The Young Start programme in Scotland which is aimed at organisations working with young people aged between 8 and 24 years reopens for applications on Thursday 30th August.
The programme, which is run by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland for the Scottish Government, seeks to help children and young people play an active part in realising their own potential and becoming confident citizens.
The awards, which use money from dormant bank and building society accounts, fund a range of activities to support better physical, mental and emotional well-being among young people, encourage better connections with the wider community and give access to new skills and training opportunities.
Mr Paterson urged local groups in the area to consider applying for funding saying:
“Encouraging and supporting our young people is an excellent way to make use of the money from dormant bank and building society accounts so I would urge local organisations to have a look at the Young Start programme.
“They already fund all sorts of activities including sport, dance, music, film and local heritage. Even if you are not sure whether your group would qualify, just pick up the phone and have a chat with the organisers to see if this funding could be right for you – they will be able to advise on eligibility.”
Potential applicants can chat about their projects before applying to the fund by calling 0300 123 7110