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Lottery funding for new ideas

July 5, 2012

Helping people with learning disabilities in East Lothian to set up their own businesses and piloting new ways of supporting people with dementia in Dundee are amongst the latest big ideas to receive grants from our Investing in Ideas fund.

Sixteen awards have been made in this latest round of grants for projects that test and develop ideas that could eventually become fully fledged projects. Investing in Ideas can fund a wide variety of activities including market research, public consultations and feasibility studies.

People affected by dementia in Dundee are to benefit from an award of £10,000 to The Memory Box Network Limited. The charity will use the award to explore the idea of building and developing an online system which will combine Reminiscence Therapy and social media technology to help reduce the isolation experienced by those with dementia.

An idea to help people with learning disabilities in East Lothian set up their own micro-businesses has received £10,000. The East Lothian Care & Accomodation Project (ELCAP) will use the award to trial the first miEnterprise site in Scotland which will help people in East Lothian with learning disabilities to learn new skills and explore their business set up ideas.

A range of organisations can apply to Investing in Ideas including voluntary and community sector groups, social enterprises, charities, local authorities and health bodies. More information on how to apply can be found here.

A full list of the latest Investing in Ideas awards are available here.

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