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YouthLink Scotland

2020 - 2023 Grant Offer


2020 - 2023 Young People Target


YouthLink Scotland

Project name: CashBack Youth Work Fund     

Age range: 10 – 24 years

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

The CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund makes 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 support young people’s personal and social development and support them towards positive destinations and life choices. The fund also supports youth work opportunities which results in significant benefits to local communities by supporting young people’s active participation in and contribution to their communities.

The fund comprises two small grants programmes:

  • The main fund, which is 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 may apply to the area pot.
  • A three-year fund, which is available to youth, work partners in seven priority local authority areas in Scotland.


Areas where project will be delivered:

The fund is 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.