Joan McAlpine is encouraging local groups across Dumfriesshire to apply for funding through the CashBack for Communities programme following a £17m funding boost for the scheme announced by the Scottish Government last week.
CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across 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. In Dumfriesshire the programme has supported a number of youth development, sporting and creative projects that have benefitted young people across the region.
Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:
“This new funding for CashBack for Communities is very welcome – and offers a real opportunity which community groups across Dumfriesshire should not pass up.
“CashBack for Communities offers every young person, regardless of their background, the opportunity to get involved in positive activities in their communities. This new round of funding will focus on improving the attainment, ambition and aspirations of young people in Dumfriesshire and right across the country, and I would encourage community groups to explore the opportunities that this new funding provides.
“Dumfriesshire has many wonderful community groups who are already doing much to improve our communities and inspire our young people. This new funding is a fantastic opportunity for many of them to build on the positive work they already do – and I am urging local community groups across Dumfriesshire to apply to make sure that our local young people see the benefit of this new funding.”
Community groups who want to apply for grant funding can find out more about the programme at: www.cashbackforcommunities.org