Archive for the ‘funding’ Category

Three Health Improvement Funding Opportunities

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

NHS Lothian is seeking proposals from bidders for three projects in West Lothian as follows:


Project 1 – Key outcome: Improved Nutrition and Reduced nutritional inequalities particularly for children and young people in West Lothian

NHS Lothian is seeking applications to deliver a programme of activities to meet this outcome, including work to increase community support for breastfeeding mothers, reduce maternal obesity and support good family nutrition using a community led health approach.

For further information please see:


Project 2 – Key outcome: Increased physical activity in children and young people in West Lothian

NHS Lothian is seeking applications to deliver a programme of activities to increase physical activity in children and young people using a community led health approach

For further information please see:



Project 3 – Key outcome: Improved Income maximisation for individuals and families with low financial resources in West Lothian

NHS Lothian is seeking applications to deliver welfare advice services in selected GP practices in West Lothian.

For further information please see:

Ambition Fund Now Open For Applications

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Voluntary and Third Sector organisations in West Lothian are now able to apply for a share of £200,000, thanks to council funding.

West Lothian Council’s Ambition Fund aims to enable third sector organisations to increase their capacity to improve and grow existing and new services.

The fund can be used to:

  • Purchase equipment which would improve their ability to develop and/or deliver services
  • Support the development of existing and/or new services by front-loading staff and other costs
  • Provide match funding for grants from external organisations for investment in new projects to deliver in new projects to lever in additional external funding to pilot, develop and/or improve delivery of services

Applicants must have a Constitution and/or Articles of Association and a bank account in the name of the organisation. Confirmation that a minimum of two people eg Chair and Treasurer, are required to sign and counter-sign cheques.

The latest version of Audited or Independently Examined annual accounts should be provided and confirmation that surpluses or profits are retained and not distributed.

There are two levels of funding: Between £5,000 to £20,000 and over £20,000. Any applications for more than £20,000 have to demonstrate that significant levels of ‘match’ funding are available.

West Lothian Council has invested £200,000 in 2017/18 for the programme. The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017. Projects will be expected to commence in 2017/18 and be completed within 12 months of funding approval.

Application forms are available from both West Lothian Council’s website ( and the Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian’s website (

Please send your completed applications to:

Change is good! Tesco Bags of Help to Fund Many More Local Projects

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

So do you think you know what Tesco Bags of Help funds?  Read on as the Bags of Help team have been listening to applicants, customers and Tesco colleague feedback so we’ve made some immediate improvements:

  • Apply anytime for projects that bring benefits to the community;
  • Projects can be outdoor or indoor improvements, activities and equipment purchases;
  • Apply for capital and revenue funding between £1000 and £4000;
  • Simpler online application process;
  • Community groups, schools, charities, local authorities and not for profits can all apply.

To ensure that the programme is really local the number of projects funded every two months has been increased.  We will still fund projects that improve or encourage the use of outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens.  But now grants can also fund buying items such as sports kits, camping equipment, spades, litter pickers or specialised medical equipment and improvements to community buildings.

These are just some examples so if you’ve got a question or need help with your application please contact our friendly team of Scottish enablers – you can find their contact details here

Following a public vote in Tesco stores every two months, three projects in each of the local Tesco store areas will receive a grant, with first place receiving up to £4000, second place up to £2000 and third place £1000.

For information on how to apply please click

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork – which is working with greenspace scotland to support applicants and successful projects in Scotland.

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

agift-aid-faqsThe Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) allows eligible charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to claim top-up payments from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on small cash donations that they receive.  The scheme is specifically for cash donations of £20 and under, and does not include cheques, bank transfers, credit cards or text donations.

Your charity or Community Amateur Sports Club (registered with HMRC) must have been active for at least the last two tax years and be claiming Gift Aid.  Unlike Gift Aid GASDS is not a tax relief scheme, but the two are interlinked.  There is strict eligibility criteria for GASDS, so you are advised to check with HMRC to see if you charity or Community Amateur Sports Club could benefit.

Other Community Toolkit Topics to look at:
Gift Aid
Tax Reliefs
Financial Management and Reporting
Charitable Status
Tax Exemptions for Sports Clubs

Further sources of information
Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme – HMRC website
Gift Aid – HMRC website
Gift Aid for Community Sports Clubs – HMRC website
Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

‘Scotland’s First Oil Rush’ – a screening of the BBC2 documentary and talks on West Lothian’s Shale Oil Industry

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

hlf-flyer-shale-oil-documentary-screeningHowden Park Centre, Livingston, 5.45 – 8pm, Wednesday 16th November 2016

Heritage Lottery Fund are hosting a screening event next Wednesday, see attached flyer, to promote one of their funded projects, take a look at the Shale History of the area and promote funding opportunities locally.

The Event is free and whilst no formal booking is required if it would be helpful if you contacted Megan at HLF on 0131-225-9450 to register.  Please pass on to anyone you think would be interested.

Big Bike Revival – Funding Opportunity for October ONLY

Monday, October 10th, 2016

big-bike-revival-scotland-facebookEsmond Sage is the Cycling Development Officer responsible for West Lothian, and is helping organisations get funding for and deliver events in the Big Bike Revival.  This is a series of events happening until the end of October to help get non and lapsed cyclists try out cycling for everyday journeys, and promote the general wellbeing of cycling as a mode of transport.  You can find more information and videos on our project page here:

We still have some funding available for organisations who are interested to do events in October.  These can be things like led rides, bike fixing sessions, or cycle skills workshops.  Anything, really, that communicates and develops the pleasure of bike riding as a way of getting around.  As you can see, our timescale is very tight, but we are keen to work with groups to deliver the grant as quickly as possible and support them throughout the process.

Esmond Sage
Cycling Developent Officer (East) – Big Bike Revival Scotland
Mobile: 07887567368
Twitter: @BBRScotEast

Foundation Scotland – Community Benefit Funding Webinar Tue, Oct 11, 2016 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM BST

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

creativeFoundation Scotland are running a FREE webinar covering Community Benefit Funds across Scotland.  Foundation Scotland is a registered charity that makes grants to good causes in Scotland on behalf of a wide range of individuals and organisations.  This webinar is targeted at community groups or interested parties who are looking to run or access Community Benefit Funds and would benefit from learning about best practice in this area.

Foundation Scotland is a registered charity that makes grants to good causes in Scotland on behalf of a wide range of individuals and organisations.  Working with over 130 communities and a wide range of commercial and non-profit developers, their Communities Team has supported the set-up and on-going operation of over 40 community funds linked to onshore wind farms and other infrastructure developments.  The Team is located across Scotland and has been recruited for its experience in both grant-making and working with communities.  They favour an approach which takes a long term view, promotes and harnesses community strengths and supports decision making processes that are inclusive, accountable and community-led.

This webinar will provide an overview of:
some learning around community benefit funds to-date

the various fund management models that the Foundation has developed in partnership with local communities
the services Foundation Scotland can provide (for communities and developers)
the range of funds Foundation Scotland currently administer.

Community benefit funds are discretionary funds that may be provided to communities by companies developing and operating projects in a local area.  Community funds often provide significant opportunities for the communities involved, but can also bring real challenges in ensuring they deliver maximum impact and are disbursed in an accountable way.  Foundation Scotland has been working with developers and communities since 2007 to create tailored investment and distribution solutions.  They administer nearly £3 million in community benefit payments annually.  Clients include SSE, EDF Energy Renewables, RWE Innogy UK, EON Climate & Renewables, Falck Renewables and a growing number of community organisations responsible for funds from renewable energy developments.

For further information, and to book your place visit the registration page

Cash for Culture – Funding Fair

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

funding_artsDate and Time:  Tue 1 November 2016, 18:00 – 20:00
Location:  The Creative Exchange, 29 Constitution Street, Edinburgh

Knowing where to look for funding, how to apply for it, and how to fundraise for your creative group or project is an on-going challenge – and opportunity!
This event will bring together a range of funders and funding organisations that support community engaged creative activity – so you can meet them in person and find out more about what they have to offer.

We’ll also be handing out our new funding booklet, packed with handy information and tips to help you raise funds for your group.

The following organisations will be represented on the night:
Big Lottery Fund (inc. Awards For All)
Creative Scotland
Edinburgh Neighbourhood Partnership Community Grants
Spirit of 2012
Community Shares Scotland
Scottish Community Alliance
SCVO’s Funding Scotland
Edinburgh Soup
Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage
Arts & Business Scotland
With more yet to be confirmed.

This is a free, drop-in style event which you are welcome to attend anytime between 6-8pm.  However we are keen to get an idea of who is attending, so please RSPV by clicking the ‘register’ button, if you plan to come along (no need to bring or show a ticket).  Thank you!  REGISTER

Do you have a local greenspace that needs improving? Do you want to run activities in your local park or greenspace?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

wild-spacesGreat news –  in order to give Tesco customers a say much more frequently on where their money goes the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme is now permanently open for applications from a wide range of community groups, schools, local authorities and organisations.  Bags of Help will now see the money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores opened up to a greater range of projects that support community participation in the development and use of open spaces.

Projects that will now get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.

Following a public vote in Tesco stores, three projects in each of the Tesco regions will receive a grant each month, with first place receiving up to £5K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K.  Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace scotland.  Full eligibility criteria and detailed application guidance is available online here

We have a team of Community Enablers that can provide support or advice when submitting your application.  Find their details

Invitation – Farm Diversification and Rural Enterprise event 26/09/16

Monday, September 5th, 2016

image003The LEADER programme now offers professional advice and support for rural development including farm diversification and rural businesses.

West Lothian LEADER would like to invite you to attend our Farm Diversification and Rural Enterprise event on
Date:  Monday 26th September 2016
Time:  10:00 – 12:00 (refreshments on arrival)
Location:  Kingsfield Golf Centre, Linlithgow EH49 7LS.

The event will give you a unique opportunity to learn more about LEADER funding and other rural grant schemes as well as meet organisations who can provide assistance to your business or project.  You will hear from a successful local farm diversification business and the event will give you a chance to develop your professional networks.

Register here

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