Helping Scotland's Children

Through the grants we distribute to community groups and other registered charities, Chance to Connect plays a pivotal role in helping to launch a range of projects designed to help young people.

As a result of our funding, Scottish children benefit from improved local facilities and activities that inspire and capture their imagination, both in and out of school hours.

It’s our mission to provide Scotland’s young minds with the stimulating, supportive and safe environments they need for effective play and learning.

Give a child a chance

It’s through the funds we receive from the Scottish Children’s Lottery that we’re able to make a difference.

Charities supporting children in Scotland can apply for grants. Each of our grant giving charities has a group of trustees that will determine which applications will be successful for funding.

  • Qualifying criteria includes;
    • The charity applying should be a registered charity in Scotland with a charity bank account. It should also return annual accounts.
    • That the money is for a project delivered in Scotland
    • That the charity’s accounts are up to date
    • That the charity works outside or supplementary to statutory responsibilities
    • That the charity can clearly demonstrate positive impacts as it will be required to deliver an end of grant impact analysis report
    • That the charity has secured funding from another source as we will normally only give funding of up to 50% of any project – any more than this will be at the sole discretion of the trustees
  • We will only fund for one year. This is to ensure the charity is not fully reliant on our donation in future years
  • The money cannot be used for retrospective or deficit funding or repayment of loans
  • The amount of funds available for distribution will depend on the amount of tickets sold
  • The maximum grant that can be applied for is £25,000
  • Grants are normally awarded by our charity trustees quarterly
  • Details of successful grants can be found on the Good Causes page of the Scottish Children's Lottery website
  • We publish Annual Reports with details of funding in that year which is generally available

To find out about prizes, proceeds and grants, visit the More Information page on the Scottish Children's Lottery website.