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About CashBack for Communities


CashBack for Communities is a unique Scottish Government programme which takes money seized from criminals under the proceeds of crime legislation and invests them in our future – our young people.  Since 2008, £92 million has been committed to community initiatives to improve the quality of life of young people right across Scotland

  • Nearly 2 million activities and opportunities for young people have been delivered so far
  • Phase 4 of CashBack has a stronger focus on helping tackle Scotland’s inequalities – raising the attainment, ambition and aspirations of those young people across Scotland who are disadvantaged by:-
    • Living in areas of deprivation; and
    • Being unemployed, not in education or training; and/or
    • Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; and/or
    • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending
  • 17 of Scotland’s sporting, charity, arts, community and youth organisations will deliver projects under the themes of Journey to Employment, Creativity, Diversionary Youth Work and Sport for Change.
  • Activities will range from diversionary youth work to more long-term potentially life-changing intervention projects which turn young people’s lives around and provide them the opportunity of getting into employment, education, or volunteering


The CashBack for Communities programme funds partner organisations to deliver activities and opportunities for young people across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland. £17m of money projected to be recovered from criminals has been committed to the latest phase of CashBack which will run from April 2017 to end March 2020. These projects focus on tackling inequalities in areas of deprivation, working with some of the most disadvantaged young people aged 10 to 24.

When opening the application process in May 2016, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, said:

“It seems only right that even more young people across Scotland should benefit from these kinds of opportunities which is why I am extremely pleased to be able to commit such a substantial amount of funding for the unique CashBack for Communities programme. This money will go a long way to changing the lives of our young people and it seems only fitting that the money seized from the criminals who seek to peddle misery in some of our most disadvantaged communities is reinvested back in to those same areas.

We remain committed to tackling inequality and this CashBack funding will offer our most disadvantaged young people the opportunity to get involved in positive activities which will raise their attainment, ambition and aspirations.”


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.

Two Inspiring Scotland Performance Advisors support the programme: