Summary minutes of the meeting of the Committee for Scotland on 13 June 2019 at 10.00 a.m. at Museum Galleries Scotland, 2-4 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG.
Ray Macfarlane (Chair)
Welcomes and Chair’s Report
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The Chair welcomed Caroline Clark, the recently appointed Director for Scotland who would take over as Director in August. The chair noted that everyone was delighted about Caroline’s appointment. Caroline was observing this meeting prior to taking up the post on 1 August 2019.
The Chair received apologies from Liz Davidson and Belus Etchu.
The Chair updated the members on the following areas:
The Chair had now attended two of National Lottery Heritage Fund Board of Trustee meetings including the first under the new Strategic Funding Framework.
In May the Board received presentations and speeches from the Chief Executive of the National Library of Wales; the Director Science Museum Group, the of Director, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions and the Chief Executive, The Heritage Alliance.
At the Board Meeting in May the Board were presented with a paper detailing the impact of The Fund to the UK economy.
In May the Chair also noted that she attended the Country and Area Chairs Meeting.
She had attended the official opening of Moat Brae – The Birthplace of Peter Pan in Dumfries. The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop and Joanna Lumley OBE, English actress were also in attendance.
She had attended the opening of the Edinburgh Printmakers Visual Arts Centre in Edinburgh where she gave a speech. The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop was also in attendance.
In June she met with the Cairngorms National Park Authority.
She had attended the Round 2 Committee visit to Trimontium Museum in Melrose with Gillian Findlay, Committee for Scotland Member.
Minutes of the meeting held on 14 March 2019
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Committee agreed the minutes. The minutes were signed by the Chair.
Matters arising from the minutes
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No matters arisen.
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Committee were presented with an update. This included:
Campbell Tickell had been appointed to undertake a Governance Review of the organisation from May to July.
The Executive highlighted to the Committee members that The Cabinet Office had recently issued COS13 in relation to counter fraud, bribery and corruption. In light of this, the executive asked the Committee members to familiarise themselves with it.
The first batch of Open Data was released on the 29 April 2019.
This year the National Lottery would be celebrating its 25th Anniversary. The whole of the National Lottery Family would come together to plan and deliver the National Lottery 25th Birthday Programme.
The Fund was also working closely with the NLPU to coordinate Thanks to You for 25 Years – a distributor-wide National Lottery ticket free offer based on the #ThanksToYou campaign. Teams would be liaising with heritage beneficiaries to ensure a critical mass of venues and events was secured for the nine day campaign, taking place at the end of November.
Shaping our Future Business - The new design went live on the 1 April with the new departments, team and regional configuration taking place.
Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019, all those shortlisted had received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund with the exception of Nottingham Contemporary. From Scotland, the V&A Dundee has been shortlisted.
Scotland Overview Report
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The paper was presented and highlighted the following key areas.
The team were seeing good levels of enquiries through the Expression of interest forms. The Expression of Interest format had been well received by the sector.
The Year of Coasts and Water 2020. The National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland were working closely with SNH to explore opportunities to joint market the year and promote the funding opportunities we have to offer.
Sincere thanks to Committee members for attending site visits and project openings.
Members of the Scotland team would meet with the Maid of the Loch, following their second round rejected application to discuss any future application to the fund.
Caroline Clark had been appointed as the new Director for Scotland. All recruitment for other vacant posts was currently under way or would follow shortly. The team had settled into the new Regus Offices at 93 George Street, Edinburgh.
Scotland Annual Report
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The paper presented a review of the work of the Scotland team over the operating period 2018/19. The paper highlighted the following key elements:
The level of spend during this period was reduced compared to other years, due to a number of reasons. This was partly due to the reduction in Board-level awards across the range of programmes and the fact that no major grants were received during this period.
The Fund was exiting Priority Development Areas that were identified for our previous Strategic Plan. All the targets identified for these areas were achieved.
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The budget for Scotland in 2019-20 was £16m, comprising of £12.2 for Committee. The budget proportioned for the June meeting was £3.05m.
At this meeting there were five second round grants presented for decision under the previous Strategic Framework totalling £3,486,800. There was one development Round application for decision under our new Strategic Funding Framework at this meeting totalling £3,554,600.
SFF and SF4 Overview
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This new paper was presented to assist members in providing context for SF4 Round Two projects applications.
A similar paper had been presented to the Board previously but is a new addition to Committees. The Committee noted that they found the additional paper very helpful.
Declarations of Interest
No conflicts of interest to note.
SF4 Delivery round applications for discussion and decision
Trimontium Museum extension; HG-16-08712
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Grantee: Trimontium Trust
Request: Award Grant of £571,400 (47%)
Project: Three year project to redesign Trimontium Museum utilising additional space within the existing building to improve the dated exhibition area, interpretation and visitor facilities. An extensive programme of activities would be delivered to engage people with Roman heritage.
The Committee for Scotland awarded a first round pass of £702,500 including development grant of £131,100 (87% of total eligible development costs) in June 2017.
The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £571,400 (47%).
Inverkeithing Townscape Heritage Led Regeneration; TH-17-06072
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Grantee: Fife Council
Request: Award Grant of £1,255,900 (34%)
Project: This five year Townscape Heritage project would regenerate Inverkeithing’s Conservation Area through a well-considered programme of repair works, public realm improvements and engagement activities. The project represented the first stage in a phased approach to the town’s regeneration and complements wider initiatives in Inverkeithing.
The Committee for Scotland awarded a first round pass of £1,315,400 including a development grant of £59,500 (74% of eligible development costs) in May 2018.
The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £1,255,900 (34%).
Steaming Ahead: ensuring conservation, interpretation and access to Scotland’s steam railway heritage; HG-16-08321
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Grantee: Scottish Railway Preservation Trust
Request: Award Grant of £741,500 (23%)
Project: The Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) operate the Museum of Scottish Railways and the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway. The Museum was located in Bo'ness on a reclaimed site that includes the Bo'ness railway station. This project would construct a modern workshop facility at the site to enable the delivery of an improved training scheme for apprentices and volunteers in the skills required to restore and maintain steam locomotives.
The Committee for Scotland awarded a first round pass of £786,500 including a development grant of £45,000 (20% of eligible development costs) in June 2017.
The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £741,500 (23%)
Come FORTH for WILDLIFE; HG-17-05603
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Applicant: The Froglife Trust
Request: Award Grant of £618,000 (74%)
Project: To conserve and raise awareness of amphibian and reptile species in the Forth Valley. Over four years the project would contribute to conserving and raising awareness of amphibian and reptile species in the Forth Valley, through a programme of habitat improvement work, training, volunteering and community engagement.
The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £618,000 (70%)
St Machar’s Cathedral, Aberdeen: preserving its heritage, facilitating its future; HG-18-00238
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Applicant: St. Machar’s Cathedral
Request: Award Grant of £300,000 (16%)
Project: A four year project to repair and conserve the Cathedral’s roof, stained glass windows and ceiling and also improve building access. Accompanying activity programmes would be delivered with the primary aim of developing strategic partnerships and increasing the number and range of visitors.
The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £300,000 (16%).
Prioritisation of Delivery round applications
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There was no need to prioritise the applications.
SFF Development round applications for discussion and decision
Case paper Silverburn Flax Mill – Heart, Mind and Soul Silverburn; HE-18-06809
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Applicant: Fife Employment Access Trust
Request: Development Grant of £374,600 (67%) and potential delivery grant of £3,180,000
Project: Fife Employment Access Trust would work in partnership with Fife Council to develop the 'At Risk' B-Listed Silverburn Flax-Mill into a hostel, training-centre and community-hub. Heritage activities would improve well-being and mental-health.
The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a Development Grant of £374,600 (67%) and potential Delivery Grant of £3,180,000 (44%).
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The Committee noted the report.
Scotland Team Plan 19/20
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The Committee noted the report.
Any other business
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There was none.
The next meeting would be held on Thursday 5 September 2019