Brechin Youth Project, the Attic, is one of 161 groups to benefit from funding from the CashBack Communities scheme.
The scheme reinvests money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and gives the cash back to communities across Scotland.
The Attic has received £3,980 in funding for the next year. The 161 community groups which received cash from the scheme, are sharing an initial £533,036, which marks the first awards from a £2.094 million fund over the next three years.
Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell, said: “I am delighted to see so many great organisations are receiving this latest share of funding, which will help them take their important work even further.”
Jim Sweeney, Chief Executive of YouthLink Scotland, added: “Our young people are the future of this nation so it is crucial they all have the opportunity to flourish. Putting the cash from criminals back into the Brechin community has offered many local young people the chance of a more positive path in life. Investing in youth work changes young people’s lives. It is an investment in all our futures as it helps create young people who are confident, engaged and a credit to society.”
Jim Milne, who is involved with Brechin Youth Project, said: “As an organisation 100 per cent of the Cashback Award received is used for the benefit of our young members. It allows us to put on a diverse programme of events which are a mixture of fun and serious all at no cost to them. Cashback requires events to be free making no financial or social barriers are created and we find more young members take part meeting new people and improving their social skills and awareness of social issues. Being actively employed also ensures we keep them off the streets. Free therefore adds value!”