Any group of volunteers can apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2019 grants of between £50 - £250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces. This includes enhancing local biodiversity by creating or improving habitats, community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands, urban greenspaces and other growing areas.
This year we also have a VERY limited number of Enhanced Health grants of up to £500 for environmental projects which can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people who have defined health and social needs. Check our website for eligibility and availability of these enhanced grants.
50% of our grants are for projects in areas where there is substantial social or economic deprivation.
We also prioritise applications from volunteer groups who do any of the following:
• Improve and develop the health and wellbeing of their local community
• Involve disabled people, vulnerable people or those at risk of exclusion
• Encourage and involve people under 26 in practical outdoor conservation
Projects should complete by December 2019. Grants are allocated on a first-come basis so don’t delay – register today at www.volunteeringmatters.org.uk/actionearth
Volunteering Matters Action Earth grant funding is provided by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
For more information contact Volunteering Matters Action Earth on:
T: 07808 860356
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.
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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
Applications open Monday 23rd Sept and close midday on Friday 1st November 2019.
Inspiring Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Government, are delighted to announce the launch of a fund to support Survivors of Childhood Abuse in Scotland. The new fund continues Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting all survivors of childhood abuse in Scotland, regardless of their circumstances.
The purpose of the fund is to support the recovery and resilience of survivors by enhancing capacity and capability of third sector and community-based organisations who provide dedicated support. It’s aims are to support all survivors in having equal access to services in Scotland, address waiting lists for support, encourage collaboration and innovation amongst third sector providers and build integration with statutory services.
On behalf of Scottish Government, Inspiring Scotland are seeking applications from organisations who have a proven track record of supporting Survivors of Childhood Abuse in Scotland. Applications are welcomed by individual organisations and those working in collaboration with other organisations.
Please click on link below to access the Guidance, Frequently Asked Questions and Application form