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Funding & Training Focus - 06 December

Welcome to the first newsletter of December 2023. As we hurtle towards the end of the year we have some exciting funding opportunities for a wide range of services, projects and target groups.  

Many of you will be working with financially vulnerable individuals, and therefore I would encourage you to look at the opportunities for funding to support fuel poverty. 

Renfrewshire Council Winter Connections fund is now closed. A list of funded activity can be found here: Find your nearest Winter Connections space - Renfrewshire Website please share this information with your community and networks. 

Jane – jhamilton@engagerenfrewshire.com .



Housing Support

Grants to Provide Solutions for People in Housing Need
The Lintel Trust is offering financial support to community and voluntary organisations in Scotland that are working to address housing needs. These organisations can receive grants of either £500 or £1,000 for community-led initiatives aimed at helping individuals maintain their tenancies, enhance their quality of life, and actively participate in their communities. This funding round is specifically targeting projects that address social isolation in housing communities, promote digital inclusion, and support older individuals in maintaining their independence and staying in their homes. Eligible organisations must have a close connection with a housing association, housing cooperative, or another social housing provider, such as a local authority. The deadline to apply for this funding is the 24 January 2024. Find out more


Children, Families and Young People 

Holiday Grants for Disadvantaged and Disabled Children
Grants ranging from £500 to £2,750 are available for schools, youth groups, non-profit organisations, and charities to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of disadvantaged or disabled children who are 13 years old or younger. Applications from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK will be given priority. The grants can cover up to two-thirds of the total cost of a holiday or trip, which can last from one to seven days. The funding is being offered by the Henry Smith Charity, and applications must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the scheduled trip or holiday. Applications will be considered between the 27 November 2023 to the 19 March 2024 for trips taking place between the 15 January and the 30 April 2024. Find out more

Funding to Support Youth-Led Social Action 
A new £4.5 million fund has been launched to support youth-led social action in communities across the UK. Grants of up to £20,000 are available to support young activists, campaigners, disrupters, co-operates, and social entrepreneurs to lead social action to improve their communities. The funding is being made available through the Young Gamechangers Fund, a partnership between the Co-op Foundation, Co-op, and the #iwill Fund, A total of £600,000 is available in this funding round with grants being awarded to both young individuals, or groups or organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000. The funding can be used for project or core costs. There is a two-stage application process. Applicants should complete an eligibility quiz in the first instance, with final applications submitted by 19 December 2023. Find out more


End of Life Care 

Grants to Support End of Life Care for People Dying at Home
Grants of up to £40,000 are being made available to help UK hospices provide palliative and end-of-life care for people who are terminally ill and dying at home. These grants aims to encourage hospices to expand their services to new client groups as well as their carers/families, by funding small innovative projects that will make a difference to people dying at home. The funding, which is being provided by the St. James's Place Charitable Foundation, and administered by Hospice UK, will support between 12 and 15 grants totalling £500,000. The funding is available to adult and children's hospices that are members of Hospice UK. Applications for Hospice Grants 2023: Dying at Home with Dignity will open on 05 December 2023. Find out more



Greenspace and Community Assets 

Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas Fund 

The Green Spaces, Parks and Playgrounds Fund will provide investment where the community can demonstrate a sustainable plan to improve and maintain the condition and use of a green space or community asset that they have a vision for. 

What the funding could be used for 

Examples of projects could be: 

  • Upgrading or developing play areas or equipment to promote access for the community and create stimulating and enjoyable environments for all ages and abilities. 
  • Visual and physical improvements in parks and open spaces that improve the experience of visitors and residents or enhance features and points of interest. 
  • Opening up areas of woodland or other open space for sustainable community access and use. 
  • Use of previously underused open spaces to improve the environment and provide increased leisure, art or design features or recreational opportunities. 
  • Development of growing grounds or allotments 

We are particularly seeking project ideas that can: 

  • Regenerate and make physical and environmental improvements to green spaces, parks and play areas and villages across Renfrewshire. 
  • Promote sustainable community use of green spaces, parks and play areas and villages. 
  • Increase levels of external funding being attracted into Renfrewshire to develop and use green spaces, parks and play areas and villages. 
  • Support communities to manage or deliver services in green spaces, parks and play areas and villages in Renfrewshire. 
  • Strengthen community capacity in Renfrewshire increasing regular participation in community events and activities. 

This is a limited fund with applications under £10,000 preferred. For more information and to discuss your proposal please see the contact details below: 

Contact: Communities and Public Protection 
Email: communities@renfrewshire.gov.uk 
Telephone: 0141 618 7562 

Villages Investment Fund 

You can apply for up to £30,000 from the Villages Investment Fund 

What the grant can be used for 

Examples of opportunities that communities might consider which strengthen the character, identity and heritage of the community could include: 

  • Unique signage and branding for a community, reflecting its heritage and identity 
  • Heritage trails or walks highlighting local points of interest that reference the unique identity of the community 
  • Reinstatement, renovation or improvement of features within the community that reflect its identity or history or that are of significance to the community 
  • Environmental or physical improvements, art works, cultural or design features that enhance the character and identity of the village 
  • Events or features that strengthen the community and bring together people to celebrate the character and history of the village in a sustainable way 

For more information and to discuss your proposal please see the contact details below: 


Community Ownership Fund 
Are you looking to buy or renovate a community asset? If so, the £150m Community Ownership Fund might be of interest. 
Commissioned by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the key features of the Community Ownership Fund are: 

  • A resource to help communities across the UK to buy or renovate valued assets that would otherwise be lost to the community. 
  • Groups can apply for up to £250k of capital funding (up to £2m in exceptional cases) to purchase or secure a 15+ year lease, or to pay for essential refurbishments for a facility already in the groups control. 
  • A minimum of 20% of matched funding is required. 
  • Up to £50k is available to for revenue funding (no requirement to match fund) 
  • There is a range of support available to help applicants develop their proposals and put forward strong applications. 

Awards are made on a quarterly basis, with the next application deadline on Wednesday 31 January 2024. The fund is due to close in March 2025. 
For more information see www.mycommunity.org.uk 


Funding Available for Urban Nature Projects
Grants of up to £2,000 will soon be available community, youth and voluntary groups from across the UK that want to bring local people together to transform an urban space by sowing and growing UK native wildflowers and/or plants. The funding, which will be made available through the charity Grow Wild, will support activities and costs such as seeds, plants, soil, materials, events, workshops, specialist experts, and contactor costs. Successful groups will receive their Community Grant funding in April and projects need to be completed by the end of October 2024. Resident’s groups, community associations, and health authorities/health boards are also eligible to apply. The closing date for applications will be 30 January 2024. Find out more



Fuel Poverty

£2 Million Winter Fuel Poverty Fund Launched
A new £2 million fund has been launched to provide energy and food support to vulnerable people across the UK during the winter months. The Cadent Foundation’s Winter Support Fund will allow charities offering energy and money guidance, to have rapid access to additional financial resources, helping to make an immediate impact for people needing extra support. The food and energy vouchers will be available to people who are living in the most vulnerable situations and who Cadent Foundations’ current charity partners, including the Trussell Trust and Citizens Advice, are supporting with energy efficiency and money management guidance. Each household will receive up to two vouchers, with the option of also having up to £100 to spend on essential heating and cooking appliances, such as heated blankets, slow cookers and air fryers. The funding will be distributed through the Foundation’s current charity partners, including Citizens Advice, Groundwork UK and Trussell Trust. The support will be available between December 2023 and March 2024. Find out more

British Gas Energy Trust Re-opens its Individuals and Families Fund
Individuals and families will be able to apply for grants of up to £1,500 to clear domestic gas and electricity debts. The Individual and Families Fund, administered by the British Gas Energy Trust, will provide eligible customers with a grant to clear outstanding arrears with their energy supplier. Any British Gas and non-British Gas customer  who has sought money or debt advice, and not received a grant from the Trust in the past 2 years, is eligible to apply for the support. However, customers of Boost, Eon, Eon Next, EDF, Scottish Power, Ovo, Octopus, SSE and Utilita should apply to their own respective funds. The fund will be open to applications from the 4th December 2023 until the end of March 2024. Find out more



Writing Successful Funding Applications - 18 January
This informal, in-person, training will provide guidance on getting started with writing funding applications. We will cover budgets, the why/what/how questions asked in applications, outcomes and gathering evidence, and best practice. You will also have to opportunity to network with other local organisations. Book here

How to avoid the 12 scams of Christmas - 12 December
In the webinar you can learn how to protect yourself and elderly people (often a high-risk group) from the most common online scams that can be especially rife around the festive season.

But anyone can become a victim of digital scams. They are a growing problem in the UK and criminals are using social media, email, and messaging services to target their victims.

We will also have a special guest from Manchester Police Cyber Crimes unit to help with the session.

Register today for the free lunchtime session on Tuesday 12 December, 1pm GMT

SAMH mental health training running from January - March 2024
All courses are open to all staff across Greater Glasgow and Clyde including Third Sector and Voluntary organisations and are free to attend.
From January - March 2024 the following courses will be on offer:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 
  • Scottish Mental Health First Aid (Adult)
  • Trauma and Mental Health 
  • Mental Health and Menopause 
  • Mental Health in the Workplace: A Guide for Managers
  • Mens Mental Health Bitesize

Please visit Mental Health Training and Capacity Building - NHSGGC to download the promotional flyer which provides details on courses descriptors, dates and booking information.

2024 COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills course
FDAMH (Falkirk’s Mental Health Association) is a Community-based charitable organisation that specialises in Mental Health and Wellbeing support and training, that is funded by both NHS Forth Valley and Falkirk Council and is also an approved SQA Learning Centre.  Whilst we are based in Falkirk, our COSCA training is available to anyone, throughout Scotland.
We are now accepting applications for our 2024 COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills course. 
COSCA – Cosca Certificate in Counselling Skills - An accredited, SQA Level 8 course, COSCA is perfect for anybody looking to improve their understanding of other people as well as themselves. Counselling skills can not only enhance the quality of personal relationships, but can also improve workplace performance. This course is also a foundation for further counselling study.  The course teaches advanced, practical communication skills, developed through a combination of theory and hands-on practice, which combine to develop true listening and attention, effective communication, and advanced relational skills.  It has helped many people to see significant improvement in their work performance and both professional and personal relationships.    
So, whether you are interested in becoming a counsellor, or want to apply the skills to your current job role then join this course.  No previous experience or qualifications are required.  There is an application process.
Applications now being accepted! We have 2 courses available, commencing early 2024. For further information, full course dates or to apply visit our COSCA Webpage or email lisa.alexander@fdamh.org.uk
COSCA Online Course:

  • Start Date: Wednesday 10 January 2024
  • Zoom Platform
  • 7 Months – The course completes in August 2024
  • £1300 – payment plans can be organised

COSCA Face to Face Course:

  • Start Date: Friday 01 March 2024
  • FDAMH, 173 Victoria Road, Falkirk, FK2 7AU
  • 4 Months – The course completes end June 2024
  • £1300 – payment plans can be organised

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