National Lottery Funding for Children and Young People Across Scotland

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) offers grants of between £20,001 and £100,000 for up to three years to voluntary and community organisations in Scotland. The programme is intended to support the delivery of projects and activities that aid young people aged eight to 24 to increase their confidence and achieve their potential.

To be eligible, projects must contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Children and young people have better physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
  • Children and young people have better connections with the wider community.
  • Children and young people get access to new skills and training opportunities that will help them to get a new job or start a business.

Preference will be given to projects that are:

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  • People-led: Meaningfully involving the people the organisation is working with in the development, design, and delivery of activities.
  • Strengths-based: Making the most of, and building on, the skills and experiences of people and assets within communities.
  • Connected: Having a good understanding of what others are doing locally, developing good working relationships, and complementing and adding value to other relevant activities in the area.

Funding can be used for some or all the project costs, including but not limited to staff costs, training, volunteer expenses, equipment, premises costs, overheads, and minor building refurbishment or landscaping work as part of the overall project.

Groups who are seeking funding to deal with the increased demands and challenges brought about by the cost of living crisis are encouraged to contact NLCF to discuss their project.

Young Start is one of the NLCF funding programmes for Scotland that will continue to remain open beyond August when the Community-led Activity, Improving Lives and Cost-of Living Support Scotland programmes will close.