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Funding & Training Focus - 09 August


Renfrewshire Whole Family Wellbeing Fund Now Open 

The Scottish Government has provided an amount of Whole Family Wellbeing Funding to the Renfrewshire Children’s Services Partnership to build local capacity for transformational system change and to scale up and drive the delivery of holistic whole family support services.
The key aims of the Whole Family Wellbeing fund are to:

  • support the whole system transformational change required to reduce the need for crisis  intervention
  • shift investment towards prevention and early intervention

Fund 1 Community Grassroots: maximum of £50k with bids being accepted between £500 - £5k
Fund 2 Community Step-Change: maximum of £200k with bids being accepted up to £50k
Grant funding must be spent by the end of March 2025.
Applications will be open until 29th August and can be made using an online application process. If you need a paper copy or any support to make an application, please get in touch.

The online application form can be found here https://forms.office.com/e/Npt0tUsJtX
Full guidance can be found here

Supporting people in hardship
Organisations at the frontline of helping people facing poverty and hardship can now apply for a share of government funding to help tackle food insecurity.

The £1.6 million Cash-First Fund is aimed at public sector and third sector partnerships to deliver cash grants for food and other essentials, helping to reduce the need for food parcels.

Up to £200,000 will be made available to partnerships including community food initiatives, local authority teams, and money advice services. Find out more here

Engage IN-Ren Black History Month Awards 2023

Does your organisation or group have an idea for an event or an activity to help celebrate Black History Month and promote ant-racism in October?

Every year October marks Black History Month (BHM) in Scotland and across the UK. BHM is a celebration which recognises the achievements and contributions of people of diverse heritage around the world, and remains a powerful symbolic celebration and a time for acknowledgement, reflection, and inspiration. 

IN-Ren would like to increase anti-racism and integration activity in Renfrewshire by making small awards of up to £500, to local organisations/groups to support and encourage activity that celebrates BHM during October 2023.

Applications are encouraged from voluntary, ‘not for profit’ organisations, associations, groups and clubs or consortiums/partnerships which have a strong community focus for their activities.

Closing date for application forms is 5pm, 18 August 2023

For more Information contact info@engagerenfrewshire.com or call 0141 887 7707.

Renfrewshire Employability Grant Programme: Delivery Period August 2023 March 2024 (Round 2) 

The aim of this grant programme is to support people to move towards, into and within work. To do this, we need to help local people to develop the skills and confidence employers are looking for. But to reach those people, we all need to work together at a local level to provide the best possible services to those who need them most.

In this round we are looking for organisations who don’t necessarily have a strong employability focus/remit. This includes the mental health support and the light touch work with young people and people with criminal convictions.

Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Local Action Group (GRI LAG) – Community Led Local Development (CLLD) Fund - Small Grants Scheme 2023/24 and Capital Grants Scheme 2023/24

The GRI LAG Coordinator can be contacted for guidance prior to and throughout all stages of the application process by emailing keren.ferguson@renfrewshire.gov.uk

When applicants have assured themselves that their proposed project meets the criteria, they should complete an expression of interest form and submit to keren.ferguson@renfrewshire.gov.uk
Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) before applying.  An application form will be sent to you if your EOI is approved. Deadlines for applications is 08 September 2023 and decisions will be made on 27 September 2023. Approved projects must be completed, and all funding claimed by 01 March 2024.

Freelands Foundation Autumn 2023 Fund
Freelands Foundation works to broaden access to art education and the visual arts across the UK. The Autumn 2023 Fund looks to support organisations delivering bold and innovative projects that build collaborative relationships between schools and visual art organisations. We are looking for projects that centre teachers in creative approaches to art education that inspire and engage young people. Find out more here

Foundation Scotland - Investing in Enterprise Fund

The Investing in Enterprise Fund offers blended grant and loan investment to social enterprises, community organisations and charities working within the 13 eligible areas. The investment can be used for:

  • Working capital
  • Acquisition of assets
  • Business growth
  • Capital expenditure

Investments made by this fund must demonstrate that they meet our social investment charitable objectives, which are:

  • To prevent and/or relieve poverty among those living in Scotland
  • To advance community development, and urban and rural regeneration, in Scotland
  • To advance education in Scotland

Find out more here

CORRA Foundation
Boost Fund
Small grants programme for organisations supporting children and families in their local communities.

Henry Duncan Grants
Funding to increase opportunities for Deaf/Disabled People and / or people living with long term conditions.



Writing Successful Funding Applications - 17 August
This informal, in-person, workshop 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 your place here

Impact, Outcomes and Reporting - 14 September 
T´╗┐his 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 your place here

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