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.
The Big Lottery Fund in Scotland took the decision to pause Awards for All to new applications from 9th May until 4th August. This allowed us to focus on assessing and administering grants related to building a legacy from the Commonweatlth Games. And we took advantage of the pause to make some positive changes to the programme.
Awards for All Scotland will have a renewed focus on funding smaller organisations with an annual turnover of less that £250k (this does not apply to schools). It will also prioritise applications from organisations which have not received funding from Awards for All Scotland in the previous three years.
We shall also be prioritising projects where beneficiaries are mainly BME, disabled, LGBT, older or carers. However, the main aim of Awards for All Scotland and the types of activity it can suppport will remain the same.
The changes we have been able to make to Awards for All Scotland during its pause mean it will now take less time for organisations to complete our application form. This has been achieved by reducing the amount of information we require from applicants and by incorporating our guidance notes directly into the form for a more streamlined process. These changes will also avoid many delays in the process due to incomplete applications, which in turn will mean good projects being delivered sooner.
The other main change to the programme is that it will now be operated as a partnership by sportscotland and the Big Lottery Fund. Creative Scotland will not be a partner in this financial year.
Awards for All Scotland will continue to be a priority for Big Lottery Fund Scotland. Last year we committed £8.9 million to this fund. We expect to commit £9 million during the 2014/2015 financial year. This means that the contribution from the Big Lottery Fund and sportscotland to the programme will remain roughly the same.
We’d like to take this 0pportunity to remind you that 2014 Communities is closing as planned following the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. This programme will be closing to new applications at noon on 29th August 2014. Applications submitted after this time will not be eligible for an award and will not be assessed.
The new version of the Awards for All Scotland application form, including the guidance, can be downloaded from our website at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/awardsforallscotland from 12 noon today.