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2019 Sandy Watson Memorial Fund is open for applications

After the success of the Sandy Watson Memorial Fund in Year of Young People 2018, applications are now open for its second year, as it aims to support young Scot’s to drive positive change in their local communities.

The Sandy Watson Memorial Fund was created to support young Scots in memory of the late Sandy Watson OBE. Sandy was the former Chief Executive of Angus Council, and Chair of NHS Tayside, and he committed many years of service to the Young Scot Board.

Sandy’s belief and commitment to all that young people can achieve in their communities reflects the objectives of this fund.

Individuals, or groups of young people, aged 11 – 26 can apply for anything between £250 and £1000 to support their idea, with activities taking place in 2019. The financial support can be used to support community development projects, fantastic events, or exciting initiatives based around the themes of the arts or mental health.

Young Scot are excited to see the legacy of a fund that showed such success during Year of Young People 2018. The projects that received funding in 2018 were:

  • The Happiness Project, run by a group of young people Edinburgh, saw the running of performance workshops exploring the benefits and need of physical contact in the digital age.
  • Torry Squad in Aberdeen created a sensory garden and run a skate park graffiti project. This group of young people explored how to make Torry more accessible to people with disabilities. They developed a new wildlife space to improve mental wellbeing and disability awareness.
  • HOPE for Autism, in North Lanarkshire, ran 12-week music, DJ, and video production workshops for a group of young people with autism, aimed at building their skills and confidence in a creative way.
  • East Renfrewshire Young People ran five monthly de-stressing events for young people which provided ways of tackling mental health and stress. The events involved arts therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy, cake decorating, and mindfulness.
  • Oot, Scoot and Aboot, from West Dunbartonshire, ran a three day and two nights residential, of training workshops and outdoor learning activities to tackle mental health with a group of young people who have faced barriers to inclusion.

All ideas are welcome including those that involve film, music, talks, art, recreation, volunteering, or learning. Applications must encourage young people’s interest in the arts or mental health, and support wider community development through events, skills development or new initiatives.

Application are open now and close on the 15th March 2019. To apply visit