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How to involve young people in designing your project

May 16, 2018

Two young girls in American football suits play fighting with each other and smilingInterested in applying to the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund, to help young people spark a change in their lives? You’re far more likely to be awarded funding if you can demonstrate that young people have been involved in designing and developing your project idea.

One of the best ways to involve young people in your project is through ‘co-design.’ If you’re scratching you head wondering what exactly co-design is, here’s a definition from the Year of Young People Co-design Blueprint:

“Co-design is about involving young people much earlier in decision making processes through a highly participative approach, developing informed insights, ideas, recommendations and solutions for policy and practice. Co-design is about much more than basic consultation; it seeks to engage young people with shared power and resources.”

In other words, it means making sure that young people are at the heart of the planning process for activities that take place during the Year of Young People 2018.

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Join The Big Walk

May 9, 2018

Fancy a fun filled day out for all the family? Yes? Then we have the event for you. On Saturday 26th May 2018, The Big Walk, an idea from the Eden Project made possible with National Lottery funding, will arrive in Portobello for a community celebration.

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Big Walk 2017 at the Kelpies

As well as showcasing the fantastic work of many local organisations through lots of community stalls and activities, we’re also inviting you to join in and do the kinds of things that really vibrant communities do together – cleaning up

the beach together, singing together, playing games and having fun and eating together in our Big Beach Plastic-free Picnic.

The event, which takes place at Portobello Promenade between 10.30am and 2pm, promises to be a fun-filled event for everyone. If you’re interested, please sign up here so that we can keep you posted.

Also, if you’re a community organisation and would like to have a stall, please get in touch with Linda Gill at or on 07703189049.

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Funders really DON’T just want numbers – honest!

May 8, 2018

Colourful words written on the palms and fingers of someones handsIn this guest blog post Nicola Swan from Evaluation Support Scotland talks about what funders really want to be told from funded organisations reporting on their work…

Whether it’s outright or in hushed tones, here at Evaluation Support Scotland we frequently hear third sector organisations say “funders only really want numbers.”

This is a common misconception. Our experience of working with funders and funded organisations tells us that your funder(s) will usually want to see a mix of numbers and stories in your report. Mhairi Reid, Big Lottery Fund told us:

“Stories provide us with valuable learning about practice and impact, and they help bring important statistics to life.”

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Success Rates – Spring 2018

March 29, 2018

Success Rates Spring 2018Thinking of applying for funding, and want to know what your chances are? If so, it’s usually best to get in touch so we can discuss your idea, as your chances can depend on what you want to do! However, we also like to give you a general idea of how busy or competitive our funds are, so here are our success rates for the 6 month period up to 28 February 2018:

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At 54%, the success rate for National Lottery Awards for All Scotland has dropped a little, mainly due to a significant increase in applications received this year.

playCheck this two minute video for our top tips to improve your chances.

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Applying for Year of Young People funding?

March 28, 2018

Ammy Nicholson, a young mum, crouching down to pick up her daughterAre you thinking of applying for National Lottery funding to help young people #SparkAChange in their lives during the Year of Young People? Yes? Then this blog’s for you. Here we speak to Ammy whose story is a great example of the type of activity we can fund through our new National Lottery fund.

Ammy Nicholson, 21, knows first-hand the difference National Lottery funded projects can make to young people’s health and wellbeing and she credits the MsMissMrs project for helping her to see that she had a future.

Two years ago Ammy, who worked at a nursery after finishing school aged 16, found herself unable to leave her house as she battled with body image and depression after the birth of her little girl. Now, thanks to the help and support of the team at MsMissMrs in Glasgow, her outlook is much brighter.

She would like to encourage young people and those working with young people to take the opportunity to apply for funding through the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund to spark their own moment of change.

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