£20,000 up for grabs for youth-led projects

Young people in the Borders once again have the chance to apply for funding from the local grant-giving project Youth Chex, for which information and application packs are available now.

Funding of £20,000 aimed at supporting the project ideas of people aged 12-25 who live in the region is up for grabs in this year’s second bidding round.

Panels of young people from all over the Borders decide which youth-led projects should benefit from Youth Chex.

The main condition of funding is that projects have to be new and all applications must be completed by young people supported by an adult. That supporter must belong to the organisation or group and have access to that group’s bank account which must be a non-personal account which requires more than one signature to operate.

In the first round of funding this year, 24 groups applied and most received part or full funding for their projects.

The Borders Curling Development Group, based in Kelso, is one beneficiary having been awarded £1,660 to run its Get Active project.

Group supporter James Buchanan said: “This funding is very valuable to the young people and will allow us to purchase software and provide coaching expertise to support them in learning how to curl, while also working towards the Royal Caledonian Curling Club Skills Awards programme. It opens the door for participation at national and international levels of curling.”

Councillor Graham Garvie, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for culture, sport and community learning, added: “A wide range of projects have benefited from Youth Chex and I would once again encourage young people to consider applying for funding.”

Groups which can apply for funding include youth clubs, sports groups, uniformed organisations, creative activity groups, schools and village halls. Successful bids in the past have included discos, tuck shops, recycling projects, bands, dance groups and roller parks.

The closing date is October 21. The Youth Chex panels will then meet to review all applications, assessing how the projects will make a difference to young people’s lives and whether the projects are youth-led, innovative and good value for money.

For more information contact Coreen Knight on 01896 755110 or at cknight@scotborders.gov.uk Application forms are available from www.scotborders.gov.uk/cyppp or by emailing ann.miller@scotborders.gov.uk.