PLEASE NOTE: This post relates to a temporary pause in Awards for All Scotland applications between May and August 2014
Awards for All Scotland normally operates on a rolling basis, without deadlines or closing dates. For the latest information please check the Awards for All Scotland website.
With the 2014 Commonwealth Games fast approaching, groups from across Scotland have been applying in their hundreds to our 2014 legacy small grant funds. This high demand means that we will be pausing applications to our Awards for All Scotland programme for three months to enable us to prioritise and process the exceptional spike in applications to our Celebrate and 2014 Communities funds.
The pause will begin in four weeks time at noon on 9 May and we will start to accept applications again at noon on 4 August.
We understand that local groups will have some questions about what this means for them and so we have set out some FAQs below:
How strict is the Awards for All Scotland deadline?
We will accept Awards for All Scotland applications up and until noon on 9 May. After this time applications will not be accepted until noon on 4 August. If you apply by email during this time you will receive an automated reply telling you that we are currently not accepting applications.
If I submit an Awards for All application before 9 May will you still be assessing it during this three month period?
Yes. If you have submitted an application prior to the pause we will ensure that it is assessed and you get your decision within our published timescales.
By the time you start to accept applications again it will be too late for our event. What do you suggest we should do?
If you are currently working on an application you should submit before noon on 9 May. Those groups that apply by this time can be assured that that their application will be processed and they will receive a decision in due course.
If we submit an application after the deadline for activity later in the year can you hold onto our application and assess when you re-open?
No. We will return your application and you should resubmit when we start accepting applications again. There are two reasons for this. First of all we will be reviewing materials during the pause so there may be new or additional things you need to tell us in your application. Secondly details of your proposed project may change in this period too. So to ensure that we make decisions based on the most accurate up to date information we think it is best to ask everyone to wait and submit applications in August.
Does this exceptional spike in 2014 legacy applications mean that you will be closing 2014 Communities and Celebrate earlier than expected?
Both of these programmes will continue to accept applications until the available funding has been committed. We will give groups plenty of notice of the closing date. To date we have awarded £7 million through our Celebrate and 2014 Communities small grant programmes.
During this three month period we will be accepting applications to all our other Big Lottery Fund Scotland programmes and will continue to make awards. An estimated £5 million will be awarded through Awards for All Scotland, 2014 Communities and Celebrate alone.