Scottish Borders Council

Youth Chex funding boost for local young people

Published on Wednesday 20th February 2013

Young people filling in Youth Chex applications.

19 youth projects awarded grants.

19 local youth-led projects have been awarded grants totaling over £15,000 by the local grant-giving panel, Youth Chex - part of Scottish Borders Youth Voice.

The ten young grant-makers, who make up Youth Chex have the power to make decisions, award sums of money to their peers to turn ideas in to reality.

Awarding the grants

Applications were invited from young people's groups where the beneficiaries are aged between 12 and 25 years old. Applicants must meet the funding criteria as well as the funding priorities: Achievement, Wellbeing, or Included and Involved.   

The panel received many high quality applications from youth groups, clubs, schools and sports teams requesting funding for a variety of things including sports equipment, art materials, musical instruments, theatre tickets, books, first aid training programmes and to organise events for others.

The Youth Chex grant-makers met on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 February to deliberate, score and reach decisions on the grant applications.  When assessing the applications, the panel scored the bids against a number of indicators including how the projects will make a difference to young people's lives and whether the projects are youth-led, innovative and good value for money.  This process is supported by the staff team of Scottish Borders Youth Voice and the experience contributes to the young people's achievement of the Introduction to Grant Making award from Youthbank Scotland.  

How much was awarded

The average grant award was £821. There is no minimum or maximum amount that can be applied for in Youth Chex. The smallest grant this year was to Innerleithen Area Youth Group to get active by funding fitness equipment at a value of £176.34 whilst larger grants have supported the creation of a community café within Galashiels Academy, given a boost to Hawick High School Bustin' Beatz radio group, and enabled young people to compete in Pipe Band competitions with the Boys Brigade through the provision of Highland Dress.

The Youth Chex Grant-Makers released a joint statement. They said: "We are happy to grant these deserving young people the money they need to complete their projects and the chance to do the things they have always wanted to do."

Youth Chex

Youth Chex is funded by the Council and is an affliated member of Youthbank Scotland. During a recent Youth Chex meeting, Finlay Watt from Galashiels and John Redpath from Gordon were elected as Youthbank Scotland National Forum Representatives. They will begin their new responsibilities on 23 March 2013 at the first meeting of the National Forum. 

The next round of Youth Chex funding will be launched in May 2013 with a closing date for applications in September.

Successful applications for 2012/13

See the complete list of successful bids.

Successful projects include:

  • Galashiels Academy Young Designers - Creative Fashion Project
  • Kids Cool Klub - Brining Sport to Tweedsmuir
  • Berwickshire High School Environmental Issues Group - Wildlife Garden
  • Hawick Boys Brigade Pipe Band - Junior Teaching Band
  • Dryden Vaulting Group - Competition Preparations 
  • Galashiels S3 Pathways - Go Ape Team Building
  • Galashiels S4 Pathway - First Aid Responders Training
  • Selkirk Hockey - Goals 
  • Hawick High Bustin Beatz' - Radio Equipment
  • Galashiels Academy Support for Learning - Day Visit 
  • GR8+ - Greenlaw Change UP
  • Scottish Borders Vaulters/ Riding for the Disabled Association- Monteviot Upgrade Project 
  • Innerleithen Area Youth Project - Keep Fit at Youthy
  • Innerleithen Area Youth Project  - Our DVD Music Project
  • Eyemouth S3 Drama Group - Theatre Visit
  • Social Enterprise - Cosmo Café
  • Eyemouth Reading Group - Book Award
  • Inspiration Award Group - Inspire Awards 2013
  • Melrose Skate Park - Skate park study visits 

Further information

For more information please contact Susan Robb in the Policy, Planning, and Performance Team on 01835 826815.


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