Our 2014 legacy

This week in celebration of national Legacy Week (24 to 28 February) we will be running a series of blogs shining the spotlight on our 2014 Games legacy activity across Scotland.

Today we give you an overview of the range of programmes you can apply to and specific projects the Big Lottery Fund is funding – worth around £11 million – in support of the 2014 Games legacy.

2014 Communities - increasing physical activity
2014 Communities – increasing physical activity

Many of you will be aware of our longest running legacy fund, 2014 Communities. This has a £5.8 million budget and provides small grants of up to £2,000 to encourage more people to participate and volunteer in physical activity. Follow this link  for details on how to apply.

A further £1 million of Big Lottery Fund money is available through the Celebrate programme. This is also a small grants programme which we run jointly with the other Lottery distributors investing £4 million in total. This offers grants of between £500 to £10,000 to arts, heritage, sports and community celebrations of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Find out how to apply here.

On top of these open grants programme we have also invested in a range of Legacy inspired projects. These are:

  • Volunteer Support Pot – £0.5 million helping 2014 Commonwealth Games Volunteers overcome financial and other barriers to participation.
  • Scottish Sports Futures Active East  – £0.1 million supporting young people from the east end of Glasgow to increase levels of physical activity and building skills through volunteering
  • Powerful Healthy Communities Mytime Active – £1.7 million to work with local partners to tackle childhood obesity across Scotland
  • Pilotlight – £0.1 million to link Scottish charities and social enterprises with senior business volunteers including Glasgow 2014 sponsors and partners
  • Personal Best Achieving Ambitions  – £0.5 million enabling Jobs and Business Glasgow to involve young people furthest from the labour market in volunteering
  • Digi Commonwealth project  – run by University of West of Scotland this £0.2 million project will support communities across Scotland to increase their digital and social media literacy in the run up to the Glasgow Games
  • Glasgow Life Host City Volunteering Programme  –  £632,000 to recruit, train and support up to 1,500 volunteers from disadvantaged backgrounds who may have previously encountered barriers to their involvement
  • Beyond the Finish Line project – £138,929 to Firstport to support young entrepreneurs in setting up social businesses and regenerate local areas on route to the 2014 Games.

And of course the Spirit of 2012 Trust has been endowed by the Big Lottery Fund with £40 million to build on the legacy of the London 2012 Games across the UK. A Big Lottery Fund grant of £488,000 will allow Culture 2014 project the Big, Big Sing to take the celebration to communities across Scotland.

Come back to our Big Blog throughout the week as we bring you case studies of some of the exciting projects to have received our Legacy funding. You’ll also find out how your 2014 Games inspired project could benefit from free digital storytelling workshops.

National Legacy Week is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow 2014 and Glasgow City Council and is an opportunity for people to find out how to get involved in their local area.

 You can follow the Legacy Week Twitter conversation using #legacy2014

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