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Success rates 2016-17

May 25, 2017

We’ve been updating our success rates for the last little while and now can gather the last year together. The below are the decisions we made between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017:


Higher or lower success rates

Having a high success rate doesn’t unfortunately guarantee receiving a grant. This also means on the flipside having a lower success rate doesn’t mean you wot get funding.

Clean break LP 4796Also, success rates change. If we have an increase or decrease in applications received this will affect how many we can fund.

Overall, it is best to make as strong a case as you can when applying.


Not everyone gets to make an application and these aren’t included in the above success rates. With the majority of our funds an applicant has to contact us to discuss their project/activity. If there is potential, an application will be supplied.

Stage two applications

With some of our funds there is a ‘two-stage’ application process. This means if your first application (stage one) is successful you will then receive a stage two application.

Stage two applications generally have a higher success rate as fewer organisations end up applying to this. Stage two applications for large grants for improving lives had a 94% success rate between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2016. Community Assets stage two was 100%. The numbers of applications received for these are significantly lower than ‘one-stage’ (for example Awards for All) and stage one applications.



How to use other people’s evidence in your application

May 10, 2017

Evidence from Elsewhere bookletPolicy & Public Affairs Adviser Cath Logan shares her top tips on using other people’s evidence in your funding application…

If you’re applying for funding, it’s always important to build up evidence to show that what you are planning will work.

Whether you are hoping to carry out activities you’ve never run before, or want to gather more information in support of your existing activities, you may wish to consider using secondary evidence – or ‘Evidence from Elsewhere.’

Secondary evidence is anything that has been generated by someone other than yourself or your organisation, such as academic research or a charity’s evaluation report.

It can be useful for persuading funders to fund approaches or activities you haven’t tried before, by showing it has worked elsewhere. Secondary evidence can also be used alongside your own primary evidence (i.e. any evidence you have gathered about your organisation’s own activities) to strengthen your application.

The Knowledge Translation Network, of which I am a member, recently launched the guide ‘Evidence from Elsewhere: Gathering, analysing and using other people’s evidence’. This guide is aimed at anyone in the third sector who wants to use secondary evidence to influence and improve policy or practice, or both.

Read more…

My saving grace

May 10, 2017

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is promoting good mental health and doing the things, however small, that make us happier.

Former art student, Lindsay Osborne, 29, from Kirriemuir was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and Type 11 bipolar when she was in her early 20s and has spent the last few years finding the best way to deal with her condition and move forward with her life.

Now, thanks to an innovative National Lottery funded environmental project, Greenbuds, run by Dundee Association for Mental Health Association (DAMH), Lindsay is beginning to regain her confidence and re-discover her passion for art.

Lindsay leading one of the sessions she put together

Lindsay explained, “Greenbuds has been my saving grace in many ways. I have found a new family here and it’s helped me begin to trust people and I am beginning to engage with the world again.

DAMH received £141,014 from the Big Lottery Fund in February 2016 to run a service supporting local people to be able to access the natural environment around them, helping to improve their mental wellbeing and reduce any stress and anxiety.

Lindsay continued,” I have never been in a situation where I have been a part of something along with people who have similar struggles and battles as me. I have gone through some very dark times in the past and I have mostly been left to deal with my condition alone.

“I felt like I was always being pulled backwards and, until now, I don’t think I have ever fully learned to look ahead or make any plans. The truth is, I still want to work in a creative field, but I am terrified of displaying any personal work to anyone, so much so that I got rid of most of it.”

Read more…

Have you taken advantage of Good HQ?

May 9, 2017

In this guest blog post Lauren Pluss, Community Manager at SCVO, tells us how charities can set up and optimise their free online presence on Good HQ…

Lauren Pluss

Lauren Pluss, Community Manager (SCVO)

Do you want to:

Reach more people?
Demonstrate the impact of your work?
Encourage people to volunteer for your cause?

Of course you do!

Good HQ is the perfect place to achieve each of these goals. It’s a digital platform from SCVO that provides a space for organisations to demonstrate their impact, and for members of the public to share their experiences. It’s the new hub of information for third sector organisations in Scotland.

There are lots of reasons to sign up to Good HQ – here’s some of the best:

Let the people who know you best share their experience!

The first-hand experiences of people who have used your service speak volumes for the work that you do. Who better to tell your organisation’s story that those who have been impacted by it? Hundreds of people have already shared their stories about the causes they support. Now you can encourage your supporters and service users to share their stories too!

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Cultivating communities through gardening

April 12, 2017
map of community gardens awarded funding across Scotland

Map of community gardens awarded funding across Scotland

This National Gardening Week we’re celebrating the £2,619,808 of community garden projects we have funded in the last year across Scotland, thanks to National Lottery players.

Community gardens are a great way to bring communities together, and can help people from all walks of life feel less isolated and improve mental health and wellbeing.

In the East of Scotland, Ian Berry, who is 56 and has epilepsy, started attending Tayport Community Trust’s community garden last May.

Ian got the chance to make a bug hotel and bird boxes, and helped to construct raised garden beds. He is grateful to the garden as it has enabled him to make new friends and build his self-confidence.

Read more…

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