£9 million to tackle hardship in Scotland

Support and ConnectThe Big Lottery Fund, Scotland today (TUES 16 JULY) has announced grants worth over £9 million to support those facing hardship in Scotland through its Support and Connect funding programme. Across the country 59 projects will share £9,853,057 to provide a range of activity including local food banks, money advice services and community clothing and starter pack projects.

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest of the National Lottery Good Cause distributors and has also committed an additional £5 million to Support and Connect bringing its value to £15 million.

Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee Chair, said: “We’re aware of families and communities across Scotland who are struggling to cope with financial, emotional and physical pressures. Enabling people to find a way through these challenges is at the heart of our work at the Big Lottery Fund and this fund supports organisations across Scotland who are providing essential support. As we recognise the demand on these services, we’ve pledged a further £5 million to the existing £10 million already in the Support and Connect Fund. Support and Connect is designed to do two things: improve local support for people experiencing tough times, and assist organisations working within communities to deliver support in a more joined-up way so that everyone can get the help they need.”

Projects funded through Support and Connect will run over the next two years and are aimed specifically at improving local support for people experiencing hardship. The fund will also help organisations, who work with people experiencing hardship, become much better connected so that individuals dealing with complex problems get the right blend of support they need.

Find out more about the projects which received funding today.

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