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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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The National Lottery Community Fund - Growing Great Ideas


Part of the UK Portfolio funding programme, the Growing Great Ideas programme has a focus on supporting transformational and long-term change. They are looking for visionary initiatives that go beyond individual organisations, and instead focus on ecologies, platforms, ecosystems, assemblages, networks and constellations.

They are looking to invest in different combinations of people, communities, networks and organisations that demonstrate an ability to seed and grow alternative systems, accelerate the deep transition of 21st-century civil society, and to learn and adapt as they go.

The UK Portfolio is where the National Lottery Community Fund explore new approaches, experiment with how to do things differently, and look to fund work that is more future-focussed.

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Geographical areas funded: UK

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Who can apply

They are looking to invest in different combinations of people, communities, networks and organisations over the long term. They are particularly interested in working with networks of groups/organisations that are working towards a common purpose and new philosophy. These could be existing ones that want to extend and/or deepen their work, or new ones that emerge. Work can take place at a local or national level.

When to apply

There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time.

How to apply

Apply online via the NLCF website. At application stage, they are interested in hearing about your ideas and plans, rather than a detailed project description.

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Activites funded: Citizenship & community involvement Community development & regeneration Environment Organisational development & capacity building

Beneficiaries funded: Rural communities Local communities Urban communities

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