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Success Rates – Summer 2018

July 13, 2018

Success Rates Summer 2018 (40%)If you want to know what the likelihood is of receiving a grant from us it’s usually best to get in touch to discuss your idea. Your chances will often depend on what you want to do! However, we also like to give you an idea of how busy or competitive our funds are in general. This post will give you a breakdown of our current success rates for the last six months up to 30th June 2018.

Overall average success rate, 40%

Before we go into the detail, our current average success rate across all our funds is just under 40%. We always receive more good applications than we have money to fund, but we are currently getting even more requests than usual. This means competition is very high for most of our grants.


National Lottery Awards for All, 43%
At 43%, the success rate for National Lottery Awards for All Scotland has fallen again recently. This is due to a significant increase in the number of applications over the last three months. This makes it all the more important to make sure your community is involved in the design and delivery of the work you want us to fund – as this is one of the most important factors in improving your chances.
playCheck this two minute video for our top tips to improve your chances.


Community-Led Activity, 77%
The success rate for grants for Community-Led Activity remains high at 77%, which is good news if you are a local organisation looking to involve your community in wellbeing activities!


Improving Lives (Medium: £10k-£150k), 51%
Our medium grants for Improving Lives remain popular, with a steady success rate of just above 50%. Check this blog for some tips on improving your chances.


Improving Lives (Large: £150k+), 52%
There is a two stage application process for our large grants for Improving Lives.  This success rate of 52% covers both stages. 65% of applicants were successful at the first stage, and 80% at the second stage. Check this blog for tips on applying.


Community Assets, 43%
The 43% success rate for Community Assets covers groups we’ve met and advised to apply for a grant. This low success rate reflects the enormously high demand for this funding, which we discussed alongside tips for applying in this blog.


Scottish Land Fund, 67%
The overall success rate of 67% for the Scottish Land Fund is positive for communities looking to take control of land or buildings.


What do these success rates mean for me?

They can let you know how much competition you might face, but can’t tell you about your individual chances. A high success rate doesn’t guarantee you’ll be funded, and a low one doesn’t mean you won’t!

Do these success rates give the full picture?

Not exactly. Many organisations talk to us first and don’t end up applying. We typically talk to two- or three-times more potential applicants than actually apply. We do this to help figure out if our funding is right for you, to help you apply if it is, and to save you time and effort if it isn’t. To discuss an idea, just get in touch with our team in Scotland!

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