#starterfor10k liveblog

Nora Rundell
Nora Rundell opens today’s conference

Today’s  ‘Starter for 10’ event is a one day conference set up to showcase and promote the work being done by Scotland’s funders to support community groups all across Scotland with small grants.

Scotland Funders’ Forum and Scottish Grantmakers have come together to highlight how small amounts of money can have high impact in communities, particularly in challenging times. This free event will bring together Scotland’s funders and grantmakers, policy makers and support agencies in a rare opportunity to spend the day improving our collective knowledge and understanding.

We’ll hear from innovative small projects, key speakers, discuss prominent current issues such as welfare reform, older people and early years and make connections in the market place.  We’ll exchange information on how we can effectively support community activity at the grass roots level.

Throughout today we’ll be updating this blog with content from the day with presentations, photos, speeches and comments from the event. You can also follow live updates on Twitter from @BIGScotland at #starterfor10k.


10.30am: Big Lottery Fund’s Scotland Director Jackie Killeen sets out the Fund’s commitment to small grants, and the impact they make



12.05pm: East Ayrshire Council talk about their work to create Vibrant Communities in their area:

12.30pm: Nora Rundell and Keith Wimbles address the conference on the work of Scottish Grantmakers and the Scotland Funders Forum. Grantmakers and Funders are working together to share research and best practice in Scotland and across the UK. More details at http://www.scotlandfundersforum.org.uk and www.scottishgrantmakers.org


3.00pm: Colin Mair from the Improvement Service delivers his keynote presentation

3.15pm: John Dalrymple from Neighbourhood Networks leads a presentation on the work of the project, followed by this video >

3.30pm: Keith Wimbles closed the event by introducing this video from Glasgow’s “Beyond the Finish Line” project, which showcases a range of small local social enterprises

3.45pm: Event Ends. Thanks for everyone for attending!

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