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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, £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 has started and will run from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023.  This will focus on providing 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, to 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 will deliver a range 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.


The CashBack for Communities programme funds partner organisations to deliver activities and opportunities for young people across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland. £19m of money projected to be recovered from criminals has been committed to the latest phase of CashBack which will run from April 2020 to end March 2023. New organisations to benefit from the latest round of CashBack for Communities funding include Eden Court arts project in Inverness and the Mayfield & Easthouses Youth 2000 Project. They will work closely with young people from areas of deprivation to provide them with positive opportunities to raise their attainment and aspirations. The CashBack for Communities scheme reinvests criminal assets into community projects which support young people into positive destinations, diverting some away from potentially criminal or anti-social behaviour. A total of 24 organisations have been awarded funding, taking the total investment in the unique programme to more than £110 million since it began in 2008. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “CashBack is a unique and potentially life-transforming programme that helps expand young people’s horizons and supports them to realise their ambitions and reach their full potential. “This phase of CashBack has a particular focus on projects that support young people and communities most affected by crime. We are working hard to tackle the root causes of crime and disorder through early intervention and to ensure those affected have the support in place to steer them away from criminal or antisocial behaviour. “Since the programme began in 2008 we have delivered over two and a half million activities and opportunities for young people across Scotland and I am delighted that many further young people will be supported and inspired over the next three years.”

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 Performance Advisors support the programme: