Engage Update - Funding & Training Focus - 23 November
Engage Update - Funding & Training Focus - 23 November

Engage Update - Funding & Training Focus - 23 November



Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Support the Performing Arts and the Conservation of Historic Objects
UK registered charities, public authorities or institutions active in the areas of the Performing Arts and Conservation can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects that promote excellence in professional performance in music, dance and theatre. Funding is also available for projects to conserve historic objects, collections and features of buildings and landscapes which date from the Georgian period or earlier, i.e. pre-1830s. The funding is being made available through the Leche Trust and the next closing date for applications is 03 February 2023. Trustees are inclined to give grants to smaller projects, or specific elements of projects, where their contribution can make a greater impact. In the case of churches, Trustees will consider supporting the conservation of such features as monuments, wall paintings, stained glass, and historic furniture and fittings.  Find out more here


Grants to Promote and Secure Better and Safer Roads
Grants and bursaries are available for research, education, and community projects to promote and secure better and safer roads in terms of design, engineering, and aesthetics, including enhancements of the experience of road users. Funded activity includes courses leading to traffic engineering and transport planning, research projects and programmes or schemes to improve the highway network and the roadside environment, such as roadside parks and open spaces. No maximum or minimum grant levels are indicated. However, most grants given in the past have been between 5,000 and £30,000. The funding is being made available through the Rees Jeffries Road Fund and the next closing date for applications is 20 January 2023.  Find out more here


Screwfix Foundation
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to local charities and not for profit organisations for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for of those in need in the UK. The funding is being made available through the Screwfix Foundations and the grants are available for all kinds of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The next closing date for applications is 10 February 2023.  Find out more here


Funding to Support Challenged & Vulnerable Young People
Grants of up to £2,500 are available to charitable organisations supporting challenged and vulnerable young people under the age of 16 in the UK. The 7stars Foundation will provide funding for projects which support young living in areas of deprivation and socioeconomic disadvantage who are challenged by abuse or addiction, who are young carers, or who are homeless. Projects should address a lack of provision, and provide immediate support. The next closing date for applications is the 31 December 2022 for February funding review.  Find out more here


Grants of up to £3,000 Available to Charities Supporting Vulnerable & Disadvantaged People
The Leathersellers Company is seeking applications from small charities who are providing vital services for vulnerable people in deprived communities across the UK. The Small Grants Programme will award grants of up to £5,000 to organisations with an annual income of less than £200,000. Partnerships are encouraged. The number of applications will be capped and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Committee will meet regularly to ensure charities receive a decision within a month of submitting their application. Applications are now open for 06 December 2022 committee meeting.   Submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the first 45 applications have been received.  Find out more here


Grants to Help People of Colour Develop & Deliver Creative & Cultural Projects
Grants of £1,000 are available to support people of colour in the UK to develop and deliver a wide range of creative and cultural projects. The funding is made available by the Grand Plan, which awards ten grants every two months to support projects for which £1,000 would make a huge difference, ranging from poetry, paintings, fashion, zines, music, food, flowers, and photographs to workshops or events. It can be used to cover costs such as equipment, courses, time, materials or travel – anything needed to create and deliver a new cultural project. Grand Plan award ten grants every two months, and the current round closes on 30 November 2022.  Find out more here


Funding to Help Kickstart School Projects
Grants of up to £500 are available to schools and educational organisations across the UK seeking funding to kickstart projects that will benefit their students. The Twinkl Prize Draw Community Collection will help fund any type of project, such as setting up a breakfast club, resourcing after-school activities, purchasing new playground equipment, upgrading an ICT suite, or kickstarting big projects. The fund opens to applications every half-term, and applications should be submitted by a member of the Senior Leadership Team on behalf of the school. Organisations can apply for funding as many times as they need, even if they have already won before. The next closing date for applications is the 22 January 2023.  Find out more here


£1 Million Prize Fund for Ideas to Transform Education & Learning
Big Change which aim to tackle the issues facing young people, has launched a new £1 million prize fund that will support and reward game changing ideas to transform education and learning, and prepare young people for their futures. The Big Education Challenge will give both young people aged 18 to 25, and experienced innovators in the UK the support and funding they need to bring their ideas to life. Finalists will also receive coaching, skills development, and expert advice. The winners of each prize fund will receive funding to fully pilot their idea. The closing date for applications is 08 February 2023.  Find out more here


Funding to Promote Community Resilience
Registered charities can apply for grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 for projects that support vulnerable people, and build community resilience across the UK. The Lloyd’s of London Foundation is looking to partner with charities to deliver projects in the areas of employability, social mobility, mental health, climate, and disaster avoidance and relief. The funding can be used to cover costs including salaries, materials and equipment, training of charity employees, and activities for the project. Charities will also have an opportunity to engage with the Lloyd’s Corporation and wider insurance market through fundraising and volunteering initiatives. The deadline for applications to the 2023 Charity Partnerships Programme is 11:59pm on 11 December 2022.  Find out more here


£1 Million Fund to Support People in Need
Charities, community groups, and social enterprises across Scotland will be able to apply for a share of £1 million in funding to provide support to low-income families and individuals who are experiencing hardship. The Household Hardship Fund, administered by Corra Foundation on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund, will award grants of up to £5,000 to enable organisations to deliver cash or vouchers directly to families and individuals to meet pressing needs such as food, fuel, household items, clothing, and other essential items. The fund will open to applications on 22 November 2022 from groups with an annual turnover of less than £100,000.  Find out more here


Funding to Help People Live Healthier Lives Through Walking & Cycling
Grants of up to £25,000 are available for facilities that will encourage social housing residents in Scotland to be healthier and more active through walking and cycling. The Social Housing Partnership Fund offers grants to social housing providers in areas of high deprivation to improve cycle parking, storage, shelter, security and lighting at their properties. It also funds street furniture, planters, litter bins and community gardens to make it easier, more enjoyable and more accessible for people to walk, cycle and spend time. The funding is being made available by Cycling Scotland and is financed by Transport Scotland. The next assessment date for applications is Autumn 2022.  Find out more here


The Charles Hayward Foundation
The Charles Hayward Foundation is inviting applications from UK registered charities operating within the fields of Heritage and Conservation, Social and Criminal Justice, and Overseas. Through the main grants programme, charities with an annual income of more than £350,000 may apply for grants of up to £25,000 for projects over one to three years. The next deadline for applications is the 3rd February 2023. A Small Grants Programme, which focuses on Social & Criminal Justice and Older People, will award grants of up to £7,000 to charities with an annual income of less than £350,000. Applications can be made at any time, and will be considered on a quarterly basis.  Find out more here


Special Call for Activities to Support Young People from Ukraine
The European Youth Foundation (EYF) has launched a special call to support young people from Ukraine affected by the war. Non-governmental youth organisations in the UK and other Council of Europe member states can apply for grants of up to €15,000 to cover the costs of a pilot activity. Activities must be designed for, support and involve young people, and could include peer to peer learning and support, training and workshops, information and counselling, youth workers and youth leaders, and meetings of young people from Ukraine. Applications to this call for EYF Pilot Activity Grants can be submitted at any time until the 31 October 2023, or until the funds are exhausted.  Find out more here


Business Support Programme for Heritage Organisations
Museums Galleries Scotland is inviting applications for the National Lottery Heritage Fund Business Support Programme, ‘Surviving to Thriving’ to support heritage organisations to build capacity and develop sustainable business models. The programme will deliver a comprehensive resilience and leadership training programme for twenty heritage organisations across Scotland. Training will be tailored to the needs of participants, focusing on four main themes of leadership, governance, business planning and community engagement. The programme will run for nine months, and eligible organisations will be awarded a community grant to enable them to fully participate in the skills programme. The deadline for applications is 12pm on 12 December 2022.  Find out more here


Funding to Support Communities Facing Financial Hardship
New Philanthropy Capital is making funding available to charities and other not-for-profit organisations working to support disadvantaged and underrepresented groups in the UK who are facing financial hardship. The Open Philanthropy Fund – Tackling Financial Hardship Funds will award funding via two streams to support groups including asylum seekers, young people, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those with experience of domestic violence, single parent households, women and girls, and people with disabilities. Panel A’s Fund offers grants of up to £15,000 to organisations with a turnover of less than £100,000, and Panel B’s Fund offers grants of up to £25,000 to organisations with a turnover of less than £200,000. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 16 December 2022.  Find out more here


Transitioning to Net Zero - How do we create a climate confident third sector? 

Sandra Brown – Funding and Organisational Development Officer for Engage Renfrewshire has written a blog to discuss this, with some suggestions on how we can all support each other. To read this please click here 


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Sustainable Futures Fund
To address climate change and its effects, organisations, individuals and charities can apply for grants to support projects that develop and promote sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based economic model. Grants are available for projects that address the current unsustainable economic system; excessive consumerism; giving marginalised groups and young activists a voice; and responding to the dual harms of Covid-19 and systemic racism. Previous grants awarded have ranged from a few hundred pounds to grants in excess of £100,000. The funding is being made available through the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Sustainable Futures programme will fund campaigns, initiatives and projects that promote alternatives to consumerism and give a voice to young activists and marginalised groups on issues of economic and environmental justice. To apply, organisations need to register with the Trust's grants management system.  The deadline to register is 28 October 2022 and the deadline to apply is 5pm on 14 November 2022.  Find out more here


FCC Scottish Action Fund

Not for profit organisations such as registered charities, community councils, community groups and local authorities can apply for grants of between £2,000 and £40,000 to fund community recycling and biodiversity projects as well as improvements to public amenities, parks and historic buildings. 

This includes: 

Land Reclamation (Object A) 

The reclamation, remediation, restoration or other operation on land to facilitate economic, social or environmental use. 

Community Recycling (Object B) 

Community based recycling, re-use and waste prevention projects. 

Public Amenities and Parks (Object C) 

To provide, maintain or improve a public park or other public amenity. 

Biodiversity (Object D) 

The conservation or promotion of biological diversity through the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of a natural habitat or the maintenance or recovery of a species in its natural habitat. 

Historic Buildings (Object E) 

The maintenance, repair or restoration of a building, other structure or a site of archaeological interest which is a place of religious worship, or a site of historic or architectural or archaeological interest and is open to the public 

The funding is being made available through the FCC Scottish Action Fund for projects with a maximum cost of £250,000 (including VAT if relevant). 

To be eligible most projects must be within 10 miles of an eligible licensed landfill site or transfer station.  

The next closing date for applications will be 5pm on the 07 December 2022. 

Useful Links: 

Guide for Applicants 

Eligible Areas 





Engage Training Calendar  

All online courses will be held of Microsoft Teams with links sent a day before. 

All in person events will be held at Engage Renfrewshire, 10 Falcon Crescent, Paisley PA3 1NS. 

If you require any further support email info@engagerenfrewshire.com 


Emergency First Aid at Work (Certificated) – In-person training at Engage Renfrewshire 

Thursday 8th December 9am-5pm, lunch and refreshments provided. 

Thanks to Hillhead Quarry Group who are providing this training for free as a Community Benefit, Engage Renfrewshire are able to offer this to our members. 

This 1-day Emergency first aid at work course is suitable for people aged 16+ who might need to provide first aid to someone who is injured or becomes ill while at work. 

Please only book if you can attend, if subsequently you are unable to attend please cancel your booking to enable someone to take your place. 

To book click Here 



Engage Renfrewshire are offering a number of race equality training sessions more information and how to register can be found in the Engage training calendar available here. 


TRIO of SCIO – learn how to form/convert to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation 

3 in-person morning workshops held at Engage Renfrewshire 

10 Falcon Crescent, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA3 1NS – please ensure you can attend all 3 before signing up. 

Thursday 10.00 – 12.30pm 19th & 26th January and 2nd February 2023. 

Workshops will cover the following: 

Session 1 - SCIOs Explained  

This workshop provides an in-depth look at the SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation), a legal form for charities with a head office in Scotland.  The workshop will focus on the key features as well as provide guidance on how you form a new SCIO or convert your existing charity into a SCIO.  The workshop will highlight the considerations during the lifecycle of a SCIO from incorporation to wind up.    It will also provide practical information about the application to become a SCIO.   

Session 2 - Trustee Roles and Responsibilities 

This workshop will explore up-to-date Scottish charity legislation regarding trustee’s roles and responsibilities. The workshop will explore some of the other specific duties that apply to Trustees and what makes an effective trustee.   The workshop will also set out best practice when it comes to managing your charity.   

Session 3 - Charity Trading  

This workshop will look the rules on charitable trading, the tax and charity law position, as well as exploring the use of trading subsidiaries in line with charity law and the governance considerations needed.  In particular:  - 

  • when a charity can, and cannot trade 

  • what is primary purpose trading 

  • key features of a wholly owned, non-charitable trading subsidiary 

  • practical issues around tax, risk management and governance 

To register please sign up on Eventbrite Here – due to way Eventbrite is set up you will need to register for each date (this will ensure you receive reminders too nearer the time) 


Other training/Webinars 

Funding Spotlight Event – BBC Children in Need 
Tuesday 29th November 10.30-11.30 (online) 

Opportunity to find out more about grants on offer and speak to the Programmes and Funding Partnership Manager of the fund. 

This is an online event via MS Teams - a link will be sent to you the day before, before signing up please make sure you are eligible. 

BBC Children in Need - the people and organisations we fund will: 

Work in the heart of their communities, particularly in times of crisis. 

Put children and young people at the centre of everything they do, from design to delivery. 

Address the challenges the children and young people face, build their skills and resilience, empower them and extend their choices in life. 

Be keen to keep learning about their work so that their ability to make a difference in children and young people’s lives can keep on improving. 

To register please go to Eventbrite Here 


Just Enterprise: Introduction to Tendering 
If you are a third sector organisation looking for new sources of income, but have little or no knowledge of public sector tendering, this free workshop in Glasgow on December 2nd will help you to understand the principles and processes involved. Book your place here on Introduction to Tendering with Just Enterprise 


Independent Review of the Skills Delivery Landscape 

Independent Review of the Skills Delivery Landscape – Third Sector Organisations’ Webinar now live  
James Withers has been asked by Scottish Ministers to conduct an independent review into the skills delivery landscape in Scotland, including the skills functions of Scotland’s national public bodies. For this review, the key focus is on responsibilities and governance within this landscape. The review will make recommendations on how the landscape should be adapted to drive forward the Scottish Government’s outcomes and ambitions for skills.     
As you may be aware, The Call for Evidence is currently live (until 23rd December 2022) aiming to gather views from all interested parties to inform recommendations in relation to the future of the skills delivery public body and advisory landscape. As part of the Call for Evidence period, the webinar session for third sector organisations is now also live for registration on Eventbrite! 
Third Sector Organisations: Tuesday 29 November 2022, 10.30 – 12.00 
The session will have a particular focus on gathering the views of those working for organisations that provide additional support to people to access skills, education and training. Full details of the event, including dates, event format and required preparation can be found via the Eventbrite link.  
Please note, upon registering, attendees will not receive a MS Teams link. This will be sent separately, closer to the time. If you do not receive a link 24 hours before the event launch, please contact skillsdeliveryreview@gov.scot   


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