South Glasgow Youthbank Big Grant Giveaway

Young people from across Glasgow had their say about supporting local youth-led projects


More than 100 young people from across Glasgow came together for this participatory budgeting event, organised by South Glasgow Youthbank.

With music, food, voting and plenty of discussion it was a packed evening where young people had their say about what  ideas and projects were funded.

The Big Grant Giveaway

South Glasgow Youthbank
Thursday 18th January
Tramway Theatre, Glasgow

100+ young people
12 projects up for voting
 £19,000 up for grabs

The evening kicked off with a chance for everyone to learn about the projects from the array of posters around the Tramway Theater.

From sports to supporting New Scots, the projects were all led by young people who were there to explain more about their ideas.

"It’s great that young people get to have their their say." 
Seyi, 16 - Youthbank volunteer for two years


During the 12 pitches, we heard from young people about their projects through video, pictures and live drama.

There were ideas around supporting young carers, junior drop-ins, badminton and support for young parents looking to develop their skills

Each presentation brought passion, humour and amazing confidence, especially with an audience of more than a hundred to pitch their ideas to.


Voting took place using electronic keypads after each round, with young people scoring between 1 - 5 based how much they liked the project.

Slick MC'ing from 16 year-old Charlotte, who was a member of the committee which chose the projects to be voted on, meant the first 6 pitches and votes flew by before a break for some food.

During the break there was also live music on show, along with more chance to learn about the next 6 ideas.

The final pitches were as well received as the first, with young people confidently presenting projects around alcohol and drugs, mental health, improving the environment and more.

It was then on to the results...

'Your Life Matters', Castlemilk Youth Complex Raising awareness with young people around mental health and suicide £2,920
 'Getting the Message Across', Govan Youth Information Project  A project to work with other young people around the effects of drugs and alcohol  £2,532.92
 Go Clean for the Team, Funstars Developing a film around clearing up local plastic waste and recyling  £2,500
 'New Young Peers Scotland', Y People Support for lone young New Scots arriving in Glasgow £2,101.50
 'Path to Employment', Streetwise Support to young parents to build skills, confidence and find jobs £3,000
 'Home from Home Film Club', YCSA A way for young people to improve their language skills through film £2,600
 'RTG Reading the Game', Rosshall Academy Using football to help develop literacy skills and build confidence £1,015.88
'Be You', GAMH Young Carers  Practical skills to help young people develop skills and reach goals £2,329

It was amazing to see what being voted for meant to the people who had put so much work into the projects. The range of ideas that were supported, along with the quality of projects, meant that it was a really tough decision for the young people to make.

Of course, for any of them to up there presenting their ideas, win or lose, it was a great achievement. There were also folks along from Glasgow City Council to speak to those who had fewer votes, to see if they could be supported in other ways.