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7 myths about Big Lottery Fund Scotland – don’t get caught out!

March 4, 2014

7 Big Lottery Fund Scotland Myths

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There are a lot of myths out there about the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland, some of which we hear time and time again. Luckily we are here to keep you right! So let’s clear up 7 of the myths we hear most often about our funding:

1. “If rejected you can’t reapply for 12 months”

Not true! If your application is not successful, you can apply again as soon as you are ready. However, if you are applying for the same project, you should aim to address any feedback we gave you before applying again. If you aren’t clear on why your application was unsuccessful, or if you just want advice on making a stronger application, feel free to get in touch.

2. “We don’t fund your area of Scotland”

On the contrary – we can and do fund projects right across Scotland. Almost all of our grants are open to projects in any area of Scotland, so don’t be put off if you hear anything to the contrary! If in doubt, just ask, and we’ll keep you right.

3. “You shouldn’t discuss your idea with us before applying”

Some people think it will be a black mark against them if they call us in advance of applying. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We in the Scotland BIG Advice Team are more than happy to talk through your project before you apply. That’s our job! In our experience, applicants that get in touch in with us in advance are usually more successful in applying, and avoid many of the common pitfalls. Get in touch at advicescotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk.

4. “We only fund projects in areas seen as ‘deprived’”

While we certainly consider levels of deprivation when targeting our funding, it is definitely not the only thing we care about. We want to fund work that will make the best of the strengths in your community, and not just focus on the issues. For some of our funds we will also ask you to show good evidence of why the work we will be funding is needed. For tips on how to show your project is needed, check this blog.

5. “We don’t like giving away money”

We love giving money away! It’s the best bit of our job, and it’s also the reason the Big Lottery Fund exists. Obviously we have a responsibility to make sure that our funds are spent well. But we can’t keep the money for ourselves, so we are always looking for great new projects to support.

6. “We are shutting down / running out of money!”

Not that we know of! We’ve heard this one from a few different places over the years, and still don’t know where it comes from…

7. “Only registered charities can apply”

Actually, you don’t have to be a registered charity to apply to any of our funds! However, you do need to have an organisation with social aims set up before you can apply. There’s just a few basic things your organisation needs in place before it can apply, such as a committee, governing document and bank account. If you aren’t sure whether you can apply, just get in touch!

Got a question for the BIG Advice Team Scotland? Email us at advicescotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk, or call 0300 123 7110.

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