Groups providing diversionary youth work activities for young people aged 10 to 24 in Scotland are invited to apply for funding for projects taking place in the financial year 2018/19.

A total pot of £700,000 is being made available to groups as part of the Youth Work Fund strand of the Cashback for Communities Fund.

The Fund is administered by youth work agency YouthLink Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government who set it up with the aim of tackling inequalities by focusing more on young people from deprived areas. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects delivered between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Initiatives must support young people (aged between 10 and 24 years) that face one or more of the following disadvantages:

• Living in areas of deprivation. (Priority will be given to projects working in communities within the top 20% SIMD.)

• Unemployed, not in education or training (NEET).

• Excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school.

• At risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending or re-offending.

Local groups and partnerships in Scotland can apply if they are providing diversionary youth work activities for young people that raises their attainment, ambition and aspirations. Projects must be accessible, sustainable, and supportive of the contribution of young people to the development, management and running of the project

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2017.

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The Creative Scotland Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund supports young people aged 14-20 who require financial assistance in developing their talent within the creative industry. Funding will be awarded to those young people who demonstrate enthusiasm, ambition and talent in their chosen field and who would benefit from financial assistance in order to develop this further.
Both individuals and groups may apply for funding ranging between £50 and £600.

Funding is available to young people aged between 14 and 20 who live in Scotland and wish to develop their talent in one or more of the following areas: Drama; Dance; Music; Film; Visual Arts; Literature; and Digital Arts.
Funding is particularly targeted at those who may not be able to develop their talent further due to the barriers of:
• Affordability – inability to afford costs related to arts activity.
• Geography – issues with accessing opportunity due to their location.
• Disability – issues with taking part due to cost or unsuitable infrastructure or support.
Applications are welcomed from individuals or groups.
Grants can be awarded to help support talent development through:
• Artistic development – eg auditioning, training, participating in workshops, work shadowing or mentoring.
• Promotion and showcasing – eg staging an exhibition, recording a demo, marketing a performance or publishing written work.
• Peer-to-peer delivery – eg hosting a workshop or setting up a local group.

The next deadline for applications is 9 October 2017.




Comic Relief has launched a £1.75 million fund to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young men with mental health problems. They are seeking proposals to deliver specialised mental health provision which puts the needs of young men at the heart of their work. They expect to make approximately 20 grants of around £100,000-£150,000 across the UK. The timings for the initiative are:
• Open for applications:  6th September – 13th October
• Shortlisting: 19th October – 8th November
• Assessments: 12th December – 22nd January, 2018.
Full information and details on how to apply can be found here.




The Life Changes Trust welcomes applications from organisations and individuals in Scotland with experience of dementia who are seeking funding to produce resources that equip and encourage people suffering with dementia and their carers.

Organisations and individuals who have experience of dementia and live in Scotland including people living with dementia; organisations that work with those living with dementia; current carers; and former carers can apply for grants of between £500 and £7,000.

The awards will support people living with dementia and their carers in Scotland to share knowledge and helpful information with each other by creating peer to peer support resources, such as leaflets, DVDs, videos, etc. Eligible projects/resources must have long term value/relevance (at least three years). Resources must be practical and truly reflect the experiences and needs of people living with dementia and/or carers.
The resources created through the fund will also provide a valuable source of education and information for people who want to know more about dementia, such as hospital or care home staff, relatives or friends.

The deadlines for applications are 1 September 2017 and 2 February 2018.

Further information is available from the Life Changes Trust’s website.

Grassroots organisations, local charities and non-profit community businesses that are seeking to effect positive change within their local area in England, Scotland and Wales can take the first step in the application process by submitting an online expression of interest.
The funding is for ‘good causes that focus on the prevention of poverty and the upholding of human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.
The funding is intended to help organisations find real solutions to tackling the root causes of poverty and its long-term consequences by, for example, helping people gain the skills, knowledge and resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Poverty prevention can focus on relieving other needs, such as those associated with ethnicity, geography, gender and lack of educational and skills development.

Examples of projects which may fit within the Trust’s criteria are:

• Training programmes to boost skills and opportunities for disadvantaged groups with formal accreditation at the end of the programme.
• Homelessness support.
• Prevention of anti-social behaviour in young people.
• Support for at-risk families (parenting support).
• Promotion of human rights for LGBT groups, the disabled or the elderly.
• Services around domestic violence.

• Creative solutions to help refugees integrate into their community.

Projects likely to get funding will demonstrate:
• Innovative and tangible impacts.
• Sustainability: the project will continue to benefit beneficiaries beyond its 12 months.
• Creative acknowledgement of PPT’s support.
• Short but clear descriptions of activities and outcomes.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000 for those in Scotland and England and up to £10,000 for those in Wales.  
The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:
• Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR/Charity Commission can apply for up to £2,000 in funding.
• Applicants that are registered with OSCR / Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 (or £10,000 in Wales) in funding.
As a general guideline, the larger and longer the project the higher the amount it would be considered acceptable to request. The amount requested should be directly related to the strength of the long term outcomes of the project.
Please note this fund is 'vastly oversubscribed'.
There is a two-step application process.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 28 August 2017

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