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Funding Opportunity - arts, culture or heritage

8th May 2017

Heritage Lottery Fund Launches Great Place Scheme - Scotland.

The deadline for Expression of Interests is 8 June 2017 (midday).

The Heritage Lottery Fund's new £2.5 million pilot scheme will provide grants to partnerships led by a not-for-profit organisation for projects in Scotland where there is a commitment to embed arts, culture and heritage in local plans and decision-making.

The Great Place Scheme has been designed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and its partners to ensure intelligent investment in place-based regeneration. It offers funding for greater collaboration between cultural, community and civic organisations in tackling issues such as poverty and inequality, employment, education and health.

Applications must come from partnerships led by a not-for-profit organisation. Leadership from organisations from outside the cultural sector are 'positively welcomed', but it is expected that at least one arts, culture or heritage organisation is part of the partnership.

HLF expects to invest in five to ten places across Scotland (both rural and urban) to achieve the following:

Build on existing strengths within the heritage sector in order to maximise its positive social, environmental and economic contribution.

Build new partnerships to realise this contribution and to lever resources into the sector to support that.

Develop partnerships between the heritage sector and place-based initiatives operating in Scotland, so that the contribution of the sector and future potential for greater collaboration is recognised and supported by long-term plans and strategies for the area.

There is a total of £2.5 million available for this round. Grants of between £100,000 and £1 million are available for activity to be delivered over a period of up to three years. The funding is for a range of activities that will take place between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2020.

The application process has one round only.

The deadline for Expression of Interests is 8 June 2017 (midday).

Further information can be found on the Great Place Scheme website:

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