Charity ready to make Tiny Changes across the Borders in Scott’s name

Tiny Changes, the charity launched by the family of tragic Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, has announced the launch of its pilot small grant programme, the Make Tiny Changes Fund.

Thursday, 23rd July 2020, 2:05 pm
Scott Hutchison performed with Frightened Rabbit at the first Sleep in the Park event in Edinburgh.

Beginning in the Borders, the fund will support a number of innovative projects with grants of up to £5,000 each.

These projects will help improve attitudes and services around the mental health of young people aged 30 or under in communities across the region.

In future, it’s hoped it will be able to fund projects throughout Scotland.

WOODFORD, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 01: Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit performs on stage during Day 3 of the Splendour in the Grass music festival at Woodfordia on August 1, 2010 in Woodford, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Trustees Neil and Marion Hutchison, Scott’s brother and mother, said: “We are so excited to launch the first Make Tiny Changes Fund small grant programme.

“We’ve wanted to do this for a while now, but like the rest of the world, we’ve had to put our plans on ice for a few months.

“The whole ethos of the charity is to make lots of small impacts, which add up to a big change in how children and young people in Scotland cope.

“We’ve decided to focus our first programme on a specific area of the country and our home county of the Borders seemed like a good place to start.

Illustrator Alex Coyle painted this Glasgow mural to raise awareness for the charity Tiny Changes, which was set up in Scott’s name.

“We can’t wait to hear from the young people of the Borders and the mental health community with their thoughts and ideas of how we can help.”

Through his music and art, Scott made tiny changes that had a big impact.

His honesty and openness about his own mental health inspired people from all walks of life.

Following his death in May 2018, his close family were determined that Scott’s light should not be dimmed, as he was always honest about his own mental health struggles and they felt sure he would want his voice to continue to be heard.

This legacy inspired a bold vision ... to make young minds feel better.

Neil and Marion added: “Every penny donated to Tiny Changes is hard earned and appreciated.

“Tiny Changes want to use that money to inspire change by investing in new and existing projects, supporting innovation that will improve young people’s mental health.

“We believe that young people need our support now more than ever.

“Early intervention is essential to improve mental health, but our public services are struggling to cope.

“Tiny Changes was set up to build a community, raise voices and inspire change that will transform young people’s mental health in Scotland.

“Together we are making a difference. Together we’ll make tiny changes to earth.”

To find out more about the Make Tiny Changes Fund and how to apply for a grant, visit www.tinychanges.com

Applicants will have until August 20 to send in a brief proposal, with suitable applicants then being invited to complete a full application through an interactive form.