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By Euan Maxwell
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More young voices funding available

THE second round of funding for the council’s ‘10,000 Voices in Action’ project has kicked-off.

The Scottish Government-funded initiative was launched to improve the life chances of young people and support local communities as they begin to bounce back from Covid-19.

A total £60,000 is available to youth-led projects, with £5000 being allocated in each of the 12 wards in Dumfries and Galloway.

Funds can be used for existing groups to deliver events, short term projects, equipment, training, trips or new projects that support young people aged 12-25 through the recovery of the pandemic.

Successful applications will be put forward to a public vote in June, and young people across the region will decide how the money is spent through an online voting process.

Councillor John Martin commented: “10,000 Voices is a project that responds directly to the needs and priorities of our young people and our communities, and what makes it unique is that all the decisions are made completely by young people themselves. This is about young people deciding on what’s best for them, and essentially leading the way to make it happen.”

Cloe Alison, a member of the Youth Action Group responsible for leading the project, added: “We have seen some fantastic examples of how projects from the first round of our funding has impacted on young people over the last year, from home isolation packs to online music projects. We look forward to receiving new proposals and being able distribute even more money into projects benefitting young people.”

For more information or to apply, visit: youthwork.dumgal.gov.uk

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