Time is running out for groups to apply to our Communities and Families fund, a joint programme delivered with the Scottish Government. Now in its fourth and final year, Communities and Families has awarded over £4.4 million to groups across Scotland, including 37 groups receiving funding today – and you could soon follow in their footsteps.
Grants of between £250 and £10,000 are available to support local projects working with children eight years and under or their parents. We can fund a range of groups including voluntary and community organisations, statutory bodies or community councils. Money is available for activities such as parenting support, including pre and post natal support; community play projects, food preparation and nutrition projects and community based family support activities.
While announcing the latest grants from the programme, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair Maureen McGinn, said: “We know that the demand is likely to be high for the funding available and so we would encourage groups to come and speak to us as early as possible. Full details of our simple application process can be found on our website and you can also email your project idea to us first.”
Hawkhill Community Association in Clackmannanshire is one of the groups to share in the latest grants. Thanks to an award of £9,978, the group will deliver a free afternoon homework club for local children under eight years of age.
May Richmond, Community Centre Manager, Hawkhill Community Association, said: “This funding will make a tremendous difference. Put simply we would not be able to run the club without it. The children asked for the homework club. They will receive a 30-minute homework session, 30 minutes to have something to eat and 30 minutes of physical exercise. Everyone benefits from this as the children are better educated, the parents see the difference and teachers are commenting on the improvements.
“The Communities and Families application form was simple to complete and the questions were specific which made it easy to fill in. I’d certainly encourage other groups to apply for the funding available.”
If you have a project that will give children under eight the best start in life and want to know more about Communities and Families you can visit our website, or email us to check if your project fits. Before you submit your application to us, you should also read this blog on how to make sure your application is complete.
We look forward to hearing from you!
This week communities in East Ayrshire will host a two day visit from members of our Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee. Set to visit four of our largest funded projects in the area, the committee will learn more about the impact of our funding across the region before holding its monthly decision making meeting in Shortless Community Centre, Kilmarnock on Thursday 21 May.
Big Lottery Fund, Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “In total we have awarded over £26 million to projects across East Ayrshire over the last 20 years, which are supporting those people and communities in greatest need.
“It is extremely important for the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee to see firsthand the difference made by our funding across Scotland. I’m delighted that we are visiting East Ayrshire to make our next set of funding decisions and to about the impact of our funding at a local level.”
On Wednesday 20th May the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee will visit four local projects before hosting an afternoon event at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock where it will share plans for its new funding portfolio to be launched at the end of the year. This will be followed on Thursday 21st by its monthly decision making committee.
The committee will visit the following four projects:
- Catrine Community Trust, has received funding for a community renewable project and to establish a local community garden
- Addaction, based in Kilmarnock, has received Big Lottery funding to support a better quality of life for individuals moving on from substance misuse issues
- My Time Active, a social enterprise, based in Kilmarnock, is using its funding to deliver healthy weight programmes and lifestyle initiatives for children and young people
- Faith in Community Scotland has been supporting ex prisoners to move onto more positive destination upon their release, thanks to its Big Lottery Fund award.
And in other news we’re pleased to announce that we’ve just awarded Home Start East Ayrshire £294,906 from our Investing in Communities fund.
Welcoming the funding, Norah Young, Chairperson, Home-Start East Ayrshire, said: “At last the people of Ayrshire, who need our services, had been given a lifeline, and we will never be able to thank the Big Lottery Fund enough for giving us a secure future.”
Big Lottery Fund Scotland are offering ten current Investing in Communities grantholders the opportunity to access the services of an Environmental Placement Contract we have just put in place. This Contract was built from pilot run by the Fund and will place a student within the organisation for up to 10 weeks to help reduce their environmental impact and increase their environmental awareness.
Invitations to eligible grantholders are currently being sent out inviting eligible projects to send in Expressions of Interest by Monday 18 May if they would like to access this opportunity. You can contact Cath Logan for more details.
This presentation gives a summary of the Pilot, including the key findings and learning, as well as looking in a little more detail at what is offered in this exciting opportunity.
The Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) will increase its network of volunteers across Scotland, thanks to a £199,838 award from our Investing in Communities fund. Scotland has one of the highest incidences of cleft lip and palate (also referred to as cleft) with an estimated 7,500 people like 26 year old Rachelle Cardno currently living with the condition.
Rachelle from Lonmay, Aberdeenshire, says: “CLAPA has been helping me and my family since I was born and through all the surgeries that I have had. Even from an early age I remember the magazines they used to send out and reading the articles which really helped my confidence and made me realise there were other people going through the same thing as I was. Even in my adult years they have continued to be an invaluable support and it was CLAPA who put me in touch with the cleft team and this led to me getting my final operation in 2012.”
Thanks to today’s award, CLAPA will be able to provide more support and advice to up to 700 families around the country.
Welcoming the award, CLAPA’s Scotland Engagement Officer, Gillian McCarthy said: : “My work with people in Scotland has revealed an urgent need for support, particularly from those who have had first hand knowledge of the many challenges which cleft can present. Until recently CLAPA has only been able to provide a limited number of support services in Scotland but the award from the Big Lottery Fund will enable us to employ two new members of staff and expand our work for people of all ages. By the end of this project, we hope to have a thriving and welcoming cleft community in Scotland.’
Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, added: “I am delighted that our funding will enable CLAPA to expand and grow its work in Scotland. Having a child with a cleft can put an immense strain on families when procedures take place over several years. With the assistance of additional volunteers, the project will now be able help these children and their parents face the future with greater confidence.”