Cashback for communities - youth work fund

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The Western Isles Assessment Panel for the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Fund for Youth Work met yesterday (March 23rd).

The meeting, jointly between the Panel members from Lewis & Harris and Uist & Barra, was conducted by a video conference to consider a number of applications for grants from the Fund, and the successful applicants will be advised of the outcome of their requests by YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, which is the Scottish Government’s manager of the Fund.

A spokesman for the Panel suggested that the number of applications to the CashBack Fund from the Western Isles could be improved, as few if any successful ones had come from from Harris, the Uists, Benbecula and Barra, and many eligible groups had not attended local briefings about the Fund which had been held.

The money for grants distributed by the CashBack Fund comes from seizures of criminal assets achieved through the Courts by the Scottish Government’s Justice Department, and is used to give back benefits to the community in various ways. YouthLink Scotland has been contracted by the Government to manage the Youth Work Fund, and does so with the help of 32 local assessment panels, one for each Local Authority area in Scotland.

The next tranche of money for grants from the Fund becomes available next autumn, with a closing date of September 16th, and local briefings about the way it works can be held on request. Those wishing guidance on how and when to apply, and the conditions of grant, should contact Dougie Peddie at YouthLink Scotland, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ, telephone 0131 313 2488