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Our Place

Helping communities in Scotland come together to find and develop ways in which they can make a difference
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Funding size:
£10,000 - £1 million
Total available:
£12 million
Application deadline:
Ongoing up to summer 2018

What's it all about?

Our Place is an exciting place-based initiative from the Big Lottery Fund. It aims to empower local people and organisations to bring about a massive and lasting positive difference to their neighbourhood.

Our Place will work with and support projects in the following neighbourhoods:

For more information and to get involved in Our Place please contact the support provider in your area:

The Our Place approach is flexible and long-term – it will progress at a pace that is right for each community and support will be provided by contractors appointed by the Fund. Our Place is also focused on the assets that exist in these neighbourhoods. It will bring together local talent and energy, connect individuals, groups and organisations and increase the confidence of people to take positive action.

Our Place supports local people to identify priorities for their area and produce a shared neighbourhood vision statement. Your application for funding is expected to address at least one of the priorities identified in your neighbourhood’s vision statement.

Please note that Our Place is not an open programme. Find out what other funding is available using our Funding finder

What are we looking for?

We want to fund projects that meet the following outcomes:

  • Communities have more influence on decisions taken locally
  • Communities have more sustainable services and facilities that reflect their local priorities
  • People say their community is a better place to live.

At least 75 per cent of a project’s beneficiaries must live in one of the seven Our Place communities (indicated above).

Who can apply?

Through Our Place, we can fund a wide range of organisations including:

  • voluntary and community organisations
  • community councils
  • social enterprises
  • private companies (provided our grants do not contribute to the profits they distribute)
  • local authorities.

Where they are the most appropriate applicant, we will fund a statutory body (such as a local authority or a school) to support and work in partnership with local community and voluntary groups looking to deliver a project in their neighbourhood. The Fund will not support activities or services that statutory bodies have a responsibility to provide.

We cannot fund individuals or sole traders.

What can you apply for?

Through Our Place we can pay for up to 100 per cent of eligible capital and revenue costs for up to five years and a contribution towards your organisation’s overheads.

All applications must emerge from the asset based community development work that has taken place in the neighbourhood. Applications should clearly demonstrate that they are locally determined and focus on the assets within communities.

The Big Lottery Fund is a living wage friendly funder. This means that we encourage our applicants to pay their staff the UK Living Wage.

Please visit our Living Wage page for more information



  • Voluntary and community sector organisations