Cashback for Communities Youth Work Fund

Reinvesting monies recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to support the the Scottish Government’s youth justice outcomes. The Fund focuses on young people at risk of entering the criminal justice system and communities most affected by crime.

Fund Status: Closed

Please note that this fund has come to an end.

The CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund supported local, targeted youth work opportunities for young people and communities most affected by crime since 2008.

In that time, over £14m has gone out in small grants to support hundreds of community-based youth groups, from Shetland to Stranraer, to deliver opportunities to 427,700 young people

What has been truly unique about the CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund is that decision on how the funds were allocated were made by local assessment panels in every local authority area of Scotland. These assessment panels brought together over 200 local volunteer assessors each year and included young people, representatives from local authority and voluntary sector youth youth work service providers and community safety partnerships. This process ensured that the funds were focused on providing quality youth work opportunities to support the young people and communities at times and places where those intervention were needed most.

We’d like to thank of all the volunteer assessors who have supported the fund over the years.

In 2021/22 alone, projects supported through the fund engaged with 13,995 young people. The programme evaluation demonstrated that the CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund outperformed against all of the CashBack outcomes. Critically, 8,773 of those young people reported improvements to their mental health and wellbeing as a result of the support they received. 5,268 reported being less likely to be involved in criminal behavior and 3,982 young people were supported to contribute positively to their communities through volunteering etc.

We’d like to thank all of the local youth work organisations and young people who helped to make this fund such a success.

Funded Projects

In 2022/23, the fund supported over 130 preventative youth work projects across Scotland and funded over 3,000 activity hours for 1470 young people from every local authority area in the country.

Case Studies

CashBack funded projects have made a positive impact on the lives of over 14,000 young people across Scotland since it launched in 2008. Find out more about the life changing youth work made possible by the Cashback For Communities Youth Work Fund.

Youth worker talking to young people at an outdoor event

Learn more about the incredible impact CashBack funding has had with our Spotlight series!

CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund Guidance and Information

You can download the following documents to find out more about the fund

List of previously funded organisations
(PDF, 456 KB)
Fund guidance etc
(PDF, 1 MB)
Awarded in 2022/23
young people benefitted in 2021/22
youth work projects funded in 2022/23

Contact our grants administration team

We’re always around for a chat if you want to run ideas by us or need help of any kind. If you need further information or support please contact Jane Dailly (National Grants Manager) and Donna Tobin (National Grants Administrator).