Big Lottery Fund advice to be given locally next month

A team from the Big Lottery Fund will visit Shetland next month to give practical advice and support to local groups keen to secure funding for specific projects.

The fund is due to spend £400 million in Scotland over the next five years, most through its Investing in Communities arm, which can support initiatives for up to five years, but also via Awards for All, 2014 Communities and Investing in Ideas.

Staff are embarking on a three-month tour of the country to host more than 40 information sessions and a team will be at Islesburgh Community Centre from 10am to 4pm on 16th September.

The target areas for investment include supporting local communities to acquire or develop their own assets, supporting vulnerable adults back into work and improving the quality of life for disadvantaged Scottish families.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairwoman Alison Magee said: “When we relaunched our flagship funding programme, Investing in Communities, we made a commitment to providing our applicants with more contact, support, help and advice at an early stage of the application process. These Big Information Events are just one of the many ways in which we hope to achieve this.

“For us it is vitally important that lottery funding is available to communities across Scotland and that local people get the support they need to submit stronger applications for funding. By touring the country over the next few months we hope to be able to meet as many of these potential applicants as possible, including a wide range of community and voluntary groups. So if you are a group with an idea for lottery funding, you need advice on how to make a good application or you simply want to find out more about the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland then the Big Information Day is for you.”


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.