Applications opened today, Wednesday 29 November 2017, to the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund, administered by YouthLink Scotland and funded by Creative Scotland. The Fund offers creative learning opportunities for young people to access a range of high-quality arts, screen and creative industries activities.
The CashBack for Creativity programme aims to tackle inequality by removing barriers to access and provision of arts and creative experiences for young people, aged 10-24 regardless of background or situation. The programme is funded by the Scottish Government through the CashBack for Communities programme which redistributes the proceeds of crime to benefit young people.
£250,000 is available to support community-based arts projects in this round, with individual proposals being able to access awards of up to £10,000, to deliver up to 12 months of creative activity for young people. The fund is administered by YouthLink Scotland and will have a further Round of funding in November 2018. For further information, please visit: www.youthlinkscotland.org/funding/cashback-for-communities/cashback-for-creativity-open-fund
Laura Black, Arts Officer – Cashback for Creativity, Creative Scotland, commented: “We’re excited to launch the second round of the CashBack for Creativity Open Fund delivered in partnership with YouthLink Scotland. The Cashback for Communities Fund provides essential creative opportunities to Scotland’s young people to have fun in their communities while raising their aspirations for future employment and building confidence and self-esteem. Round One of the fund supported over 34 projects, providing access to hundreds of young people who are now producing, creating and exhibiting their own work. For many this is the first time they’ve accessed creative opportunities.”
Jim Sweeney MBE, CEO YouthLink Scotland, The National Agency for Youth Work, said: “The role of the Arts in broadening young people’s horizons should never be underestimated. It is often through the power of creative experiences that young people realise there is a positive path in life and they can achieve their ambitions despite difficult circumstances they may face. CashBack is an investment in the next generation and a mark of a society that values all its young people.”