The Big Lottery Fund Scotland have launched a new fund aimed at making a fundamental shift towards early action in Scotland. With £7.5 million of National Lottery funding available, Early Action System Change will make a small number of grants to help bring local public and third sectors organisations together to redesign and re-organise their services and to test new approaches that make early action central to their work.
As BLF Scotland have 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.
Through this fund BLF Scotland will award a small number of grants of up to £1 million that are intended to fund the first steps towards changing the way whole systems work. This means they are interested in the overall system wanting changed and the particular areas where there are opportunities to act earlier. BLF Scotland wants to see this change fully involve the people who benefit from and participate, and those who work to deliver support and services.
With this investment, initiatives will be funded that focus on one of these three themes.
- Healthy & Active Lifestyles
- Children, Young People and Families
- Women and criminal justice
Applications to the fund are made by way of an expression of interest form available on the BLF Scotland website.
If you would like to know more you can sign up for the webinar which will take place at 10:30am on Monday 10 July 2017. Don’t worry if you can’t attend, the recording will be shared online and if you have any questions you can contact te organisation on 0300 123 7110 or through email.
For more on system change and how we see our funding contributing to this area, read this Holyrood article by Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, Martin Cawley, who believes that people and partnerships are key to successful system change.