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Investing in Communities is now closed

June 30, 2015

After five fantastic years Investing in Communities – our main grant programme in Scotland – came to a close today.

Investing in CommunitiesSince June 2010, we’ve committed more than £250M through Investing in Communities, supporting nearly 600 projects across Scotland. And there’s more to come! Although the programme closed to new applications today, we will still be awarding new grants for some time, as the projects coming in just before the deadline hear our decisions and get started.

As you may have heard, we’ll also be launching new funds towards the end of 2015, and you can read a little more about our plans for this here. If you want to keep right up to date with the latest developments we recommend either subscribing to this blog (using the subscription box on this page), or signing up to our eBulletin.

What grants are still available?

In the meantime, we still have a handful of funding programmes that are open to applications. Here’s a quick run through of what is available through the Big Lottery Fund Scotland over the summer:

Small grants (up to £10,000):

Awards for All is our broadest and most popular funding programme, covering a huge variety of community and sport projects – from new equipment, to events, trips and activities
Communities and Families Fund offers funding for projects working to give young children (0-8) the best start in life, and supporting their parents or carers.
Investing in Ideas provides grants to investigate new ideas or ways of working, from piloting your new approach, to conducting research of feasibility studies.

Larger grants:

Young Start (£10,000 – £50,000) covers youth-led projects, helping people aged 8-24 become more confident, healthy, enterprising or connected to other generations (although this is currently our most competitive programme!)
Scottish Land Fund (£10,000 – £750,000) offers grants to help rural communities take ownership of land or land assets.

How can I get help and advice?

As usual, if you have any questions about applying to any of our grant programmes, contact the BIG Advice Team Scotland by email or phone. We’re happy to help.

Realising Ambition – an insight

June 26, 2015

Aiming to prevent children and young people from entering the criminal justice system, our £25 million Realising Ambition programme is supporting 25 projects from across the UK, including sihigh res corporate logo - pinkx in Scotland, that are trialling and testing a range of interventions.

Rather than writing a long evaluation report at the end of the five-year programme – the Realising
Ambition consortium, led by Catch22, are instead producing a series of 12 Programme Insights. The first of these programme insights explores the topic of replication and how projects can deliver a service into new geographical areas or to new or different audiences.

Giving his thoughts on this first insight, this blog from Jim Cantley, Action for Children’s Operational Director for Children’s Services makes for an interesting read. Using the organisation’s own experience of delivering their Functional Family Therapy in Renfrewshire, he explores how some of the stages of replication outlined in the first Programme Insight have mirrored their own journey.

You can find out more about Realising Ambition and the journey of the participating organisations to date on the Catch22 website.

What do young peeps make of Columba 1400?

June 23, 2015

  Big Lottery funded Columba 1400 Youth Forum is open to young people across Scotland between the ages of 16 to 25. The forum provides a support network for graduates who have completed the residential phase of the leadership academy. Columba 1400 kindly shared their video with us.  Check out the impact the project has made to young people across Scotland.   Join us at The Gathering   Interested in funding for young people?   Have a look at Young Start or Awards For All on our website. Any questions? Get in touch!


The magic of Bobath Scotland

June 18, 2015

As we approach the longest day of the year, it’s hard to imagine that, in two short months, the summer holidays will be over and thousands of children across the country will be making the transition from nursery to primary school.

It can be a stressful time for parents and children alike and Susan Love explains how Bobath Scotland, a Glasgow based charity, helped make the move that much easier for her son, Lachlan, 7, who has cerebral palsy.

susan and lachlan.Susan, said, “Lachlan has severe disabilities and complex needs. He can’t walk, talk, eat very well or sit up unaided. Every child with cerebral palsy is affected in different ways and this makes it a challenge for schools and nursery staff to know the best way to respond to their needs.

The absolute magic of Bobath is the therapists have the expertise and time to think about your child.  They come up with ideas and solutions to support the teachers and assistants.

This is so helpful for both Lachlan and the teachers because the staff can help teachers respond to Lachlan’s needs, try out new seating positions or hold Lachlan’s hand during activities to help him respond.

Bobath is amazing at combining different types of therapy together, for example, speech and language, occupational and physiotherapy. It’lachlans that combination of therapy which is important. Everything is tailored to your child’s needs.

They’ve really helped with the process of moving Lachlan from nursery to mainstream school so I’m delighted they have received this money to help many more families like ours.”

Bobath Scotland receives £444,710 to support 125 young children with cerebral palsy between two and six years of age as they make the transition from nursery to school.  The organisation is amongst eight other projects receiving funding totalling £4,932,663 from Investing in Communities.

Are you a BIGScotland grantholder? Have your say about social media

June 15, 2015

We are undertaking research at Big Lottery Fund Scotland on our effectiveness of social media.

As a Big Lottery Fund grant holder I’m hoping you (or the most aSocial-Media-Tree-1024x834appropriate person) in your organisation would be able to help contribute to this short survey by providing some information about social media and its use in your organisation.

We would be so grateful if you would be willing to complete the short survey by Monday 29 June 2015. The survey should take under 5 minutes.

As well as benefit the way Big Lottery Fund Scotland uses social media, the answers will also contribute towards research for a professional qualification.

As a thank you for completing the survey we would be happy to promote any updates about your organisation on our Big Scotland social media. Do you have an upcoming event you would like us to mention or project images/videos you would like our social media audience to know about? Please email info/updates to