Innovative groups with big ideas for their communities are today sharing in over £82,265 from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG). The awards from BIG’s Investing in Ideas fund will enable nine Scottish projects to pilot and research new ways of working that will support hundreds of people including those with arthritis, vulnerable families and disadvantaged young people.
Focused on empowering and supporting people living with arthritis, Arthritis Care today receives an award of £9,950. The UK wide body will use the funding to pilot a new way of supporting local groups throughout Scotland. This will allow each group to become more autonomous by developing their own activities led by trained volunteers. It is hoped that this will better meet the needs of local people who will agree their own priorities.
Renfrewshire Environmental Trust will pilot a project providing accredited training opportunities for local young adults with physical or learning disabilities, thanks to an award of £9,960. The group, which assists volunteers and community groups in improving green spaces, will employ a project coordinator and a sessional tutor to provide training in horticulture for the young adults. This will take place at two growing sites at local day centres in Paisley and Johnstone.
Investing in Ideas awards grants of between £500 and £10,000 and can pay for a wide variety of activities including market research, public consultations and feasibility studies. A range of organisations can apply, including voluntary and community sector groups, social enterprises, charities, local authorities and health bodies. More information on the programme and how to apply is available here.
A full list of all of today’s Investing in Ideas awards are avaiable here.