MP praises new youth grant scheme

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Edinburgh West MP Mike Crockart has welcomed the Young Start grants scheme launched by the Big Lottery Fund.

The Liberal Democrat member said the fund, which aims to create opportunities for those aged between eight and 24, would allow young people to fulfil their potential.

The grant is open to voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, housing associations, sports organisations, co-operatives and charities.

Organisations can apply for a two-year grant of between £10,000 and £50,000.

Grants can also fund part of a larger project worth up to £100,000 if other funding is already in place.

Mr Crockart said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Edinburgh groups to get some financial support.

“The scheme is there to support projects which can and do change young people’s lives.”