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Funding & Training Focus - 13 September


New funding opportunities from Connecting Scotland
Connecting Scotland is welcoming applications for two new funds supporting organisations’ digital inclusion initiatives with devices and connectivity.
Device lending libraries
The device lending libraries programme is open to organisations that are already running device lending libraries. It can help them expand the range of devices and mobile connectivity that they have available, extend the number of devices available for loan or replace devices that are coming to the end of their lives.
Housing providers
The housing programme provides devices and/or connectivity to organisations providing social housing or transitional accommodation. Organisations can apply for devices and connectivity to be used in developing lending schemes and hubs, as well as grants for connectivity infrastructure projects benefitting their residents.
Both programmes are now open for applications and close 27 October 2023. Click here for more information and application details.

Baillie Gifford Community Fund
The fund aims to support local organisations working to address food insecurity and social isolation.  Priority will go to projects benefitting the most vulnerable groups, including children and families on low incomes, veterans, people with disabilities and long-term health conditions and those affected by homelessness.  
We would welcome applications which:

  • Help people to access nutritious food, especially for those on a limited budget, and projects which help people to learn about low-cost meal solutions, to limit food waste and shop smartly. • Provide services and activities which reduce social isolation, including encouraging re-engagement with community activity following the pandemic.
  • Preventative projects which address the root causes of food insecurity and social isolation are of particular interest.  For example, projects which address the underlying issues causing people to face these difficulties such as advocacy or advice services, counselling or mentoring support, or support accessing work and volunteering opportunities.

Please note this fund will prioritise multi-year activities and projects which are sustainable and can demonstrate long-term thinking and a solutions-based approach rather than short-term fixes which will be further reliant on grants to continue.

Please follow this link to register for an application form
Questions you will be asked to answer before starting the form 

Schroder Charity Trust
The Schroder Charity Trust makes grants of up to £5,000 towards core and project costs to charities registered in the UK for work under the following categories:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Education, Training and Employment
  • Strengthening Communities
  • Environment and Conservation
  • Health and Wellbeing

Find out more here

The Robert McAlpine Foundation
The Foundation was established by the family of Sir Robert McAlpine and gives grants to support small charities situated throughout the UK that fall within specific categories:

  • Children
  • Social
  • Elderly
  • Youth
  • Medical Research

They particularly like to support projects where funding can make a real difference.
The Trustees meet annually in November to approve grants. An application must be received no later than 31 August in order for it to be considered for inclusion in the next meeting.
Next deadline: 31 Aug 2024




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/.


Money Counts training for Renfrewshire: Promoting a cash first approach to food insecurity
Wednesday 08 November 11am-12pm
The Renfrewshire 'Worrying About Money?' leaflet is a straightforward resource for people facing financial crisis and support workers to quickly see available cash first support options and which local agencies are best placed to help.
Now more than ever, it is vital that people facing money worries are linked to cash first advice and support at the earliest opportunity. This one-hour online training session is designed for frontline staff and volunteers in Renfrewshire who may have brief conversations with people about their money worries or financial struggles as part of their work.
After the one-hour session you will:

  • be fully aware of the local financial advice and cash first support options currently available in Renfrewshire
  • feel confident about using the Renfrewshire 'Worrying About Money?' leaflet to ask people about wider money worries and guide them to appropriate support
  • understand more about the importance of a 'cash first' approach to growing food insecurity and poverty

Please book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/money-counts-training-for-renfrewshire-online-tickets-715912713197?aff=oddtdtcreator
This training session will be led by Emma Österberg of the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN), and includes input from Citizens Advice Renfrewshire.
You can find out more about 'Worrying About Money?' cash first referral leaflets at www.foodaidnetwork.org.uk/cash-first-leaflets.
If you have any questions about these sessions or if you face any difficulties signing up to attend, then please contact Emma Österberg at emma@foodaidnetwork.org.uk.

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