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Charity formed after death of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison launches £100k fund

The charity Tiny Changes, named for a Frightened Rabbit lyric, aims to support young people in Scotland with their mental health

By Tom Victor

Tiny Changes formed after Scott Hutchison's death (Picture: Press/ Ryan Buchanan)

Tiny Changes, the charity launched following the death of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison in 2018, has launched a new six-figure fund with the goal of tackling mental health issues in Scotland.

The charity has marked the occasion by projecting some of Hutchison’s own words onto landmarks north of the border, as well as the words of young people calling for a greater focus on mental health.

“Young people need their voices heard, equality taken seriously, and earlier support for their mental health prioritised, now more than ever,” Tiny Changes CEO Kara Brown said.

Per the charity’s own website, the £100,000 fund will support individual projects to the tune of up to £10,000 each, with the goal of “[making] tiny changes towards equality and mental health for young people in Scotland”.

Those interested have until November 10 to apply for funding, with applicants asked to provide information on how their idea can “help young minds feel better in Scotland”.

Tiny Changes, named for a lyric in Frightened Rabbit’s song ‘Head Rolls Off’, was set up in honour of Hutchison after he died by suicide in 2018. Following the launch of the organisation in 2020, his family members said:“We chose to focus on children and young people, in the firm belief that it’s the right of every child to have good mental health and the opportunity to lead happy and fulfilled lives as adults.”

“We hope that our first national Make Tiny Changes Fund inspires lots of people to join us and is a reminder that even on the darkest days, the light will come back on again,” Brown said of the new fund.

In 2019, a covers album – also entitled Tiny Changes – was released to mark the 10th anniversary of Frightened Rabbit’s album ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’. It included a cover of ‘Head Rolls Off’ by The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, as well as other covers performed by artists including Biffy Clyro and Julien Baker. Hutchison himself had been working on curating artists for the album’s release before his death.

“Scott was a vital part of bringing this album together and it’s something he was very excited about and worked hard to bring to life,” the band members said upon the release.