£1 million supporting young Scots

Children and young people across Scotland are set to benefit from new financial help as over £900K in grants is announced to 32 groups today.

From a project helping children and young people who have been affected by the diagnosis of cancer or are experiencing a loss or bereavement to funding for a grandparents group set up to reduce the isolation of children in kinship care, today’s £922,241 comes from both the Communities and Families Fund and Young Start funding programmes supported by the Scottish Government and Big Lottery Fund.

Children from the Little Stars project from Horsecross Arts in Perth
Children from the Little Stars project from Horsecross Arts in Perth

Opening up a world of singing dancing and drama for under fives from disadvantaged backgrounds with their grant of £9,800 are Horsecross Arts in Perth. Head of Creative Learning at Horsecross Arts, Noelle Cobden, said,

“We are delighted to receive funding from the Big Lottery Fund for our Little Stars Project. It means we can provide creative arts activities for over children aged between three and five years old in Perth and Kinross. Little Stars aims to help children improve their confidence, concentration, coordination, communication and reach their full potential.”

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, said, “I want Scotland to be the best place in the world for children to grow up, that’s why I’m determined that the Scottish Government will continue supporting families, young people and their wider community networks to flourish.  I’ve seen first-hand the difference that local initiatives are making to help young people reach their full potential, supported by our partnership with the Big Lottery Fund.

“For a high proportion of the children, we are working with, this is their first experience of the arts and many of them would not otherwise have access to cultural activities. The funding has helped us to work closely with nursery partners, parents, artist-tutors and, most importantly, the children to develop exciting and innovative singing, drama and dance sessions.”

Maureen McGinn, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee said: “With both Young Start and the Communities and Families Fund we are helping ensure Scotland’s next generation has the best possible start in life. We know that the work done from playgroups and crèches right up to those organisations working with young people beyond the education system can make a huge difference to how children and young people gain the abilities and confidence they need for positive and healthy futures and today’s funding supports that work across Scotland.”

Here’s a full list of today’s grants: Children & Young People January 2014

For more information on how to apply to the Communities and Families Fund, Young Start or any Big Lottery Fund Scotland programmes go to:


or email enquiries.scotland @biglotteryfund.org.uk

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