Adam Ingram MSP has welcomed the announcement by the Big Lottery Fund that Awards for All Scotland is to re-open to applications as of 4th August.
Having paused Awards for All Scotland to new applications in May to allow for the assessment and administration of grants related to building a legacy from the Commonwealth Games, the awards are now re-open to new applications.
Commenting, the SNP MSP for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley said: “I am also pleased to advise that the Awards will have a renewed focus on funding smaller organisations, those with an annual turnover of less than £250k, and that priority will be given to projects where beneficiaries are mainly BME, disabled, LGBT, older or carers. In addition, priority will also be given to applications from organisations which have not received funding from Awards for All Scotland in the previous three years.
“I also welcome the news that changes have been made to the application process which should reduce the time it takes for organisations to complete the application form and reduce the number of incomplete applications submitted, thereby enabling funding to be awarded more quickly.
“It is expected that £9 million will be awarded to Awards for All during this financial year and together with the renewed focus and more streamlined application process, I am hopeful this will allow many more organisations in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley to benefit from Lottery funding.”