Some of the country’s most disadvantaged young people will benefit from a further £17 million seized from criminals.

The money will be used to provide activities and opportunities as part of the next phase of CashBack for Communities which will run from 1 April 2017 until 21 March 2020 – with applications for funding opening early in the summer.

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said,

“I am extremely pleased to be able to announce a further £17 million of funding for the unique CashBack for Communities programme. This substantial amount will go a long way to changing the lives of our young people and it seems only fitting that this money seized from criminals who seek to peddle misery in some of our most disadvantaged communities is reinvested back in to those same areas.”

Application packs will be available from early May.

For more information please visit the CashBack for Communities website ( or Twitter feed (



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