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Grants for community-led activity

Medium grants for community-led activity
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Funding size:
£10,000 - £150,000
Application deadline:

What's it all about?

This funding aims to support communities to improve the places they live and the wellbeing of those most in need.

The success rate for grants for community-led activity is 67%. This is based on decisions made between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. Please read our blog for more information on success rates.

We will fund organisations to deliver work that achieves the following outcomes:

  • Everyone in the community has the opportunity to influence and get involved in community-led activity
  • People in the community are better connected and work together to improve their well-being.

We also want to fund work that is people-led, connected, and strengths-based. We call these our 'three approaches'. Find out more about what that means in the three approaches section of our website.

To discuss what you’re applying for, contact our Advice Team on advicescotland@biglotteryfund.org.uk or 0300 123 7110.

A sample form with guidance is available at the bottom of this page.

Visit our FAQ page for answers to your most asked questions about this funding.

Who can apply?

This funding is for organisations in Scotland that are based in the local area they serve and are run by local people.

Your organisation should have a governing body such as a committee or board which includes at least three unrelated people and a written governing document such as a constitution. This governing document should make it clear that your organisation has:

    ✔ A social purpose – Your organisation must have a clearly stated purpose which benefits the local area in some way

    ✔ Open membership – Everyone living in the area should be able to get involved in your organisation and the work that it does

    ✔ Community control – The majority of people serving on your governing body are from the local area and make the decisions.

If your organisation doesn’t meet the above criteria but you feel it is representative of the people in your area we are still interested in hearing from you.

We can’t accept applications from one organisation applying on behalf of another. Existing Big Lottery Fund grantholders can apply but you can only have one medium grant for community-led activity at a time.

What can you apply for?

You can apply for funding for between three and five years to improve or continue existing services, or to develop new activity. We can fund up to 100 per cent of the costs of this activity including staff, equipment, premises costs and overheads. We will mainly offer revenue funding, but can also consider minor capital work (up to £50,000).

The Big Lottery Fund is a living wage friendly funder. This means that we encourage our applicants to pay their staff the UK Living Wage.

Please visit our Living Wage page for more information


Organisation Types

  • Voluntary or community organisation