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Funding & Training Focus - 20 December

Welcome to the last Funding Focus of 2023.

Most of the funds listed close mid / end January so, for those looking to submit, you should have time to work on your proposal after a well-earned break.

On that note, we would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a wonderful winter holiday. We look forward to supporting you in all your development plans for 2024.



Animal Welfare

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust  

Charities registered in the UK and working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally can apply for grants of up to £35,000. Organisations involved with the conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding supports general running costs or capital purchases. The Trust encourages repeat applications from charities when further financial support might be given if funds allow.  

The next closing date for applications is the 10 January 2024. For more info: Home - Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust 


Children and Young People

The 7stars Foundation  
The 7stars Foundation is offering grants of up to £2,500 to registered charities in the UK that support challenged and vulnerable young people under the age of 16. These grants are specifically designed to aid projects that empower young people who are surviving abuse, coping with addiction, facing the risk of homelessness, or serving as young carers for loved ones. The grants are available to registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £1.5 million. Additionally, the Foundation provides grants for charities to purchase educational, wellbeing, or recreational items for young people. Further, the Foundation offers grants of up to £500 to individuals represented by a safeguarding, legal, social, or outreach professional.  The next closing date for applications is  31 January 2024. Project Funding - the7stars foundation 

Youth Scotland 
Youth Scotland, a national youth charity, has announced the launch of the Safe Spaces Youth Work Fund to support youth groups working with young people at risk or who have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). The fund will provide grants of up to £2,000 to enable youth groups to deliver innovative and effective youth work programmes and create safe spaces for young people. The fund aims to address the specific challenges faced by youth groups in preventing and alleviating harm to children and young people. The Safe Spaces Youth Work Fund is open to Youth Scotland member youth groups based in Scotland that work with young people aged 5 to 25 years old. Projects should aim to enhance existing provision, try new approaches, or increase capacity to deliver specific programs. Grants will be available for projects that can be completed within 6 to 9 months of receiving funding.   Applications for the Safe Spaces Youth Work Fund will close at 12:00 noon on 26 January 2024. Safe Spaces Youth Work Fund - Youth Scotland 

Youth Music 
Youth Music, a national charity funded by the National Lottery, has announced that round 6 of the NextGen Fund has opened for applications. The fund supports emerging musicians and behind the scenes creatives aged 18-25 (and under-30s who identify as d/Deaf or Disabled) from across the UK to launch a creative project, idea or business. Grants of up to £2,500 could help people including singers, songwriters, producers, djs, managers and agents who do not have the financial means to invest in themselves, to start a record label, launch a single, or provide a platform that supports underrepresented voices. Funding can also cover costs linked to career development, audience development or marketing, equipment and software, and business development.  The closing date for applications is 5pm on 19 January 2024. For more info: NextGen Fund | Youth Music 


Kelly Family Charitable Trust  
Registered charities that work to tackle family problems or problems facing one or more of its members can apply for grants of up to £5,000. Funding is available for both capital and revenue grants as well as grants for core funding and projects-based grants. The funding is being made available through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust which actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered.  The next closing date for applications is  01 March 2024. For more info: Kelly Family Charitable Trust - Home (kfct.org.uk) 



Fuel Poverty
Funding Available to Support People Experiencing Fuel and Food Poverty
Organisations and charities in England, Scotland and Wales are invited to apply for grants from Utilita Giving, a charitable initiative associated with Utilita Energy, to support people experiencing fuel and food poverty. Grants can be used for a variety of purposes, such as providing new vans or transportation for food banks to collect and distribute food; funding additional staff to operate a fuel poverty advice helpline; and providing additional funds to feed disadvantaged families in welcoming spaces.  There is no application deadline, and applications can be submitted at any time. For more info: Utilita Giving 



Net Zero/Environmental 

Hubbub/Starbucks: Nature Hubs Fund Funding up to £6,000 is available for community groups and voluntary organisations within 5km of a Starbucks store for projects that will develop green spaces and increase access to nature for local people. Apply before 11 January. Hubbub - The Nature Hubs Fund 

The Big Give: Green Match Fund 
The Big Give: Green Match Fund This is a match funding campaign for registered charities whose core mission is focused on environmental issues. Each participating charity will be awarded unrestricted match funding during the Big Give week in April. To take part, apply before 16 January. Green Match Fund – Big Give 


Zero-Waste Scotland 
Zero-Waste Scotland - Large-scale Reuse: Development Grant Funding is available for organisations with current or previous experience of reuse delivery (including second hand retail) to develop large-scale reuse facilities that will support a transformational shift in public behaviour and mainstream reuse practice. Funding is available for preparatory and development work to take plans to the next stage.  Email grants@zerowastescotland.org.uk for an application form. Apply before 22 January. Support and funding - business | Zero Waste Scotland 


Nature Scot: Nature Restoration Fund 
Nature Scot: Nature Restoration Fund Grants up to £250,000 and more are available for a wide range of organisations working in partnership to restore wildlife and habitats on land and sea, and address the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. Next application deadlines is 29 January. https://www.nature.scot/funding-and-projects/scottishgovernment-nature-restoration-fund-nr 



Race Equality
Action for Race Equality  
Grassroots organisations based in the UK can apply for funding from the Windrush Justice Programme to support their advocacy efforts for those seeking to access the Windrush Compensation Scheme. The programmme, which is being made available through Action for Race Equality, is offering small grants of £22,000 (over two years) to help organisations cover the costs of caseworkers, administrative expenses, venue fees, and staffing costs. The programme aims to provide support to those affected by the scandal, helping them navigate the complex process of applying for compensation and securing their legal status. Currently there is no application closing date given. Windrush Justice Programme



Peter Harrison Foundation  
Charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) throughout the United Kingdom can apply for grants of up to £50,000 to the Peter Harrison Foundation Opportunities Through Sport grant scheme. The aim of the grant scheme is to provide opportunities for sport and physical activity at a grassroots level that enable people who are physically, mentally, socially or economically disadvantaged to develop personal and life skills to fulfil their potential. The grants can be used for a variety of purposes, such as funding new sports programmes, improving existing sports facilities, or providing training and support for sports coaches. Priority will be given to organisations with an annual turnover of up to £500,000.  The next closing date for applications is 10 January 2024. Opportunities through sport and physical activity | Peter Harrison Foundation 

Grassroots football clubs across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are invited to apply for a support to upgrade their clubhouse kitchens. The funding is part of the £3 million Game Changer Programme, a joint initiative by Howdens, the FA, the Scottish FA, and the Irish Football Foundation. The Game Changer Programme aims to transform hundreds of lower league and grassroots clubhouses by improving or replacing existing kitchen facilities allowing them to host events, food and refreshments that generate valuable funding. Howdens will be responsible for the supply of the kitchen, which includes cabinets, drawers, hinges, handles, frontals, cabinet trims, worktops, sinks, taps, and appliances. Clubs will be responsible for sourcing and fitting the kitchen with the assistance of a local tradesperson.  The closing date for applications is 31 January 2024. The Game Changer Programme | Charities | Howdens 




ABF the Soldiers’ Charity  

Charities and organisations that provide support to soldiers, veterans, and their immediate families will soon be able to apply for funding from ABF the Soldiers’ Charity. 

A variety of projects and activities can be funded, including: 

  • mental health support 
  • educational programmes and employment assistance 
  • family support 
  • housing assistance 
  • independent living 
  • 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 Grants Committee sits in February, June and November, with an additional Scottish Committee being held in April. 

The next closing date for applications is on 11 January 2023  

For more info: https://armybenevolentfund.org/need-our-help/charity-grants/




The Steel Charitable Trust 
The Steel Charitable Trust Grants up to £25,000 are available to small registered charities for a variety of purposes including projects that will make a positive impact on the environment (improve habitats, conserve species or reduce waste) and programmes and activities that aim to support, maintain and improve mental health. Next application deadline is 11 January. https://steelcharitabletrust.org.uk/grants/rolling-grants-programme/ 


Idlewild Trust 
Idlewild Trust is an independent grant-making trust that runs two grants programmes supporting specific areas within conservation and the arts. 

  • Arts Grants: Nurturing Young Professionals supports programmes that improve opportunities for young professionals working creatively within the arts, particularly at an early stage in their career. 
  • Conservation Grants: Objects and Works of Art supports the conservation of historic or artistically important objects and works of art in museums, galleries, places of worship, historic buildings or their grounds. 

Next deadline: 13 February 2024. For more info:  Apply for a grant | Idlewild Trust 


Help the Homeless 
Small Homeless charities can apply for capital grants of up to £5,000 for projects that aim to help homeless people return to the community and enable them to rebuild their lives.  Typically, such organisations operate residential or training facilities to assist homeless people. To be eligible to apply, the charity must have an annual turnover of under £500,000 and with ‘unrestricted reserves’ of under six months.   The closing date for applications is 15 March 2024. For more info: Applying for Funding — Help the Homeless (help-the-homeless.org.uk) 

The National Churches Trust 
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to listed and unlisted Christian places of worship, of any denomination, across the UK towards project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. Grants will never exceed 50% of the net project costs for this phase. The National Churches Trust’s Medium Grants Programme is also now able to offer grants of up to £10,000 for urgent and essential maintenance and repair projects costing between £20,000 and £80,000. Grants will never exceed 50% of the net project costs.  The deadline for applications is midnight on 16 April 2024. For more info: Medium grants | National Churches Trust




Invest in Renfrewshire 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

Fully funded CPD sessions available for Third Sector organisations
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

Enterprise Training for Women With Children programme at UWS
This fully funded, 7-week programme is aimed at women in with parenting responsibilities, who reside in Renfrewshire. The programme is designed to support them in developing a viable business as a means of income - from ideation, through to business launch. Participants will take part in 7 online workshops (2 hours each) with likeminded mums, fostering a supportive female-led environment in which to share ideas, support and encouragement. Upon completion of the short course, participants are able to access further business support from UWS, from our brand new incubation space at our Paisley Campus. Women in Business: Enterprise Training for Women With Children programme.

Mediator and Mediation Skills Training Course
Cyrenians Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution is offering a new Mediator and Mediation Skills Training course, starting Monday, 8 January. Spanning 5 days across 4 weeks, this program promises to upgrade your conflict resolution skills. Accredited by Scottish Mediation, participants emerge with a deep understanding of mediation theories, a reflective insight into conflict, and tangible practical skills crucial for conflict resolution. Email sccr@cyrenians.scot for more information or visit https://www.scottishconflictresolution.org.uk/blog/our-new-mediator-and-mediation-skills-training-course

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