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Funding & Training Focus - 19 July

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 Multiply Third Sector Grant Fund – now open 
The aim of this exciting new grants programme is to increase adult numeracy in Renfrewshire by supporting adult learners (age 19yrs +) to improve their understanding and use of numeracy/maths in their daily lives, at home and at work.  Grants are now available for local third sector organisations to deliver eligible project activities up to March 2025. Application deadline Wednesday 26 July 5pm. For more information, guidance notes and application form please contact the Multiply Officer, Sandra Brown on 07811054565 or by email Sandra.brown@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Wee Grants for Wee Groups
Small charities and constituted community groups with an income of below £25,000 per year can apply for grants of between £300 and £2,000 for projects that address the impact of poverty and/or trauma on people and communities in Scotland. To be eligible, projects need to focus on tackling financial and material effects of poverty; promoting wellbeing through befriending, mental health support and other social activities; and providing people with learning and skills pathways such as tutoring projects, training, ESOL classes, digital skills and support for people looking for work. The funding is being made available through the Robertson Trust’s Wee Grants for Wee Groups programme and applications can be submitted at any time. Find out more

Bentley Motors - Advancing Life Chances Small Grants Programme
Provides grants to support charitable organisations working with vulnerable, disadvantaged or under-represented communities. Closes 22 September 2023. Find out more

GSK Impact Awards
The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding and training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people's health and wellbeing. They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King's Fund. Closes 01 September 2023. Find out more

Heart Research UK - HRUK & Subway Healthy Hearts Grants
Funding is available for new community projects working with adults, that focus on promoting healthy hearts and reducing the risk factors associated with heart diseases. Closes 02 August 2023. Find out more

Arts-Based Learning Fund
Not for profit organisations and charities that are working with schools, colleges and other formal education settings can apply for grants of between £30,000 and £400,000 to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people through high quality arts-based learning activities. Projects can last for two to three years. The funding is being made available through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Arts-based Learning Fund. The Foundation is particularly interested in funding work for the benefit of primary-age children and work taking place in areas of social and economic deprivation and inequality outside of London. There are no deadlines and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Find out more

Funding to Enhance the Understanding of Ukranian Culture Across Europe
The war in Ukraine has fostered increased solidarity towards Ukraine within Europe. Now that Ukraine is a confirmed EU candidate country, there is an opportunity for the Ukrainian cultural sector to further build and develop relationships with other European countries. Building on the success of last year's edition, the Culture of Solidarity Fund is launching another special call to promote Ukrainian culture across Europe. The call is open to EUNIC clusters in any of the 46 Council of Europe member states, including the UK, and their local cultural partners. Funding of up to €15,000 is available for short- and mid-term actions and events that enhance the visibility, knowledge, awareness, and participation of Ukrainian art and culture. The aim is to deepen and strengthen connections between Ukrainian and European cultural actors and institutions while also raising awareness of the situation in Ukraine resulting from the war. This will be achieved through artistic and cultural presentations that stimulate debate and discussion. The submission deadline for this call is 1pm 05 September 2023 CEST. Find out more

Funding to Help Create a Fair & Sustainable Economy
Charities, social enterprises, and private companies can apply for funding for projects and activities that help to create fairness and sustainability in the economy. The funding is being made available through the Friends Provident Foundation’s 4D Economy Grants to support the development of new economic ideas and approaches that push for and create a more just and sustainable economy based on the four D’s : Diversified; Decarbonised; Democratised; Decentralised. Most grants will be in the region of £50,000 - £75,000 and are available to support project and/or core funding. The Foundation operates a rolling application process, with four review points across the year. The next cut off date is 09 October 2023. Small grants of up to £10,000 are also available to develop the ideas of under-resourced or newer entrants to economic systems change work. Applications for small grants can be submitted at any time. Find out more

Funding to Turn Ideas into Positive Change
Grants of up to £500 are available to individuals in Scotland aged 16-26 looking to make a positive change to the issues that matter to them. The funding can be used by individuals to get their idea up and running and will help cover some of those costs. In addition, business support is available for those who decide to turn their idea into a business. The funding is being made available through the Pounds for Purpose grants programme and to be eligible the idea must primarily be for the benefit of people or communities within Scotland. Applications can be submitted at any time. Find out more

Tesco Stronger Starts Programme Opens for Applications
Tesco is introducing a £5 million grant programme to give children across the UK a stronger start in life. The grants will help schools and children’s groups provide nutritious food and healthy activities that support young people’s physical health and mental wellbeing, such as breakfast clubs or snacks, and equipment for healthy activities. The grants will help schools and children’s groups provide nutritious food and healthy activities that support young people’s physical health and mental wellbeing, such as breakfast clubs or snacks, and equipment for healthy activities. Every three months, three local good causes/ projects are selected to be in the blue token customer vote in Tesco stores throughout the UK.  Grants will be awarded depending on the number of votes their project receives. The programme will give priority to projects that provide food security and support to young people. Tesco Stronger Starts Grants is managed by Groundwork across the UK and is working with greenspace Scotland to support applicants in Scotland. Find out more

Grants of up to £5 Million Available to Foster Stronger Community Connections
The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new grant scheme, the UK Fund, to support projects that help communities come together and make the UK a better-connected society. The fund is open to UK-based organisations and offers grants of £500,000 to £5 million. Projects can run for up to 10 years. The fund is looking to support projects that strengthen relationships between people, create connections between online and offline worlds, and help people from all backgrounds shape the future of their communities. Projects must demonstrate that they have the potential to benefit communities across the UK, scale their impact, and focus on equity. There is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time. Find out more



Volunteering - A Human Rights and Equalities First Approach - 26 July 
This session explores, and will help you embed, a human rights and equalities approach to the development and culture of volunteering programmes, and to volunteer recruitment. The course will be especially relevant for you if you are responsible for a volunteering programme, or you work with volunteers.  Find out more on our Volunteering Course page, and register to attend on Eventbrite.

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



RenZero Community Conversation: Help to shape Renfrewshire's Plan for Net Zero
We want to ensure the next stage of the Plan for Net Zero builds on the 5 key themes and identifies opportunities and solutions shaped by community priorities and ideas and feedback of communities across Renfrewshire. This will ensure a just transition to net zero that sets out to tackle the cost of living crisis and climate emergency hand in hand, working together to transform local areas and bring local benefits and opportunities for all. Join the conversation - Please click on this link to complete the survey https://forms.microsoft.com/e/HGgDT8LFXA

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