changes to Awards for All Funding

, Awards for All is being updated as  (10thJuly 2017). As part of this, this funding will be renamed as National Lottery Awards for All Scotland.

There will be a new application process (along with a new form and guidance notes) which is more customer friendly. There will be fewer application questions so it should be quicker to complete. Successful organisations will receive funding more quickly. A payment will be made within two weeks of receiving notification of being successful.

What other changes/differences will there be?

  • New minimum request – funding can be for between £300 and £10,000 (rather than £500 to £10,000).
  • If an application is successful, the organisation will receive an unconditional offer. Currently it is a conditional offer. This means some more information will be asked for upfront. These are to submit a bank statement and signature (scanned/photo or post them).
  • The ‘£75,000 land/building rule’ is being removed. There will in turn be no total project cost limit when an organisation applies for land and/or building work.
  • New organisations (no more than 15 months) don’t need to give a financial projection. On the application form they can put ‘0’.
  • Only two unrelated committee/board members are needed. Currently at least three unrelated members are necessary.
  • We can now be flexible on projects running for slightly longer than 12 months.
  • Second hand vehicles will now be considered.
  • The main application contact can now be 16 plus (the legal contact still have to be 18 plus).
  • A landline phone number will no longer be needed/preferred.

Other details to be aware of

The current application form will only now only be accepted until 7 August 2017. If you know of groups who are thinking of applying, please let them know about this, or, they should download the new application form (as of10th July]

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland will continue to fund the same projects as Awards for Scotland. Creative Scotland and sportscotland remain part of this funding.


SSE Partnership Fund

Beatrice Highland Partnership Fund
Opening for applications on 3 July 2017
If you are a community group or charity with a project located in a community council area on the east cost of Caithness or Sutherland that you are looking to fund, we would encourage you to consider an application to the Beatrice Partnership Fund.
The fund is open for applications from Monday 3 July and closes at noon on Friday 25 August 2017.
Awards between £10,000 and £50,000 are available for projects which are transformational by nature and meet at least one of the following three criteria:
•Create opportunities
•Empower communities
•Build sustainable places
Application forms and guidelines are available on the website below. To discuss a potential application, please contact Fiona Morrison on 01463 728376.                                                                                                

Community Choices Fund

Community Choices Fund
The fund supports Participatory Budgeting activities that create opportunities for more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contribute to local participatory democracy. The £1.5m fund is available in two categories of £750k each; Category one for public authorities and other public bodies; Category two for community organisations and community councils.
Deadline: July 21st 2017

Elise’s dancers help raise £900 for Wick memorial garden

MORE than £900 was raised for Wick’s World War II memorial garden on Saturday at an event staged by the Elise Lyall School of Dance.

There was a carnival atmosphere at the site in Bank Row as 45 of Elise’s talented young dancers took to the stage to perform a variety of routines against a backdrop of stalls and bunting.

In less than two hours a total of £900.60 was raised for the community group that created the garden and is responsible for maintaining it.

Parents from the dance school were selling teas and freshly made pancakes, while the raffle, bottle and face-painting stalls were busy throughout the morning.

It was an occasion for remembrance as well as entertainment, as July 1 is the anniversary of the bombing of Bank Row in 1940 when 15 people were killed. Three others lost their lives in an air raid at Hill Avenue in October the same year, and the garden commemorates all 18 victims.

In a poignant gesture towards the end of the event, 18 of the dancers each laid a bunch of flowers against a wall in the garden where victims’ names are inscribed in the stonework.

Ten of those who died in the two attacks were children, ranging in age from four to 16.