Got an idea? Forget Dragon’s Den – think Big Lottery Fund!

If you’ve ever had a great idea but need funding to get it off the ground then look no further than Investing in Ideas from Big Lottery Fund Scotland.

Investing in Ideas awards grants from £500 to £10,000 to test and develop ideas that could become fully fledged projects. The money can pay for feasibility studies, market research, public consultations, training, exchange visits and business planning to name but a few.

And a wide variety of organisations can apply. If you’re a voluntary or community group, social enterprise, charity, local authority or health body and your thinking cap needs a financial boost then think about Investing in Ideas.New Picture.jpeg

One innovative plan that’s recently received funding is Universal Comedy. They currently organise comedy workshops and training courses for people experiencing ill health, depression, anxiety or employment problems.

The scheme helps with confidence, skills and employment chances. An evaluation carried out by The Mental Health Foundation found that people who’d attended Universal Comedy wanted more training and support following completion of their training course.

Universal will use their funding of £8,300 for a consultant to explore the possibility of creating a Development Agency Service. This will offer a final training route for graduates giving them the confidence, knowledge and skills to follow their own career direction after Universal Comedy.

Moray Handyperson Services, based in Elgin, are thinking outside the box when it comes to addressing the issue of Moray’s ageing population. At the moment the group offer home maintenance services for disabled, older or vulnerable people, so that they can remain independent.

With their funding of £9,505 they’ll now carry out research on the potential for a house-moving service for the elderly in Moray. The practicalities of moving, why a move is necessary, and where an older person can find appropriate accommodation will also be investigated.

So that idea you thought would be a non-starter? Think again.

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