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Engage Renfrewshire - supporting community organisations

Engage Renfrewshire supports community organisations to build capacity and to be safe, by providing information, advice and training, covering everything from governance and constitutions, to funding and Boards.

We can help you achieve the change you would like to see in your local community.

We can support you with

  • Establishing a new group
  • Setting up your constitution
  • Becoming a Scottish Registered Charity, Community Interest Company (CIC) or other format
  • Navigating local community planning structures
  • Applying for voluntary and statutory funding
  • Developing sustainability for your group
  • Developing your group’s capacity and resources
  • Other advice and support

We organise free training courses (see our calendar here) to give you the skills you need to operate more effectively and to strengthen your service delivery. These include:

  • Governance/Committee skills
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors/Trustees
  • Bookkeeping and Financial Systems
  • Charity Trading
  • Trust and Grant funding

We help you identify the right funding by providing:

  • The annual Engage Funding Fair, providing the opportunity to chat to funding officers from a variety of local and national funders. For example The National Lottery, Renfrewshire Council, Glasgow Flightpath Fund, Corra and others
  • 1-2-1 funding spotlight sessions, showcasing a funder and offering the chance to discuss funding ideas directly with them. Previous sessions have included The National Lottery Community Fund, Robertson Trust and BBC Children In Need
  • Funding search sessions with our new online search tool Grantsonline.
  • Discussing your organisational needs on an informal basis whenever required
  • Proof reading and being a critical friend on funding applications prior to submission.
  • Partnership working with Renfrewshire Council’s Economic Development Team, to provide joined up support and advice.
  • Read our blog here Funding Blog.

Quick links to some local funds:


Quick Links to additional information on fundraising & applying for funding

National Lottery Community Fund - Find out about our funding in Scotland

Getting Started with Grants and Trusts


Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

Fundraising Essentials 

  • What is fundraising,
  • Developing a fundraising strategy
  • Building a case for support
  • Fundraising in practice & reviewing your performance
  • 10 steps to excellent fundraising.


Glasgow Council for Voluntary Services


Crowdfunder UK



The Funding Journey: a blog to help you with funding applications


Information on setting up and running an organisation:

Setting up groups, training and funding Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Setting up a charity OSCR (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator)

Local information across Renfrewshire Renfrewshire Council 

Working with local people in their own neighbourhoods to bring people together, empower residents and develop a community voice CEIS

How to show your funders that you are doing a great job Evaluation Support Scotland

For further information contact info@engagerenfrewshire.com or 0141 887 7707 and subscribe for our free weekly e-alert with funding links, training dates and other information.

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