Groups working with disadvantaged young get £2m boost


COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS WHO are working with disadvantaged young people will be able to apply for a share of £2million from next month.

The CashBack facilities fund is money that has been seized from criminal activities and reinvested back into the communities.

Scotland’s Justice Secretary Michael Matheson revealed this week how the £2million that makes up the final round of funding it the third phase of the facilities fund will be used before it ends in March next year.

Mr Matheson said: “This is the last instalment before we move in to the next phase of funding, which last week I announced would total £17 million.

“By seizing this money from criminals and reinvesting it back into our communities we are not only punishing those who seek to peddle misery but providing activities and opportunities for our young people to stop them from becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Adding that the Scottish Government were committed to tackling inequality, he said that CashBack offered every young person, regardless of their background, a chance to become involved in positive activities within their local communities.

He said: “We want all of Scotland’s young people to be confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens – and I believe that CashBack is essential to helping us achieving this goal which is why I am proud to continue to support the valuable work it does.”

Moray organisations can make applications for funding, which will be managed by YouthLink Scotland, when the bid process opens on April 18.

Since 2008 CashBack has committed over £75 million to projects and organisations who work with young people.