Engage Newsletters

Keep up to date with Engage Renfrewshire


Funding & Training Focus - 13 December

This week’s newsletter has such a mix it was difficult to put everything into defined headers, that said, for those working in music and arts, or for those looking to improve sports facilities, there are a couple of opportunities worth noting.
Please also take a look at the miscellaneous heading, there is quite an assortment there for project work. Information Renfrewshire Councils ‘Sustainable Communities Fund’ is under this heading. The fund can be used for a variety of projects, including revenue and capital expenditure. Round 2 of this funding closes on 31 January 2024.
Anyone looking for support with funding plans for 2024 activity, please get in touch with Jane - jhamilton@engagerenfrewshire.com


Music and Arts

Music for All’s Funding Round 4 is now open to applications 
Music for All are delighted to be able to offer grants of up to £2,150 financial awards as well as donations of instruments. Application deadline: Quarterly (next deadline 18 December 2023). Find out more here 

Funding to Promote Excellence in the Arts
Arts organisations across the UK can apply for grants of up to £3,000 to deliver projects that demonstrate and deliver excellence in the arts. The funding is made available by the Golsoncott Foundation, an arts-funding trust whose objective is to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts, particularly the fine arts and music. The trustees meet four times a year. The deadline for the next meeting is 10 February 2024. However, the fund may close early if the application limit has been reached. Find out more

Music Fund for People Living with Dementia
Local music and dementia groups, including choirs, can apply for funding to deliver music activities for people living with dementia and their carers. The Power of Music Fund, established by the National Academy for Social Prescribing and the Utley Foundation, supports projects that make a difference to people’s physical and mental health through the power of music. Multi-year grants of either £1,000 or £2,000 per year are available to cover costs such as travel, room hire, refreshment or administration costs. There will also be one larger grant of £500,000 for a Centre of Excellence. The closing date for applications is 22 December 2023. Find out more


See Me Anti-Stigma Arts Fund 2024

Got a great idea for an arts project to tackle mental health stigma? See Me wants to hear from you.

See Me, Scotland’s programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination, has launched its Anti-Stigma Arts Fund for the third year.

The Anti-Stigma Arts Fund works to give groups or organisations the backing to create arts projects in any medium that tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available.

The project can be based anywhere in Scotland and can be carried out at any time before December 2024. The deadline to apply, using the application form on the See Me website, is midnight on Sunday 21 January.

Find out more about the fund, and how to apply, on the See Me website.


Sport Facilities

Funding to Develop Indoor Tennis Facilities 
A total of £15 million has been allocated to invest into Scottish indoor tennis facilities over the course of the next 10 years. Priority for funding will initially be given to transformational projects which involve a minimum of 3 indoor courts and are located in six areas: Dumfries & Galloway; Dundee; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Highland and the Scottish Borders. Funding of up to 66% of total project costs is available up to a maximum of £250,000 per court. Grants will be available through a series of funding rounds each year. The funding is being made available through sportscotland's Transforming Scottish Indoor Tennis Fund and the next closing date for submitting a Stage 1 application Form is 01 March 2024.  Find out more

Funding for the Provision or Upgrading of Sports Facilities
Organisations such as local authorities, schools, area sports associations, sports trusts and charities; etc can apply for funding of up to £200,000 to improve their sports facilities. In areas of high deprivation, the maximum grant can be £250,000 (up to 75% of project costs). Grants are available to help with the provision or upgrading of sports facilities for the public good and that benefit the community. Priority will be given to projects which focus on increasing participation within underrepresented groups in sport such as young people, women and girls, disabled people or those from deprived communities. The next closing date for applications is 01 April 2024. Find out more



Grants of up to £3,000 Available for Schools Science Projects
Grants of up to £3,000 are available to primary and secondary schools to support the teaching of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The grants are made available through the Royal Society’s Partnership Grant scheme. The scheme aims to enhance science education by encouraging collaboration between schools and professional scientists or engineers. Eligible applicants include primary and secondary school teachers as well as practicing scientists or engineers. Projects must involve students between the ages of 5 and 18. Additionally, the scheme includes an extension called "Tomorrow's Climate Scientists," which funds research on climate change and biodiversity. The Partnership Grants scheme is an annual funding round. There is a two-stage application process. The application process opens in February each year and there are three possible submission deadlines across the year.  The next deadline for both stage 1 and 2 applications is at the end of April 2024. Find out more



Grants to Support Serving Soldiers, Veterans & their Families
Charities and organisations that provide support to soldiers, veterans, and their immediate families can apply for funding from the Army Benevolent Fund. A variety of projects and activities can be funded, including mental health support, educational programmes and employment assistance, family support, housing assistance, independent living, and elderly care. This might include helping wounded soldiers to adapt to life after service, assisting elderly veterans to keep their independence, or supporting soldiers to embark on new careers. Up to 100 charities are normally funded each year, with grant amounts varying depending on the project or activity being proposed. Priority is given to member organisations of the Confederation of Service Charities or Veterans Scotland. The next closing date is 11 January 2024. Find out more



Funding to Encourage Conversations Around Democracy 
Charities and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £300 to host conversations around democracy. The funding is made available through phase two of the Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund, which aims to gather the views of people across Scotland on how local democracy can be made more inclusive, particularly for marginalised communities. Grants can be used to cover the costs of holding these conversations which can be in the form of community events, meetings or gatherings held in person or online. Costs might include venue hire, catering, and travel expenses. The Fund is managed by Impact Funding Partners on behalf of the Scottish Government and COSLA. The closing date for applications is 26 January 2024. Find out more

Funding for Solutions to Tackle Hazards on National Highways Roads
Grants of up to £90,000 are available for UK registered small and medium-sized enterprises to support the development of innovative solutions to help protect road users in England from hazards. The National Highways Hazard Protection On Roads Accelerator will award funding for the development of technologies, products or services that help to address five challenge areas. The programme will run in two stages: in the first stage, up to ten SMEs will be selected to work with National Highways and others to design trials; in the second stage, approximately five SMEs will be awarded funding to deliver their trials over a five-month period. SMEs will also receive a bespoke programme of business support. The closing date for applications is 31 December 2023.  Find out more

Grants for Access to Legal Advice for Disabled People
Not-for-profit organisations providing legal advice and representation for disabled people across the UK can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to increase the capacity of their services.  The Three Guineas Trust will award a total of £1.5 million in funding to support organisations to increase their capacity to deliver advice and advocacy for disabled people on: 

  • benefits and debt 
  • housing and homelessness 
  • community care 
  • personal liberty 
  • equal access to goods and services 

Grants can run for 1-3 years, and there are no restrictions on what resources the funding can be used to pay for. 

Local networks of organisations can apply. Organisations should contact the Trust for an application form and guidance notes on grantmaking@threeguineastrust.org.uk 

The closing date for applications is 12 January 2024. 

Funding for Financial Life Skills Projects
The MSE Charity, which supports the development of financial skills for adults facing life-altering transitions, has announced the reopening of its next funding round on the 15 January 2024. 

This funding round will prioritise projects that empower adults impacted by life-changing transitions, including dementia, autism, learning difficulties, disabilities, caring responsibilities, mental illness, brain injuries, and stroke. 

Grants of up to £7,500 will be available to qualified non-profit organisations with an annual income of up to £750,000 and less than six months of free reserves. 

The funding round will close once 40 applications have been accepted or by 16 February 2024, whichever comes first. 


Sustainable Communities Fund
The Sustainable Communities Fund aims to support local people to develop sustainable projects that will promote or improve community collaboration, health and wellbeing, local spaces, economic development, biodiversity and the environment.

We are looking for projects and ideas that will:

  • tackle issues like isolation, food insecurity, healthy eating, health inequalities and fuel poverty
  • improve public health and access to services, green spaces and social activities
  • develop or regenerate community assets and infrastructure
  • increase accessibility and inclusivity to services and places and participation in activities
  • act on climate change.

Potential projects could include:

  • equipment for community initiatives like bike repairs, tools for hire or community kitchens
  • enhancements to local biodiversity through planting projects, growing grounds or community gardens
  • infrastructure or equipment to improve or restore community spaces
  • small scale sustainable travel and renewable energy projects
  • restoration or development of a building, unoccupied shop or premises
  • looking into community asset transfers
  • recruitment, training and retention of volunteers.

Apply for the Sustainable Communities Fund




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

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


SAMH Mental Health Training
January to 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.


Lead the Change
08 February 2024
Be part of the world’s biggest reciprocal mentoring forum with the REM community! We know that leadership buy-in, commitment, and drive are crucial to tackling inequality in the workplace, especially racial inequality. Without it, it won’t happen. This event will be the first of its kind. We are bringing together hundreds of leaders and changemakers from across sectors. Find out more

Funded CPD Sessions 
Third Sector Interface and Youthwork 
We have taken into account the wider Scottish Curriculum Framework and recognise that positive pathways for young people are not always based in schools.  There is a great amount of youthwork through programmes, and SES are offering our CLPL sessions to Third Sector Interfaces and organisations who work with young people.  If you are an organisation providing pathways for young people and would like to take advantage of our Free CLPL session, please email for free tailored support and resources.
Enterprise and Learning for Sustainability
Explore the opportunities available that are both sustainable and enterprising, building partnerships and networks for community engagement and citizenship, and providing opportunities that add value to the economy, society and the environment.
Book here

Was this helpful?
This will help us improve this site.