The Big Lottery Fund in Scotland is running a number of small grants programmes in support of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. As the Games approach, they have been experiencing a high level of demand for activity linked to this wider portfolio.
The Big Lottery Fund wants to ensure that organisations all over Scotland are able to build on the legacy of the Games, by focusing their efforts on the 2014 Communities and Celebrate programmes over the next three months. Therefore, Big Lottery Fund shall be pausing applications to Awards for All in Scotland and will not accept new applications to this programme from noon on the 9th of May until noon on the 4th of August.
They shall continue to accept applications to all other Big Lottery Fund programmes during this time and shall continue to make awards. An estimated £5m will be awarded through Awards for All Scotland, 2014 Communities and Celebrate during this period.
Below are some anticipated FAQs from Big Lottery Fund about this pause, and how it will affect your applications.
How strict is the Awards for All Scotland deadline?
We shall accept Award for All Scotland applications up and until noon on 9 May. After this time applications will not be accepted until noon on 4 August. If you apply by email during this time you will receive an automated bounce back telling you that we are currently not accepting applications.
If I submitted an Awards for All application before 9 May will you still be assessing it during this three month period?
Yes. We are committed to continuing to make and announce awards from this fund. If you have submitted an application prior to the pause, we shall ensure that it is assessed and you get your decision within our published timescales.
By the time you start to accept applications again it will be too late for our event. What do you suggest we should do?
If you are currently working on an application you should submit before noon on 9 May. Those groups that apply by this time can be assured that that their application will be processed and they will receive a decision in due course.
If we submit an application after the deadline, for activity later in the year, can you hold onto our application and assess when you re-open?
No. We shall return your application and you should resubmit when we start accepting applications again.
There are two reasons for this. First of all, we shall be reviewing materials during the pause so there may be new or additional things you need to tell us in your application.
Secondly, details of your proposed project may change in this period too. So to ensure that we make decisions based on the most accurate and up to date information we think it is best to ask everyone to wait and submit applications in August.
Does this exceptional spike in 2014 legacy applications mean that you will be closing 2014 Communities and Celebrate earlier than expected?
Both of these programmes will continue to accept applications until such time that the available funding has been committed. We shall give groups plenty of notice of the closing date.
To date we have awarded £7 million through our Celebrate and 2014 Communities small grant programmes. During this three month period we shall still be making awards through all of our other Big Lottery Fund Scotland (http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotland) programmes. An estimated £5 million will be awarded through Awards for All Scotland, 2014 Communities and Celebrate alone.