The £2 million CashBack facilities fund will be used to support projects aimed at getting young people active, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced today.
Community organisations working with disadvantaged young people across Scotland will soon be able to apply for a share of the funding to upgrade equipment and improve their facilities in a bid to get more young people involved in sport and physical activity.
The money is the final round of funding from the third phase of CashBack for Communities which ends in March 2017.
Mr Matheson said:
I am delighted to be able to announce this final £2 million of funding for the current phase of the unique CashBack for Communities programme. 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.
As a Government we are committed to tackling inequality and CashBack offers every young person, regardless of their background, the opportunity to get involved in positive activities in their communities.
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.
YouthLink Scotland will be managing the one-year £2m facilities funding with applications opening on Monday 18 April and will go live on their website on that date.
The money forms an open fund with funding of up to £150,000 towards improvements to facilities and/or equipment in order to offer high quality sport and physical activities which support the health and wellbeing of young people in areas where there is identified need.
In addition to this, the Justice Secretary recently announced £17 million for the next phase of CashBack which will commence on April 2017.