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£2 million for sporting activities

Published: 22 Mar 2016 09:30
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Law and order

Criminals’ cash will fund facilities and equipment.

The £2 million CashBack facilities fund will be used to support projects aimed at getting young people active, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced today.

Community organisations working with disadvantaged young people across Scotland will soon be able to apply for a share of the funding to upgrade equipment and improve their facilities in a bid to get more young people involved in sport and physical activity.

The money is the final round of funding from the third phase of CashBack for Communities which ends in March 2017.

Mr Matheson said:

"I am delighted to be able to announce this final £2 million of funding for the current phase of the unique CashBack for Communities programme. This is the last instalment before we move in to the next phase of funding, which last week I announced would total £17 million.

"By seizing this money from criminals and reinvesting it back into our communities we are not only punishing those who seek to peddle misery but providing activities and opportunities for our young people to stop them from becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour.

"As a Government we are committed to tackling inequality and CashBack offers every young person, regardless of their background, the opportunity to get involved in positive activities in their communities.

"We want all of Scotland's young people to be confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens and I believe that CashBack is essential to helping us achieving this goal which is why I am proud to continue to support the valuable work it does."

Notes to editors

Background

Applications for funding will open on April 18, 2016 and will be managed by YouthLink Scotland.

Since 2008/09 CashBack has committed over £75 million to projects and organisations who work with young people, delivering more than 1.8 million activities and opportunities throughout the country. The £2 million announced today is the final installment from the existing £75 million.

In addition to this the Justice Secretary recently announced £17 million for the next phase of CashBack which will commence on April 2017: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/-17-million-for-CashBack-2406.aspx

For more information on CashBack for Communities, visit:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/policies/community-engagement/cashback

Information on CashBack investment and activity levels broken down by local authority area is also available on the CashBack website within the Local Authority information packs.

Contact: Jenny Scott 0131 244 2939