The National Lottery in Scotland
The National Lottery has been running since 1994 and in that time has raised over £12 billion for good causes. The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) is the Government Department responsible for the overall policy and legislative framework of the lottery across the UK. In Scotland, the Scottish Government works closely with all distributors and has responsibility for lottery distribution for arts and sports.
At present for every £1 spent on a Lottery ticket* 28p of this goes towards good causes. Responsibility for distributing money raised for good causes does not rest with the Government or Camelot (the current lottery operator) but with a number of independent distributing bodies.
In Scotland this is done by a group of Scottish Lottery distributors, which currently comprises:
Big Lottery Fund
For further information on the Big Lottery Fund and it's current programmes, please visit the website, or call the enquiries line on 0845 410 20 30.
Community Spaces Scotland
Community Spaces will support communities to become more involved in, and to take responsibility for their local environment, communal spaces and places. Community Spaces can mean projects involving meeting spaces, recreation areas or community green spaces. Examples include providing facilities for community activity through the development and improvement of: local parks, community paths and gardens, play parks, allotments & community growing spaces, community centres and village halls. Grants of between £10,000 to £250,000 are available and a wide range of organisations can apply including: voluntary and community organisations, schools, community councils, social enterprises and private companies. Local authorities cannot be direct applicants but can participate in the programme as project partners.
The programme is geographically targeted and the Big Lottery online postcode checker
will confirm whether your project is located within a target area. The Big Lottery Fund will now also consider applications from projects which are located outwith the eligible areas, so long as they can demonstrate the majority of individuals that will use the space or place reside within eligible areas. Projects need to provide a short explanation of how the project would meet this change in the criteria in order for BIG to make an assessment. The eligible areas within Falkirk Council are also highlighted on this map
. It is strongly recommended that you confirm your eligibility with the Big Lottery Fund prior to developing your project. Application deadlines and guidance can be found on the website at Big Lottery Fund
2014 Communities Fund
2014 Communities will offer grants of between £300 and £2000 as a pilot scheme over a one-year period. It will offer grants to voluntary and community sector organisations, community councils and schools.
The three outcomes for 2014 Communities are:
More people take part in sport or physical activity
More people volunteer in sport or physical activity
More people and communities are brought together through taking part or volunteering in sport or physical activity.
To find out more and download an application form or tel 0870 240 2391
Big Lottery Fund
1 Atlantic Quay
Tel: 0141 242 1400
Awards for All
Awards for All Scotland is currently operated as a joint scheme between 3 Lottery distributors: Scottish Arts Council, Big Lottery Fund and sportscotland.
The scheme makes awards of between £500 and £10,000 to grass-roots groups in the community and voluntary sector, health bodies, schools and statutory bodies. From April 2009 the Big Lottery Fund and sportscotland will continue their support of Awards for All.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will no longer play a role in Awards for All but instead will use its current grant schemes, namely Your Heritage and Young Roots programmes to ensure the continuation of small community grants within the heritage sector.
For further information on the new look Awards for All programme in Scotland, please contact the Awards for All enquiries line on 0845 600 20 40.
Awards for All
1 Atlantic Quay
Enquiries Line: 0870 240 2391
Creative Scotland champions the arts for Scotland, investing Scottish Government and National Lottery funding to support and develop artistic excellence and creativity throughout Scotland. They fund a wide range of artistic activity in arts organisations and communities. They prioritise broader access and wider participation across Scotland, especially for and by children and young people. They also help individuals and organisations develop their skills.
2-4 Waterloo Place
Edinburgh EH1 3EG
249 West George Street
Switchboard: 0330 333 2000
Enquiries: 0845 613 6000
Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund helps groups and organisations of all sizes and types to look after and enjoy the nation’s heritage. They fund a wide range of heritage activities including: cultural and local traditions, oral history, heritage associated with language or dialect, museums and galleries, historic buildings and landscapes, countryside and parks, and industrial, maritime and transport heritage.
Heritage Lottery Fund
28 Thistle Street
Tel: 0131 225 9450
Fax: 0131 225 9454
Sportscotland is the national agency dedicated to promoting sporting opportunities for all, at all levels, whatever their interest and ability. They provide advice on sport related matters to the Scottish Government, local authorities, governing bodies and others involved in sport. They invest through a range of sports programmes, which benefit everyone from school children to elite athletes.
Tel: 0131 317 7200
Fax: 0131 317 7202
The Millennium Commission assisted communities in marking the close of the second millennium and marking the start of the third. In addition to larger grants, The Millennium Awards Scheme run by the Millennium Commission distributed small Lottery grants called Millennium Awards. These were awarded to individual people for projects which benefited themselves and their community.
The Scheme was launched in October 1996 and was the first grant programme to allow individual people to benefit directly from a National Lottery grant. Since then nearly 32,000 people have taken up the challenge and become Millennium Award winners. The Scheme run by the Millennium Commission is now closed to new applications, although Awards are still available through the charity UnLtd www.unltd.org.uk
Tel: 020 78800 2001
Fax: 020 7880 2000
Scottish Screen was established to sustain and support the development of the film and television industry. Through National Lottery funds they invest in the production of short films and features, as well as providing opportunities for filmmakers at all stages in their careers.