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Can we get funding to improve our building?

March 23, 2017

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When it comes to making physical changes or improvements to buildings, there are a range of things we are more or less likely to fund. Here are the basics you need to know…

What do we need in place before getting a grant?

In most cases your organisation will either need to own the building or hold at least a 5 year lease before we can fund you to make improvements to it. For some of our larger grants we require ownership.

If the work will require planning permission, you’ll need this before we give you money to do it.

What grants can we get for our building?

The simplest and quickest way to get funding for minor building improvements is through Awards for All Scotland, which offers grants up to £10,000. Awards for All is easy to access, and can fund a great variety of organisation types and building work – from fixing up church halls to refurbishing sports clubs or social enterprises. The downside is that you’re limited to a maximum of £10,000 in any 12 month period.

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First time mother’s joy

March 22, 2017

For lots of new mums up and down the country this coming Mother’s Day will be extra special and that’s certainly the case for 32 year old biology teacher, Izzy Milns, from Paisley.

Izzy and her partner, William, are proud parents to five month old identical twin daughters, Alexandra and Indiana and, with a little help from National Lottery funded Twins and Multiple Birth Association (TAMBA) , they got the specialist support and advice they needed in time for their new family arriving.

left to right: Aly, Izzy and Indy

Izzy said, “As I was having identical twins I had to see a consultant every two weeks during my pregnancy and we also had a series of midwives to help out but, as a first time mother of babies who have very specific needs, I was desperately looking for information that was relevant to me.   I heard about TAMBA from my twin specialist midwife, Susan, and immediately registered for one of their courses.

I was so glad I did it two months before the girls were born because it was absolutely brilliant and it was great to meet other parents to be in the same situation.  The girl who took the course is a mum to five year old identical twins herself so I felt that she could really identify what I was going through.

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GCA research informs Community Assets funding

March 16, 2017

Stakeholders in high visibility jackets looking at a drawing of a planned developmentIn this blog Eric Samuel, our Senior Policy & Learning Manager, tells us about the knowledge and learning behind the formation of Community Assets funding. 

This month Big Lottery Fund Scotland will make its final awards through Growing Community Assets (GCA) and research has now been undertaken to inform its successor, Community Assets.

Since 2006, funding from GCA has been helping communities throughout the length and breadth of the country to become stronger and more resilient by acquiring and developing not just physical assets like land and buildings, but all kinds of assets that matter to them, such as renewable energy. To date, a truly diverse range of 170 projects totalling £86 million have been funded under GCA, in 26 of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas.

The good news for projects who will be funded by GCA this month is that recently published results of research undertaken by the Big Lottery Fund last year suggests that, based on the experience of projects already operating, they have much to be positive and optimistic about.

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All you need is love

February 14, 2017

fiona and duncan dancing at a get2gether eventEvery few months we run media workshops for our grant holders, which gives us another chance to hear inspirational stories of the life changing difference that National Lottery funding is making up and down the country.

Sylvia from get2gether came along to our session earlier this month. Based in Edinburgh, get2gether believe that everyone should have opportunities for love and friendship, and they put on a wide range of events and activities for people with disabilities.

During the session Sylvia shared a story about two people who have found love and are still happy together almost one year on.

So this Valentine’s Day we thought we would share Fiona and Duncan’s story to help spread love and happiness around.

Fiona

Fiona joined get2gether over a year ago hoping to meet someone special. Fiona, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s in her 20s, said, “Like most people I find it really difficult to meet new people but having Asperger’s makes it doubly hard as I feel really awkward in social situations. Like lots of people I have been hurt before and it makes it even harder to trust someone. There were lots of times that I felt like giving up and wondered if there was really someone for me out there.”

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Beware of Consultancy Services for Funding Bids

February 13, 2017

This short blog is a quick and friendly reminder to watch out for consultants who offer services to write your funding bid for you. Some businesses promote their services by telling potential customers about the Big Lottery Fund, providing generic pre-filled applications, or implying they are acting on the Big Lottery Fund’s behalf. Some offer to fill in the form for you in return for payment or a cut of the grant.

It can be useful to get support to plan or develop your ideas, and here experienced consultants often play an important role – especially for larger or more complex projects.   high-res-corporate-logo-blue

However, our application process is free and we believe paying someone else to fill in your application is usually unnecessary, especially for our smaller grants like Awards for All.

 
We want to hear from you in your own words.

Because of this, the Big Lottery Fund can’t provide funding for any costs, commission or fees that a consultant might charge you to complete an application form.
 

If you are thinking about applying for our funding and are not sure where to start simply give our Advice Team a call on 0300 123 7110 or email us advicescotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk. We are here to provide pre-application advice and information, and are happy to give you advice on any aspect of completing an application.
 

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