The Big Lottery Fund supports people and communities across the UK. It is an exciting time for the Fund in Scotland as we have recently launched our funding plans for the next 5 years.
We work to enhance and transform communities and lives by funding health, education, environment, and charity projects. We are committed to making sure that these investments make a real difference to people’s lives and we want to work in a way that puts people in the lead.
The reason we come into work is to enable people to do great things with Lottery funding.
Could you help decide how National Lottery money supports communities in Scotland?
The National Lottery Community Fund (the Fund) is the largest community funder in the UK. We are recruiting a new Scotland Committee member. The Scotland Committee sets the direction of our work and takes decisions about our large grants in Scotland. There are seven members including the Chair. We are looking for someone who will add to the broad base of knowledge, skills and experience of current members.
The National Lottery Community Fund: People in the Lead
We believe that when people are in the lead communities thrive, forming relationships, developing skills and sharing ideas. This is the goal we’re working towards - a society where people can take the lead in growing happy, sustainable communities.
We help fund all kinds of organisations in Scotland. Our funding ranges from small grants of under £10,000 through, National Lottery Awards for All Scotland, to large grants in excess of £500,000 investing in projects to develop community owned assets, tackle issues like loss, isolation and loneliness or deliver new approaches to supporting families through early intervention work. Further details of our programmes can be found here: tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding
In 2018/19 we awarded 1,098 grants worth over £50 million supporting organisations in every local authority area in Scotland.
Our commitment to supporting Scotland’s young people to thrive continued as we refreshed our Young Start fund, awarding £4 million to projects which put young people at the heart of planning and delivering activity.
But we’re more than just a funder. We also collaborate with other funders, charities and individuals, sharing knowledge and building partnerships, so we can all be as effective as possible. We like to bring our stakeholders and the groups we fund together so that they can share their learning, influence policy and practice and strengthen links between them.
Skills and Experience Required
We want our Committee to have a broad base of knowledge, skills and experience and to reflect the diversity of modern society and the communities that we serve.
Our focus on places has seen the development of closer relationships in communities across Scotland. This has increased opportunities for Committee members work more closely with our Area Teams and engage directly with local stakeholders, grant holders and people who want to apply for funding. The skills and experience we are seeking for this role reflect the need to engage effectively at this level as well as performing core committee roles.
The following criteria are essential for this role:
· An understanding of and interest in the Scottish social, cultural and political landscape and the role of the voluntary and community sector in it.
· An understanding of the principles of the National Lottery Community Fund’s strategic framework ‘People in the Lead’.
· Experience of representing an organisation and willingness to represent the Fund at public events.
· A clear understanding and commitment to achieving diversity and inclusion
· The ability to understand complex issues and make decisions taking into account competing demands.
· An understanding and commitment to the principles required to hold a public post of this nature (The Nolan Principles).
We are committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion in our organisation to reflect the communities within which we work and proactively encourage applications from all groups and communities.
Time Commitment and Remuneration
The time commitment is expected to be an average of two days per month to include the following:
· The Scotland Committee meets seven times a year plus one annual planning day. Most meetings are in Glasgow but will be at other locations across Scotland at least once per year.
· Ad hoc attendance at project visits and meetings with other stakeholders at locations throughout the country.
· The successful candidate will receive an annual fixed payment of £5,232 plus expenses such as travel, and subsistence incurred on The National Lottery Community Fund business.
· The appointment is for an initial period of three years