The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland: Young Start Fund

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Young Start is a grants programme that distributes money from dormant bank accounts, and helps children and young people across Scotland become more confident, so they can realise their own potential.

Young Start can fund work that achieves at least one of the following three outcomes.

  • Children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • Children and young people have better connections with the wider community.
  • Children and young people get access to new skills and training opportunities which will help them to get a new job or start a business.

Young Start now awards grants of between £10,000 and £100,000. The fund is aimed at third sector organisations including voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, housing associations, sports organisations, cooperatives and charities.

Funding for up to 3 years is available for a wide range of projects. Applicants must show that they are meaningfully involving the young people they’re working with in the development, design and delivery of their activity. They must also show how they are connected in to what others are doing locally, and will build on the strengths of young people and communities.

Guidance on applying is now available on the National Lottery Community Fund website. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time. Applicants will hear if they have been successful within 8 weeks of submitting an application form. To apply, get in touch with Big Lottery Fund for an informal chat about your idea and advice on whether or not this funding is right for what you want to do.

You can keep in touch with the latest Young Start news by following the National Lottery Community Fund on Facebook or Twitter

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