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Brighter futures for families and children thanks to £20m new fund

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Release date:
18 12 2012

Today sees the opening of a new £20 million fund from the Scottish Government focusing on improving the future for all Scotland’s children. The new Third Sector Early Intervention Fund (TSEIF) will be managed by Big Fund (the non-Lottery arm of the Big Lottery 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.”

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children & Young People, said: "The voluntary sector has a vital role to play in realising our ambition to make Scotland the best place for children and young people to grow up, that’s why we have invested £20m in the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund. I would encourage applications from organisations working with children, young people, their families and their communities to support that effort.”

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

For more information please contact: Emma Whitfield, Big Lottery Fund
Communications Manager 0141 242 1415 / 07880 737157/ emma.whitfield@biglotteryfund.org.uk

Further Information

For more information about the Big Lottery Fund:
Public enquiries: 0300 1237110
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 Fund is the non-Lottery funding operation of the Big Lottery Fund.
• The National Lottery Act (2006) gave the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) the power to handle non-Lottery as well as Lottery funding. BIG’s experience, infrastructure and expertise mean that it is perfectly positioned to deliver wider community funding.
• The Big Lottery Fund (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.