Dundee Youth Fund Launches

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A NEW FUND which will put £25,000 into the hands of young people in Dundee to decide how best to spend it has been launched in the city.

Dundee City Council created the fund earlier this year and officers will work with Dundee Youth Council (DYC) to manage how the money is spent.

John Alexander, city council leader said: “Across Scotland a lot of funding has already been invested in getting citizens involved in setting spending priorities and this is another step on the path to rolling out this way of working in Dundee. 

“The new Youth Fund will be led and designed by young people with a steering group deciding the criteria for applications, who can apply and who will be awarded money.

“As the projects develop the steering group can look at how young people and members of the community can be involved in the decision making process for larger grants of money.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for young people in this city and I’m proud that this was one of the areas of new spend that was contained in our budget. Our young people are our future.”

Cllr Alexander was joined at the Fund’s launch in the City Chambers by members of the DYC, local MSYPs, young people and council staff.

James Thomson DYC chair welcomed the establishment of the fund.

He said: “It has taken just over a year and a half to get this project off the ground.  It is incredibly exciting to finally be able to open the fund for young people to apply.

“Over the last few months our Youth Panel have been working hard to set the criteria and priorities for the Dundee Youth Fund.  Any money that is not spent each year will be rolled onto the next financial year.  We must now look at ways to increase the total amount of money available.

“Any young people aged 10-26 are welcome to apply to the fund for their own projects or on behalf of youth groups.  You can apply and find out more on our website at dundeeyouth.fund

Anyone who wants to become involved in the Dundee Youth Fund can contact James Thomson on james@dundeeyc.org

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