Youngsters urged to apply to Youth Chex

YOUNG people in the Scottish Borders once again have the chance to apply for funding from the local grant-giving project Youth Chex.

Funding of £20,000 is available in the second round of 2011 and it is aimed at supporting the project ideas of young people aged 12-25 who live in the region.

Panels of young people from all over the Borders decide which youth-led projects should benefit from Youth Chex.

The main condition of funding is that it has to be a new project.

In the first round of funding this year a total of 24 groups applied and the majority were successful in securing either part or full funding for their project.

The Borders Curling Development Group, based in Kelso are one of many groups who have benefited from recent Youth Chex funding. They were awarded £1,600 to run their Get Active project.

Councillor Graham Garvie, executive member for culture, sport and community learning, said: “A wide range of projects have benefited from Youth Chex in the past including sports clubs, youth groups and youth cafes and I would once again encourage young people to consider applying for funding.

“This truly positive scheme gives youngsters the chance to make a difference in their local community and take ownership of thec decision making process.”

Groups which can apply for funding include youth clubs, sports groups, uniformed organisations, creative activity groups, schools and village halls. Successful applications include ones from dance groups, bands and roller parks.

The applications must also be completed by young people who are supported by an adult supporter who belongs to a organisation or group who has access to that group’s bank account.

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

After the closing date of October 21, the Youth Chex panels will come together to assess all applications. When reviewing the applications, the panel will assess how the projects will make a difference to young people’s lives and whether the projects are youth-led, innovative and good value for money.

Application forms are available from www.scotborders.gov.uk/cyppp or by emailing ann.miller@scotborders.gov.uk.