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Ill-gotten gains reinvested in communities
A £2.5 million pot of cash, recovered from the proceeds of crime, has been opened to Scottish youth groups, under the CashBack for Communities Scheme. The funding is the first portion of £6.5 million seized earlier this year, from a Russian money launderer with dealings in Scotland.
The scheme, to be administered by YouthLink Scotland, the national youth work agency, will distribute funds over the next two years to local youth projects, in the form of grants up to a maximum of £30,000.
Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill urged eligible groups to get their applications in, as he visited the Recharge Project in East Lothian, a previous recipient of CashBack funding.