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Early Action System Change

Tackling the root cause of inequality by helping local organisations collaborate to make the shift towards early action
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Funding size:
£300,000 - £1 million
Total available:
£7.5 million
Application deadline:
02/10/2017 12:00:00

What's it all about?

We are inviting proposals to help make a fundamental shift towards effective early action in Scotland. An early action approach aims to build a society that prevents problems from occurring rather than one that copes with the consequences. It also means changing the systems of services and support that are in place now. We will make a small number of grants that help organisations come together to do this.

We are interested in the overall system you want to change and the particular areas where there are opportunities to act earlier.

The grants will fund change programmes that bring together people and organisations from the voluntary and public sectors to plan for the future and collaborate to make early action central to their work. This change should fully involve the people who benefit from and participate, and those who work to deliver support and services.

We have focused on three areas where we believe there is an opportunity to make a significant impact in the next five years. These are:

  • Healthy diet and active lifestyle
  • Children, young people and families
  • Women and criminal justice.

You should focus on one of these three areas and tell us how your proposal will deliver change in a definable geographic area, which could be as large as a local authority or as small as a single city neighbourhood or district.

To apply, please send us your expression of interest form by 12 noon on 2 October. This can be found at the back of the accompanying Early Action System Fund guidance notes which you should read before applying. If you have any questions, you can phone us on 0300 123 7110, email us at advicescotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk or read top ten FAQs

We are running 3 additional webinars for potential applicants:

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from partnerships and organisations working in collaboration with others. We expect to see an element of both public and third sector involvement in all successful applications.

The lead applicant must be a constituted organisation, with its own governing document and bank account, and must produce annual accounts. We will accept applications from a wide range of statutory and voluntary organisation types, but will not fund sole traders or individuals.

What can you apply for?

We can fund revenue and overhead costs. While not exhaustive, examples of the types of activities we expect to fund include: research and evaluation costs; salaries; community/service user engagement; gathering baseline data and small scale test and learn pilots (as part of a wider project). We will fund capital costs for the purchase of essential equipment but this should be a small proportion of the funding requested.