Young Placechangers Ideas Fund opens for applications

Young Placechangers puts young people in the lead role – bringing together the wider community to look at local spaces, plan and deliver improvements. From 11 October 2018 young people and youth groups can apply to the Young Placechangers Ideas Fund for Seedcorn grants (up to £500) and larger Ideas Fund grants (up to £3,000)

Date 11 October 2018

Young Placechangers Ideas Fund opens for applications

What would you like to change in your local area?

Young Placechangers puts young people in the lead role – bringing together the wider community to look at local spaces, plan and deliver improvements.

From today [11 October 2018] young people and youth groups can apply to the Young Placechangers Ideas Fund for Seedcorn grants (up to £500) and larger Ideas Fund grants (up to £3000). Developed by greenspace scotland and partners Youth Scotland, with funding support from the Scottish Government and Heritage Lottery Fund, the Young Placechangers Ideas Fund will support young placechangers across Scotland to put their ideas into action and change places for the better – where they live, play, hang out or go to school.

Information on the Ideas Fund https://www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/young-placechangers-ideas- fund

Julie Procter, greenspace scotland Chief Executive said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to think about what they would like to change in their local area and be supported with funds and training to make it happen.”

“The Seedcorn grant is a good way of getting started – youth groups can use it to bring people in their community together to take a fresh look at local places and spaces. Thinking about how to give them a new lease of life, improve their quality and create great community spaces. The process of looking at spaces, listening to and asking questions of people in a space helps to discover their needs and aspirations. The next stage is to create a common vision and action plan – followed by practical action to deliver ‘quick-win’ changes on the ground – this is where the larger Ideas Fund grant comes into play. We will also be on hand to provide support and training to all groups involved in the programme.”

The Scottish Government is supporting the Young Placechangers programme with a contribution of

£90,000 for Ideas Fund. This will help bring to life the ideas from young people and their communities.

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart said: “We want to get more young people involved in planning and placemaking. Given their enthusiasm, creativity and interest in the long-term future of their places, they have a valuable contribution to make.

I am delighted that the Scottish Government is supporting the Young Placechangers Ideas Fund with significant investment. Launching in the Year of Young People, it offers the financial means for young people to take the lead in enhancing their neighbourhoods.

We should not under-estimate the difference that well-designed planning can make to people’s quality of life and to delivering local improvements - to streets, parks, greenspace, towns and neighbourhoods. I am looking forward to seeing the ideas come to life, showing what’s possible and inspiring even more improvements to Scotland’s places.”

Annabel Matthews, Youth Worker at Connect in the Borders who took part in a young placechangers residential weekend earlier this year said: “We are looking forward to making use of the Ideas Fund to change the areas outside our club which is messy and unwelcoming. We want to make it nicer, friendlier and more accessible. Being involved with the young placechangers programme gave me the

motivation to get it done and at the residential I really enjoyed listening to people’s ideas and suggestions about how they would like to change their places”

Ian McLaughlan, Youth Scotland Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to be working with greenspace scotland on promoting the Ideas Fund which will empower young people to take the lead in their local communities. The seedcorn and Ideas Fund grants will ensure that young people see the results of their hard work in a relatively short timescale giving them a great sense of pride and achievement”

Through the projects the young people and community members they involve will learn about their natural, cultural, built and industrial heritage. Quick wins could include include signage, small art installations, events and happenings to interpret and explain local heritage and place. Projects undertaken by young people could contribute to, for example, local biodiversity records, local catalogues and exhibitions showcasing what an area has to offer.

Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “We are enthusiastic about giving young people the chance to learn about heritage. Thanks to National Lottery players Young Placechangers Programme - empowering young people to take the lead will help them to bring fresh ideas and energy to the task. It is an excellent example of how they can get involved, make decisions, develop new skills and interests, connect with their communities and have fun.”

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About greenspace scotland

greenspace scotland is an independent charitable company and social enterprise. Our goal is that everyone in Scotland can access and enjoy quality greenspace which meets their needs and improves quality of life. We work with a wide range of local and national partners to support the planning, development and sustainable management of greenspaces and green networks as a key part of the infrastructure of our towns and cities. www.greenspacescotland.org.uk @greenspacescot

About Youth Scotland

Youth Scotland is the largest national youth work organisation in Scotland, supporting 64,255 young people, 1,095 youth groups and over 7,558 youth workers. The membership network is made up of local youth groups of all sizes, Area Associations and Youth Scotland staff who can provide support and training on a range of youth work topics. The network delivers varied, universal youth work and innovative solutions in an ever-changing youth work landscape. https://www.youthscotland.org.uk/ @YouthScotland

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.

About Year of Young People

The Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP) is a year-long programme of events, activities and ideas that will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they are made of. Year of Young People 2018 is led by the Scottish Government, working in collaboration with a core group of delivery partners including VisitScotland, EventScotland, Young Scot, Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, Creative Scotland and YouthLink Scotland.

http://yoyp2018.scot/what-is-yoyp/

For further information, images and interviews, contact Angela Houghton, Young Placechangers Development Officer phone: 01786 849 757

email: angela.houghton@greenspacescotland.org.uk

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