Engage COVID 19 Update - 30 November
Looking forward to all those Christmas songs? Engage has decided to go full on festive.
During December, starting Tuesday 01, we will have santastic top tips on completing those naughty, definitely not nice, funding application forms. We will also include a link to a different funder each day. Increasing your chances of striking gold, not frankincense or myrrh and hopefully a sack full of goodies will be on its way.
So follow us on @stuartengage, @engagenews1, facebook.com/engagerenfrewshire and look out for our weekly e-alerts.
Dates to schedule starting from 01 December and then every working day until Wednesday 16 December.
Funder of the Week
National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK. We believe that understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies.
We distribute National Lottery grants from £3,000 to £5million and over, funding projects that sustain and transform the UK's heritage
We provide leadership and support across the heritage sector, and advocate for the value of heritage
Who can apply:-
- charities, trusts and charitable incorporated organisations
- community and voluntary groups
- community/parish councils
- community interest companies
- faith based or church organisations
- local authorities
- other public sector organisations
- private owners of heritage (for example, individuals)
Grants for Heritage
Our support includes a phased reopening of project funding through our National Lottery Grants for Heritage.
From 25 November 2020 - we will resume accepting applications for grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000.
From 8 February 2021 - we will resume accepting applications for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5m.
Further details can be found in the blog from our CEO, Ros Kerslake.
For much more information on the fund please go to:- https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/in-your-area/scotland
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce - The 12 Days of Digital December
Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce are delighted to announce the launch of “The 12 Days of Digital December” delivered by some of the most knowledgeable digital experts around. Open to any business based in Renfrewshire, member & non-member the 12 days of Digital December are designed to help you adapt to the changing environment. Funded by Renfrewshire Chamber these sessions are offered free of charge & form part of our Covid-19 response strategy to support the local economy.
Day 1 – Adapting your Social Presence in a World of Social Change (NSDesign)
Dec 1, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
On Day 1 of The 12 Days of Digital December, we'll start by reminding you that change is inevitable – especially in the world of social media. It shouldn’t take a pandemic to have businesses adapt to new technologies or social platforms – we should always be looking for opportunities to embrace, and new ways to engage our customers.
Day 2 – 30 Day Plan For a Stronger Digital Presence (Janine Marriott SEO)
Dec 2, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
30 uncomplicated, effective steps that you can do yourself for free that will help strengthen your digital presence. Ideal for local businesses whether service based or with a store front (even if you’re currently closed) it is not suitable for purely e-commerce businesses.
Day 3 - LinkedIn: What you need to know and what you need to do (Gordon White from fatBuzz)
Dec 3, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
With the recent government advice to continue to work from home, the need to utilise online networking, lead generation and business development tools has never been greater. Without a doubt, LinkedIn should be the starting point for many.
Day 4 – What A Podcast Could Do For Your Business… And How To Make It Happen (Colin Kelly)
Dec 4, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
2020 has been a huge year for podcasting with more than 10 million people in the UK now listening regularly. Is it time your business got involved and launched a podcast?
Day 5 – How to rank in local search results focusing on Google my Business & Google Reviews (Janine Marriott SEO)
Dec 7, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Explore how you can increase your chances of ranking in the local search results and maps by optimising your Google my Business page. Ideal for local businesses whether service based or with a store front however big or small (even if you’re currently closed) purely e-commerce businesses without a store front will not benefit from this webinar.
Day 6 – Conducting a Digital Competitor Analysis (NSDesign)
Dec 8, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Gary from NSDesign as he provides you with an understanding of digital competitor analysis and why and how to use one using a range of free tools to help you understand and compare.
Day 7 – How to use Analytics to grow your business online (Brian Tait from Aillum)
Dec 9, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Brian Tait at Aillum for an insight into some of the tools and data available to you now, free, that can help you start monitoring, refining and improving your digital marketing activities! Includes tips on Google Analytics, Keywords / Content, Heat Mapping, Site speed and more!
Day 8 – Making LinkedIn work for your business (With Gordon White from fatBuzz)
Dec 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join Gordon from fatBuzz looking at what you need to do to optimise your Business Page and how to tap into the power of LinkedIn Groups and LinkedIn Advertising.
Day 9 – Social Customer Service (NSDesign)
Dec 11, 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm
A fun, and engaging workshop discussing what ‘great social service’ looks like in today’s connected world. We’ll look at examples from a variety of companies and ask if we really deliver quality customer service, or do we focus on the numbers. Do we look for opportunities to wow customers across our social channels or do we just react to complaints.
Day 10 – Putting your Content to work (With Gordon White from fatBuzz)
Dec 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The need to communicate has never been more critical. During this period of disruption, uncertainty and a constant state of flux, businesses must continue to reach out to their stakeholders; in fact, it’s probably true that you need to increase your levels of communication. So, Content Marketing has never been more important.
Day 11 – Anti-Social Media (NSDesign)
Dec 15, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join NSDesign to learn where social media can go wrong in business, showing real world examples, the devastating outcomes, and discussing ways to mitigate the risks of it happening to you.
Day 12 – SEO in 2021 what you can expect and what you can do to get ready (Janine Marriott SEO)
Dec 16, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Join Janine Marriott SEO for a look ahead at how you can best utilise SEO in 2021.
To book your free place please email Laura Connor: firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Ritchie: email@example.com
Social Action Inquiry Scotland
Do you believe the best change comes when communities have the power to take action? If you want to help build a Scotland where what communities do can make a real difference, please read on...
The Social Action Inquiry is being set up to find out more about how communities can take action that makes a difference. It will look at what helps, and what gets n the way. It's hoped that it will help influence how Scotland rebuilds after the coronavirus pandemic.
The independent inquiry will be led by people living and working in Scottish communities.
The partners involved in setting up the inquiry are looking for two people (Co-chairs) to work together to run the Inquiry. In the next few weeks, they will also start recruiting a Social Action Inquiry Panel of up to ten people to help guide, shape and support the Inquiry.
The Co-chairs and Panel will include people with direct, lived experience as part of communities who have felt they do not hold power over decisions affecting their own lives, but that has been held by others. This might be, for example, experience of childhood trauma, homelessness, disability, poverty, or coming from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic community.
How do I apply?
You can apply by completing the application here
If you are interested and would like to chat about the roles and whether they might be right for you, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
Application forms will be shortlisted and interviews held online on 15 December
For more information