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Becoming a Survivor

£8 million investment in Scotland to support people affected by domestic abuse
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Total available:
£8 million
Application deadline:
This programme is now closed

What’s it all about?

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This programme is now closed to applications

Becoming a Survivor is part of the Life Transitions investment area of Investing in Communities, through which the Big Lottery Fund invests in projects that bring real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need.

Becoming a Survivor has a budget of £8 million to support people affected by domestic abuse and survivors of domestic abuse to be in a home of their choice and help them to move on with their lives both practically and emotionally.

While we acknowledge that domestic abuse consists mainly of violence by men against women, we want to provide support to men, women and children who have been affected by it. We want to help people to have a choice about their housing and to provide support to improve their emotional well-being and their sense of self worth.

What are we looking for?

Becoming a Survivor will offer grants of between £10,000 and £1 million to fund projects that help people who have experienced domestic abuse be in a home of their choice and provide them with the practical and emotional support necessary to make that choice successful and sustainable.

Research shows multi agency partnership working is essential to provide a comprehensive response to domestic abuse. By working together, agencies and organisations can intervene effectively with the perpetrators of domestic abuse, they can safeguard and support the people affected by it and take steps to prevent it occurring again.

To make best use of available funding Becoming a Survivor will only fund projects that adopt a multi agency approach.

We want to fund partnership projects that:

  • Keep people safe and secure in their homes
  • Help people to sustain an existing or a new tenancy
  • Provide advice and information
  • Provide advocacy and representation
  • Provide emotional support
  • Provide practical support

Who can apply?

Through Becoming a Survivor we will only fund projects that are based on partnerships and offer a multi agency approach.

BIG can fund a wide range of organisations including: voluntary and community organisations, local authorities, community councils, social enterprises, private companies (provided our grants do not contribute to the profits they distribute). We cannot fund individuals or sole traders.

You must also meet our terms and conditions of grant if you are awarded a grant. Unless you are a statutory body your organisation must also be able to meet the following requirements:

  • You must have a written governing document.
  • There must be at least three unrelated people on your organisation’s governing body or management committee.
  • You must have a bank or building society account in the name of your group which requires two unrelated signatories to make withdrawals.
  • You must be able to provide your most recent approved annual accounts, signed and dated by your chair, secretary or treasurer, and by your auditor or independent examiner where appropriate.

How to apply?

The application process has two stages. Before you apply we strongly advise that you read the guidance notes available on this website. If you believe Becoming a Survivor is for you then you should contact us to discuss your idea or request a stage one application form.

You can email enquiries.scotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk or call our enquiries line on 0300 1237110.


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation


  • Supporting positive transitions


  • Families
  • Children