Projects urged to cash in on Youth Chex

YouTH-led initiatives in the Borders are being encouraged to apply for funding from the local grant-giving project Youth Chex under new application criteria and rules.

Funding of £20,000 is available and is aimed at supporting the project ideas of young people aged 12-25 who live in the region.

The main change to this year’s funding is that applications have to be submitted under just one of three priority criteria: Included and Involved, Wellbeing, and Achievement.

Evidence will also be considered on how the project’s application for funding ensures that young people become confident individuals, responsible citizens, successful learners and effective contributors, supporting the Curriculum for Excellence.

A new panel of young people from across the Borders will decide which youth-led projects should benefit from the Youth Chex fund. The main condition of funding is that it has to be a new project idea and should be led by young people. The applications must also be completed by young people (aged 12-20) who are assisted by an adult supporter. That supporter must belong to an organisation or group and have access to that group’s bank account.

The bank account must be a non-personal account which requires more than one signature to operate.

This is the first and only round of Youth Chex funding in 2012/13 due to a redesign of Scottish Borders Youth Voice. A group of 12 young people have recently volunteered to form the Youth Chex panel and are currently undergoing training and development to enable them to make decisions in the new year.

Interested parties have until January 25 to submit their completed applications and the panel will consider how the projects meet the priority criteria, make a difference to young people’s lives and whether the projects are youth-led, innovative and good value for money. Successful applications should receive their funding by March 31 next year.

Further informatuion is available from Susan Robb on 01835 826815. Application forms are available from www.scotborders.gov.uk/youth or by emailing youth@scotborders.gov.uk.