haven't done it before but definitely want to do it again. It was great fun."

For more information on the small grants scheme:

The next deadline for applications is the 1st September.