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Funding boost for Year of Young People

Posted on 26 Oct 2017

Young people from across North Ayrshire are being urged to get applications in for the chance of winning up to £1,000 of funding to help deliver projects in their communities.

A total of £50,000 has been allocated from the Council’s North Ayrshire Youth Bank fund to deliver this special youth participatory budgeting event which aims to celebrate the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People (YoYP) 2018.

Local youth groups, organisations and individuals aged 8-25 have the chance to pursue their ideas which will bring benefit to young people in the area.

Applications must be based around one of the 6 YoYP themes:

  • Culture: share and celebrate young people’s talent and contribution to Scottish culture and arts
  • Education: allow young people to have more say in their education and learning
  • Enterprise and Regeneration: celebrate young people’s role in innovation, entrepreneurship and the Scottish economy as well as making Scotland a greener and more pleasant place to live
  • Equality and Discrimination: recognise the positive impact of young people in Scotland and encourage them to take the lead in challenging all forms of prejudice and discrimination
  • Health and Wellbeing: make sure young people have the chance to lead healthy, active lives and understand the importance of mental health and resilience
  • Participation: give young people the chance to influence decisions that affect their lives.

The application form can be found on the Young Scot website. Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 1 December. Application forms can be emailed to youthpb@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or posted to: PB Team, St Johns Primary School Base, Stevenston, KA20 4HH.

A shortlist, of up to 15 projects per locality, will be selected to progress to an online vote via the Young Scot website on week commencing 5 February 2018. Young people from across North Ayrshire will vote on the projects they want to see happen during the YoYP, and the winners announced.

All projects receiving a share of the funding should be delivered within 12 months.

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Participatory budgeting is an important and much loved initiative that forms part of our approach to work together to develop stronger communities.

“It is vital that we involve young people in the PB process as we recognise how important their roles are within our communities.

“We have already successfully delivered a couple of PB events tailored specifically to young people. However, this time we are doing it slightly different, as we are theming it all on the Year of Young People 2018.

“Next year will be an incredibly important year for young people throughout Scotland. It provides an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the tremendous work they do, the roles they play and the positive impact they have on our communities.

“Although this PB event is just one in a number of ways that we’ll be celebrating our young people throughout the year, it’s one of the most exciting, as it allows us to provide young people with the money they need to deliver the activities and programmes they want – and best of all, it’s down to the young people themselves to decide on that.

“We would like to encourage all young people to get involved. Whether it’s by completing an application form for a beneficial project they’d like to see come to fruition or by simply casting a vote when voting opens next year, it’s important they take part.”

For more information, email youthpb@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or visit: https://young.scot/local-authorities/north-ayrshire/news/funding-for-your-year-of-young-people-idea/