Lottery cash boosts community groups
Rutherglen and Cambuslang is in line to benefit from cash from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland.
And this week it chose Healthy‘n’ Happy Community Development Trust as the venue to launch its new five-year £250 million funding scheme.
With a focus on helping people and communities most in need, groups across the country can share these life-changing funds.
Between now and 2020 groups across Scotland can apply for grants from £10,000 to £1million to help finance projects which are community -led or will improve lives.
Brendan Rooney, executive director Healthy‘n’Happy , said:“We are thrilled to host Big Lottery Fund and are pleased that strength-based approaches have been recognised in this new programme.
“It will play a critical role in sustaining the valuable work of community-led organisations like Healthy‘n’Happy for the next five years and beyond.
“We wish the fund and all beneficiaries every success and we look forward to a continued excellent working partnership.”
Big Lottery Fund is the leading non statutory funder of the voluntary and community sector.
Since 2006 it has awarded over £729m to over 21,000 projects in Scotland.
Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairperson said:“I am delighted to be here to announce our main funding offer is now open for business.
“In these challenging times we hope this new Lottery money will open the door to support activity which puts people in the lead at the heart of their communities.
“We have refreshed and redeveloped our approach and focus so we will work with communities and organisations to support activity which is people centred, strengths based and has good local connections. We are sure our new approach will ensure Lottery funds make a truly life-changing and inspirational difference to people across Scotland. We have also simplified our application process to make applying for funds more straightforward. We want to make it easier for those who have not applied to us before to do so now.”
Healthy‘n’Happy is a key organisation for community activity in Rutherglen and Cambuslang, supported by local people as well as partners and funders. Each year around 6000 people enjoy activities.
Cash in Staff and supporters of Healthy ‘n’ Happy at the launch of the Big Lottery Fund’s £250million grant scheme