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£4.1 million Lottery funding to reduce isolation across Scotland

October 7, 2015

A whopping £4.1 million lottery funding has today been shared amongst seven deserving groups across Scotland. 

The Glasgow Association for Mental Health are awarded £678,018 to continue their vitalLetschataboutmentalhealth work with young carers from 12 – 21 year olds who are caring for a family member with a mental health problem.

Young carers will be given the chance to meet and
develop friendships with other young people in similar circumstances, giving them a new chance to socialise without having to explain or hide their family circumstance.

Young people who previously benefited from
the project came up with these fab GIF’s at the recent Aye workshop. Check them out…

The funding means GAMH will be able to continue help the young people build the skills they need to help them cope now but also encourages soft skills and helps ensure there are opportunities for the young people to move towards a more positive future.



Vital support for families across Fife living with domestic abuse will continue thanks to an award of £666,733 to Fife Council’s Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership. This funding means they can continue to run their Cedar (children experiencing domestic abuse recovery) project for another five years. The Cedar approach is a unique way of working with mothers and children, helping them to recover from domestic abuse by finding a safe place while they deal with their experiences and begin to rebuild their lives.


Glasgow Homelessness Network (GHN) who aim to tackle the root causes of homelessness are awarded £600,550. The funding will help over 300 people at risk of homelessness across the West of Scotland receive social and practical support to help build condfidence and the skills needed to sustain a long-term home.


Explaining the difference the funding will make, Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: “Our Big Lottery Fund support focuses on helping people and communities in greatest need. With today’s awards, seven projects across the country will be able to assist some of our most isolated communities to overcome the barriers they face every day. All the funding announced today is going to be truly life changing, whether assisting children experience a childhood similar to their classmates or is helping people stay in their homes and understand how they can better afford to live.

Check out the details of the other five organisations awarded funding here.


Alongside people and communities

September 29, 2015

The countdown is on as we head towards opening up our new funding opportunities in November. Here at Big Lottery Fund Scotland we’re finalising the details about how we’ll work differently in the future.

Voluntary Action Orkney  receives £502,273 for its befriending project

Voluntary Action Orkney received £502,273 for its befriending project from Big Lottery Fund

Over the last year we’ve looked at what worked with Investing in Communities, and have sought a wide range of opinions from a broad variety of people – applicants, grantholders, other funders, funding advisors and more – about how we make the most of this opportunity to change our approach.

What’s clear is that our priority remains to support people and communities in greatest need. So over the course of the next five years we want to:

  • Place our Lottery resources in the service of people and communities;
  • Drive forward a powerful focus on tackling inequality in Scotland, with real long term benefits for the people who live here; and
  • Become a highly connected and relevant funder, caring about the places we work, and responding quickly and flexibly to the opportunities we see that help make a difference

To make this happen we’ll be taking a new approach to funding.

We will…

Engage people and communities in our work and test new innovations (such as community budgeting) that put them in the driving seat of decisions about funding in their place.


And we will ask the work we fund to….

Ensure that the people involved meaningfully contribute to the design, planning and running of activity.



We will…

Research the needs of different places and people so that in assessment we spend less time evidencing need and more time finding out if what’s proposed will be effective in making the change people want.

And we will ask the work we fund to….

Enable people and communities to come together to achieve positive change using their own knowledge, skills and experience.

We will…

Spend time finding out about local places and use that knowledge to ensure that we are funding the right thing in the right community.

And we will ask the work we fund to….

Be well connected to organisations activities and services in their area and demonstrate the way they complement and improve provision for the people involved.

These approaches will be central to each of our new funding streams and will help us to better understand and make good judgements about strengths, opportunities and issues in communities across Scotland.

Over coming weeks we’ll be talking in more detail on this blog about our main funding offer so subscribe to this blog to ensure you’re always up to date with our latest news.

Young start funding for young film makers

September 22, 2015

… And the Oscar for best Director goes to …. In future years the name in the famous gold envelope could have started their creative journey on the Outer Hebrides thanks to Young Start Funding announced today.

 Budding young film makers will get the chance to hone their skill and showcase their work to a wider audience thanks to an award of £49,556 to the South Uist Youth Development company.

The island based project will offer equipment and technical training in such crafts as film production and editing the group for young people aged 11 to 18 years-old on different projects from film-making, intergenerational work recording audio and stories from older members of the community through to film nights where they will be encouraged to recreate a cinema experience for the islanders.

Youth Work Organiser Paul Steele, said, “Thanks to funding from Young Start the two of the films produced by the youngsters have won national awards and we hope to build on this success. Living on a remote island can have its disadvantages and this grant means that our young people can experience and enjoy activities that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to and help build confidence and skills for the future.”

Marc at work behind the camera

Marc at work behind the camera

Marc Lindsay, 14, has been involved with the project for 2 years. He said, ‘I really enjoyed the film making activities last time around. I enjoyed working with the camera, editing and the technical side of film-making. I am now more confident using the equipment and I can help other people. It’s really opened my eyes to the possibility of a career in film or television.”

Run by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Young Start awards money from dormant bank and building society accounts to support a range of projects that help young people aged eight to 24 reach their full potential.

Run by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Young Start awards money from dormant bank and building society accounts to support a range of projects that help young people aged eight to 24 reach their full potential.  Click  to find out more about the projects receiving funding today.

Our Place learning report

September 17, 2015

Our Place is a Big Lottery Fund initiative that began working with five communities in Scotland in 2010 – Bellsmyre in West Dunbartonshire, Greenock Central and East in Inverclyde, Newmains in North Lanarkshire, Renfrew West in Renfrewshire and Royston in North Glasgow.

Our Place aims to empower local peopour placele and organisations to bring about change in their area. Over the last five years, £11million has been awarded to 25 projects that have worked to set up new trusts, develop community spaces, deliver services for older people, young people, children and families, build community capacity, and more.

Our Place launched in a further seven communities across Scotland in 2014. Our approach to working with specific areas has improved as a result of our learning from the first five communities, and gathering this learning continues to be important. Earlier this year, we carried out some further research to find out what the Our Place grantholders had to say about the whole experience so far and to get a sense of the impact they think it is having in their community.

People told us about the challenges their organisations had faced, and the difference their work and the wider Our Place initiative is making. They also offered some feedback for the Big Lottery Fund and advice for the people involved in the new Our Place communities.

We are delighted to share this valuable learning with others, particularly if you are interested in place-based initiatives or developing asset-based ways of working alongside communities.

A summary version of the learning report can be found here

Our Place Learning Report Summary

The full version can be found here

Our Place Learning Report


If you’d like to speak to us about Our Place or ask any specific questions about the report  get in touch with




Funding Community Interest Companies – what matters to us?

September 11, 2015

One of the most prominent questions we get asked at Big Lottery Fund is ‘can you fund Community Interest Companies (CICs)?’ The answer is likely to start with ‘yes, but’. CICs can be eligible to apply to us, as profits can be reinvested back into the organisation. Others have shares so might not always be not-for-profit. Here we look at what we check on CICs and what is needed.

Ideally be a CIC that is a Company Limited by Guarantee

If your CIC is registered a Limited by Guarantee you are fine. We know this is not-for-profit so you can now start preparing an application!

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All our applicants, including CICs, need to have at least three board/committee members. All of these people need to be on the board/committee before you apply.

Be careful if you are applying for fees

If your project involves applying for fees, we prefer these to be for people who are not on the board/committee. Therefore, we might ask you to pay for someone who is a non-board member and/or not part of the CIC in any way.

Being Limited by Shares can be less clear

If an applicant is a Company Limited by Shares or a Private Limited Company, we will normally say they are ineligible. Many CICs are Limited by Shares so it can become less clear if they are not-for-profit. Asset locks and having a £1 share limited can be factors as well.

We are more likely to consider those under schedules 1 and 2. CICs with schedules 3 and 4 will be ineligible for our funding.

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All organisations that are a registered company are checked with Companies House. This is so we know what type of company your CIC is registered as.

As CICs Limited by Shares can be a bit of ‘case-by-case’, we recommend emailing your memorandum and articles of association along with your application.

What funds can eligible CICs apply to?

At present, we have four available funds. These are Awards for All, Communities and Families Fund, Investing in Ideas and Young Start.

Further help

If you need advice on whether or not your CIC can apply or not, please email us on

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