Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin

Big Lottery Fund Scotland opens new collaborative funding opportunity

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SANDRA WHITE MSP today welcomes an exciting new initiative being launched by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland – Early Action System Change. This new fund is aimed at making a fundamental shift towards early action in Scotland.


Early Action System Change has received £7.5 million of funding in order to make grants to help bring local public and third sectors organisations together to redesign and re-organise their services. Not only this but they will also test new approaches that make early action central to their work.


As Big Lottery Fund Scotland highlighted in a series of blog posts, an early action approach aims to prevent societal problems from occurring rather than coping with the consequences. This in turn helps people to live longer, happier and healthier lives. But to get to that point, the systems and support that are in place right now require change.


MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, Sandra White, commented on this new fund:
“The Big Lottery provides vital funding to many organisations and this is another example of their efforts to assist in preventative measures as well as fund ongoing efforts to tackle issues.

I have no doubt that these funds will go to great use in reframing how many of the problems we face as a society are addressed. I wish all applicants the best of luck and look forward to engaging with those recipients who are based in my constituency.”


Through this fund Big Lottery Scotland will therefore award a small number of grants of up to £1 million that are intended to fund the first steps towards changing the way the whole systems work. This means they are interested in the overall system and the particular areas where there are opportunities to act earlier.  I fully support this fund and hope to see this change fully involve the people who will benefit from and participate, and those who work to deliver support and services.


With this investment, the fund will focus on supporting these three themes:

  • Healthy & Active Lifestyles
  • Children, Young People and Families
  • Women and criminal justice


In order to apply The Big Lottery Fund have provided the following information:

“Applications to the fund are made by way of an expression of interest form available on our website.


If you would like to know more you can sign up for our webinar which will take place at 10:30am on Monday 10 July 2017. Don’t worry if you can’t attend. We’ll share the recording online and if you have any questions you can get in touch with me.


For more on system change and how we see our funding contributing to this area, read this Holyrood article by our Scotland Director, Martin Cawley, who tells us people and partnerships are key to successful system change.”



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