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About CashBack for Communities

CashBack for Communities is a unique Scottish Government programme which reinvests criminal assets recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and invests in projects delivering positive futures for our young people.  The programme has strong links to the Scottish Government’s Vision for Justice in Scotland.  

Since 2008,  £130 million has been committed to community initiatives to improve the quality of life of young people right across Scotland. Over 2.5 million activities and opportunities for young people have been delivered so far.

Phase 6 of CashBack for Communities runs from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026 and will deliver a range of trauma-informed and person-centred services and activities for young people between the ages of 10-25 that:

  • Support young people most at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending or reoffending towards or into positive destinations;
  • Provide person-centred support for young people, parents and families
    impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma;
  • Support young people to improve their health, mental health and
  • Support people, families and communities most affected by crime.

In Phase 6, a total of 29 CashBack Partner organisations will deliver activities including diversionary youth work and longer term life-changing intervention projects – helping to turn young people’s lives around and provide them the opportunity of moving into employment, education or volunteering.

CashBack Delivery Team

Inspiring Scotland is the CashBack for Communities Delivery Partner.  In this role Inspiring Scotland applies their performance management approach to partners funded through the programme and supports the programme to achieve its long term strategic outcomes. Inspiring Scotland is an innovative venture philanthropy organisation designed in response to the needs of Scotland’s charities. Working in partnership with a range of supporters, it is an exciting way of using money and skills to improve the lives of Scotland´s most disadvantaged people. Three Inspiring Scotland Fund Managers support the programme: