Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has welcomed the news that Inverclyde has received £1,342,029 (£1.34m) in CashBack for Communities funding since the Scottish Government Programme was introduced in 2008.
The CashBack for Communities scheme reinvests criminal assets into community projects that support young people into positive destinations, diverting some away from potentially criminal or anti-social behaviour.
The next phase of funding will take total investment in the programme, which is unique to Scotland, to almost £110 million.
Commenting, the local SNP MSP said:
“CashBack for Communities was introduced by the SNP Scottish Government because we want every young person growing up in Scotland to have an equal chance regardless of their circumstances. Cashback has a vital part to play in expanding young people’s horizons and helping them reach their full potential.
“This £1.34 million pounds worth of funding has provided 40,122 activities for young people in Inverclyde since 2008.
“Ocean Youth Trust Scotland, who are based in Inverkip, provide sailing voyages to help young people build confidence, respect, responsibility, resilience and the ability to work as part of a team. Over 2017-18, their New Horizons project was supported by CashBack for Communities as one of their partners for the year to give more young people sailing opportunities.
“Other local organisations who have benefited from CashBack funding includes Auchmountain Centre, RIG Arts, the Beacon Arts Centre, and 32nd Greenock & District Scout Group.
“I hope that more local groups apply for funding in the next phase, so as many young people locally can benefit from CashBack for Communities.”