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Funding opportunities

CashBack is a managed fund which allocates funding to partner organisations to delivery projects across Scotland. There are also a number of focused smaller CashBack funded grants schemes available.  Each fund has its own focus, criteria and funding deadline dates.  Details of how to apply are below. 


CashBack for Communities Phase 4 Fund:
The CashBack for Communities Programme funds partner organisations to deliver, monitor and report on initiatives across all 32 Local Authority Areas in Scotland.  Applications are invited from organisations who wish to become a CashBack Partner for Phase 4 of the programme which runs from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020.  Organisations must have a proven track record of delivering activities and opportunities to disadvantaged young people across Scotland.
Deadline date: 30 June 2016
How to apply: Via online application form accessed here
Contact: enquiries@inspiringscotland.org.uk

CashBack for Communities Facilities Fund: This fund will support not-for-profit community based organisations working with young people within the sports and outdoor learning sectors to apply for funding of up to £150,000 towards improvements to facilities and/or equipment in order to offer high quality sport and physical activities which support the health and wellbeing of young people in areas where there is identified need. The Fund will also support revenue costs associated with the proposed opportunities to a maximum of 10% of the total amount requested.
Next deadline dateTuesday 31 May 2016 at 1:00pm
How to apply
: Via online application accessed through YouthLink Scotland website
Administered by: YouthLink Scotland
Contact: cashback@youthlinkscotland.org or 0131 313 2488


Youth Work FundThis focuses on youth work activity and provides grants of up to £10,000.
Next deadline date: Fund opens annually - this is currently closed for new applications. 
How to apply: Via online application accessed throuh YouthLink Scotland website 
Administered by: YouthLink Scotland 
Contactcashback@youthlinkscotland.org  or  0131 313 2488

CashBack for Creativity Open Arts Fund - This focuses on youth work sector and/or those working with young people to support the delivery of free arts activities.Grants of up to £10,000 available.  
Next deadline date: Fund opens annually - this is currently closed for new applications. 
How to apply: Via online application accessed through  YouthLinkScotland website  
Administered by: YouthLinkScotland & Creative Scotland 
Contact: cashback@youthlinkscotland.org  or  0131 313 2488

Small Grants Scheme-  Provides funding of up to £2,000 to grassroots groups and units from Youth Scotland, Clubs for Young People Scotland, Girlguiding Scotland, Scouts’ Association, Girls’ Brigade Scotland and The Boys’ Brigade.
Next deadline date: Rolling annual deadline dates are: 1 March, 1 June, 1 September, 1 December
How to apply: Via  online application accessed http://www.cashbacksmallgrants.org/  
Adminsitered byYouth Scotland


Prince's Trust Development Awards - These are small grants made to individuals to  help to cover costs such as: course fees, transport or equipment to help young people get into education, training or employment.
Next deadline date: There are no set dates
How to apply: The Prince's Trust Website.  

Due to the unique way in which CashBack is funded, it is inherently difficult to forecast when new monies will become available. There is no Government budget for CashBack and the Programme relies on the excellent work of the Scottish Courts Service, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal’s Service and all the other agencies involved in enforcing the law, to fully recover the ill-gotten gains of criminals in order that CashBack can invest them back into communities. 

Funding Partners

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the national organisation that funds and supports the development of Scotland’s arts, screen and...
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Prince's Trust

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides practical and financial support to the young people who need it most developing key skills,...
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Youth Scotland

Youth Scotland

Two CashBack for Communities projects are administered by Youth Scotland and a partnership consortium of six national youth...
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YouthLink Scotland

YouthLink Scotland

YouthLink Scotland is Scotland’s national agency for youth work. It is a membership organisation that represents the...
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CashBack for Communities Fund Phase 4
Grants of over £150,000 available for suitable organisations
Grants of up to £150,000 towards improvements to facilities and/or equipment.
Grants of up to £10,000 available for youth groups.  
Grants of £10,000 available for free art type activities.
Grants of up to £2,000 available to support local volunteer led groups