Banking on youth to administer community grants

Teenagers are being trained to administer grants in a scheme described as ‘a bank that is managed and run by young people’.

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

The young people control a ‘grant pot’ and encourage youth groups in their area to apply for funding of up to £250.

Argyll and Bute YouthBank is part of YouthBank Scotland, giving young people training and support to become young grant makers.

The council’s policy lead for community and culture, Robin Currie, said: “A key aim of the council is to provide opportunities for our young people to develop skills and access training which will enable them to get the most out of life and make a valuable contribution to our communities.

“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 whilst benefitting other young people and the wider community.”

Argyll and Bute YouthBank gained its licence in September 2013 and since then young people from across the authority have undertaken SVQ-accredited Introduction to Grant Making and Developing Decision Making training.

Over the course of the 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

Pictured are young people who recently completed Introduction to Grant Making training in Garelochhead with council youth workers Bill Campbell. Ruth Cairns and Simon Kay.