Do you have a project idea that would benefit children, or parents and families of children, who are eight years and under? Then the Communities and Families fund could be for you.
Across Scotland 21 community projects are sharing in the latest awards from this fund which is a joint venture between the Big Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government.
You could follow in the footsteps of the following successful projects:
Children from Springburn will gain confidence in the water, thanks to a project from North Glasgow Housing Association. The group receives £10,000 to provide 250 children aged 4 and 5 with free swimming classes. It will be run in partnership with Scottish Swimming and local nursery schools.
Also enjoying the outdoors will be children on the Isle of Rum. Thanks to a grant of £9,534, the Isle of Rum Community Trust will refurbish an existing play park to provide an area suitable for children under eight years old. Situated in the heart of the village next to the community hall, the park will also provide an area for families to relax and socialise.
Families in the east end of Glasgow will benefit from a programme of healthy cooking workshops as East End Kids & Co (Glasgow) celebrates an award of £7,383. The project will target young mothers of children under three years old to help them gain confidence in the kitchen. The group will provide two hour workshops to accommodate eight mothers at a time.
Announcing the awards Maureen McGinn, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee, said: “Today’s funding will support a range of grassroots projects aimed at improving the quality of life of children under eight years old. Applications are welcome from projects which benefit children or families in Scotland, so I encourage people to call us, or visit our website, to find out more.”
Groups can apply to the Communities and Families fund for grants from £250 to £10,000 for projects that give children the best start in life. To find out more about the scheme and how to apply contact us or visit our website.
You can also find out more about the 21 projects which have just shared in grants worth £171,731 here.