Investing in Communities is now closed

After five fantastic years Investing in Communities – our main grant programme in Scotland – came to a close today.

Investing in CommunitiesSince June 2010, we’ve committed more than £250M through Investing in Communities, supporting nearly 600 projects across Scotland. And there’s more to come! Although the programme closed to new applications today, we will still be awarding new grants for some time, as the projects coming in just before the deadline hear our decisions and get started.

As you may have heard, we’ll also be launching new funds towards the end of 2015, and you can read a little more about our plans for this here. If you want to keep right up to date with the latest developments we recommend either subscribing to this blog (using the subscription box on this page), or signing up to our eBulletin.

What grants are still available?

In the meantime, we still have a handful of funding programmes that are open to applications. Here’s a quick run through of what is available through the Big Lottery Fund Scotland over the summer:

Small grants (up to £10,000):

Awards for All is our broadest and most popular funding programme, covering a huge variety of community and sport projects – from new equipment, to events, trips and activities
Communities and Families Fund offers funding for projects working to give young children (0-8) the best start in life, and supporting their parents or carers.
Investing in Ideas provides grants to investigate new ideas or ways of working, from piloting your new approach, to conducting research of feasibility studies.

Larger grants:

Young Start (£10,000 – £50,000) covers youth-led projects, helping people aged 8-24 become more confident, healthy, enterprising or connected to other generations (although this is currently our most competitive programme!)
Scottish Land Fund (£10,000 – £750,000) offers grants to help rural communities take ownership of land or land assets.

How can I get help and advice?

As usual, if you have any questions about applying to any of our grant programmes, contact the BIG Advice Team Scotland by email or phone. We’re happy to help.

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