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Funding & Training Focus - 16 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

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.

Renfrewshire Council’s Community Food Fund
A new round of Renfrewshire Council’s Community Food Fund opens on Monday 14th August. This fund is for organisations who are developing or running projects providing food to Renfrewshire’s communities.
The full value of the fund is £25,000 and you can apply for grants of up to £4,000.  It is anticipated that the fund will be oversubscribed and partial awards may be made. Please do not apply for more than you need for your project.
The guidance for the fund is attached, which details what can be funded, who can apply, how to apply and the decision making process.
The fund will close at noon on the 28 August with applications being assessed very soon after this. Please ensure that if you are applying, we have your application by this time.
Organisations who are thinking of applying for this funding should consider the Fair Work First Guidance. The current guidance stipulates that from 01/07/2023 all organisations receiving Public Sector Grants should be paying staff at least the Real Living Wage and providing effective channels for employee voice.
Information and a link to the application form is here https://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/community-food-fund and the form should be returned to tacklingpoverty@renfrewshire.gov.uk . Any queries about the fund can be directed to the same email address.


The William Syson Foundation

The organisation's objectives are: - the advancement of the arts, heritage and culture, including (but not restricted to) promoting, developing and ensuring the practice and enjoyment of the arts, including music, the visual arts, theatre and literature as the directors in their absolute and uncontrolled discretion think fit; - without prejudice to the forgoing generality, the charity will have a particular focus on Scottish organisations and individuals resident in Scotland. Applications can be submitted for support for core costs and arts-related projects. Previous categories of awards have included; Music, Combined Arts, Drama & Theatre, Arts, Film, Dance, Literature and Sculpture.

Next deadline: 15 September 2023

The William Syson Foundation


Athletics Trust Scotland - Transforming Lives Fund

News: Small grants are available for organisations that support those in the athletics or running who are in need, for reasons of age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

Summary: Funding for organisations that support underrepresented groups in athletics and running.

Next deadline: 11 September 2023

Athletics Trust Scotland


The Alec Dickson Trust

Summary: The Trust supports young people who are able to demonstrate that through volunteering or community service they can enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society.

Next deadline: 30 August 2023

The Alec Dickson Trust


Supporting people in hardship - Access to cash in a crisis

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.

Cash-First Fund: form and guidance

Public and third sector partnerships are invited to apply to the Cash-First Fund by 5pm on Friday 1 September.

Up to eight successful partnerships will each be provided with up to £200,000 over two years to deliver activities that improve urgent local access to cash in a crisis.

Scotland is the first nation in the UK to publish a plan towards ending the need for food banks, and this ambition is shared by food bank networks.


Climate Engagement Fund
Fund aims to build understanding of the climate emergency across communities, by offering support for climate engagement activities.

The Climate Engagement Fund (CEF) aims to build understanding of the climate emergency across communities in Scotland, both geographic and communities of interest, by offering support for climate engagement activities.

The total value of the CEF is £550,000. Bidders can request between £50,000 and £100,000 in total for larger scale engagement projects.
We are interested in both local and national climate change engagement projects, and we encourage bids from new-to-climate organisations as well as those well experienced with climate engagement or with projects already in train.

To apply to the Climate Engagement Fund you should:

  1. Complete the application form from the supporting document of this guide.
  2. Email the completed form to climatechangeengagement@gov.scot with the subject line ‘Climate Engagement Fund bid’ by midday on 1 September 2023.

Contact us at the email address above if you need the form provided in an alternative format for accessibility reasons.


Greater Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Local Action Group (GRI LAG)
GRI LAG has around £130K to allocate via a Capital Grants Scheme for applications between £10,000 - £25,000 for projects which can help address at least one of the current Scottish Government spending priorities, these are: 

  • Helping families and services through the cost-of-living crisis
  • Eradicating child poverty
  • Transforming the economy to deliver net zero
  • Creating sustainable public services

 All projects must also assist in the delivery of at least one GRI LAG priority:

  • Encourage and support rural communities and villages
  • Address climate change
  • Increase and sustain local rural businesses, micro businesses and social enterprises
  • Address inclusion, diversity and equality and rural poverty issues (including child poverty, food security and support for working families)
  • Create specific opportunities for young people
  • Foster partnership working

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

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




ACHWS Creative Health Conversations: Building Healthy Communities - 22 August
Online conversation about the role of arts and collaboration in building healthy communities. Tuesday 22 August, 10.30 – 11.30am
Places can be booked here

‘Who Creates the Story?’: Tackling mental health stigma through creative approaches - 4 September
See Me are delighted to invite you to a free day all-day Creative Learning Event on Monday 04 September, 9.30-5pm at The Boardwalk (105 Brunswick St, G1 1TF). Please use this link to sign up to attend Who Creates the Story?

Creative approaches are vital to anti-stigma work, offering different tools for people to share, engage and connect. This is particularly important when we consider how we make sure our work engages communities across Scotland, taking an intersectional approach to our understanding of stigma.

We would like this event to be accessible and comfortable for attendees. If there is anything that would make it easier for you to attend, please get in touch with Maeve.Grindall@seemescotland.org.

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

An introduction to Race and Equity Issues - 11 October
This in person, one-day workshop aims to enable participants to:

  • develop a shared understanding of the systematic way racism is maintained and perpetuated and the impact on feelings, behaviour and relationships at work (participants will be asked to draw parallels with other ‘isms’ as well as be conscious of the added complexities of intersectionality); and
  • consider ways to use their own influence to challenge racism and promote a culture of inclusion both internally and with external partners and stakeholders.

The workshop will include sessions on the following:

  • The systematic nature of racism
  • The impact of power inequalities on individuals, behaviour and relationships
  • Unconscious bias and cognitive dissonance
  • Equity issues and good practice (regarding communication styles and language)
  • Sources of power and the use of personal power
  • 4 steps to creating an inclusive culture

Book here

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