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Where we’ll be in April 2015

April 2, 2015

Inverness CLD Event

CLD Event in Inverness, including amazing stage dressing by local young people!

Phew, March was a busy month for the BIG Advice Team in Scotland! As you’ll see if you check out our blog from last month, we’ve covered a fair spread of the country over the last few weeks. We reached Ayrshire, Moray, Borders, Highlands, Argyll and many other parts of the country. It’s been fun, and we’ve heard about loads of great project ideas, so keep them coming!

This month, things have calmed down a little, but we still have a few exciting events lined up. We’ll be in Elgin and Edinburgh for funding fairs, and we’ll also be running a ‘Looking to Local’ networking roadshow for Big Lottery Fund grant recipients based in the Dundee area.

As usual, check out the map and table below for details of where we’ll be over the next month, and we’ll look forward to catching some of you there.

April Events

Thu 16 April
Moray Council Fundraising Seminar
Elgin Town Hall, 1 Trinity Place, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1UL
Sign up for a place here
Thu 23 April
Edinburgh Council ‘Meet the Funders’ event
Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EG

No booking required. Find out more here!
Tue 28 April
Big Lottery Fund ‘Looking to Local’ Roadshow: Dundee
Marryat Hall, Caird Hall Complex, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB
Networking event for Big Lottery funded projects in Dundee

Future Events

If all goes to plan we’ll be in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Stirling in May, with more events in lined up later in the year. As always, we’ll keep you updated here.

If you are running a funding fair or conference, and are interested in having someone from the BIG Advice Team along, let us know! We have a small team, and a busy schedule, but will consider all requests and try to come along if we’re able.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter @BIGScotland for the latest on all these events, and any others coming up.

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Our plans for European funding in Scotland

March 27, 2015

Big Lottery Fund Scotland has been considering opportunities to complement the new European Funds programmes starting in Scotland this year. We are currently developing a strategic intervention that focuses on promoting financial inclusion, as part of the ‘Poverty & Social Inclusion’ strand of the European Social Fund. This strand of European Funding is of particular interest to the Big Lottery Fund due to its alignment with our own mission to help those most in need and its potential to lever in additional monies to support structural change for disadvantaged areas.

We intend to apply to be a lead partner for the delivery of up to £8m European Social Funds (alongside £10m Lottery resources), making a combined pot of up to £18m to fund the strategic intervention.

Our proposals will form part of an overall Poverty & Social Inclusion programme being managed by Scottish Government and further details of this can be found on their website.

Our funding model is still in development; however we envisage it will focus on a maximum of five local authority areas to ensure the greatest strategic impact. We anticipate awarding between £2-5m to each area, depending on population size, level of need and range of existing services. We are not currently in a position to confirm which areas we will be working with however we expect to support work in both urban and rural areas. We are analysing data and talking to people locally and nationally to develop our plans further.

It is likely we will distribute the funding via contracts rather than a grants model and we anticipate a partnership approach which utilises existing services, local expertise and access to those hardest to reach. We expect third sector organisations to be involved at every level, this could include leading partnerships, setting strategies and delivering services.

In the meantime:

• our main funding programme; Investing in Communities will close to all new applications on June 30th 2015, and
• we are developing our new portfolio of funding programmes with details to follow later this year.

Putting People in the Lead

March 24, 2015

Originally posted on The Big Lottery Fund Blog:

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund

No bells or whistles. No dancing horses. No fanfare of trumpets. The Big Lottery Fund’s new strategic framework is a rather modest two pages and will quietly gather pace over the next few months. It’s more of a statement of intent than a detailed set of directions, a jumping off point for future choices.

Dawn AustwickWe can boil it down even further – in a nutshell it’s: ‘People in the Lead’. From this everything else flows: we want to start with what people bring to the table, not what they don’t have; and from the belief that people and communities are best placed to solve their problems, take advantage of opportunities, and rise to challenges. Our job is to support them in doing so. Much of what we do already points us this way: working with service users on Multiple and Complex needs, the

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This land is our land

March 24, 2015
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The former town reservoir at Lochmill, Fife, will be brought into community ownership with Scottish Land Fund backing

The Scottish Land Fund has today stepped in to make community ownership a reality for two local community trusts. The Culbokie Community Trust in the Highlands and the Newburgh Community Trust in Fife receive awards of £96,691 and £51,925 respectively to purchase locally important pieces of land using the Scottish Government’s Community Right to Buy scheme.

In Fife, the people of Newburgh and the surrounding area will be able to take ownership of the former town reservoir at Lochmill and associated woodland and grazing site, thanks to an award of £51,925. As well as protecting the area – which extends to 25.92 hectares – as a tourist destination and area of natural beauty, the Trust will look to improve amenities so as to provide new recreational and education opportunities for local people.

Andrew Arbuckle chair of Newburgh Community Trust, said “Local residents will be delighted by this Scottish Land Fund decision. The 95% vote in support of the purchase provided the strongest possible evidence of how valued the loch is to those living in the area. With this support, Newburgh Community Trust will look after this part of its heritage so that it can continue to be enjoyed as a wonderfully secluded and beautiful natural recreational area.”

The land at Glascairn will be brought into community ownership

The land at Glascairn in the heart of Culbokie

Plans to create a new village square in the heart of Culbokie will be taken forward by the Culbokie Community Trust, thanks to a grant of £96,691. The trust will purchase a half-hectare of land at Glascairn in the centre of the village to be developed as a gathering place for community activities and events, as well as providing space for a community cafe, flexible business units, car parking, and six small bungalows.

Penny Edwards, Chair, Culbokie Community Trust, said: “This project will put a new ‘beating heart’ in the village and it will become a focal point for village life. It has already brought people together for a common purpose and now that we are in position to purchase the land we look forward to engaging even more with the community and bringing the project to fruition.”

The Scottish Land Fund is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The First Minister announced in her Programme for Government that the Scottish Land Fund will be increased to £10 million from 2016-20.


Tackling domestic abuse head on

March 20, 2015

More support is being made to addressing the problem of hidden domestic abuse, thanks to funding announced today from our Becoming a Survivor programme.

The FearLess project, led by community justice organisation, Sacro receives £869,000 to deliver a new approach to supporting survivors regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Working across 18 local authorities the project will combine a domestic abuse helpline with intensive one to one support and mentoring. This will include a range of practical and emotional support including help with accommodation, personal finances, creating a personal safety plan, education, training and employment. Investing in Communities logo

In partnership with statutory agencies, housing providers and three specialist third sector organisations – Shakti Womens Aid, Respect and LGBT Youth – the project will reach out to those people who are less inclined to come forward or see themselves as victims. This will include women from the black and ethnic minority community, the LGBT community, and men.

Tom Halpin, Chief Executive, Sacro, said: “There is a widely held belief that abuse among men and women in LGBT and black or minority ethnic communities is seriously under- reported. FearLess is available to all and will actively encourage referrals from men and from minority groups within Scotland.

“FearLess will provide support in many areas of Scotland.  With the help of this funding from the Big Lottery Fund, Sacro, along with our partner organisations, will be able to help over 1,500 survivors of domestic abuse begin a new life, free of fear and intimidation.’

The funding comes from the Big Lottery Fund’s Becoming A Survivor programme which, in the last three years, has awarded over £19m to 43 projects across Scotland supporting men, women and families to move on from domestic abuse.

Big Lottery Fund, Scotland Director, Jackie Killeen, said: “We are proud to fund this new approach to supporting people affected by domestic abuse through our Becoming a Survivor programme. We see this as adding to and complementing the already sterling work taking place in our communities to tackle domestic abuse head on. By taking a holistic approach to the issue, this project will provide more than just an emergency response. We believe this will make a huge difference to the lives of many people by giving them hope for a brighter future.”