Alex Neil MSP has urged local third sector organisations in his Airdrie & Shotts constituency to apply for a new fund aimed at unlocking the potential of young people.
Young Start, which is being run by the Big Lottery Fund utilising money from dormant bank accounts, will invest £8.9million this year to help various forms of youth activity.
Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for up to two years are available for projects which are geared towards people between 8 and 24 years old. The project can be anything from encouraging the use of sporting facilities to work experience tasters with local employers.
Mr Neil said:
“I really hope that local groups here in Airdrie & Shotts will get applications in for this fund as quickly as possible. It is a great chance to broaden the horizons of our youngsters and given them experiences that could help finding a job or keeping active.
“Engaging our young folk is crucial as they are our future. Opportunities here in Airdrie & Shotts are limited for some folk so I hope we can get some schemes up and running to change that.
“I am more than happy to help a group where I can with any application as I am keen to see something done in this area as soon as possible.”