Today we are delighted to open our new five-year £250 million funding scheme to applications. With a focus on helping people and communities most in need, groups across the country can now share these life changing funds.
To celebrate all our staff are out and about, visiting funded groups from Shetland to the Scottish Borders, and we can’t wait to see what you’ve all been up to….@BIGScotland onTwitter and Big Scotland Facebook #BigScotland to find where we’ve been.
Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair paid a visit to Healthy n Happy in Rutherglen, to spread our good news, chatting with project workers and participants she said:
“I am delighted to announce our main funding offer is now open for business. We have refreshed and redeveloped our approach and focus so we will work with communities and organisations to support activity which is people centred, strengths based and has good local connections. We are sure our new approach will ensure our Lottery funds make a truly life-changing and inspirational difference to people across Scotland.
“We have also simplified our application process to make applying for funds more straightforward. We want to make it easier for those who have not applied to us before to do so now.”
The Big Lottery Fund supports thousands of groups across Scotland working from grassroots up to the large scale. Between now and 2020 groups across Scotland can apply for grants from £10,000 to £1 million to help finance activity that will improve both lives and communities across Scotland.
Healthy n Happy is a key organisation for community activity in Rutherglen, supported by local people as well as a range of partners and funders. Each year around 6,000 local people enjoy the activities on offer and the group has received £1.7 million from Big Lottery Fund Scotland for nine projects.
Brendan Rooney, Executive Director Healthy n Happy said: “We are delighted to host the Big Lottery Fund as they announce the launch of their new five-year funding scheme, and are pleased that strength based approaches have been recognised in this new programme. It will play a critical role in sustaining the valuable work of community-led organisations like Healthy n Happy for the next five years and beyond. We wish the Fund and all beneficiaries every success and we look forward to a continued excellent working partnership.”