Our team at BIG Scotland are delighted to have been chosen to distribute dormant bank accounts (DBA) funding for the benefit of Scotland’s third sector.
The Scottish Government has now asked us to put together a plan for distributing the funding around four main themes, which were agreed by Scottish Ministers following a wide reaching consultation in 2008/2009.
- Create opportunities for children and young people
- Address health inequalities through increased activity
- Strengthen inter-generational activities
- Create community-based employment opportunities
There will be around £3 million to distribute in Scotland in the first year of the programme which, although less than previously anticipated, still has the potential to make a significant impact in Scotland. With this in mind we have been developing our thinking on how this money could make the biggest possible impact across all four themes without being spread too thinly. We think that a possible way of achieving this would be to introduce an overall aim for the programme.
Our initial proposal for this is “to support children and young people most in need”, with the beneficiary group, ‘children and young people’, being the common thread linking together the four themes.
To help guide this work, we will be holding consultation events in October 2011 with a range of key stakeholders to answer a number of key questions as part of this consultation.
This briefing will form the focus of discussion at our events with third sector stakeholders, each of which have experience of working within or across the identified themes.
Following this consultation we will submit a strategic plan for this programme to the Scottish Government which will include our assessment of need in these areas and a proposal for distributing the funding. We will then work towards making the first funding available by Spring next year.