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Jackie Killeen

Welcome to this New Year edition of Big Briefing. In this edition we update you on how, across the country, Big Lottery Fund (BIG) investments are helping people make a difference on the issues that matter most to them.

We put the spotlight on our popular flagship programme Awards for All, which remains central to our funding portfolio and continue to  offer grant funding to groups in your constituency. Find out also about the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund, which is now open to applications.

There are links to current funding programmes and awards made in your area. I hope you find the briefing helpful. You can keep up to date by following @biglotteryfund or by following us on facebook www.facebook.com/BigLotteryFund

Jackie Killeen
Director for Scotland, Big Lottery Fund

In this issue:

Investing in Communities Grant

This New Year brings a bumper million pound Lottery boost for the small rural community of Upper Eskdale and the promise of a much needed community building.

The grant of £1,145,251 to Upper Eskdale Development Group will help to put the heart back into the village. The money means they will be able to build a two story extension to the former Victorian school building which will house workspaces, offices, an art room, shop, cafe, bakery and a flexible community space.


Nicolas Jennings, Project Development Manager, said, “We are delighted to receive the Big Lottery Fund award.  We see it as a huge boost to our confidence in our plans to encourage each other in our community to come together to tackle some of the big challenges that face small rural communities like ours in this time of change.


“It will serve as a place to meet socially and creatively, a place where we can develop the kinds of support that our rapidly ageing population is going to increasingly need.  It will help to generate new ways for younger people in our village to earn a living.  Already the process of planning and consulting has strengthened our community bringing people of different ages and backgrounds together. There are exciting and challenging opportunities opening up before us in 2013 and for many years to come thanks to the Big Lottery Fund and our community volunteers.”

Third Sector Early Intervention Fund launch

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In December a new £20 million fund from the Scottish Government focusing on improving the future for all Scotland’s children was launched by Big Fund (the non-Lottery arm of the Big Lottery Fund). The new Third Sector Early Intervention Fund (TSEIF) will be managed by Big Fund and will run for two years.

The aim of the fund is to focus on prevention and early intervention particularly but not exclusively around early years and to look for new ways to undertake this vital work. The TSEIF will support organisations which can improve policy and practice nationally, it will fund organisations delivering services and it will encourage creative and innovative approaches for preventative work from organisations working directly with children and young people, and the families and communities that support them.

Jackie Killeen, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, said: “This new fund recognises the importance of early intervention and preventative work, particularly in supporting our children and young people to have the best possible start in life. We will work with the Scottish Government and organisations across Scotland to help ensure that the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund makes a real difference to Scotland's children, young people, and the families and communities that support them.”

The TSEIF will make grants from £10,000 and opened to applications on December 18, 2012 and closes to applications on February 1, 2013. Click here for further information.

Awards for All

Awards for All is the small grants scheme supported by three of the National Lottery good cause distributors in Scotland: Creative Scotland, the Big Lottery Fund and sportscotland. The scheme makes awards of between £500 and £10,000 to grass-roots community groups and voluntary organisations.

Awards for All funds projects between £500 and £10,000. In Scotland, over 1,327 awards worth £9.7 million were made in 2011/12.

Awards for All is open to projects throughout the year. We acknowledge all applications and aim to make decisions in no more than six weeks. It is often faster. If you would like Awards for All leaflets for your constituency office or surgeries please contact us.

Here’s an example of how a small grant is making a BIG difference to those most in need.

A grant of £3,000 to Wishaw District Ex Services Club Senior Citizen Section means that Christmas came early for ex-servicemen in the area.  Many of the veterans don’t have the chance to go to many social events during the year and the award means they were able to organise a Christmas dinner dance and begin their festive celebrations together.

Better broadband is on the way for a tiny community on Shetland thanks to an award of £9,973 to West Burrafirth Community Broadband Group.  Now the group will be able to buy and install the equipment required for a faster internet connection.  It’s a great result for the 26 residents, from the nine households in the area, who have been campaigning with mainstream providers for the past few years with no success because of their remote location and the costs involved.Funding programmes open to your constituents.

You can use our Funding finder to search for funding programmes that are available for your constituents, while our grants search will allow you to find projects that have been funded in your constituency.

In Scotland 2,283 projects were awarded £67,565,460. See a list of funding programmes open to your constituents

Further information

Gillian Miller, Policy and Learning Manager
Tel: 0141 242 1490
Email: gillian.miller@biglotteryfund.org.uk