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Members of the YLAG and the Outer Hebrides CLLD Coordinator at the Scottish Rural and Islands Parliament.

Western Isles community groups and charities that support young people under the age of 30 can now apply to the latest round of funding overseen by the Outer Hebrides Youth Local Action Group (YLAG).

Grants up to £4,000 are available from YLAG, which is part of the Community Led Local Development (CLLD) initiative, with applicants required to show they will help young people acquire and develop valuable skills; provide a social benefit; or illustrate 'dùthchas and dualchas' related to life in the Western Isles.

Applications will also be assessed on their long-term impact, value for money, and whether they are achievable within the given timeframe. Projects which demonstrate a particularly benefit to young people who are care-experienced, disabled, affected by poverty, or part of a marginalised group will be regarded preferentially.

Any funding received should be spent on projects between January 20 and February 29.

The deadline for applications is midnight on January 2. Further information and an application form can be accessed here under the 'Youth LAG' heading at the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website

Part of the Scottish Government's CLLD initiative, Youth Local Action Groups work alongside Local Action Groups (LAGs) to allow young people to participate in funding awards, as well as actively engage in politics.

Recently the Outer Hebrides YLAG attended the Scottish Rural and Islands Parliament in Fort William, where it delivered a presentation to Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands.