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11 February 2016

Money seized from criminals brings funding boost to the Boys’ Brigade Scotland

Money seized from criminals brings funding boost to the Boys’ Brigade Scotland

The Boys' Brigade in Scotland will get a share of £400,000 of funding for youth projects.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced the investment from The Boys' Brigade headquarters in Larbert last week.

The funding will come through the Cashback for Communities programme, which re-invests money seized from criminals to fund youth facilities and activities.

Bill Stevenson, director of The Boys' Brigade in Scotland, said: "Part of this funding will go towards the Small Grants Scheme that supports our local volunteer-led groups to enhance their programmes for young people. 

"The funding will also support the Young People Taking the Lead programme that helps develop young people as volunteer leaders and community contributors, as well as giving them a voice, which is all very much at the heart of what The Boys' Brigade does."

Announcing the funding plan, Mr Matheson said: "I'm extremely pleased to be able to announce this additional funding for these very deserving youth organisations, run primarily by volunteers.

"We want all of Scotland's young people to be confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens and I believe that today's event shows that we have already made great progress in making this vision a reality."

Over the last eight years CashBack has committed more than £75 million to projects and organisations who work with young people, delivering more than 1.8 million activities and opportunities throughout the country.

You can find out more about The Boys' Brigade here. You can also find out more about the Small Grants Scheme and the Young People Taking the Lead programme.