About Place Based

Introducing our new place-based programme:

Why are we doing it?

For more than 30 years, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland (‘the Foundation’) has contributed to improving the lives of disadvantaged individuals and communities across all of Scotland: distributing more than £100 million in grants, making 14,000 awards to thousands of charities. We believe in positive change, opportunities, fairness and aspiration and are committed to making a difference to the people of Scotland.

However, we have found that traditional, passive grant-making simply does not reach many of Scotland’s communities, and these communities continue to face daily struggles. Working alongside fellow independent funders, we have identified those communities which have had limited or no support from grant-makers over many years, funding ‘cold spots’.

The Foundation cross referenced our funding patterns with other major Scottish funders including the Big Lottery Fund, BBC Children in Need and the Robertson Trust and identified nine local authority areas that receive a proportionally smaller amount of funding: Inverclyde, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Fife, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire.  We then worked with the Improvement Service to identify communities within those areas currently experiencing multiple issues and at further risk from increased austerity measures.

We have brought together a group of UK funders including Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn, Tudor Trust and Lankelly Chase and developed our new place-based programme to tackle some of the deep-rooted challenges facing these communities.

Where are we working?

The programme will be delivered in partnership with communities in South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, Fife, Falkirk, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire.

We are at the start of this programme and have been piloting the programme in Cumnock in East Ayrshire in partnership with the local community steering group and the Vibrant Communities team. See their story so far here (hyperlink to their drop down page).  Our next area is Fernhill in South Lanarkshire where we will have a member of staff working from early summer.

What are we trying to achieve?

We do not have any community outcomes set, as these will be determined by the communities we will work with. However, the programme as a whole is hoping to achieve the following outcomes:

  • To reach places in Scotland where the Foundation and other grant-makers struggle to reach;
  • To work in partnership with the community to find assets and encourage participation, engagement and action;
  • To create a network of connections that help to increase resilience and facilitate access to sustainable resourcing for the long term;
  • To increase awareness of the importance of place and how this affects life chances and opportunities, through learning and sharing;

Culminating in creating long term social change

How will the programme work?

We will remove the barriers that come with traditional grant making such as application forms, deadlines and criteria and instead employ local people where possible to work with the community to support the development of local ideas that will bring about local action and change.

  • Support:  We are extremely grateful to our volunteer advisory groups who continue to be invaluable in helping, supporting and challenging us with the implementation and roll out of the programme:

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  • Ground Team – this team varies by community and encompasses a broad range of organisations, agencies and individuals to engage and work with the local community to provide them with support / funds / contacts / skills etc. that will enable change long-term. There may already be local anchor organisations present but where there aren’t we will strive to bring people together to achieve common, shared goals. Although there will be key national partners involved (e.g. Police) in every community, membership of the ground team will vary community-by-community.
  • Advisors – a group of advisors supported the Foundation to devise the strategy and will support its implementation. This includes representatives of the Big Lottery Fund, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Evaluation Support Scotland, Young Scot, SACRO, the Young Foundation and the Scottish Government.
  • Observers – one of our Trustees, Sir John Arbuthnott, has invited a small cohort of individuals from a range of backgrounds (e.g. health, crime, private sector, academia, philanthropy) that share an interest in what we are trying to achieve through our place-based work and potential its impact at a macro level.
  • Investors – To offer support to these communities the Foundation, through its new strategy, has brought together a group of UK funders including – Joseph Rowntree Foundation, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Tudor Trust and Lankelly Chase, all of whom share our interest in a new approach to tackling deep-rooted social challenges; together we are committed to the ‘place-based’ programme.


Esmee Fairbairn Foundation 2
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
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The Tudor Trust