Crime pays for local groups

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COMMUNITY groups and organisations in Fife are being urged to make the most of a Scottish Government pot of money, made up of thousands of pounds seized from criminals.

So far, Kirkcaldy YMCA has been awarded almost £56,000 from the Cashback for Communities scheme which aims to help young people.

And Fife Council is urging other groups to apply for the money.

A total of £176,448 has been allocated to Fife in the latest round of funding.

So far, £25,974 has been granted, leaving £150,473 remaining available.

Cashback for Communities is the Scottish Government’s way of reinvesting the proceeds of crime into communities to benefit Scotland’s young people.

Policy officer Patricia Spacey said: “All money not allocated in earlier phases will be rolled over to the final phase with a deadline of September 16. Money not applied for beyond this deadline will be lost.

Considerable funding

“There is a considerable amount of funding available via Cashback within Fife, which to date, has been underutilised.

“Information and guidance on all the grants, including application forms and marketing materials that can be distributed locally, are available by visiting www.youthlinkscotland.org.”

The Government has committed to invest over £19m by this process through a range of projects. The Cashback programme includes a number of funding streams and is run by Youthlink Scotland.

This fund aims to support the youth work sector to provide a range of activities for young people.

All organisations that offer activities for young people are eligible to apply, however, a number of criteria must be fulfilled.

Applications are not expected to exceed £30,000 and the next deadline for projects which will be running between November 1 and May 31, 2012, is September 16.

Youth work

Funding is also available through other schemes in the Cashback family, include the Anti-Violence Fund which aims to support organisations or partnerships that offer programmes of youth work activities or projects dedicated to addressing the perception of violence among young people.

The Cashback Small Grants Scheme also allows groups to apply for a start up grant of up to £1000 and programme funding of up to £2000.

For more information on the Cashback for Communities Youth Work Fund/Anti Violence Fund, visit www.youthlinkscotland.org.

To find out more about the Cashback Small Grants Scheme, visit www.youthscotland.org.uk.