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Funding & Training Focus - 22 November

Funding and Training Focus

Good morning,
The deadline is looming for the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund 2023/24, please be aware the closing date is Friday 24 November.

In other news, we have a mix of funders looking to support work to improve green spaces, work that reduces social isolation and loneliness, and projects which support young people.

If you have a project in mind and don’t see a fit with the funds detailed below, please get in touch. We can do a bespoke search to fit your organisation, and project needs.

If you need support with your application or developing your project idea for this, or any other funds, please contact Jane – jhamilton@engagerenfrewshire.com .


Community Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund



The Fund has a strong focus on prevention and early intervention and aims to support grass roots community groups in tackling mental health inequalities and address priority issues of social isolation and loneliness, suicide prevention and tackling poverty and inequality. There will be a continued emphasis in Year 3 on responding to the cost of living crisis and on those facing socio-economic disadvantage.

The overarching aim of the Fund is to:

Support community based initiatives that promote and develop good mental health and wellbeing and/or mitigate and protect against the impact of distress and mental ill health within the adult population (aged 16 or over), with a particular focus on prevention and early intervention.

Find out more and apply here


Winter Activity

Renfrewshire Council’s Winter Connections programme encourages people to come together this winter to take part in activities that will improve health and wellbeing, reduce isolation and provide people with advice and support if they need it.  

There is £85,000 of funding available for the Winter Connections programme. The Fund opened on Friday 22 September 2023 and Local community and voluntary organisations based in Renfrewshire can apply for a grant of up to £2,000 to run or expand a free activity. (This could be increased if you are co-ordinating several events in partnership with a range of local groups). 

Renfrewshire Council wants Winter Connections activities to be available in every neighbourhood in Renfrewshire, available at different times and for residents of all ages. Applications that will run activities during the festive period are also welcomed. 

You can apply online for the Winter Connections Fund and all details about the fund, the guidance on what types of activities are eligible, how decisions on funding will be made and much more is here https://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/12902/Apply-for-the-Winter-Connections-Fund 


Movement For Good

We're giving away £120,000 in December 
12 Days of Giving is our festive final phase of Movement for Good 2023. In December, we’ll be giving 120 charities £1,000 each over 12 days. 
The first draw takes place on December 1st and the last on December 18th with 10 charities drawn every week day. Nominations are open until 23:59 on December 17th 2023. 
If you’ve already nominated your favourite charity this year, then you’re already in the draw. If you haven’t nominated yet, getting a cause close to your heart in the running is just a few clicks away. 

It’s one nomination per charity per person, so if you have more than one favourite cause, why not try putting them on our map with a nomination? 

Nominate here


Net Zero and Environmental

Grants of up to £6,000 to Create or Improve Green Spaces
Community, groups, schools and other not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for one of 50 grants of up to £6,000 to create new green spaces or to improve existing ones. The grants are being made available through the Nature Hubs Fund is being made available through a partnership between the environmental charity Hubbub and Starbucks. Projects must take place within 5km of a Starbuck store. The fund will provide grants to projects that meet one or more of four themes: increasing access to nature; bringing people together; upskilling the community; and building climate resilience. The closing date for applications is 3pm on 11 January 2024.  Find out more

New £10 Million Fund to Support Community Projects That Reduce Energy Consumption
The UK's National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) is making £8.5 million in funding available for community-led projects focused on the connection between energy use and climate change. Through the Climate Action Fund: Energy and Climate, community and voluntary organisations can apply for grants ranging from £500,000 to £1.5 million over 2 to 5 years. By addressing household energy use, which accounts for 20% of the country's carbon emissions, these projects aim to reduce carbon emissions while benefiting people's finances, health, and well-being. The NLCF encourages applications from local and UK-wide partnerships, as well as individual community organisations. Applications for the Climate Action Fund are open until at least December 2023. Find out more

Grants of up to £6,000 to Create or Improve Green Spaces
Community groups, schools and other not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £6,000 to create new green spaces or to improve existing ones. 50 grants are available.
The fund will provide grants to projects that meet one or more of four themes:
· Increasing access to nature
· Bringing people together
· Upskilling the community
· Building climate resilience
These spaces can provide a number of benefits, including:
· Improved air quality
· Increased biodiversity
· Improved mental and physical health
The closing date for applications is 3pm on 11 January 2024. Find out more


Women, Children and Young People 

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People and Offenders
Grants are available to registered charities and other charitable organisation to support ex-offenders, young offenders, and at-risk youth. The funding is being made available through the Weavers' Company who are looking specifically to support projects helping offenders find work as well as projects that support marginalised groups. A secondary priority is given to projects aiding disadvantaged young people, including immigrants, in realising their potential and engaging in society. The Weavers' Company has two funding streams: a Small Grants Programme offering up to £5,000, and a Main Grants Programme with no maximum limit. Funding covers both project and core costs. Applicants must demonstrate efforts to secure other funding and future sustainability. The next application deadline is 14 March 2024. Find out more

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential 
Registered charities (including Schools that are registered as charities for young people with disabilities) that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000. Of particular interest are projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs; address behavioural problems or promote citizenship; and parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches to disseminate the outcomes to a wider audience. The funding is being made available through the Ironmongers Company's grants programme. The next closing date for applications is 15 December 2023. Find out more

Funding for Projects that Strengthen Local Communities 
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for local projects that help strengthen communities. The Delamere Dairy Foundation will provide support for charities, community groups, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations delivering projects that benefit communities through the advancement of agriculture and environmental protection, by improving the lives of young people and education, and relieving financial hardship and sickness. Applications will be considered at panel meetings, which will be held regularly. The next closing date is 29 February 2024. Find out more

Volant Charitable Trust Small Grants Programme 
In response to the current cost of living crisis, the Volant Charitable Trust is for the foreseeable future prioritising the focus of its awards on charities and organisations who are particularly addressing poverty and deprivation, helping to support vulnerable groups who are most affected, with an emphasis on women, children and young people. 
Your project must meet at least one of the specific themes and ensure you read the corresponding list after each theme as this explains what will be considered for support. 
You can apply for up to £5,000 for one year maximum. You can apply for core and project costs. There is an income cap of £250,000 as reflected in your most recent annual accounts. If you are a current recipient of a Volant grant from the large, multi-year, programme then you are not eligible to apply to this 
Find out more


Community Projects and Facilities

Screwfix Foundation
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to local charities and not for profit organisations for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for of those in need in the UK. The funding is being made available through the Screwfix Foundations and the grants are available for all kinds of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The next closing date for applications is 10 February 2024. Find out more

Grants for Urgent Structural Repairs to Churches
Listed and unlisted Christian places of worship in the UK in need of major, urgent structural repairs are eligible to apply for grants of up to £50,000 through the National Churches Trust's Cornerstone (Large) Grants Programme. These grants will cover up to 50% of the costs of larger, more complex projects with a total value exceeding £80,000 (including VAT). In addition to grants for structural repairs, grants of up to £30,000 are also available to improve facilities such as kitchens and accessible toilets to enhance community use of these important spaces. Priority will be given to architecturally and historically significant buildings. The deadline for stage one applications is midnight on 05 March 2024. Find out more

The Allen Lane Foundation
Our aims are to fund work which will make a lasting difference to people’s lives rather than simply alleviating the symptoms or current problems; is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination, and; encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community. To make sure our grants have an impact, we only fund smaller organisations. If you work across a local area such as a village, estate or town, to be eligible you will need to have an income of less than around £100,000. At the other end of the spectrum, if you work across the whole of the UK you will need to have an income of less than around £250,000. We fund organisations which are registered charities, and also other organisations which are not charities but which seek funding for a charitable project. (Such as constituted voluntary groups or Community Interest Companies for example.) Find out more

The Charles Hayward Foundation
UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations seeking financial assistance for their projects have an opportunity to apply for funding from the Charles Hayward Foundation. The foundation offers two types of grants: main grants and small grants. The grants provided by the Foundation are designed to support projects across various sectors, including heritage and conservation, criminal justice, older people, and overseas aid. The small grant programme is currently closed to new applications and is set to reopen in January 2024 with revised guidelines and funding priorities. The next deadline the main grants programme for UK and overseas projects is 02 February 2024.  Find out more


National Cycle Network

Funding Available to Enhance Scotland’s National Cycle Network 
Charities, social enterprises and community groups in Scotland can apply for equipment and training bundles for projects which benefit people or wildlife across National Cycle Network routes. The Love Your Network grant fund, funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland, seeks to empower communities in implementing physical improvements which make journeys on the National Cycle Network more attractive and enjoyable. Examples of the items that can be funded include: litter picking equipment; tools for maintenance and wildlife management tasks; workshops in wildlife identification and recording; bike trailers for transporting tools and equipment; and specialist advice. Applications will be assessed monthly until  05 February 2024. Find out more


Funding to Increase the Use of Gaelic

Community organisations can apply for a share of £100,000 in funding to deliver projects that promote the use of Gaelic amongst Scottish communities. Bòrd na Gàidhlig is offering the funding through their Taic Freumhan Coimhearsnachd (Community Grants) scheme which aims to increase the use of Gaelic, especially among young people, increase the learning of Gaelic, and promote a positive image of Gaelic. Organisations can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for one-year projects, or grants of up to £10,000 for longer-term projects lasting up to two years. Up to 80% project costs will be supported. The deadline for applications is 3pm on 16 January 2024. Find out more



Introduction to Mental Health Awareness - Friday 1 December
9.30am – 12.30pm
RAMH HQ, 41 Blackstoun Road, Paisley, PA3 1LU
The Let's Talk About Mental Health Awareness training raises awareness of ill-mental health. It will increase understanding of mental health conditions and of self-mental health. Delivered by RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health). If you would like to find out more about it or register for a place, please contact: James McGuire - james.mcguire@renfrewshire.gov.uk

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

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