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Lottery lift off for Scottish groups and their BIG ideas

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Investing in Ideas
Release date:
10 12 2012

Innovative groups with big ideas for their communities are set to share in over £280,490 of Lottery funding today. Across Scotland 32 different projects have received the green light to begin developing their projects thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Ideas scheme.

Investing in Ideas awards grants of between £500 and £10,000 to test and develop ideas that could eventually become fully fledged projects. The scheme can pay for a wide variety of activities including market research, public consultations and feasibility studies.

Drake Music Scotland, based in Glasgow, is a charity providing adults and children who have a range of disabilities with the opportunity to learn, compose and perform music. Their £10,000 grant will be used to develop their market and target potential investors. Figurenotes is an easy to use notation system allowing everyone, regardless of ability, to learn to play instruments, read, compose and perform music. The method uses colour and shape to define the musical element of pitch and duration and is based on the capacity for matching identical symbols. The project has developed Figurenotes software and aim to introduce the product to a wider market.

Today’s grant of £10,000 means Glendale Trust on the Isle of Skye can look at ways of tackling the lack of affordable housing in the Glendale area. The group, who work on behalf of the Glendale community, are keen to build micro crofts in an effort to bring economic sustainability to the area. Today’s grant will pay for a feasibility study to explore this possibility. Local residents have been consulted and local architects believe the project has potential.

Greenspace Scotland, based in Stirling, is a social enterprise and charity. They work to improve the quality of life for people living and working in urban Scotland through planning, development and sustainable management of green spaces. They plan to create a network for community green-space and friends-of-parks groups across Scotland which will provide a local forum for support and shared experiences and ideas. The project will help bring together like-minded groups and community individuals to discuss and better manage green-spaces across the country. Their award of £9,660 will pay for research and report writing, engagement events and travel costs.

Barra & Vatersay Agricultural & Horticultural Association will provide a community shop serving local people and offering fresh, locally produced vegetables, fish, meat, eggs and herbs. It will fill a healthy eating gap which is due to the main supermarket having a limited range of fresh produce because of the remoteness of the location. Island producers will have the opportunity to sell their foodstuff and the project will work with other groups who sell local produce. The grant of £10,000 will pay for a feasibility study and business plan to investigate the viability of the shop. It will also cover the cost of a fact finding trip to a neighbouring island which has a craft cooperative, community shop, bakers and community kitchen.

Announcing the awards, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “It can often be challenging for groups to get their projects off the starting blocks. Thanks to Investing in Ideas we can offer support at an early stage and help establish if a project idea is feasible and will deliver change in the longer term. We wish all of today's ambitious organisations the greatest of success, as they begin turning their project ideas into reality.”

Investing in Ideas awards grants of between £500 and £10,000 and can pay for a wide variety of activities including market research, public consultations and feasibility studies. A range of organisations can apply, including voluntary and community sector groups, social enterprises, charities, local authorities and health bodies. For more information on the programme, and how to apply, visit: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/investinginideas.

A full list of all today’s grants.

Further Information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office
0141 242 1458
BIG advice line: 0300 123 7110                           
Text phone:  0845 6021 659
Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

Notes to Editors

• The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% 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. The Fund 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 Scotland Committee has been making Big Lottery Fund decisions on Scottish projects since March 2007.  As well as taking devolved decisions on Lottery spending, the Committee, led by Chair, Maureen McGinn, has and will continue to play a strategic role in the future direction of BIG in Scotland. 
• The Big Lottery Fund is investing in Scotland’s communities through its Investing in Communities portfolio as well as the small grants schemes Awards for All, Investing in Ideas, Communities and Families and 2014 Communities.