£1 million ‘Scotland Loves Local’ fund launched by Scottish Government
Fund will provide grants of between £500 and £5,000 to hundreds of projects to promote town centre and online businesses. The funding aims to support small scale improvements that will help motivate people to shop, eat and relax within their community whilst ensuring public health safety. Grants can be put towards providing safe shopping information for residents and tourists, the installation of public health infrastructure such as protective screens, physical distancing markers, hand sanitising equipment and PPE.
Closing date for applications is 5pm 25 November 2020.
The Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF) is a £3.5 million Scottish Government fund, administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, and provides capital funding for community based organisations to tackle climate change.
Building on the invaluable contribution that community-based organisations are making to Scotland’s COVID-19 response, the CCAF will help them to play a prominent role in the green recovery.
Capital funding is available for a variety of items which will help community-based organisations to tackle climate change as we accelerate our just transition to a net zero society.
The fund is designed to support communities to reduce usage of petrol and diesel cars, cut waste, grow local food and reduce emissions from community buildings. Fundable items include electric vehicles, bikes, energy efficiency measures in community buildings, polytunnels and raised beds, community fridges, tools/repair equipment and wood fuel equipment.
Grants range between a minimum of £1,000 and maximum of £100,000, with match funding a requirement for grants over £10,000.
CCAF applicants need to demonstrate the climate impact and community benefit of the items they are requesting. They must also show that their proposal is deliverable and how they'll maintain CCAF funded items.
To be eligible to apply for any funding from the CCAF an organisation must be Scottish-based, community focused, operating on a not-for-profit basis and legally constituted.
The application deadline is midday 9 November 2020, but early application is encouraged as funding will be allocated to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.
Find out more at - www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccaf
Our new funds are now live
Following the launch of our 2020-30 strategy last week, we are delighted to now introduce our new funds. Scotland’s charities and community organisations will be able to access funding to support work which aims to alleviate the effects of poverty and trauma on individuals and communities across the country.
We aim to deliver in excess of £200 million in funding over the ten-year strategic period and initially organisations will be able to apply to one of five separate funds:
The Robertson Trust have launched their new strategy for the next ten years. It focuses on tackling poverty and trauma in Scotland and the impact this has on the physical, mental and material wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
The Trust want to fund those who are helping communities affected by poverty and trauma with a focus on early intervention, and support capacity, skills and capability in the organisations they fund. Finally, they want to share knowledge and understanding around poverty and trauma, their causes, consequences and potential solutions.
Read the Strategy 2020-2030
What does this mean for funding?
You can read an update on what the new strategy means for their funds here. The plans include offering more core and unrestricted funding, longer-term funding of up to five years, removing closing dates and less emphasis on match-funding.
Applications for their five new funds will open on Wednesday 30 September 2020, they are:
Wee Grants – Revenue and capital funding of up to £2,000 for constituted community groups and small charities with an annual income of under £25,000.
Small Grants – Revenue funding of between £2,500 and £15,000 for up to five years for registered charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £100,000.
Large Grants – Unrestricted or restricted revenue funding of between £15,000 and £50,000 per year, for up to five years for registered charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £2 million.
Community Vehicle Grants – Capital funding of £1,000 to £10,000 for a vehicle to support the work of charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million.
Community Building Grants – Capital funding of £2,000 to £75,000 towards a community facility where your work is based to support the work of charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million.
Notice of funding news - Monday 21 September
Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme
The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme is a £25m Scottish Government funded programme aiming to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery. As well as providing ongoing crisis support, they will be planning and implementing changes to adapt and thrive in a very different social and economic climate. The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme has two strands:
Adapt and Thrive
The programme aims to support organisational change. It offers tailored support and funding to develop a plan so third sector organisations can operate sustainably post-COVID. You can find more information about Adapt and Thrive on the SCVO website, and daily Information Webinars are also available.
Communities Recovery Fund
The fund aims to support the delivery of services in communities that were suspended or reduced because of COVID, or the creation of new services that tackle new challenges presented by COVID. More information about this fund will be available on the SCVO website on or before Friday 18 September.
Both strands will open for applications on Monday 21 September, and will each use an integrated system so, if required, a request can be made to both programmes using a single application form.
Like many funders our plans for 2020 have changed significantly as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year at the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland we were due to pause and redevelop our funding offer as it reached the end of its five-year cycle.
I want to let you know today that we have changed these plans, as we think it is important to ensure third sector organisations can access our National Lottery funds to support them respond to and recover from the impact of the pandemic.
Our current funding programmes will remain open for an extra 18-24 months – however, we will adapt them as needed. We hope remaining open for applications means we can better support the sector through COVID-19. Some of our grants and funding will remain unchanged, and others will be adapted to be more focused on COVID-19 recovery, with shorter grants and quicker turnaround.
Detail and deadlines:
Improving Lives grants
Keeping you informed:
We’ll be putting information about all these changes on our website and social media channels over the next few working days – but don’t let that stop you telling anyone who needs to know now.
Additionally, once we have more information to share on our expanded priorities for Improving Lives and Community-Led Activity we will be back in touch by email with all the details. This should be in late November or early December.
We would like to ensure you remain well informed of any changes before they go live and we plan to hold some online sessions for intermediaries like yourselves, going through our priorities and any other changes to our funds. Again, we’ll pass on details in advance.
And of course, if any of the information in this email is unclear please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Other funding opportunities
As more and more youth services reopen across Scotland, we are interested in hearing from great youth-led projects that could benefit from our Young Start funding. Grants of up to £100k can be used for any work that is designed and led by young people aged 8-24, and that will improve their wellbeing, help them become better connected or more enterprising.
Over the past six months we’ve received fewer applications than we expected, so are happy to hear from any new projects that may be interested in funding.
Catalysts for Change funding
I’d also like to highlight the Catalysts for Change fund, which we support through the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland. The fund offers grants up to £5k for projects led by community nurses that will work with the local community to improve the health and wellbeing of marginalised groups.
The next round opens on the 21st of September, and we’d be very grateful if you could share this information with any relevant people or networks in your area.
Macmillan are launching a community grants programme today. Organisations are asked to apply for small grants of up to £500 to work in their local community to support people with cancer. Please see the poster below for more details.
Volunteering Matters Action Earth is now accepting applications for 2020. They will support local volunteers and environmental groups in carrying out work in local green spaces to rebuild slowly, steadily and safely while carrying out essential environmental work that benefits communities across Scotland.
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