VOLUNTEERING MATTERS ACTION EARTH - 2019 GRANTS now available!
Any group of volunteers can now 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 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 take place between April 2019 and January 2020. 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
As you may recall from last year, the Great Get Together takes place in June each year. Inspired by Jo Cox MP, the event aims to bring together communities to build connections, share all that they have in common and emphasise that there is more that unites than divides us.
A few weeks ago, the GGT team met with the Cab Sec for Communities and LG and the Minister for Older People and Equalities. They committed to the SG working closely with the Jo Cox Foundation to support promoting the Great Get Together in Scotland.
This year’s Great Get Together will take place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 June.
Information on events that took place last year and some background to the Great Get Together can be found here.
If you have any questions please contact Samantha Broadley on Samantha.Broadley@gov.scot
Food Train are holding a pub quiz event on Friday 03 May. Please see the poster below for more details.
Job Title: Relief Recovery Worker
Responsible To: Support Manager
Salary: £9.75 per hour (including holiday pay allowance)
Working Hours: To provide cover when required by the Support Manager
Location: Glasgow, West Lothian, Lanarkshire and Falkirk
Special Conditions: Hours may include mornings, evenings & weekends
For more information on this post, please download the file below.
West Lothian Council, in partnership with the West Lothian Community Planning Partnership, would like to invite proposals from eligible partners to deliver a package of interventions under the West Lothian Employability Pipeline ESF programme and/or the West Lothian Social Inclusion ESF Package.
Proposals are sought which will engage with individuals experiencing more than one barrier to employment for the Employability Pipeline or be in one of the key target groups for the Social Inclusion Package. The proposed package of interventions will be delivered up until 31st December 2022. Projects can apply for any length of funding within that timescale.
Bids are invited through a two stage process; interested partners should contact West Lothian Council for the first stage application via ESFchallengefund@westlothian.gov.uk or download the application from www.westlothian.gov.uk/ESF-challengefund.
All stage one applications must be received by Friday 10th May 2019.
Please see posters below for a new initiative regarding recycling prom wear that colleagues in waste services are running.
Every year, the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) holds events across the country to give charity trustees and staff the opportunity to hear about their latest developments, meet their staff and board and have a chance to ask them questions.
In their 2019 round of events they will discuss a range of topics, including:
To book a place, please click on the links below.
£0.6M funding for short breaks projects for carers & the people they care for: APPLY NOW!
The Creative Breaks programme provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults (aged 21 years and over), young carers (caring for children or adults), and the people that they care for.
Short breaks activities can take many different forms – including breaks away (i.e. overnight stays, residential breaks), days out, and/or shorter sessions (i.e. regular activities). Activities must be designed to enable carers to have a life outside or alongside their caring role, and to support their health and wellbeing. Short breaks should also benefit the cared-for person and others (e.g. family members) and help sustain the caring relationship.
Short break activities can be for the carers, for the people they care for, or for both the carers and the cared-for people to enjoy together. To be eligible for Creative Breaks funding, projects must be able to evidence how their activities will benefit both the carers and the people they care for, by providing a break from their normal routine.
A total of £0.6 million is available. Grants are for one year (October 2019 – September 2020).
For full details, click here
Can we apply?
This funding is for third sector (voluntary organisations) operating in Scotland. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply. However, your organisation must have a constitution that states your organisation’s purposes are solely charitable and that it delivers public benefit in achieving its purpose(s).
For full details on eligibility criteria, download our guidance here
How do we apply?
To apply, visit the Creative Breaks page on our website and download the application form, budget template and guidance for applicants.
Completed applications should be sent to email@example.com by 5pm on Thursday 23 May 2019 (late or incomplete applications will not be accepted)
Click here to download the form, template & guidance
The Short Breaks Fund team is here to help. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of the support available to help you develop the strongest possible application.
We are running free applicants workshops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dumfries & Galloway and an interactive online session (webinar). For dates, details and booking links, please visit the Creative Breaks page on our website.
Alternatively, you can call in to discuss your application in more detail during one of our phone-in sessions (see the Creative Breaks page for details).
For full details on our workshops and call in days, click here