Funding for Intergenerational Projects

The Communities and Families Fund is a grants programme funded jointly by the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland. The fund will support local projects that help families and communities give children the best start in life.

Organisations can apply for a grant of between £250 and £10,000 for a 12 month project that will meet at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Improve the quality of life of children (pre-birth to 8) through greater access to early learning, play and child and maternal health support
  • Enable communities to shape and deliver support for families.

They are concentrating funding on projects that benefit children, or parents and families of children, who are eight years and under. Examples of the types of local projects that we want to fund include:

  • Parenting support and development projects
  • Community play projects
  • Projects that support better nutrition for young children
  • Community-based family support and childcare projects.

They can fund up to 100 per cent of project costs including materials, training costs, overheads and sessional staff.

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The Dream Fund is now open for applications.

People's Postcode Lottery Dream Fund offers up to £100,000 worth of funding for projects in the following four categories: 

  • Encouraging Active Living
  • Bringing Communities Together
  • Tackling Climate Change
  • Expanding Life Opportunities

The Dream Fund is open to applicants from Scotland, Merseyside and Greater Manchester and the deadline for applications is 31st October 2012.

Please remember that the Small Grants programme is also still open and will close for applications on the 24th August 2012.  The Small Grants programme is open to applicants from Scotland, Wales and the Midlands. 

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Young Start Fund

A new fund aimed at unlocking the potential of Scotland’s children and young people has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund. Young Start will invest dormant accounts money in projects that encourage young Scots aged 8 to 24 to be:

CONFIDENT:   Children and young people have more confidence and skills

HEALTHY:       Children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional health  

CONNECTED:   Younger and older generations are better connected and have more understanding and respect for each other

ENTERPRISING:   Young people are better prepared for getting a job or starting a business.

Young Start is forecast to invest £8.9 million by March 2013, will award grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for up to two years. The fund is aimed at third sector organisations including voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, housing associations, sports organisations, cooperatives and charities.

Projects will have a better chance of success if they can show young people have been meaningfully involved in the development, design and delivery of the project. Young Start can fund a range of projects including the following examples:

Using local artists in a creative arts project to improve young people’s confidence

Getting young people involved in sport through the use of local sports facilities.

Young people teaching older people how to use technology and try new activities such as using the internet, social networking and gaming.

Work experience tasters with local employers.

Application form and guidance materials are available online. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time.  Applicants will hear if they have been successful within 8 weeks of submitting an application form. 


Funding Resources

The Scottish Directory of Funding for Third Sector Organisations 2011 is a new and essential funding resource for charities, community groups, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes. It contains details of over 250 sources of funding, indexed by main subject area. With descriptions of grant making policies
and practices, provided by the trusts and foundations themselves, this Directory provides a valuable insight on where organisations in Scotland’s third sector can access much-needed funding. With full, up-to-date contact details, the entries include details of what can and cannot be funded, and allow readers to target their applications at the funders which are most relevant to their needs.

As a companion to the Directory, How to Raise Funds: A Guide for Scottish Voluntary Organisations explores some common fundraising misconceptions and sets out the practical steps required before you start fundraising. It looks at how to find funders and write effective proposals, and includes practical exercises and detailed guidance on how to plan your fundraising activity.

Click here to see the promotional leaflet for the two publications. If you are interested in purchasing either resource please get in touch as we may if ordering in bulk be able to offer a discount.