What is the Reaching New Scots Fund?

In August 2021, 56 projects across Scotland were awarded funding by the EU Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF).

Many community groups we work with applied for this funding but were unsuccessful. In 2022, we spoke to the National Lottery Community Fund about other potential funding opportunities. The Reaching New Scots Fund was born.


About the assessment panel

It was important to us that representatives from new Scots communities were part of the assessment panel.

Four people from refugee backgrounds were selected from six applicants. They were paired with four representatives from the National Lottery.

One representative:

The good thing was our observations and decisions were quite similar. We explained our opinions and learned from each other. It was a friendly environment to talk and exchange views.

A National Lottery funding officer:

When we met in person, we got on so well and it really brought it home how important this sort of work is; he was able to point out parts of asylum/refugee legislation in the UK that I knew nothing about and it truly brought it home why this sort of participatory work matters.


About the funded projects

13 projects received a total of £661k of funding. These projects will take place across Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Edinburgh, Perth, Airdrie and Paisley from July 2022 – December 2023.


Chris Afuakwah
Author: Chris Afuakwah