- Release date:
- 20 12 2012
Up to £100,000 will be invested in giving Scotland’s children a better start in life thanks to the grants made today (20 DEC) by the Communities and Families Fund - a joint venture from the Big Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government.
Thirteen projects across Scotland receive funding today totalling £95,412 from the £6 million Communities and Families Fund, launched in May 2012. The multi-million fund aims to give groups working with children of eight years and under a vital helping hand. Groups can apply for funding from £250 to £10,000.
Maureen McGinn, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee, said: “The Communities and Families grants go to a variety of projects across the country. From the provision of support groups to fitness classes, outdoor activities to arts and music, the Communities and Families Fund is helping to give Scotland’s next generation the best possible start in life. We welcome applications from projects which benefit children or families of children aged eight years and under, so I encourage people to call us or visit our website to find out more.”
Two Castlemilk family centres will now enjoy the addition of gardens thanks to today’s grant of £8,533. The Indigo Childcare Group run the two centres and is setting up Indigo’s Family Gardens with the aim of getting families to interact in an outdoor environment. The gardens will be a safe place for families to get together and parents will be encouraged to help maintain the garden as well as using it as a place to play with their children.
Today’s grant of £9,160 will ensure The HAPPY Club – Healthy Active Promotion of Positive Youngsters can continue to run two activity classes from Our Lady Peace Primary School. Based in the east end of Glasgow the sessions will take place on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7.00-9.00pm. Catering for children with additional support needs the classes will give parents some respite while the children get active, socialise and make new friends.
A project to encourage positive relations between young children, their fathers and grandfathers is the brainchild of 3D Drumchapel. Today’s grant of £9,908 means the Dads/Granddad’s and Children Activity Programme can organise weekly play sessions for under fives, with a support group and baby massage classes on offer for dads. 3D hopes to encourage more fathers and grandfathers to spend time with their children and grandchildren, in a supportive environment, and so the year long project will include activities just for dads and granddads as well as getting involved in the centre’s regular events.
The Communities and Families Fund will run over the next three years with £4.5 million from The Scottish Government and £1.5 million from the Big Lottery Fund. To find out more about the scheme and how to apply phone 0300 123 7110 or visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_communities_and_families_fund.
A full list of awards annouced today.
For more details contact Frances Chisholm, Press Team Scotland, 0141 242 1458
BIG advice line: 0300 123 7110
Text phone: 0845 6021 659
For more information about Big Lottery Fund programmes
Follow us on Twitter @BIGScotland or like us on Facebook Big Lottery Fund Scotland
Notes to Editors
• The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 46% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
• BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004. BIG was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
• Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £28 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.
• The Early Years Taskforce was set up in November 2011 to provide strategic leadership for the Early Years Change Programme and co-ordinate policy across Government and the wider public sector to ensure that Early Years spending is prioritised by the whole public sector.
• Scottish Government funding will be drawn from the wider £270 million Early Years Change Fund, which includes a Scottish Government contribution of £50 million over the next four years.
• The Scotland Committee, led by Chair Maureen McGinn, has been making Big Lottery Fund decisions on Scottish projects since March 2007. As well as taking devolved decisions on Lottery spending, the Committee has and will continue to play a strategic role in the future direction of BIG in Scotland.
• The Big Lottery Fund is funding Scotland’s communities through the Investing in Communities portfolio as well as the small grants schemes Awards for All, 2014 Communities and the Communities and Families Fund.