Boost for Scottish children from Communities and Families Fund

29 Apr 2014 03:47 PM

Children and families in Scotland were yesterday (29 April) celebrating grants worth £81,327 from the Communities and Families fund, an initiative supported by the Scottish Government and Big Lottery Fund.

Amongst the 10 successful groups is Govanhill Nursery School, in Glasgow. The award of£9,000 will allow the school to create a “secret garden” especially for the children to play, to learn and to grow food in. 

Based in Chirnside in the Scottish Borders, Chirnside Whizzkidz will use their £1,940 award to help them to continue to run their breakfast club which is attended by around 40 of the village’s 200 pupils. The money will pay for activity materials and cover staff costs. 

In Broughty Ferry an award of £7,100 to Links Park Community Trust means they will be able to run a project where parents and children can take part in a wide range of supervised activities together from football sessions to arts and crafts. Sessions will be held weekly and will be free to all who take part.

Announcing the awards, Maureen McGinn, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee, said: “The Communities and Families Fund helps projects give Scotland’s future generations a good start in life. I’m delighted to announce funding for today’s wide ranging initiatives which will develop children’s social skills and learning abilities, creativity and confidence. We’re keen to hear from groups across the country which could benefit from this funding. Full details of our simple application process can be found on our”

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, said: “The Scottish Government wants Scotland to be the best place in the world for children to grow up and a key part of achieving that involves helping families and communities to flourish.
“This joint venture with the Big Lottery Fund will help make that happen by allowing communities to bid for funding to deliver the kind of projects they need to improve the lives of local children and families. It’s good to see once more, the great success of the project with these latest announcements.”  

The Communities and Families Fund has a budget of £4.5 million from The Scottish Government and £1.5 million from the Big Lottery Fund. Groups can apply for funding from £250 to £10,000. To find out more about the scheme and how to apply phone 0300 1237110.

Groups can find full details of the programme and how to apply

Other awards announced today are:-




Amount Awarded

Newbattle Community Nursery - Midlothian

The project will improve their outdoor area so that the children can benefit all year round from a challenging and varied outdoor space.


Handmade Arts -  Glasgow

Handmade Arts will deliver a programme of activity in Castlemilk and Govan in Glasgow for pre-school age children along with their parents/carers. Delivered in partnership with Glasgow Life, sessions involving parents will be held across 36 weeks and will include physical exercise, dance, singing, baby massage and storytelling.


Community First  - East Dunbartonshire

The project will provide early and single-parent and baby centred services within the village of Lennoxtown. These services will mainly focus on baby massage and yoga and will help build positive parent/child relationships for 24 new parents and their babies.


Mid Argyll Youth Development Services – Argyll & Bute

The project will run a second year of a programme of activities for children aged 6 to 8 who are referred from schools and social services. This will provide health based activities, the opportunity to take part in sports, free food nights to learn about healthy eating and recreational trips for children and their families. In addition the group will run a young parents support group for parents aged 28 or younger with children aged up to five years of age.


Seashells Nursery – Scottish Borders

The project will expand its provision for children aged two to three. At present, the group is limited in how many children in this age group it can cater for due to financial constraints, limited staffing, and to the equipment, toys and facilities being more geared to the slightly older age group.


Fauldhouse Playgroup – West Lothian

The project will redevelop the playgroup's outdoor garden area so that their 13 children can better access and play in this outside space and make better use of this potential resource. It will provide a play surface which will replace the existing hard landscaping.


Young People’s Futures – Glasgow

The project will bring children aged up to eight years and their families/parents/carers together to deliver a programme of activities for carers and their child to learn new skills which will help build family bonds. Programmes will include creative arts, environmental programmes, healthy eating and outdoor play. The project will benefit 50-75 local families.


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