Engage Funding Focus - 04 May
Engage Funding Focus - 04 May

Engage Funding Focus - 04 May


Net Zero 

Is your organisation working towards achieving Net Zero?  

Scotland has committed to reach Net Zero emissions by 2045, however Renfrewshire Council’s aim is to make Renfrewshire carbon neutral by 2030. 

SCVO has produced a page providing information and support How to start your organisation’s journey to net zero (scvo.scot) - Here you will find a useful guide and an easy to use carbon calculator. 

Funds available to support this transition. 

Scottish Government: Investing in Communities Fund (ICF)  

Grants up to £350,000 over three years will become available for registered charities, SCIOs and Community Councils for community-focused activity that will support recovery from the pandemic. Priority will be given to fragile or disadvantaged communities where support is needed most for projects that meet all four of the following areas: 

 (1) Tackling poverty and inequality, including child poverty 

(2) Developing and sustaining place-based approaches  

(3) Community-led regeneration and  

(4) Ensuring a just transition to net zero.  

ICF round 2 is expected to open in May with an application window of only four weeks.  

Empowering Communities Programme - Community empowerment - gov.scot (www.gov.scot) 

DPD Eco Fund Grants - up to £2,000 are available to community groups, educational facilities and start-up companies for local projects that benefit the environment. Apply any time. https://green.dpd.co.uk/ 

Faith in Community Scotland -  Greener Spaces, Fairer Places Grants up to £500 are available for all local faith groups or related organisations working primarily in a small, specific geographic community to tackle poverty and climate change. Top up grants are available for mentoring support. Apply any time. Greener Spaces, Fairer Places — Faith in Community Scotland 

Greenshoots Foundation Trust - Small grants are available to non-profit organisations for projects that will deliver carbon reductions and economic benefits to minimise environmental impact. Examples include local community energy schemes or more energy efficient buildings. Apply online any time. https://www.greenshootsfund.com/ 

TCV (The Conservation Volunteers): The Chestnut Fund - Small grants up to £350 are available to local voluntary groups for volunteer conservation and practical work to encourage bio-diversity and public access to the natural environment. Discuss your application with your local TCV office first. Apply any time. The Chestnut Fund - grants for conservation | TCV 

Volunteering Matters: Action Earth Fund - Any group of volunteers are able to apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth nature grants of between £50 and £250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces. Open now. Action Earth - Volunteer in Scotland (volunteeringmatters.org.uk) 

Funding & Support to Help Build Financial Resilience & Support a Transition to Net Zero (UK & Ireland)  - Social enterprises across the UK and Ireland are invited to apply for funding to create new ways that help people build financial resilience or support a transition to net zero. 

Working in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Royal London will provide grants of £20,000/€24,000 in the first year (with opportunities to access further funding in years two and three), along with business support, to help entrepreneurs develop and scale-up their social ventures. 

Potential solutions will support those who are financially vulnerable to events such as job loss, separation, serious illness or bereavement, or enable a fair and inclusive transition to net zero. 

Funding is being delivered through the Changemakers programme and the deadline for applications is 1pm on the 17th May 2022. 

Royal London Changemakers Programme  The School for Social Entrepreneurs (the-sse.org) 


Branding is important in engaging people and funders – would others be able to recognise yours? 

Engage Renfrewshire are hosting a free 1 hour online session on the Foundations of Branding, to book a place  Foundations of Branding: A Brand Definition Workshop Tickets, Thu 12 May 2022 at 10:30 | Eventbrite 


Support for Individuals

Extension to Scotland’s Census – Scottish Government News
Householders across Scotland will be given an extra four weeks to complete their census returns. Over two million households have already completed the census – more than 77% of the total. National Records of Scotland (NRS) has offered the extension until the end of May to ensure everyone has the opportunity to complete their return and help shape important services in their community.

Minority Ethnic Matters Overview - 02 May 

Scottish Community Safety Media Monitor May 2022

RAMH - What's on May

Support available to encourage Walking, Wheeling and Cycling in Scotland

Update to NHSGGC hospital visiting arrangements


Support for Organisations

News, Training and Events from Generations Working Together


Volunteer Managers Forum

Join us for an opportunity for Renfrewshire's Volunteer Managers and Coordinators to come together and discuss current issues and learn about new programmes and offers. This May session will be an opportunity for the forum to explore issues and share best practice.
The session will be held at the Engage Renfrewshire Hub, 10 Falcon Crescent, Ferguslie with the option to join on MS Teams.
If you would like to attend in person, please register on our Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/renfrewshires-volunteer-managers-forum-may-2022-tickets-324944356317
Please email info@engagerenfrewshire.com if you would like to join on MS Teams or have any questions.


An appealing prospect? Online event exploring ideas for an appeals process for participation requests
SCDC is inviting community organisations, public bodies and other interested organisations and individuals an online event on 11th May 2022, 9:30-2:30pm exploring how participation requests – a way that communities can request to work with public bodies to improve outcomes or services – could be supported by reviews or appeals. The purpose of this online event is to share our findings so far based on the deliberations of our working group. This group met twice in February 2022 and consisted of both community organisations with experience of making participation requests and public agencies who deal with participation requests. Draft findings have focused on principles behind an appeals mechanism and proposals for both local reviews and appeals to Ministers. There have also been draft proposals around improved practice guidance for participation requests and discussion regarding other forms of scrutiny. This event will offer the chance to discuss these findings and also to further shape them before they are brought together and fed back to the Scottish Government.
Find out more and sign up at https://www.scdc.org.uk/news/article/2021/11/19/an-appealing-prospect-opportunity-to-help-develop-an-appeals-process-for-participation-requests-event


Scottish Government: Ukraine & Public Protection Guidance for supporting vulnerable children and adults

Across the Scottish Government, we are doing all we can across several sectors to deliver support for Ukraine, and for those impacted at home and abroad.

To help the services currently, the Government has published Public Protection Guidance: Identifying and Responding to Risk and Need for People Arriving from Ukraine. The guidance is for all practitioners involved in the safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults arriving from Ukraine into Scotland and outlines the approach to identifying, supporting and maximising the safety of these individuals. The guidance does not replace national or local safeguarding, child and or adult protection guidance, but should be used by services in conjunction with the Super Sponsor Scheme and Homes for Ukraine: guidance for local authorities.

For more information on supporting adults and children, please read guidance for protecting displaced and refugee children by UNICEF and supporting child refugees and their families by CELCIS.

The Scottish Government is fully committed to continuing to engage with third sector partners as larger numbers of Ukrainians enter Scotland. We have set up a dedicated inbox to deal with enquiries relating to Ukraine and child welfare matters. Where appropriate do continue to engage locally with partners and organisations, but please use this email -  UkraineCandFResponseTeam@gov.scot - if you have any questions, or if you would like further support.

A Bronze/Silver/Gold decision-making structure has been set up within the Scottish Government to manage and escalate key issues to Senior Civil Servants and Ministers. For those who are members of these groups, we would encourage you to continue to use these in the first instance.


Good morning everyone, hope you are all well and just wanted to let everyone know that our annual walk to challenge stigma is back!!  The event will take place Wednesday 18th May at Fountain Gardens at 12:30.  RASA partners would love if you can join us to show support at this free event and hope you can share information via your various platforms and networks.  Our spread a little kindness social media campaign during the  month of May has begun    RenAntiStigma (@RASA_AntiStigma) / Twitter


FREE Mental Health Sessions

Looking After Your Wellbeing Course duration: 1.5hr
At the end of this session, you should be able to Identify your own responsibilities in creating a mentally healthy workplace, understand stress, what this looks like for you, and ways to manage, utilise tools and understand signposting to look after your wellbeing
Looking after your wellbeing – 19 May 3-4.30pm
Sleep and mental health mini bite size webinar
23 May 12-12.30pm

If you are interested please email alex.connor@ggc.scot.nhs.uk with your name, organisation and job title.