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Funding & Training Focus - 08 November

Funding and Training Focus

Good morning,
This week’s funding highlight covers a range of activities and target groups, I hope you find something useful for your organisation.
We always recommend that you contact the funder to discuss your application before you start working on it. This will help you to establish a relationship with the Fund Manager who can give you advice on what they are looking for in applications. You can also get support from us to help you develop your project proposal and develop your application.

If you have any suggestions on how you would like this newsletter to look, or what information you would like to see, please contact Jane hamilton – jhamilton@engagerenfrewshire.com


Winter Activity

Renfrewshire Council’s Winter Connections programme encourages people to come together this winter to take part in activities that will improve health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and provide people with advice and support if they need it.  

There is £85,000 of funding available for the Winter Connections programme. The Fund opens on Friday 22 September 2023 and Local community and voluntary organisations based in Renfrewshire can apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to run or expand a free activity. (This could be increased if you are co-ordinating several events in partnership with a range of local groups). 

Renfrewshire Council wants Winter Connections activities to be available in every neighbourhood in Renfrewshire, available at different times and for residents of all ages. Applications that will run activities during the festive period are also welcomed. 

You can apply online for the Winter Connections Fund and all details about the fund, the guidance on what types of activities are eligible, how decisions on funding will be made and much more is here https://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/12902/Apply-for-the-Winter-Connections-Fund


Children and Families

Woodward Charitable Trust - General Fund 

Fund projects that help families and young people and that are aiming to improve the life chances of the beneficiaries. They prefer projects that promote community cohesion and the development of skills that will change the outlook and outcomes for the users. Organisations that promote volunteering and involve both past and present users in their delivery are encouraged. 

They are looking for organisations which aim to achieve a positive impact in at least one of the following areas: 

  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour. 
  • Disadvantaged families 
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoner’s families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release. 

The Trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives and most grants are only for one year.  Application form and guidance on the Trust's website


Creative Arts and Music

£250,000 Fund to Decarbonise the Creative Industries
A new £250,000 fund has been launched to help decarbonise the creative industries.  Delivered by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, the Creative Catalyst Challenge Fund will support businesses in the creative industries to research and develop new technologies and processes for decarbonising or reducing waste. The deadline for applications is 12pm on 27 November 2023. Find out more

Music for All - Community Project Funding 
At the Music For All Charity they believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to play music. They make grants available to address the musical needs of community music groups and educational organisations.  They support projects and initiatives taking place throughout the UK that all aim to bring music to their community and would benefit from a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in becoming truly sustainable music programmes. Grants are available under a number of different categories, each with their own criteria and award amounts. See the Music for All website for full details of these.  Apply online via the Music for All website.

The Henry Moore Foundation
The Foundation supports the growth and development of sculpture through its Grants programme. They fund in the following categories: New Projects, Collections, Research and Development, Fellowships, Conferences. Next deadline 01 December 2023. Find out more

Net Zero and Environmental

Funding for Community-Led Tree Planting Projects
Schools, community groups and non-governmental organisations within the UK can apply for grants for community-led tree-planting projects. 
Through the UK Community Tree Planting Programme, the International Tree Foundation aims to conserve, restore and protect the UK’s native species whilst raising community awareness of the importance of trees and forests to both the environment and human well-being. 

There are two tiers of funding available: 

  • Small scale: A maximum of £1,000 is available for projects of up to 1 year in duration. This could be small community woodland, orchards, hedging projects, etc. 
  • · Larger scale: Projects to range from 1000 – 10,000 trees, with a maximum price equivalent to £1.50/tree (inclusive of tree protection). Most suitable for community woodland or hedging projects 

Trees must be planted in public / publicly accessible spaces: sites that are readily accessible to the public, including schools, parks, rights of way, and sites managed by community groups. Applications can be submitted at any time until  01 December 2023. Find out more


The Big Give - The Green Match Fund
The Green Match Fund is a match funding campaign for charities which are working on environmental issues. Each participating charity will be awarded a ring-fenced amount of match funding which will be used to match public donations. Next deadline 16 January 2024. Find out more

Community Funding

National Centre for Resilience Community Councils Fund 
Funding for Community Councils to develop local resilience plans that address potential natural hazards such as heavy snow, landslides, high winds, and other disruptive events and subsequently enhance their local community preparedness and response to natural hazards. Full guidance and an application form can be downloaded from the fund website.

National Centre for Resilience Third Sector, Community & Practice Fund 
The primary objective of this funding call is to empower community groups and third-sector organisations to develop and implement projects that enhance resilience to natural hazards within their specific communities.  They will support 12-month projects that that not only address immediate vulnerabilities but also consider the broader context of community well-being. 

Projects should address one or more of the following key areas: 

  1. Community-Led Risk Assessment: Develop initiatives that engage the community in a comprehensive assessment of local natural hazards, vulnerabilities, exposures and risks. 
  1. Place-Based Resilience Planning: Support projects that facilitate the development of community-specific resilience plans that consider the unique characteristics, resources, and cultural aspects of the local area. 
  1. Collaboration and Networking: Encourage community groups to form partnerships with local government agencies, emergency services, educational institutions, and other stakeholders to create collaborative networks that strengthen overall resilience. 
  1. Knowledge Sharing and Replicability: Emphasise the development of project frameworks, documentation, and best practices that can be shared with other communities across Scotland, enabling them to replicate successful approaches. 

Full guidance and the application form are available to download from the Fund website


Building Works - Churches

Grants for Urgent Maintenance Works & Small Repairs to Churches
Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available to churches across the UK requiring urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection, Building Survey or Condition Report. The funding will enable listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, to investigate or address small problems and control building deterioration. This could include improvements to rainwater systems; removing vegetation growth from buildings; replacing gutter systems; addressing lost, damaged or slipped roof tiles; internal repairs to ceilings and walls; and electrical work. Project costs should be up to £20,000 incl. VAT and awards will never exceed 50% of the costs. The funding is made available through the National Churches Trust Small Grants Programme, which will accept applications until midnight on 29 February 2024. Find out more  


Youth Work 

Funding to Encourage Volunteering Amongst Young People
Grants of up to £500 are available to individuals or groups of young people aged 30 or under who aim to make a difference through volunteering or community service. 
The funding is made available through the Alec Dickson Trust and prioritises projects that involve many volunteers, address specific needs of disadvantaged communities and individuals, and are innovative and sustainable. 
The Trust is looking for projects that identify a specific need, and propose to carry out activities that will clearly help to address this need and are long-lasting and sustainable as possible. 
The deadline for submissions is midnight on the 13 November 2023. 
Find out more

Grants to Improve Health, Social Welfare & Employment Opportunities for Young People

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to charities and community groups working to improve the health and social welfare of, and offer training and employment opportunities to disadvantaged young people up to the age of 25 in Scotland. 

The Essentia Foundation is looking for projects that: 

  • Support the participation in mainstream society for individuals with learning disabilities or long-term life limiting health conditions 
  • Support young people who face long-term challenges living in poverty and inequality. 
  • Support those who have been excluded from school to access or return to education or training opportunities 
  • Provide skills and training to those who are furthest from the labour market 
  • Aim to improve the health and welfare of children and young people (being those under 25 

Around £60,000 in funding is available for this round. The fund is open to organisations with an annual income of under £250,000. The closing date for applications is 30 November 2023. Find out more


Funding for Youth Groups in Rural Areas 
Youth groups operating in Scottish rural communities can apply for grants of between £100 and £750 to provide more and/or better youth work opportunities for young people. The funding is being made available in response to the challenges that rural youth groups are facing in funding the delivery of community-based youth work. The funding is provided through the Youth Scotland Rural Action Fund, and is supported by the Gannochy Trust. The next deadline for applications is 12pm on 24 November 2023. Find out more



The Fund has a strong focus on prevention and early intervention and aims to support grass roots community groups in tackling mental health inequalities and address priority issues of social isolation and loneliness, suicide prevention and tackling poverty and inequality. There will be a continued emphasis in Year 3 on responding to the cost of living crisis and on those facing socio-economic disadvantage.

The overarching aim of the Fund is to:

Support community based initiatives that promote and develop good mental health and wellbeing and/or mitigate and protect against the impact of distress and mental ill health within the adult population (aged 16 or over), with a particular focus on prevention and early intervention.

Applications close on 24 November 2023. 

Find out more and apply here



Introduction to Mental Health Awareness
Friday 1 December, 9.30am – 12.30pm
RAMH HQ, 41 Blackstoun Road, Paisley, PA3 1LU
 The Let's Talk About Mental Health Awareness training raises awareness of ill-mental health. It will increase understanding of mental health conditions and of self-mental health. Delivered by RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health). If you would like to find out more about it or register for a place, please contact: James McGuire - james.mcguire@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Capability Development Training for community-led organisations - 28 November
Dunhill Medical Trust is partnering with the team at Moore Kingston Smith Non-Profit Advisory and the University of Birmingham’s School of Social Policy to deliver high quality training as part of a Capability Development Scheme. The training forms an integral part of the Trust’s Academy offering for community-facing organisations.  The Academy aims to bring community-facing organisations together with academic and clinical researchers and other experts in the field to improve organisational resilience and effectiveness and help to deliver evidence-informed systemic change.

The programme is aimed particularly at community-facing organisations working to support older people to thrive in safe, healthy and well-connected homes and communities. Free of charge, it will be delivered principally via a series of webinars: Focusing on Impact, Creating Financial Sustainability, Research Capacity and Effectiveness and Re-Imaging Organisations and Design Thinking. These will be supplemented by downloadable videos exploring related topics in more detail. All of the material, including the webinar content, will be available via the Academy webpages, allowing you to access it at a time convenient to you.

Our first webinar - which will be on Impact - will take place on November 28. This webinar will be run by Karl Leathem, from Moore Kingston Smith Non-Profit Advisory who has worked with hundreds of community-facing organisations over twenty-five years, assisting them with evaluating and communicating social impact.
For more information click here. Or email sarah.allport@dunhillmedical.org.uk to book a place.


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