The Year of Young People National Lottery Fund, a joint scheme from Scotland’s National Lottery distributors including sportscotland, is offering funding between £3,000 and £10,000 to sports, heritage and community projects that have a distinct focus on improving the lives of young people between eight and 26 years of age.
The £550,000 pot is open to groups across the sporting sector including clubs, Community Sport Hubs, Active Schools networks, Scottish Governing Bodies, young people’s sports leadership groups, local authority sports development or leisure trust teams. The fund will be shared between projects that demonstrate their commitment in any of the following areas:
• Encourage positive mental health for young people;
• Inspire young people to lead active lives;
• Celebrate and share young people’s achievements;
• Involve young people in the development, design and running programmes.
This new funding is aimed at voluntary or community organisations as well as youth groups, youth associations and other non-profit organisations. Schools are also eligible to apply. There are two application deadlines - 30 April 2018 and 18 June 2018 – and groups will get an answer on their application within eight weeks.
The fund will celebrate the achievements of Scotland’s young people during the 2018 – the Year of Young People, with Scotland’s sporting networks urged to apply for a share of the cash. Groups can also contact YOYPFund@hlf.org.uk or 0131 225 9450 for more details or support with their application.