The Coastal Communities Fund has today reopened its doors to applications from Scottish organisations. The announcement comes on the same day as HM Treasury announces the successful projects which have received awards from the last round of the Coastal Communities fund. You can find out which Scottish projects are celebrating today here.
To help assess whether projects are suitable for funding from Coastal Communities and to support organisations wishing to apply, the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland will be running a webinar on 18 March 2014. If you are interested in applying you can book your webinar place here.
The Coastal Communities Fund, which is delivered by The Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the UK Government, aims to encourage the economic development of coastal communities by giving them funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.
Scottish organisations have until 30 April 2014 to submit their stage one applications. Grants of £50,000 and over are available. The following types of organisation are eligible to apply:
- local authorities
- development agencies
- other public sector bodies
- voluntary and community sector organisations
- social enterprises, including cooperatives and community ownership initiatives
- private sector companies.
In Scotland applications will be particularly welcomed:
- from small and medium size coastal communities with a population of around 60,000 or less, facing economic challenges
- that promote sustainable economic growth and jobs through economic diversification activities in coastal communities that enable the growth of local businesses
- that complement strategic regeneration initiatives within coastal communities.
For Coastal Communities Fund round three, we are looking for fully developed projects that can spend their award by 31 December 2016. It is important for potential applicants to be aware of this requirement.
Projects seeking over £100,000 from Coastal Communities Fund for capital works should contact us to book a pre-application interview to discuss the eligibility of your project by emailing us at email@example.com or calling 0845 4 10 20 30.
There are a lot of myths out there about the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland, some of which we hear time and time again. Luckily we are here to keep you right! So let’s clear up 7 of the myths we hear most often about our funding:
1. “If rejected you can’t reapply for 12 months”
Not true! If your application is not successful, you can apply again as soon as you are ready. However, if you are applying for the same project, you should aim to address any feedback we gave you before applying again. If you aren’t clear on why your application was unsuccessful, or if you just want advice on making a stronger application, feel free to get in touch.
2. “We don’t fund your area of Scotland”
On the contrary – we can and do fund projects right across Scotland. Almost all of our grants are open to projects in any area of Scotland. The only exception is the Scottish Land Fund, which can only fund projects in rural areas. Every other grant programme we run is open to any part of Scotland, so don’t be put off if you hear anything to the contrary!
3. “You shouldn’t discuss your idea with us before applying”
Some people think it will be a black mark against them if they call us in advance of applying. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We in the Scotland BIG Advice Team are more than happy to talk through your project before you apply. That’s our job! In our experience, applicants that get in touch in with us in advance are usually more successful in applying, and avoid many of the common pitfalls. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. “We only fund projects in areas seen as ‘deprived’”
While we certainly consider levels of deprivation when targeting our funding, it is definitely not the only thing we care about. We want to fund projects helping people most in need. Therefore, we are interested in funding any projects where you can show strong evidence of why they are needed! For tips on how to show your project is needed, check this blog.
5. “We don’t like giving away money”
We love giving money away! It’s the best bit of our job, and it’s also the reason the Big Lottery Fund exists. Obviously we have a responsibility to make sure that our funds are spent well. But we can’t keep the money for ourselves, so we are always looking for great new projects to support.
6. “We are shutting down / running out of money!”
Not that we know of! We’ve heard this one from a few different places over the years, and still don’t know where it comes from…
7. “Only registered charities can apply”
Actually, you don’t have to be a registered charity to apply to any of our funds! However, you do need to have an organisation with social aims set up before you can apply. All your organisation needs is a committee (with at least three unrelated people), a governing document (e.g. a constitution), a bank account and financial accounts. If you aren’t sure whether you can apply, just get in touch!
Got a question for the BIG Advice Team Scotland? Email us at email@example.com, or call 0300 123 7110.
Imagine the scene: It’s March 2013 – someone knocks on your door and you answer to find a neighbour on your doorstep clutching a brightly coloured booklet and set of invitations.
‘We’d like to get to know the folk living on the street a bit better, and we wondered if you’d be interested in coming to the <insert your street name here> Big Lunch?’
You’re encouraged to come out onto the street/congregate under a gazebo/ gather in front of the community centre or local green space, with a dish to share, possibly a few garden chairs and a table if you own them.
You spend the afternoon eating, chatting and laughing with other people living locally. And what’s more, you find out afterwards that you were one of 3.65 million other folk across the UK who did the same thing, on or around the first Sunday in June.
Well, not to bamboozle you with numbers, but there’s a high probability you’d find yourself as one of the 86% who feel better about where they live, or the 79% who feel a stronger sense of community. You might even be one of the 64% who plan to do more locally – or if you’re part of an active community group already – think of all the new volunteers you could gain!
The Big Lunch is very simple – it’s the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours. It’s an idea from the Eden Project who wondered back in 2009 what would happen if everyone in the UK sat down on one day a year and had lunch with their neighbours.
We’re really keen to see more folk in Scotland join the thousands of communities across the UK who will be holding local events and street parties on Sunday 1 June this year.
So why not sign up for a free pack and knock on doors in your community to bring the party to where you stay?
Our Scotland Advice Team receive an average of 700 enquiries every month. We’re here to give advice and support to organisations before they apply for funding. Below are three of our most common questions asked recently.
We need equipment for our club – can we apply to Celebrate?
This will depend if the equipment can meet one of Celebrate’s outcomes. Requests to this need to have a Commonwealth focus so cannot fund ‘general’ activities.
Communities and Families Fund supports projects for children from pre-birth to 8 years. It funds between £250 and £10,000.
Young Start supports projects from ages 8 to 24. It funds between £10,000 and £50,000.
What are the requirements for applying for a project that involves working on land?
You need to own the freehold of the land, or hold a lease that cannot be brought to an end by the landlord for at least five years. The length of the lease will increase depending on the amount of funding you apply for.
If you need planning permission, you should have it before you apply.
For more information on this, please read our guidance.
Latest tips on applying
If you have any other questions about our funding, you can go to Ask BIG, where we give answers to other commonly asked questions.
Alternatively, if you can’t find your answer at Ask BIG, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Four Glasgow pupils had an experience of Australian life last year and were able to share what life is like down under with their fellow students.
Thanks to an award from the National Lottery’s Celebrate programme, the pupils travelled with two teachers to Mount Gambier High School in Southern Australia. Pupils from the Australian school had visited Glasgow in September 2012 and the return trip gave the Glasgow youngsters the chance to cement the friendships already made.
Teacher Lucy McNaught, said, “There has been a link between Govan High School and Mount Gambier High School in South Australia since 2001 when our head teachers met at an education conference.
“The focus of this exchange was to develop pupils’ knowledge of the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Games and the pupils involved grabbed the opportunity that the Lottery funding gave them with both hands. They visited Commonwealth Games venues from Melbourne 2006 Games and played in sports festivals against Australian schools. Now they are back home they have been passing on all that they have learnt to the rest of the school during Australia Day Celebrations. It really was a once in a lifetime experience for them and one I am sure none of us will ever forget.
Melissa Rice, 14, said, “It was a fantastic experience and I am glad I got to go to visit the people who stayed with me before. It was interesting to see what they did in school and be in the classes with them. I really liked going to Toronga Zoo and seeing all the koalas and kangaroos.”
Celebrate has been developed by the Scottish Lottery Distributors Forum (SLDF) which is made up of all four Scottish Lottery Distributors, Big Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and sportscotland. It is open to applications until the end of 2014 for celebrations of the people, places and culture of the Commonwealth and of the Games themselves. Find out more about the programme here.