Chance to cash in on youth project offer

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Young people in the Borders have the chance to apply again for grants from the grant-giving Youth Chex project. Information and application packs are available now.

A total of £20,000 is available in the second round of 2011 and it is aimed at supporting the ideas of people aged 12-25 who live in the Borders.

All the decision-making regarding Youth Chex funds is carried out by panels of young people from all over the Borders. The young people themselves decide what youth-led projects should benefit from the funding.

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

In the first round of funding this year, 24 groups applied and the majority secured part or full funding for their project.

The Borders Curling Development Group in Kelso is one of many that have benefited from recent Youth Chex funding. It was awarded £1,660 to run its Get Active Project.

James Buchanan, group supporter said: “This funding is very valuable to the young people. The funding will allow the group to purchase software and coaching expertise to support young people in learning to curl whilst also working towards the Caledonian Curling Club skills awards programme and the eventual opportunity to compete at national and international levels of Curling.”

Eligible groups include youth clubs, sports groups, uniformed organisations, creative activity groups, schools and village halls. Successful applications in the past have included discos, tuck shops, recycling projects, bands, dance groups and roller parks.

After the closing date, October 21, the Youth Chex panels will assess all applications, considering 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.

Application forms are available from or by emailing

Applications for the previous round of funding for 2011-12 were launched in June and led to 19 youth-led projects being awarded grants totalling just under £20,000 for a variety of equipment and development opportunities.

The scheme, which is funded by Scottish Borders Council, is an affiliated member of the Youth Bank Scotland Network.