Scotland Portfolio FAQs
Answers to your top questions about our new funding
Here are answers to your top questions about our new funding. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, or would like to discuss anything further, we are always happy to hear from you.
Get in touch with our Scotland BIG Advice Team on email@example.com or 0300 123 7110.
- I have an existing Big Lottery Fund grant – can I apply for continuation funding?
If what you’re doing fits with what we can fund through our grants for improving lives or community-led activity programmes you might be able to apply for funding to continue or develop this activity. If you wish to apply, please contact us to discuss this on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0300 123 7110.
- Does the majority of the funding for our activity need to come from the Big Lottery Fund?
No, we don’t have a specific requirement regarding the amount of funding that needs to come from us. Funding is available up to £1 million however we are keen to spread our funding as best we can, so are much less likely to offer grants of more than £500,000 routinely. Applications with a large request may have better chance if they can demonstrate some level of match funding.
- When you say ‘grants for community-led activity’ do you mean communities of interest or geographical communities?
Our medium grants for community-led activity are for geographically based communities however, we have other funding that can support communities of interest such as grants for improving lives so please speak to us about your idea.
- Can we have more than one grant at a time?
Any organisation can only have one grant at a time from each of the following: medium grants for improving lives; large grants for improving lives and; medium grants for community led activity. We think it would be unlikely however that the same type of organisation would apply for a grant for community-led activity and a grant for improving lives. A local authority would be treated as one organisation.
- What’s the maximum amount we can apply for?
For medium grants the maximum is £150,000 and for large grants the max is £1 million however, we would advise that applications requesting maximum amount of funding over a shorter period of time eg £150,000 for 1 year are unlikely to be funded. Funding is limited and demand is high, particularly grants for improving lives so, we would encourage you to apply for what you need rather than the maximum.
- Can we get funding for capital work?
You can include an element of capital costs although there is a limit of £50,000 under medium grants. We think applications that are only about capital activity are likely to struggle demonstrating how they meet the funding outcomes and approaches however we can discuss this with you.
- Can we get funding for youth work?
Funding is available through our grants for improving lives for activity which supports children, young people and families in challenging circumstances, so we could support activity around young people in challenging circumstances. However, general youth work is unlikely to be a good fit. Young Start fund may be able to support applications for youth work led by children and young people.
- Can we get funding for employability work?
Grants for improving lives or community led activity will not cover general employability activity. We could potentially support an element of employability work as part of a wider community led or improving lives application but this would need to be focussed on the specific outcomes and types of activity that each fund can support.
- Can we get funding for advice work?
Grants for improving lives or community led activity are unlikely to fund general advice activity. We could potentially support an element of advice work as part of a wider community led or improving lives application but this would need to be focussed on the specific outcomes and types of activity that each fund can support.
- Can we get funding for Scotland-wide activity?
Our grants for community-led activity are for work at a very local level and mostly within one local authority area. We also think it might be more challenging for Scotland-wide activity to demonstrate strong local connections under grants for improving lives. However, we’d encourage you to speak to us about your idea so that we can advise whether this, or any other funding, might be appropriate.
- Can we apply for both medium and large grants for improving lives at the same time for the same activity?
No, we’ll discuss which funding is most appropriate for you ask you to submit one application at a time. Funding is limited and we want to support as many groups as we can. If timescales are an issue we can provide advice on this and support you where we can.
- Is funding available for Community Assets?
Yes, this started on 13 July 2016. The process is different from grants for community-led activity and improving lives. It is best to contact us to discuss what you are thinking of.
- How much funding has been awarded and what has been the average grant size?
Between 26 November 2015 and 9 November 2016, we have awarded £19.3 million to 128 projects through grants for community-led activity and grants for improving lives. The average size for a medium grant through both of these programmes has been £49,808.