Now you can read the story of our Young Grantmakers pilot project.
In 2021, The National Lottery Community Fund and Youth Scotland started working together to design and deliver a participatory grant-making pilot project in Glasgow. The aim of the project was to address anti-social behaviour by engaging young people in discussions about local issues and giving young people the opportunity to decide what initiatives should be funded.
Through the project, young people, youth workers, The National Lottery Community Fund and Youth Scotland worked together to create the ‘Glas-glow Up’ fund, which opened for applications in February 2022.
Young Grantmakers met over three stages between January and March 2022, first getting to know each other and being introduced to the grant-making process, then moving on to designing the fund including its application process and funding priorities, which included:
- Initiatives should provide safe spaces for young people to gather, take part in positive activities and seek advice
- Support young people to get outdoors and become more active
- Engage young people who are not already involved with other services or youth programmes, for example through street work, outreach or drop in sessions
- Provide opportunities for young people to engage positively with other stakeholders in their communities, for example through intergenerational projects or youth led events
- Encourage young people to improve their local area, for example through litter pick
By April 2022, The Young Grantmakers had assessed 40 applicants and a total of £40,000 was awarded to 10 successful initiatives, funding different Glasgow-based youth projects including health and wellbeing initiatives, skills development opportunities and community clean-up efforts.