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About CashBack for Communities

CashBack for Communities is a unique Scottish Government programme which uses the funds recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) in a positive way – to expand young people’s horizons and increase the opportunities they have to develop their interests and skills.  The programme has strong links to the Scottish Government’s Justice Vision.  

Since 2008, £110 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 5 of CashBack of Communities runs from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023 and supports projects that provide a range of activities for young people between the ages of 10-24 which:

  • Support people, families and communities most affected by crime
  • Support those most at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending or reoffending into positive destinations
  • Support young people most at risk of entering the justice system

Additionally, provide activities, which are not limited by age, which meet the above and;

  • Provides intergenerational support for parents, families and children impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences

24 CashBack Partner organisations deliver a variety of activities which 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.

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: