New funding portfolio – We’re busy talking!

A couple of weeks ago Big Lottery Fund’s Scotland Director, Jackie Killeen, wrote about our early thinking on the new funding portfolio that we intend to launch in Autumn 2015. You can read that blog here.Application Materials
To help us increase our understanding and appreciation of the issues which might impact the shape of our new funding portfolio we have:


• Commissioned a YouGov opinion survey to gather the thoughts of the general public. The results indicated that people were keen to see lottery funding going to a wide range of projects. Community activities, projects for people with disabilities and social enterprises appeared to be quite popular choices.

• Surveyed local authority external funding officers to get their perspective based on their daily work experiences. Again, once we’ve analysed the results we’ll let you know the hot topics arising and how we’ll follow up on them.

• Selected 16 Big Lottery Fund applicants/grantholders to form a Reference Panel. This panel is predominantly made up of third sector organisations with representation from a local authority too. The panel will share their experiences and ideas as well as commenting on the new funding portfolio as it develops.

• Selected a facilitator for the Reference Panel. Jenni Inglis has great experience and will create interesting and engaging meetings to get the best out of the Reference Panel.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be:

• Listening to people from BME communities as they tell their stories of community-led activity, as well as hearing about some of the challenges faced and what would support more activity in the future.

• Meeting with the Scottish Government to cross reference their thinking with our early funding developments.

• Hosting a series of round tables about specific themes such as prevention, vital support and community-led work.


You can email your thoughts on the development of our new funding portfolio to
You can follow the journey to our new portfolio and comment on Twitter @Bigscotland #2020funding or on Facebook, Big Lottery Fund Scotland

You can also follow the journey by subscribing to
Finally, you can leave comments at the bottom of this blog


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