In order to meet this higher than expected demand, we’re happy to announce today that £0.5 million will be added to the £4 million already in the Celebrate fund, allowing more projects than planned to hold events to celebrate the Games coming to Scotland.
This high demand has, however, meant that we now predict that we will have allocated all the available funds for this programme, including the additional funds announced today earlier than expected.
With this in mind, we now plan to close ‘Celebrate’ to new applications at noon on 30 May 2014. This will allow us to accept, assess and administer all new applications to the programme by the end of the summer.
Applications with a strong link to Commonwealth themes and the Games will continue to have an excellent chance of success, with current success rates for the programme standing at around 70%.
Since its launch in April 2013, Celebrate has awarded £2.8 million to 378 projects across Scotland for a range of sports, arts, heritage and community events. Thanks to today’s additional investment we now expect to make around 600 Celebrate awards totalling £4.5 million.
The Big Lottery Fund will continue to fund 2014 related activity through our 2014 Communities fund which encourages more people to participate and volunteer in physical activity. 2014 Communities has also proven popular with local groups and continues to attract high volumes of applications. We expect to have awarded £6.6 million from this programme by the time it closes following the 2014 Games.