MACKAY WELCOMES NEW BIG LOTTERY FUNDING
Local SNP MSP Derek Mackay has welcomed new funding from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), which will unlock the potential of thousands of children and young people helping them to be more confident, healthy and connected with older people in their community
Young Start, developed and run by the Big Lottery Fund, will focus on tackling youth unemployment by preparing young people for getting a job or starting a business and will invest £8.9 million over the next year.
Aimed at third sector organisations, Young Start will provide grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for up to two years for projects that help to unlock the potential of children and young people aged 8 to 24. It can fund a range of youth activities including:
· Using local artists in a creative arts project to improve young people’s confidence.
· Getting young people involved in sport through the use of local sports facilities.
· Young people teaching older people how to use technology and try new activities such as using the internet, social networking and gaming.
· Work experience tasters with local employers.
The money comes from dormant accounts which are bank and building society accounts that have seen no customer-initiated activity for at least 15 years.
Commenting Mr Mackay said;
“Boosting youth employment is at the heart of everything we do as a Government and so this recent announcement from the Big Lottery Fund is fantastic news in helping to achieve that.
“It’s great to see groups coming forward with the aim of making a big difference to their local communities but with fiscal autonomy we could do so much more to deploy direct methods and incentives to get our young people into work.
“I would encourage groups who think that they fit the criteria to apply and hope that people the length and breadth of Renfrewshire will take advantage of it.”
Groups can download an application form at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/youngstartfund and can keep up to date with the latest Young Start news at www.facebook.org.uk/youngstartfund or following Young Start at www.twitter.com/youngstartfund.