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New ideas get the BIG thumbs up

October 28, 2011

Scottish groups with new ideas to make their communities better places to live are today celebrating grants worth £127,120 from the Big Lottery Fund. Seventeen projects are sharing in funding from BIG’s Investing in Ideas programme which enables local groups to test out new ideas before embarking on fully fledged projects.

A full list of today’s grants can be found here.

Amongst the successful projects is Firstport Ltd, a Scotland wide organisation that provides a first port of call for entrepreneurs. Thanks to an award of £6,500, the group will set up an ‘Ideas Business Bank’ to help put entrepreneurs on the road to success. This will provide a bank of business templates which can be easily accessed for entrepreneurs who are in search of guidance and support to help them set up their own social enterprises.

More opportunities for children’s play could soon be available thanks to an award of £4,650 to Midlothian Association of Play. The group want to replicate and develop their existing ‘play ranger’ project by involving parents and volunteers in delivering outreach play activities in local parks and open spaces. With its award the group will hold a number of focus groups with children and volunteers to assess the need and feasibility of such a service while also identifying suitable public spaces for delivering the project.

Groups can apply to Investing in Ideas here or contact our information team on  0300 123 7110 for further information.

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