A youth and community project that was not approved for council funding said the decision puts decades of work at risk and threatens jobs.

Young People’s Futures in Possilpark applied for support though the Glasgow Community Fund but was one of more than 100 who were unsuccessful.

The group has been partially funded from the council for 18 years and was looking to expand to meet a growing demand in one of Scotland’s most disadvantages communities.

Ann Lawrence, who manages the project, said she was “baffled” by the decision.

She said: “I think we are the biggest youth project in the north of the city. On a daily basis Monday to Friday we deal with around 80 people a day. We also provide family support services, educational support and training.

“We run 18 programmes of activity, including a drop-in service, sports and team activities as well as creative arts and health and wellbeing programmes.

“There is also an open space for young people just to come in and play games consoles or have somewhere quiet to read a book if that’s what they want.

“We work with schools, police, health centres and GPs and housing associations and also with the DWP though a job club.

“Everything we do comes from the youth work. It all stems from that programme.”

Ms Lawrence, who has worked at YPF since 2006, said there is enough money to keep going till March but said she will exhaust every avenue to get funds to keep the work going.

She said “ Young People’s futures has been in the community for 18 years. We are trusted and valued within the community so it is disappointing that the city council does not share that view.

“It is the youth work programme that concerns me the most. Without the funding it leaves implications for that work.

“I will fight tooth and nail to find any funds from somewhere else.”

The group gets funding from other sources including the Robertson Trust, Children in Need and the Henry Smith Charity based in London.

Ms Lawrence said: “A trust in London believes in the work we are doing but the City council does not. That is baffling and disappointing.”

She said teh group was notgiven a reason why it was not recommended for funding.

She added: “There was a scoring mechanism and our scoring didn’t meet that. But we have had no feedback.

“We had a email form the council but it looks like a generic response to unsuccessful applicants and doesn’t indicate why we were unsuccessful.”

Gary Gray, Labour councillor for Canal ward said: “ I’m broken hearted by this decision, it is disgraceful. People could be made redundant and it risks taking the community back to the 1980s.”

Glasgow City Council said it would be writing to all applicants with feedback.

A council spokesman said: “Applications for grant support totalled well over double the total value of the fund and, unfortunately, this was always going to mean disappointment for some organisations with applications that scored less highly during assessment.

“However, it is important to be clear that no applicant received the full grant they sought – and that this was to ensure as many organisations as possible received at least partial support.

“Members have now agreed £4 million in additional funding to support organisations in key sectors while they develop sustainable financial models for the future.”