Scotland: Committee decisions November 2019

Summary minutes of the meeting of the Committee for Scotland on 28 November 2019 at 10.00 a.m. at Trades Hall of Glasgow, 85 Glassford St, Glasgow, G1 1UH.

Members:     

  • Ray Macfarlane (Chair)
  • Sam Anderson
  • Stuart Housden
  • Gillian Findlay 
  • Alice Mayne
  • Liz Davidson
  • Beltus Etchu

Apologies: 

  • Martyn Wade

Committee Business

1. Welcomes and Chair’s Report      

The Chair welcomed everyone to the third meeting of the year for the Committee for Scotland. The Chair also welcomed Anne Young, Head of Strategic and Corporate Planning, and Araba Webber, Head of Strategy, who were observing the meeting. The Chair noted apologies from Martyn Wade.  

The Chair updated the Committee on the following areas:

  • Attendance at Board of Trustees meeting, chairs meeting and Heritage Horizons panel meeting.   
  • Jim Dixon, Trustee, is now acting chair of the Northern Ireland committee until a permanent chair is appointed. 
  • Sir Peter’s departure from Board of Trustees at the end of this year. The Chair noted her own, the Committee for Scotland and the Scotland team’s appreciation for Sir Peter’s work with The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Scotland and across the UK. 
  • While Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, is absent for an extended period, Eilish McGuinness, Executive Director of Business Delivery and Colin Bailey, Executive Director of Finance, will be acting up to cover her role. 
  • The Chair noted her attendance at the opening of Aberdeen Art Gallery which she highly commended, noting the impressive redeveloped venue and outstanding exhibition.

2. Minutes of the meeting held on 5 September 2019

Committee agreed the minutes and signed as an accurate record of the meeting. 

3. Matters arising from the minutes

No matters arisen. 

4. Corporate update

Eilish McGuinness, Executive Director, presented the committee with an update. This included:

25th Birthday of The National Lottery.

  • Eilish highlighted that The National Lottery has successfully celebrated its 25th anniversary this month. The Thanks to You campaign is now underway. 

State of Nature Report 

  • Committee welcomed the UK’s third State of Nature report, which was published by a partnership of over 70 nature organisations in October 2019. 

Executive Management

Eilish noted that herself and Colin Bailey, Executive Director, Business Services, will be acting up during the period of absence. 

Isabel Hunt has been appointed as Executive Director of Business, Innovation & Insight. 

 5. Country Directors Report

The paper was presented by Caroline Clark and highlighted the following key areas.

Heritage Horizons

It was noted that there has been a strong response in Scotland to this programme for grants over £5million, with 25 applications requesting £193m via the Expression of Interest process. These projects have been prioritised and will be considered by the Heritage Horizons Award panel, the outcome of which will be detailed following the restricted period for the upcoming General Election. 

National Lottery 25th Anniversary

There has been good press coverage of the anniversary in Scotland. 

Scotland campaigns

The Scotland team continues to progress work on the Wellbeing campaign; working to form connections with relevant organisations, building relationships to inform and support this campaign in Scotland. 

The Engagement team continues to provide support to BII where required for the Digital campaign.  

Year of Coasts and Water Event Programme launched on 13 November. The themed year will be promoted throughout the year to grantees and via engagement activities. 

Events

It was reiterated that the opening of Aberdeen Art Gallery was a highly successful and the gallery is now a world-class heritage venue. 

The director and senior staff met with the Carnegie Trust to build understanding of each other’s work, with a particular focus on wellbeing and evaluation. 

Stuart Housden was thanked for delivering an excellent Natural Biodiversity workshop to staff and committee, with valuable input from SNH, RSPB and Scottish Environment Link. 

6. Parks Update Paper

The paper was presented for information. The paper detailed a review of Urban Parks Policy update; post completion monitoring and noting the applications for decision at the December 2019 sub Committee. 

SF4 / SFF applications overview paper      

The paper was presented by Riona McMorrow to provide context for the Strategic Funding Framework single stage and development phase applications. The Committee were invited to comment on the content of the paper. 

The following points were noted:

In line with our Strategic Funding Framework, applicants need to demonstrate how their projects will reduce negative environmental impacts and enhance environmental benefits. Fit for the Future Network has been commissioned to undertake an assessment of recent funding applications to The National Lottery Heritage Fund to see how they have responded to our environmental requirements.  

8. Scotland budget

This paper was presented by Riona McMorrow.   

Riona confirmed that the budget for Scotland for 2019-20 is £16m, comprising £12.2m for committee.  

It was highlighted that all new awards come out of the committee budget with the exception of Parks for People bids which go to a joint board of The National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund.

9. Declarations of Interest

Ray Macfarlane noted an interest in Forum Connections: Building Capacity For Scotland's Museum Forums as she is the chair of the applicant body, Museum Galleries Scotland. It was agreed that this was a conflict of interest and she would absent herself from the meeting for the discussion and decision on this grant. 

Stuart Housden noted an interest in Linn of Dee Gateway to Nature project as he is a member of a conservation policy advisory group for the applicant, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).  Stuart noted that his involvement with NTS is conservation-policy focused, and that he had no knowledge of, or locus over, this visitor services project. Committee were content that the interest was not material and should be noted but that Stuart should not absent himself from the meeting during discussion and decision. 

Alice Mayne declared a conflict of interest in the Dundreggan project as she was on the Board of Trees for Life until August 2019 and also chaired the Board for a period of four years. It was agreed that this was a conflict and that Alice should absent herself from the meeting for the discussion and decision.

Alice also noted that she had previously worked for Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and was responsible for Shorewatch. Her involvement lapsed long before the two-year restriction period and committee were content with noting this interest and Alice remained in the room for discussion and decision. 

10. Paisley Museum Re-Imagined; HG-17-01600 

Grantee: Renfrewshire Council

Request: Award delivery grant of £3,833,000 (10%)

Project: This three-year project will work with an international design team and the wider public to transform Paisley Museum’s buildings, landscape and collections.

The Board of Trustees awarded a first round pass of £4,900,000, including a development grant of £1,067,000 (30% of total eligible development costs) in September 2017.

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £4,900,000 (20%).

11. Prioritisation of SF4 second round applications                                                      

12.    Zetland Park Regeneration; PP-17-03237

Grantee:  Falkirk Council 

Request: Award Grant of £927,800 (50%)

Project: The project will restore and rejuvenate the historic Zetland Park in the industrial town of Grangemouth. 

The Board of Trustees awarded a first round pass of £1,055,100  including a development grant of £127,300 (56% of eligible development costs) in December 2017.

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application should be recommended as a HIGH priority for the Board.

13. Prioritisation and Recommendation 

14.    Single Round Grants Overview

Riona McMorrow presented the overview paper for single round grants and provided the budget implications and recommendation.  

The Committee for Scotland considered the papers and AWARDED four grants to give a total spend of £914,700.

  • OM-19-00633; Cairngorms Rare Plants and Wild Connections - £224,300
  • OM-19-00719; Purchase of John Michael Wright portrait of Lord Mungo Murray - £250,000
  • OM-18-07900; Bringing WDC Shorewatch to the Northern Isles: community action for whales and dolphins - £190,400
  • OM-19-02737; Forum Connections: Building Capacity For Scotland's Museum Forums - £250,000

SF4 Grant increase for discussion and decision

15. David Livingstone's Birthplace; HG-14-08991

Applicant: The Scottish National Memorial to David Livingstone Trust

 

Request: Grant Increase of £668,000 to make a total grant of £4,780,900

Project: The redevelopment of the internationally important David Livingstone Birthplace Project. Board awarded a first round pass of £3,897,100 including development grant of £334,200, 87% of eligible development costs in May 2015.  An increase in grant is required due to substantial unforeseen issues with the A-listed building.

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a grant increase of £668,000. 

16. Create a Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre incorporating a Holocaust-era Study Centre within Garnethill Synagogue; HG-15-05251

Applicant: Scottish Jewish Archives Centre

Request: Grant Increase of £58,000 to make a total grant of £354,900

Project: To create a Scottish Jewish Heritage Centre and increase access to its nationally important Holocaust-era archive. The Committee for Scotland awarded a first round pass of £348,900, including development grant of £52,000 (73% of total eligible development costs) in March 2016.

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a grant increase of £58,000.

17. Prioritisation of Grant Increases

The Committee for Scotland prioritised both the grant increase applications as a HIGH priority for support. 

SFF development round applications for discussion and decision

18. Ready for Take-off; OL-19-00482

Applicant: National Museums Scotland

Request:  Award Development Grant of £0 and potential Delivery Grant of £3,000,000 (20%)      Project:  The project will further develop the National Museum of Flight (The Museum) based at East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, completing the third and final phase of the master plan for the site

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a potential Delivery Grant of £3,000,000 (20%).

19. Dundreggan Rewilding Centre; OL-19-02332

Grantee: Trees For Life

Request: Development Grant of £81,000 and potential Delivery Grant of £702,300

Project: This project will create ‘The Rewilding Centre’, providing an educational hub for Trees for Life to raise awareness of the importance of rewilding and the restoration of Scotland’s Caledonian Rainforest

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a Development Grant of £81,000 and potential Delivery Grant of £702,300

20. Linn of Dee Gateway to Nature; OL-18-07130

Grantee: National Trust for Scotland

Request: Development Grant of £85,800  and potential Delivery Grant of £1,994,000

Project: This project will create new visitor facilities, improved physical access and interpretation at the Linn of Dee, a gateway for accessing the Mar Lodge Estate and the eastern Cairngorms.

The Committee for Scotland agreed the application represented a MEDIUM priority for support and REJECTED the application.

21. Prioritisation and Decision 

During the case by case discussions, the Committee considered that 

  • Ready for Take-off; OL-19-00483(item 18) and Dundreggan Rewilding Centre; OL-19-02332 (item 19) represented a high priority for support
  • Linn of Dee Gateway to Nature; OL-18-07130 (item 20) represented a medium priority for support 

For information 

22. Communications Report

The Committee noted the report. 

23. Any other business 

No other business raised.

The next meeting will be held on 5 March 2020.