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Funding & Training Focus - 06 September


Cultural Organisations Development Fund (CODF)

Renfrewshire Council's Cultural Organisations Development Fund helps to strengthen and build the capacity of organisations in Renfrewshire that have a cultural and creative purpose.

The Fund's objectives are:

  • to support organisations to become more sustainable and to take the next steps in their strategic development
  • to build capacity in organisations to raise cultural ambition in Renfrewshire
  • to support organisations which have an ongoing commitment to diversifying and expanding cultural participation.

The Cultural Organisations Development Fund is funded as part of the Future Paisley programme and is managed in partnership between Renfrewshire Council and OneRen.

The maximum grant award is £20,000 for up to 16 months of activity. We encourage you to apply for the amount most appropriate to your organisation's development needs.

Find out more and read the full guidance here

Community Learning and Development Device Fund - Funding opportunity for digital devices closing on 29 September

The fund is provided by the Scottish Government and managed by SCVO. The objective of the fund is to provide capital funding to CLD organisations across Scotland to purchase digital devices that can be used by learners to support their learning.
Digital devices must be used by learners to support them in their learning. Ownership of devices must be retained by the applying organisation for their lifetime. Devices should be used to support learners and can include items such as:

  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Monitors
  • Cameras
  • Mi-fi dongles (hardware only, not data)

Funds should be spent by 31 March 2024. An evaluation report will be due by 30 June 2024. This fund is for community-based voluntary organisations. Organisations must be based in Scotland and delivering community learning and development services in Scotland. Your organisation must have been delivering services for at least 1 year.
Applications will close on 29 September 2023. Decisions are due on 16 October and grants will be paid by 3 November 2023.
Click here to apply for this fund

Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund

Impact Funding Partners is inviting applications from third sector organisations and community groups to this fund. The fund will open for applications on Monday 28th August 2023 and will close on Friday 26th January 2024. Funded activity must take place between 28th August and 14th February 2024. Grants of up to £300.00 are available on a rolling basis during the fund period and must be used to support conversations, events or gatherings in person or online.  
Following a highly inclusive process of engagement with communities in 2018, the Democracy Matters Fund has developed into phase two. Phase one showed that different places and diverse communities work best when they have local control and influence over decisions that affect them most. 
This fund aims to develop the thinking around how a vibrant, equal system of local democracy, where people understand their rights and actively participate in civic life, can be made to work in practice.  
The Fund will: 

  • Support organisations and groups to host conversations and gather the views of people across Scotland on how we can create a system of inclusive local democracy; 
  • Reach out to all communities across Scotland no matter how small, large or what their geographical influences are; 
  • Reach out to marginalised individuals and communities whose voices are not heard. 

For further information, guidance on how to apply and relevant documents, please visit our webpage here: https://bit.ly/DM23-24  

Scottish Enterprise - The Ecosystem Fund
Summary: The Ecosystem Fund welcomes proposals for funding to help deliver innovative and inclusive entrepreneurship support activities across Scotland and internationally.
Date re-opened: 30 August 2023
Next deadline: 25 September 2023
Find out more

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
Summary: The Trust gives grants to registered charities that work in the UK. They focus on specific priorities every year. Grant rounds 3 and 4 in 2023 will focus on children and young people in care and care leavers.
Date re-opened: 01 September 2023
Next deadline: 30 September 2023
Find out more

Community Ownership Fund
Summary: The Community Ownership Fund is a £150m UK-wide fund to help communities take ownership of assets and amenities at risk of closure. It is open to voluntary and community orgs and supports the purchase and/or renovation costs of assets in their local area.
Date re-opened: 30 August 2023
Next deadline: 11 September 2023
Find out more

The Happiness Fund
Summary: The Happiness Fund is available to enable and support projects which improve mental health and wellbeing, inclusion, learning and skills development in local communities.
Date re-opened: 04 September 2023
Next deadline: 06 October 2023
Find out more

The MSE Charity
Summary: Supports organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money. The theme of the next grant round is Life Changing Transitions.
Date re-opened: 04 September 2023
Find out more




x Multiply x Numbers Workshop - 18 September

Erskine Arts in partnership with the Renfrewshire Affordable Credit Alliance (RACA), are proud to bring to you this one off x Multiply x Numbers Workshop, held at the Erskine Arts hub, Kilpatrick Drive, PA8 7AF on Monday 18 September from 4.30-6.15pm.

This workshop will help you unravel the jargon and clear any confusion around the things we think we know about money, but no-one ever taught us!

It is free to attend but places are limited so please register here http://bit.ly/45HYZ57

The event is free, runs for two hours and is suitable for those age 19 and over. Drinks and a snack will be provided. Everyone is welcome. Please distribute this to your networks.

Through interactive group and individual activities, games and chat, you will leave feeling more confident about managing some aspects of your household finances.

For more information on Multiply go to https://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/multiply/

This project is supported by Renfrewshire Council, the Local Renfrewshire Employability Partnership and the UK Government.

For more information on the delivery partner, the Renfrewshire Affordable Credit Alliance go to https://www.raca.org.uk/.


Creative Expression with RIG Arts
Wednesday 27 September, 1.30 – 4.30pm
RIG Arts Community Art Space, 56 Kilnside Road, Paisley, PA1 1RN
Join RIG Arts for a half day of learning, sharing and creative expression.
Warming up with some mark making and colour expression through listening to music you’ll then move onto an air dry clay craft activity. You’ll explore how it can be adjusted to suit all abilities, so you can take your learning away and incorporate it into working with service users and community members. To help with this further, you’ll also be sent away with a resource pack containing the materials used, as well as activity pages, resources and access to the RIG Arts Vimeo, where you can view lots more arts and craft tutorials.
If you would like to find out more about it or register for a place, please contact: James McGuire - james.mcguire@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Refugee Inclusive Community Led Skill Sharing Workshop
Wednesday 13 September, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Light lunch provided at 12.30pm
c/o The Mossy Café, Mossvale Community Church, 60 Greenock Road, Paisley, PA3 2LE
Join the Sewing2gether All Nations team in completing an upcycled sewing project. Learn new or develop existing sewing skills whilst understanding how they deliver a workshop for people who are English language learners. This type of workshop also helps in diverting unwanted fabric from landfill. No previous sewing experience required.
If you would like to find out more about it or register for a place, please contact: James McGuire - james.mcguire@renfrewshire.gov.uk


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