New National Lottery Funding Now Open for Year of Young People

Local community and sports groups across Scotland can benefit from National Lottery good cause cash, as part of a new £550,000 fund, aimed at helping change the lives of young people.

The Year of Young People National Lottery Fund is now open and is a joint scheme from Scotland’s National Lottery distributors, Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, sportscotland, and Spirit of 2012 a UK Trust endowed with Big Lottery funds. It offers funding of between £3,000 and £10,000 to heritage, community and sports projects that are run for and by young people aged eight to 26 years old and that improve their health and wellbeing.

The available pot of £550,000 is for projects that:

  • Encourage positive mental health for young people;
  • Inspire young people to lead active lives;
  • Involve young people in the development, design, running and evaluation of the project
  • Celebrate and share young people’s achievements.

Announcing this new National Lottery funding, Sam Anderson, Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland Committee member and founder of Junction Health and Wellbeing Centre for Young People in Edinburgh, said:

“The Year of Young People 2018 offers a fantastic opportunity for generations to come together and celebrate Scotland’s young people. Now, thanks to National Lottery players, we are opening a new funding programme to mark the occasion and the achievements of young people, while improving their health and wellbeing.

“We want to fund heritage, community and sports projects that are run for and by young people. So whether it’s volunteering at a sports club, helping out older people in their community or developing the skills to increase their own confidence and self-esteem, we want to hear from groups with a range of project ideas that put young people centre stage.”

Welcoming this National Lottery funding to support young people across Scotland Deputy First Minister John Swinney added:

“As Scotland celebrates the Year of Young People, this new fund is an opportunity for young people to harness their incredible skills and talents, while gaining control to develop projects which matter most to them. 

“I look forward to hearing young people’s ideas and the difference this fund will make to young people living in communities across Scotland.”

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.

For more information and an online application form groups should visit where they will find more information about this unique scheme from the National Lottery.

Groups can also contact or 0131 225 9450 for more details or support with their application.

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