You(th) Decides Initiative - looking for bright ideas

Young people living in the Almond area of Edinburgh are being given the chance to win funding for their very own projects.

Grant awards of up to £500 are available to win through the Youth Decides Initiative, which is being launched this week by the Almond Neighbourhood Partnership.

Successful projects should meet the criteria of increasing opportunities for children and young people, and could relate to issues such as sports, arts and media, outdoor education, and community participation.

Any groups with members aged between 12 and 18 and living in Cramond, Davidson ' s Mains, Silverknowes, South Queensferry , Dalmeny, Kirkliston, Ratho Station and Newbridge can apply.

The funding of a total of £2,000 from the Neighbourhood Partnerships Community Grants Fund has been allocated to the Initiative. Successful schemes will be decided on by students from local schools, members of the Neighbourhood Partnership Board and Western Edinburgh members of the Scottish Youth Parliament

Councillor Norman Work , Convener of the Almond Neighbourhood Partnership, said: "Youth Decides is an excellent chance for young people to get their thinking caps on and to show off their creative talents.

"We are looking for imaginative projects which will engage young people and increase opportunities for them in a fun way."

Application forms for the Youth Decides Initiative are available from schools and youth groups, or by contacting Steven Stewart at, or


The closing date is October 11 this year.

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