Big Lottery Fund Scotland opens new collaborative funding opportunity
Today we are delighted to launch a new fund aimed at making a fundamental shift towards early action in Scotland. With £7.5 million of National Lottery funding available, Early Action System Change will make a small number of grants to help bring local public and third sectors organisations together to redesign and re-organise their services and to test new approaches that make early action central to their work.
As we’ve highlighted in a series of blog posts, an early action approach aims to prevent societal problems from occurring rather than coping with the consequences. This in turn helps people to live longer, happier and healthier lives. But to get to that point, the systems and support that are in place right now require change.
Through this fund we will therefore award a small number of grants of up to £1 million that are intended to fund the first steps towards changing the way whole systems work. This means we are interested in the overall system you want to change and the particular areas where there are opportunities to act earlier. We want to see this change fully involve the people who benefit from and participate, and those who work to deliver support and services.
With this investment, we will fund initiatives that focus on one of these three themes.
- Healthy & Active Lifestyles
- Children, Young People and Families
- Women and criminal justice
Applications to the fund are made by way of an expression of interest form available on our website.
For more on system change and how we see our funding contributing to this area, read this Holyrood article by our Scotland Director, Martin Cawley, who tells us people and partnerships are key to successful system change.