CashBack for Communities

Small Grants Scheme

Grants of up to £2,000 to support local youth groups to provide big opportunities for Scotland's young people

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The CashBack for Communities Small Grants Scheme supports local volunteer led groups, who may not previously have had access to external funding, to enhance their programmes for young people and get positive projects off the ground.

This scheme is being managed by a partnership of six national, volunteer-led youth organisations; Scouts Scotland, Girlguiding Scotland, Boys Brigade, The Girls' Brigade in Scotland, Clubs for Young People (Scotland) and Youth Scotland.

Visit the Cashback for Communities Small Grants Scheme website. You can also see the impact that the Small Grants Scheme has had on groups and communities across Scotland with the 2012 and 2014 evaluation reports.

What will the scheme fund?

  • The start up costs of a unit or youth group (up to £1,000)
  • The costs (or part of the costs) of a particular programme of activity (up to £2,000). This can include equipment.

Who can apply?

Local youth groups which meet all the following criteria:

  • Led by volunteers,
  • Have members which include young people aged 10 or over,
  • Based in Scotland
  • A member of one of the six partnership organisations listed above, including Youth Scotland.

This last requirement is to ensure all groups awarded a small grant have the appropriate national organisational support, with clear operating policies in place, and are properly constituted.

PLEASE NOTE: Groups or units should apply directly to the organisation of which they are a member.

If you are an independent non-uniformed group that is not a member of one of the organisations, but would like to apply for the Small Grants Scheme, you may be interested in joining Youth Scotland or Clubs for Young People (Scotland).

Join Youth Scotland.

When to apply...

The deadlines for applications are rolling and will be on:

  • 1 March
  • 1 June
  • 1 September
  • 1 December

We have limited funding available and are happy to accept applications, but cannot guarantee funding will be awarded. Priority will be given to start up grant applications, and to youth groups applying for the first time.

How to apply

Please apply using the application form and guidance notes.