Community groups helping young people in disadvantaged areas are to receive almost £2 million funding from the Cashback for Communities scheme.
In total, 40 community groups will benefit, with projects as diverse as bike parks, 3G pitches and netball clubs receiving funding.
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson made the announcement at the Crags Community Sports Centre and Skelf Bikepark in Edinburgh where he met staff and young people involved with the community groups. He said:
“Cashback for Communities is a unique programme that seizes money from criminals and reinvests it back into our communities.
“As well as punishing those who break the law and peddle misery on Scottish society, Cashback offers activities and opportunities at community level to stop disadvantaged young people heading into crime or anti-social activity themselves.
“I am very pleased to be able to announce that no fewer than 40 community groups are to benefit from almost £2 million of funding from this round of the programme. This investment will allow facilities and equipment for activities such as football, netball, dance and kayaking to be improved around the country.
“The Scottish Government remains committed to tackling inequality and by keeping young people engaged and active in their communities, we can help them become both confident and responsible individuals.
“Cashback is essential to helping us achieving this goal which is why I am proud to continue to support its valuable work.”
Source: Scottish Government