Over £150k is to be spent giving Scotland’s children a better start in life thanks to the first grants made by the Communities and Families Fund – a joint venture from the Big Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government.
Today’s grants to 20 projects across the country is from the £6 million Communities and Families Fund, launched in May 2012. The multi-million fund aims to give groups working with children aged under eight – including mother and toddler groups, crèches, community nurseries and playgroups – a vital helping hand. Groups can apply for funding of from £250 to £10,000. To find out more about the scheme and how to apply phone 0300 123 7110 or visit the Communities and Families webpage.
Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell said: “If we’re to achieve our ambition of Scotland being the best place in the world for children to grow up, it’s paramount we support families and communities and help them thrive and flourish. That’s why I’m delighted to see the first grants from the new Communities and Families Fund going to these excellent and deserving projects to allow them to continue the great work they’re doing to improve the lives of local children and families across Scotland’s communities.”
Maureen McGinn, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee said: “We welcome applications from projects which benefit children, or families of children aged eight years and under. We know that, across the country, organisations such as playgroups and crèches are presently delivering sterling work in communities with children at the very heart of their activities. There is now an opportunity to do even more and make an extra difference to more young Scots, so I would encourage people to call us or visit the website to find out more.”