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Project Spend




Project name: CashBack Youth Work Fund     

Project period : 2020 – 2023

Age range: 10 – 24 years

Number of Young People Project expected to work with: 30,000

The CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund made small grants available to youth work organisations across Scotland to support opportunities for young people most at risk of involvement in crime and to support communities most affected by crime.

The targeted youth work opportunities delivered by funded organisations supported young people’s personal and social development and supported them towards positive destinations and life choices. The fund also supported youth work opportunities with the aim to result in significant benefits to local communities by supporting young people’s active participation in and contribution to their communities.

The fund comprised two small grants programmes:

  • The main fund, which was open to youth work organisations across Scotland via an allocation to each local authority area in Scotland. Any youth work organisation delivering in a local authority area could apply to the area pot.
  • A three-year fund, which was available to youth, work partners in seven priority local authority areas in Scotland.


Areas where project was to be delivered:

The fund was national and available across all 32 Local Authority Areas, but targeted in the following ways:

  • Main fund where award decisions are made by a panel of local stakeholders who ensure that funded activity meets local need and reaches funding criteria, target groups and communities
  • Three-year fund where the selection of these areas is informed by the CashBack for Communities priority of supporting those communities in Scotland most affected by crime. Applications to this fund must be made by local partnerships and explicitly meet the needs of local young people and communities most affected by crime.


Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment

Please find a link here to YouthLink Scotland’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) in respect of this CashBack for Communities project.