Published date : 21 May 2019

Over the past ten years, CashBack for Communities has invested £2,820,681 into the local Fife community.  Phase 5 of the initiative is now open for applications until 28th June.


The unique Scottish Government Programme takes funds recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests them into community programmes, facilities and activities largely, but not exclusively, for young people at risk of turning to crime and anti-social behaviour as a way of life.


Commenting on the impact of the programme in her constituency, Mid-Fife and Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth said:

“The CashBack for Communities scheme has been instrumental in the development of many organisations within my constituency and I welcome the announcement of the newest phase of funding and the new opportunities it is bound to bring to my constituency.

“The programme has invested nearly £3,000,000 in Fife so far, and the commitment to more funding continues to support these young people and communities that are most affected by crime.  Increasing activities and opportunities for disadvantaged youths plays a huge role the Scottish Government’s “Getting it Right for Children and Young People” goal.”


CashBack for Communities has funded a variety of projects in the past 11 years including the Celtic FC Foundation, the National Autistic Society and Impact Arts.  Within Fife, the initiative has partnered with several organisations local to the area such as; The Prince’s Trust, YouthLink Scotland, and Action for Children, all of which provide opportunities to raise the attainment, ambition and aspirations of young people from areas of deprivation.


Minister for Community Safety, Ash Denham, said:

“Since Cashback for Communities began in 2008 we have delivered nearly two and a half million activities and opportunities for young people across all local authorities in Scotland.
“The next stage of CashBack will have particular focus on projects that support young people and communities most affected by crime. I’m pleased to say that we have increased funding for this latest phase by £1 million – taking the total amount available over three years to £18 million.
“The numbers of children referred to the Children’s Reporter on offence grounds or prosecuted in the courts have fallen substantially over the last decade and our Cashback programme supports that progress by giving many of Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people a wide range of positive opportunities to challenge themselves and inspire those around them.”

More than £18 million that has been seized from criminals is to fund projects which divert disadvantaged young people away from crime.  The scheme reinvests criminal assets into community projects which support young people into positive destinations, diverting some away from potential criminal or anti-social behaviour.


For more information on CashBack for Communities, and the application process, please follow the link:

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