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Awards for All Scotland

A quick and easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £500 and £10,000
Funding size:
£500 - £10,000
Application deadline:
Please note Awards For All Scotland will not be accepting new applications to the programme between noon 9 May and noon 4 August 2014.

What’s it all about?

Please note Awards For All Scotland will not be accepting new applications to the programme between noon 9 May and noon 4 August 2014.  This is to help meet the high level of demand linked to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and wider portfolio of small grant programmes. 

We will be accepting applications to all our other Big Lottery Fund programmes during this time and will continue to make awards.

We appreciate your patience.

Awards for All is a quick and easy way to get small Lottery grants of between £500 and £10,000. The programme aims to help people become actively involved in projects that bring about change in their local community. This could be through a wide range of community, arts, sports, health, education and environmental activities. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time.

Before you submit your application to us, please read our blog to help make your application complete. We can only make a decision on your application when it is fully complete.

What are we looking for?

We want to fund projects that will achieve one or more of the following outcomes: 
• people have better chances in life
• communities are safer, stronger and more able to work together to tackle inequalities
• people have better and more sustainable services and environments
• people and communities are healthier.

Our priorities are listed in more detail in the guidance notes. It should be noted that meeting one or more of these priorities is not essential to receive funding.

One of our priorities is projects taking place in areas we would like to see receive more funding from Awards for All. This is based on our analysis of where our funding has gone to date. These are different for each of the three lottery distributors involved in Awards for All.

Applications coming from arts or sports groups are mostly likely to be considered through Creative Scotland or sportscotland. Other groups will usually be considered through Big Lottery Fund. Schools will always be Big Lottery Fund even if they are running an arts or sports project.

For example, an application from a theatre group wanting to hold a performance would be considered by Creative Scotland. A school applying for football equipment would be considered by Big Lottery Fund and not sportscotland.

Big Lottery Fund Creative Scotland  sportscotland 
Aberdeen City Aberdeen City Angus
Aberdeenshire Falkirk Clackmannanshire
East Ayrshire Inverclyde Dundee City
East Lothian Perth & Kinross East Renfrewshire
North Ayrshire Renfrewshire Falkirk
Perth & Kinross West Lothian Shetland Islands

Areas that feature in the 15% most deprived data zones in the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation are one of our other priorities .

Small towns (those with a population of 3,000 to 10,000) are also a priority. You can check this by entering a postcode through the Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics.

Who can apply?

You can apply to Awards for All if you are a not-for-profit/voluntary or community sector group, community council, school or health organisation.

What can you apply for?

We will pay for a wide range of activities including:
• putting on an event, activity or performance 
• buying new equipment or materials 
• improvements or additions to community buildings or play facilities
• setting up a pilot project or starting up a new group 
• paying expenses for volunteers, costs for sessional workers or professional fees 
• transport costs.


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation
  • Public sector organisation