West Lothian Council is inviting groups and organisations to submit bids for funding of up to £5000 as part of Blackburn Community Choices.
Blackburn Community Choices is a process that enables local communities to decide how public funding is spent. This will focus on improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and families in Blackburn and is a pilot project as part of the wider development of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in West Lothian.
We are inviting groups and organisations to come forward with innovative and interesting ideas and projects that aim to improve one of the following aspects of health and wellbeing in Blackburn:
Once projects have been verified to ensure they meet the criteria, they will be invited to showcase their project or idea through marketplace community event on Friday 27th March in Blackburn Partnership Centre. Members of the community will attend and visit all the projects then vote on which projects they think best meet the needs of Blackburn.
More information on Blackburn Community Choices can be accessed via our webpage, where you will find our guidance document which gives details on who can apply and the criteria for funding, and the application form.
Please circulate this email to any group or organisation you think would be interested in getting involved.
If you would like more information on Blackburn Community Choices, please email
or contact Graham Whitelaw (01506 281101) or Susan Gordon (01506 283090)
We draw to your attention the recent announcement of the Third Sector Homeless Fund which will provide £4.5m of funding to support the Third Sector to innovate and transform services they provide to people in line with the Scottish Government’s Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan which could be utilised to support any such services. We have provided a summary below and the link can be found here with more details and the application form: https://www.corra.scot/grants/third-sector-homelessness-fund/
The fund aims to:
Eligibility is open to Scottish Registered Charities who also have a “legal personality”
There is no minimum or maximum amount of funding that an organisation may apply for. As a broad guideline, the fund anticipates applications between £20,000 and £100,000 per annum for multi-year projects, and £20,000 to £75,000 for single year projects.
The Funding parameters include:
The Timeline is as follows:
Monday 27th January Programme launch and website open to applications
Monday 24th February Closing date for applications
25th February - 20th March Period for review and assessment of applications
w/c 23rd March Scottish Government announces funding decisions
For further information please contact:
Alistair Shaw - Service Development Officer
Tel: 01506 2981754
We are happy to speak with groups regarding any submission if that would be helpful. This is to ensure that any group considering a submission aligns to local need.
Foundation Scotland would like to draw attention to three sources of funding that are available from our Baillie Gifford awards programmes. We would greatly appreciate it if you could forward on to any groups and organisations that you feel might benefit from these.
The West Lothian Voluntary Organisations Modernisation and Improvement Fund has been launched today, see guidance and application form here.
The deadline for applications is 08.00 A.M., Monday, 27th January 2020.
Around 250 community groups, social enterprises and charities across the country will receive a share of £11.5 million in 2019-20 through the new Scottish Government Investing in Communities Fund. Further funding each year over the next two years will allow recipients to create longer-term plans, helping more people to benefit from their projects.
For more information click here
The fund has an annual value of £10,000 and groups are able to apply for grants between £250 and £2,000.The fund is open to any community project which is for the benefit of residents of the local area, namely the Fauldhouse and Breich Valley communities. Communities located within 5km of the Tormywheel Wind Farm Development are eligible to apply. The fund can provide both capital and revenue grants.
Also available at www.fauldhouse.org.uk. The deadline for returning applications is Friday 31 January.
Ahead of the launch of our new strategy in 2020, we can now confirm the closing dates for all of our current open award programmes. Full details can be viewed here, with the key points being:
We have put together some FAQs to explain a little more about our strategy renewal process.
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Support for third sector organisations delivering Scotland’s new benefits system.
A new £500,000 fund is being opened for organisations which help people accessing the benefits to be delivered by the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Benefit Take-up Fund will support charities and third sector organisations in their work to address barriers which prevent people from applying for benefits.
This includes tackling perceived stigma and supporting people through the application process.
Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:
“We believe social security is an investment in the people of Scotland and it should help tackle poverty.
“This new fund will help charities and third sector organisations get prepared for the new system we are creating. It will have a particular emphasis on helping those who are new to applying for benefits and assisting harder-to-reach people.
“Encouraging individuals to claim the financial assistance they are entitled to is a duty of government and a social responsibility.
“I have heard from far too many people who currently fear accessing welfare support. They know only of stigma, stress and anxiety.
“I am determined we do not replicate these negative experiences with the benefits we deliver.
“I want organisations to be equipped to provide information and promote the take-up of benefits. Whether it is training staff, getting information ready, or delivering promotional materials, we want to support organisations who support the people of Scotland.”
The Scottish Benefit Take-up Fund will open for bids in November 2019.
Social Security in Scotland
The Social Security Charter
SCVO will be opening another round of Cyber Essentials Grant Funding on 4th November 2019. This will run as an open call until March 2020, with applications being graded over the course of the period. (see https://scvo.org.uk/digital/evolution/cyber-resilience for pre-reg details)
They have £100,00.00 available to support organisations gain this valuable accreditation and hope the timing of the new round will help organisations who are using the Scottish Cyber Assessment Service, as well as other who are generally interested in improving their cyber resilience.
In recognition of the invaluable contribution that young carers make to society the Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, Ms Somerville MSP, has announced that Social Security Scotland will start to deliver the new Young Carer Grant from 8 am on Monday 21 October 2019.
The Young Carer Grant is a new yearly cash payment of £300 for 16-18 year olds which carers can spend as they choose. Young carers can claim if they are at school, in further education, employed or unemployed and may be eligible if they meet all of the following criteria:
People will be able to apply from 21 October online at https://www.mygov.scot/benefits/ or through the Freephone helpline at 0800 182 2222. The helpline is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. A paper application will also be available and can be requested via the helpline or downloaded direct from www.mygov.scot website.
£1.1M funding for short breaks projects for disabled children & young people (aged 20 and under) and their carers: APPLY NOW!
The Better Breaks programme provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for disabled children and young people (aged 20 and under), and their carers (adult carers and/or young carers).
The Better Breaks programme funds a wide range of short breaks projects and services, including activities and breaks for:
To be eligible for Better Breaks funding, projects must be able to evidence how their activities will benefit both disabled children and young people and their carers, by providing a break from their normal routine.
A total of around £1.1 million is available. Grants are for one year (April 2020 – March 2021).
For full details, click here