The Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA) is the professional membership association for Countryside Rangers and associated countryside professionals in Scotland

Formed in 1974, SCRA has an enviable reputation for supporting the development and enhancement of the Ranger profession in Scotland; organising networking events, training events and conferences, supporting the development of a national logo and brand for Scotland's Ranger Services and working with Government and Government agencies to promote the profession.

Rangers promote the enjoyment, understanding and care of Scotland's outdoors through;

  • The first hand provision of information, advice and activities
  • Interpretation
  • The management of sites and facilities
  • Seeking to secure responsible behaviour

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YouthLink Scotland is now welcoming applications for the latest round of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund for projects to be delivered in 2015 -2016 - but applications have to be submitted by 19th December 2014.


The Youth Work Fund aims to build the capacity of young people and the youth work organisations who work to support them. We welcome proposals for operating costs relating to the delivery of youth work activity programmes that add to or consolidate the excellent youth work already being undertaken throughout Scotland.

A total of £600,000 is available.

In order to be eligible to access the latest round of funding, all proposed youth work activities must be delivered between the 1 April 2015 and the 31 March 2016.

Proposals must:

  • Target young people aged 10 – 19 years.
  • Offer free youth work activities for young people to increase the opportunities they have to develop their interests and skills in an enjoyable, fulfilling and supported way.
  • Focus resources in areas where there is a demonstrated need, taking account of local priorities.
  • Fill gaps in provision for young people or add value/build on existing provision.
  • Support young people who are currently involved or at risk of becoming involved in violence, alcohol, drugs and/or anti-social behaviour.
  • Promote equalities and be open and accessible to young people.
  • Support and encourage the involvement of local young people in the development, management and running of the project.
  • Demonstrate sustainability (whether in attracting other resources or in leaving a legacy.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 19 December 2014.

More information on the latest round of the CashBack Youth Work Fund, grant criteria and details can be found here.

Projects intending to apply will need to access the online application form.