The ill-gotten gains of criminals have been used to help 32 East Lothian projects to the tune of £117,234 over the last five years.
In the latest round, the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund has allocated almost £9,000 to two local initiatives.
The North Berwick Youth Cafe has been awarded £4,646 and the Tranent Youth and Community Facility (Recharge) received two grants of £1,976 and £2,244.
North Berwick Youth Cafe has been running for 20 years and was one of the first ever facilities of its kind in Britain.
Project director Lesley Kay said: “The weekend drop-ins give young people the opportunity to socialise in a safe and supportive environment and they will have opportunities to attend sessions on alcohol and drug awareness, personal safety and other topics that the young people request. The drop-ins offer a positive alternative to being on the street, which can lead to anti-social behaviour and the misuse of alcohol.”
The fund is administrated and delivered by the National Agency for Youth Work, YouthLink Scotland.
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “This is yet another example of criminal money being used to great success through the unique CashBack for Communities scheme. The initiative takes ill-gotten gains from criminals and invests it in community activities and facilities for young people.”