Hawick Youth Café encourages bids for community cash

Woman holds yellow sign reading 'don't miss out; localities bid fund'

Published: Thursday, 31st January 2019

A youth group in Hawick is encouraging people in the Borders to apply for a share of almost £300,000 from our Localities Bid Fund.

Escape Youth Services was awarded £8,000 in the first round of the scheme last year to install a climbing wall for young people in the town to use.

Make your bid for community funding

Applications for the Localities Bid Fund are being accepted until 5pm on Thursday 28 February. £296,000 is available across five localities.

Find out more and download an application form.

Sian Snowdon, Escape Youth Services Manager

“We applied for £8,000 for a traverse climbing wall and we were awarded the full amount. We added a bit of our own funds to top that up and we got an exciting new wall to put in our games hall for the young people to utilise.

“I’d encourage other groups and individuals to give it a go and apply. It’s a pretty straightforward process and can obviously fund some exciting projects to improve local communities.”

Localities Bid Fund process

An assessment panel will meet to assess the applications submitted and if an application successfully meets the criteria it will be put to a public vote with the other eligible bids in each locality.

Localities Bid Fund entry requirements

Councillors recently approved an updated version of the scheme, which has seen the entry criteria relaxed.

Changes include:

  • The fund will not be restricted to new projects
  • The cap for constituted groups has been raised from £10,000 to £15,000
  • Staffing costs of 50 percent of the total application will be considered (but cannot be used to supplement funding core staffing activity/time)
  • The fund will consider structural changes to buildings