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Funding & Training Focus - 07 February

Good morning,  

Another great mix of funding opportunities this week. I would particularly like to draw your attention to a rare opportunity to apply for unrestricted funding - Bank of Scotland Foundation. There are some considerations though – you must be a registered charity, with at least 3 years of (up to date) accounts, and income between £150,000 and £500,000. If you met this criteria, and work with vulnerable groups, check out the fund this week, closing date is Thursday 15 February. 

Happy Fundraising! 





Children & Young People/Schools

£1 Million Fund to Help Mental Health Charities Improve their Services
The Prudence Trust is making £1 million in funding available to improve the services of registered charities and CICs offering mental health support to young people aged 11-25 across the UK. The aim of this funding is to support charities to better understand how their service works and how it can be improved. It is anticipated that between 5 to 8 grants of various sizes will be awarded. Proposals must demonstrate a clear plan for measuring impact. This could include the design of more effective programmes, demonstrating impact for commissioning, stopping programmes, or aligning services with young people’s needs. The types of costs that can be supported include, salaries, consultancy fees, and training. The fund will be open to expressions of interest from the 05 February 2024 until the 08 March 2024.  Find out more 

Funding to Support the Education of Young People with Physical or Learning Disabilities
Schools, charitable organisations and other groups in Scotland supporting the education of young people under the age of 21 who have a physical or learning disability or who are socially disadvantaged can apply for funding to the John Watson Trust. Previous awards of around £1,000 have been made for items such as dyslexia tuition or books and equipment. For example, Castleview Primary School, Edinburgh received a grant of £1,000 to support field trips and days out for eligible pupils; and Women’s Aid East and mid Lothian received £1,000 towards their summer programme. The next closing date is the 8th March 2024.  Find out more

The Adamson Trust 
The Trust provides financial assistance to help finance holidays, including respite care, for physically and mentally disabled children (aged 3 to 17 years), with preference being given to those locally resident in Scotland. Application forms available on the Trust's website. There are separate forms for individuals and groups. Find out more

Funding to Support Education in Disadvantaged Areas
Grants are available to support schools and registered charities that wish to undertake educational projects with children and young people under the age of 25 in marginalised communities within the UK and internationally. The British & Foreign Schools Society normally makes grants totalling about £900,000 in any one year. For UK projects, the focus is on improving the educational outcomes and life chances of care experienced young people. For international projects, the focus is on improving the quality, sustainability, and access to education for young people in marginalised and deprived communities. Grants for UK projects range between £30,000 and £90,000, and for international projects up to £60,000. There is a two-stage application process. Stage 1 applications can be submitted at any time. Applications shortlisted at this stage will be invited to submit a Stage 2 proposal.  Find out more

Funding for School Climate & Biodiversity Projects
Primary and secondary schools in the UK can apply for grants of up to £3,000 to support projects and activities aimed at addressing climate change and biodiversity issues. The funding is made available through the Royal Society’s Tomorrow's Climate Scientists Programme. This programme is an extension of the Society's Partnership Grants. The primary purpose of the funding is to facilitate the purchase of necessary equipment for these projects. The Partnership Grants scheme operates on an annual basis and follows a two-stage application process. The Partnership Grants scheme operates on an annual basis and follows a two-stage application process. The application window will open in February 2024, with three possible submission deadlines throughout the year. The next deadline for both stage 1 and stage 2 applications is scheduled for the end of April 2024.  Find out more


Ethnic Minority Led Organisations

Ethnic Minority Development Fund (EMDF) 
Organisations interested in applying to the EMDF will be required to submit an application that must do at least one of the following: –   

  • Bring ethnic minority people together and build strong relationships across communities  
  • Help more ethnic minority people to be the best they can be, by supporting them as soon as possible  
  • Improve places and spaces that matter to ethnic minority communities 

Suitable for: Ethnic minority-led third sector organisations  

Funding size: £500 to £15,000  

When does the fund launch this year? Monday 12 February 2024 at 9am 

Application deadline: Monday  15 April 2024 at 11:59pm 

Find out more


Faith Based Organisations

Funding for Christian Charities Promoting Social Inclusion
Grants of up to £12,000 per year are available to Christian Charities that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts. Funding can be awarded for up to three years. The Foundation will consider applications for either capital or revenue funding. Only in exceptional circumstances will grants be given for building work. The funding is being made available through the Anchor Foundation and the next deadline for applications is the 31 July 2024.  Find out more


Fuel/Heating Insecurity

£20 Million Available to Support Vulnerable Households At Risk from Cold Homes
Charities and community energy groups in England, Scotland and Wales can now apply for grants to support vulnerable households most at risk from cold homes and high energy bills, develop innovative products and services related to domestic energy use, or support carbon emissions reduction projects. A total of £14 million is available for grants through four funding streams. The funding is being made available through the Ofgem Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme and is funded by energy companies who have breached Ofgem rules. Before applying, organisations need to pre-register by visiting the Energy Redress registration page. Applications for the sixth funding round close at 5pm on 20 February 2024.  Find out more


Mental Health & Wellbeing 

The Happiness Fund
The Happiness Fund is available to enable and support projects which improve mental health and wellbeing, inclusion, learning and skills development in local communities. Deadline 29 February 2024. Find out more



Funding to Support Classical Music Performance & Training
UK charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to support classical music performance and training especially chamber music, composition and music education. The Radcliffe Trust Music Grants programme generally awards grants in the region of £2,500 to £7,500, and is particularly interested in supporting music for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and projects at secondary and higher levels, including academic research. Applications are considered under eight headings: composition and contemporary music; bursaries for courses and summer schools; music therapy/special needs; academic research/projects; youth orchestras; performance projects; educational projects (excluding mainstream primary and secondary schools); and miscellaneous. The next deadline for applications is 31 July 2024.  Find out more.


Net Zero and Nature

SP Energy Networks Net Zero Fund 
Transmission Net Zero Fund has been established to support vulnerable communities across central and southern Scotland on their journey to net zero. The £5m fund provides guidance and support to enable local communities to achieve their green ambitions. 

Fund Priorities 

  • Enable a Just Transition to Net Zero by supporting vulnerable communities and delivering social, economic and environmental benefits 
  • Focus on net zero measures which save carbon and provide cost reductions  
  • Build Net Zero capacity 
  • Leave a positive Net Zero legacy in the communities we serve 

The second round of funding support will open for expressions of interest on Monday 5 February and will close on Tuesday 5 March.  Find out more


Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund
The Scottish Government is seeing applications to its £65 million Nature Restoration Fund. The fund is available to support organisations that are working to restore wildlife and habitats on land and sea. The Nature Restoration Fund is part of the Scottish Government's commitment to addressing the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. The fund is designed to support projects that will help to reverse the decline of Scotland's natural environment. The Fund has two streams, Helping Nature, for grants of £25,000 to £250,000 and Transforming Nature grants of £250,000 upwards, including development phase funding. All applicants need to submit an Expression of Interest. The next closing date for applications is the 25 April 2024.  Find out more


Older People

£2.8 Million Fund to Boost Financial Advice Services for Older People
Not-for-profit organisations providing advice for elderly people who may be at risk of financial hardship can apply for a share of £2.8 million in funding to increase the capacity of their services. The Independent Age Boosting Advice fund will support organisations to deliver advice for elderly people in priority areas across England, Scotland and Wales to help them access the financial support they are entitled to, such as pension credit, attendance allowance and carers allowance, and to protect them from unfair or unavoidable costs such house repairs and rent increases. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for 3-year grants of between £90,000 (£30,000 per year) and £180,000 (£60,000 per year). Expressions of interest should be submitted by 5pm on  20 February 2024. Find out more


Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Refugee Festival Scotland 2024: TAKE PART! 
This year’s festival runs from 14 to 23 June and there are loads of ways to get involved.  Want to hold an event as part of this year’s festival programme? Registration is now open!  

You can apply for Small Grants funding of up £750 to help cover the cost of your festival event. We’re also looking for volunteers with lived experience of the refugee and asylum system to join our Small Grants panel.   Find out more


Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights
UK-registered charities working to combat human rights abuses can apply for grants of £10,000 to £30,000 per year for up to three years. The funding is available to charities supporting migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, criminal justice reform, and access to justice. The funding is being made available through the AB Charitable Trust and typically makes one-off grants to eligible charities with annual incomes between £150,000 and £1.5 million and limited investments or surpluses. The next application deadline is the 26 April 2024.  Find out more

New Funding Opportunity for the Migration Sector
As part of its new funding strategy, Comic Relief has announced that it will be launching a new fund for organisations that are supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and/or who are doing influencing work for safer routes and improved outcomes for people affected. The opportunity will be for organisations that are already working in this area. Information about the funding and the application process will be made available in February 2024.  Find out more


Unrestricted Funds

New Funding Programme to Support Vulnerable People
In response to the cost-of-living crisis, the Bank of Scotland has launched a new funding programme to improve the quality of life for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people. The Empower Programme will offer three-year unrestricted grants of £150,000 (£50,000 per annum) to help small and local charities continue to provide their vital services, and become more sustainable. The funding can be used towards core costs, delivery costs, project costs and/or general running costs, enabling charities to use their funding in the most effective way. The programme will open to applications from charities with an annual income of between £150,000 and £500,000 at 12pm on the 5th February 2024. The launch of the Empower Fund is part of the Bank of Scotland’s new five year strategy that will see the launch of a number of funding programmes to help meet the needs and aspirations of vulnerable people in Scotland. The closing date for applications will be 12 noon on the 15 February 2024.  Find out more



Funding to Support Members of the Armed Forces and their Families
Armed Forces charities and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £40,000 to support serving armed forces personnel, veterans, operationally qualified seafarers and their immediate families. The Veteran’s Foundation will award funding for projects lasting up to three years to organisations with low to medium income. A range of factors will be considered including the service or item being funded, the number of beneficiaries, the importance of the grant to the applicant organisation, the efficiency of the organisation, need of the beneficiaries and its urgency. The Foundation is introducing a new Grant Making System which is due to go live in mid-September. The next closing date for applications is 23 April 2024.  Find out more



Invest in Renfrewshire External Funding Support Webinar February 2024 
The Invest in Renfrewshire Communities Team host monthly webinars on External Funding Support available for Renfrewshire third sector groups.  The focus will be on the current grant programmes that are open to third sector groups and the type of support available to groups when completing draft funding applications.  The webinar will help assist constituted third sector groups to clearly demonstrate their economic and social benefit, evidence longer term sustainability as well as articulate the impact their proposed projects will have. In addition to this, the monthly webinars also cover wider support available from the Invest in Renfrewshire team including further information on the Invest in Employability programme updates and Business Gateway support. 

Monday 19 February 2024 at 14:00 – 16:00 

To book a space please contact our Funding & Development Officer via Email:  Econdev.community@renfrewshire.gov.uk or Tel: 07974071320.  

Impact, Outcomes and Reporting
Wednesday 06 March
This workshop will help you to put in place effective tools to monitor your project to ensure you are meeting outcomes and demonstrating impact. We will learn the importance of financial reporting and the difference between qualitative and quantitative data, as well as how to collect impactful evidence to showcase your work. Book here

Championing Women in Cybersecurity - Keynote Webinar by Get Safe Online
March 08 2024 is International Women’s Day (IWD 2024), which Get Safe Online plans to mark by organising and hosting a global keynote webinar to champion and celebrate women working in cybersecurity. The hour-long event will showcase women who are making a difference in what has traditionally been a male-dominated sector, by recounting their stories. Our panellists will reflect on the case studies – explaining why they find them inspirational – and explore what further work needs to be done to enable and encourage more women to follow their example with careers in cybersecurity … an industry notorious for a global skills shortage. We would love you to ‘put the date in your diary’ and join us as we hear inspiring women from around the world share their pivotal role in online security.  
Date: Friday 08 March 2024
Time: 2.30pm (GMT)
Register to attend HERE

Intergenerational Connections in a Digital World
Generations Working Together are hosting free workshops on planning digital intergenerational work, called ‘Intergenerational Connections in a Digital World - thinking about digital projects’. There are many benefits to intergenerational events, including reduced loneliness and increase wellbeing, building confidence and enhanced learning for all involved. February is already full booked but there are spaces in the March session still available. The training is on Thursday 14 March 2024, 1:30pm - 3:00pm online, with groups limited to 20 per session, and more may be planned if uptake is high.You can book a space here.

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