Youthbank gives young people a say in spending

Young grant-makers at a recent training day in Torran Bay, Ford.
Young grant-makers at a recent training day in Torran Bay, Ford.

A new project is involving young people in their communities by giving them a say in how money designed to benefit them is spent.

YouthBank is an innovative youth-led grant-giving scheme which provides small grants to fund young people’s good ideas to benefit their own communities.

The project, starting off in Helensburgh and Lomond, North Argyll, Mid Argyll and Bute, will eventually be rolled out across all areas of Argyll.

It will see groups of local young people, supported by Argyll and Bute Council’s youth services team, awarding grant applications of up to £250 from other young people in their local area for projects that would be beneficial to communities and to the young people taking part.

The council’s policy lead for community and culture, Robin Currie, said: “YouthBank is unique in that it is the young people themselves who make the decisions about who receives the money and about how their YouthBank is managed and run.

“It is also about supporting and training the young people to be grant-makers and assessors, enabling them to learn the new skills whilst benefitting other young people and the wider community.”

Argyll and Bute YouthBank gained its licence at the AB Awards last September and since then young people from across the authority have undertaken SVQ-accredited ‘Introduction to Grant Making’ and ‘Developing Decision Making’ training.

They have now decided on their Youthbank’s eligibility criteria, developed an application process and a scoring and evaluation system.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit the website or contact Roanna Clark on 01546 604752, e-mail – youthservices@argyll-bute.gov.uk

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