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Proceeds From Crime to Be Reinvested to Support Community Groups Working With Young People in Scotland

Projects supporting young people across Scotland are set to receive up to a total of £20 million in funding recovered from the proceeds of crime.

The funding, which reinvests criminal assets recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act, aims to provide support to young people at risk of entering the criminal justice system and communities impacted by crime.

Justice Secretary Keith Brown said: “To provide the best chances for their future, we should nurture all young people to fulfil their potential – through interventions which help reduce the risk of offending and that encourage positive behaviour.

“For the past 15 years, Cashback has helped millions of young people across Scotland to find better futures and reach their full potential and we know from first-hand experience the transformational impact the programme has had on young people’s lives.

“This phase of CashBack received more than 150 applications – the most ever – and our latest round of funding takes total investment in the programme to more than £130 million. This fund underlies our commitment to support young people to live full, healthy lives and help address some of the underlying causes of crime.”

A total of 29 organisations will benefit from the sixth round of the CashBack for Communities programme, including first time funding for GMAC Film, who support young people to kickstart a career in filmmaking, as the Venture Trust and Aberlour Child Care Trust who both support young people with employment and other opportunities.

Groups such as Barnardo’s, Access to Industry, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland and the Scottish Football Association have received continued funding to support the work they do. The latest round of funding takes the total amount reinvested to over £130 million.

The money goes to support and run projects across Scotland, in 2021-2022 supported organisations, including Barnardo’s, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, Prince’s Trust Scotland, Scottish Sports Futures and Youth Scotland, ran 481 projects in Perth and Kinross.

In the period from 2008 to 2021 a total of 56,197 projects were run in Perth and Kinross with over £1.5million pounds reinvested in the area.

The current phase of the CashBack for Communities programme will run from the 1st of April 2023 until the 31st of March 2026.

All the organisations who will be funded are:

  • Aberlour Child Care Trust (New for Phase 6)
  • Access to Industry
  • Action for Children
  • Avenue Confidential (New for Phase 6)
  • Barnardo’s
  • basketballscotland Limited
  • Bethany Christian Trust
  • Celtic FC Foundation
  • Cyrenians
  • Edinburgh Young Carers (New for Phase 6)
  • Glasgow Media Access Centre Ltd (New for Phase 6)
  • Impact Arts (Projects) LTD
  • Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 Project
  • Ocean Youth Trust Scotland
  • Police Service of Scotland
  • Rangers Charity Foundation SCIO
  • RUTS (New for Phase 6)
  • Scottish Football Association
  • Scottish Professional Football League Trust
  • Scottish Rugby Union
  • Scottish Sports Futures
  • Scottish Youth Dance
  • Starcatchers Productions Ltd (New for Phase 6)
  • Station House Media Unit
  • Strengthening Communities for Race Equality Scotland (New for Phase 6)
  • The Larder West Lothian (New for Phase 6)
  • The National Autistic Society
  • The Venture Trust (New for Phase 6)
  • Youth Scotland

Details on individual partners and the projects they run can be found at https://cashbackforcommunities.org/ with information on how money has been used in Perth and Kinross since 2008 available at https://cashbackforcommunities.org/local-authorities/perth-and-kinross/

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