National Lottery Community Fund Scotland - Programmes to Remain Open

An update from the North East Team of the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland can be found below.

"Like many funders our plans for 2020 have changed significantly as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year at the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland we were due to pause and redevelop our funding offer as it reached the end of its five-year cycle. I want to let you know today that we have changed these plans, as we think it is important to ensure third sector organisations can access our significant National Lottery funds to support them respond to and recover from the impact of the pandemic." 

"Our current funding programmes will remain open for an extra 18-24 months –however, we will adapt them as needed. We hope remaining open for applications means we can better support the sector through COVID-19. Some of our grants and funding will remain unchanged, and others will be adapted to be more focused on COVID-19 recovery, with shorter grants and quicker turnaround." 

  • National Lottery Awards for All and Young Start funds will remain open and unchanged 

  • Improving Lives grants remain open, but will be shorter, quicker to access, and will fund a wider range of work focused on recovery from COVID-19.  From October 1 2020 the maximum Improving Lives grant will be £200k for up to three years. The deadline is until noon on Wednesday 30 September 2020 

  • Community-Led Activity grants remain open. Reviewing these now to make sure they are relevant to the current situation, and will make any changes before the end of 2020. Plans to increase the maximum grant to £200K. 

  • Still prioritising COVID-19 responses across all our funds– but we remain open to non-COVID-19 related work too. There will be no other large-scale changes to our main grants until at least 2022. 

If you have any queries please get in touch with the North East Team at -

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