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Funding & Training Focus - 24 January


I hope this finds you all safe and well in these rather challenging weather conditions. 

There are some fantastic local opportunities with the Sustainable Communities Fund (see Net Zero) and the Employability Grants Programme, this programme is an opportunity for local organisations to support provision of Renfrewshire’s employability pipeline for unemployed and economically inactive residents, particularly those furthest from the labour market.  

Under the miscellaneous/various heading there are a few opportunities from funders looking to support a variety of groups/communities. For example, The Steel Charitable trust supports organisations working to elevate social and economic disadvantage, arts and heritage, and environmental organisations. I would encourage you to take a look under this section to see if there is a funder to fit your project. 

There is quite a list here, but if you have a project in mind and can’t identify a potential funder, please get in touch with Jane – jhamilton@engagerenfrewshire.com for support. 



Care of the Elderly

Grants of up to £5,000 Available for Social Welfare Projects 
Registered charities based in the UK and working in the areas of medical research; care of the elderly; general welfare; hospices; the deaf and blind; care of the physically & mentally disabled; and the Armed Forces can apply for grants of up to £5,000. The funding is made available through the Iman Charity. Applications must be received by the end of February 2024 to be considered at the Spring meeting. Find out more


Children and Young People

Asda Foundation - U18 Better Starts Grant 
18 Better Starts is an Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at supporting a broad range of activities for children under the age of 18 which contribute towards transforming communities and improving children’s lives, as well as funding to strengthen their volunteering. There are four options to choose from under this grant. You must be clear from the outset which one you are applying for. It’s also possible to apply for a combination. Find out more

Funding Adventurous Activities for Young People  
The Pawprint Trust has reopened its annual grant scheme, allowing young people from across the UK to apply for funding for life-changing adventures that develop their skills, capacities, and capabilities. The funding will support young people aged 11-25 who need a bit of extra help with their fundraising for projects and activities both locally and abroad. Examples of projects and activities previously supported include international trips, camping adventures, personal development projects, providing equipment and community projects. Each application should be accompanied by a supporting statement from someone who knows the young person well, such as a group leader or teacher etc. Projects cannot be funded if they take place before 31 May in the application year. The closing date for applications is the 31 March 2024.  Find out more

Grants to Support the Further Education and Training of Young Adults with Learning Difficulties
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to charities that support young adults with learning difficulties after they leave school. The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust will provide funding to charities that promote education, learning, training, recreation and rehabilitation for young adults aged 18 to 25 across the UK, providing practical skills to support them to lead independent lives. Those aged 16+ who are not in formal education, training or work will also be considered. Priority will be given to applications from projects which offer transferrable life skills and employment experience, build accredited training, and encourage social interaction and confidence building. Only institutions or organisations who are registered Charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations or Community Interest Companies and with an annual turnover of less than £1 million will be considered for funding. The deadline for applications is the 31 March 2024. Find out more

Funding to Alleviate Social Deprivation
The Volant Charitable Trust’s Grants programme has re-opened for applications. The fund aims to support Scottish charities and projects that help alleviate social deprivation. The fund will support the core costs of successful applicants. 

Specific themes the fund will consider for support include: 

  • Poverty and deprivation (with an emphasis on women, children and young people): 
  • Women 
  • Children and young people  

Registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations and social enterprises can apply for grants of up to £15,000 per year for up to three years. 

Funding is administered by Foundation Scotland and can be used for project and core costs. 

There is a two-stage application process. The deadline for submitting a stage 1 application is the 12 April 2024. Applicants successful at this stage will have until the early October to submit a stage 2 application. Find out more


Digital Inclusion 

Connecting to Care Fund 
‘Connecting to Care’ offers funding of up to £75k to support organisations working in the areas of Mental Health or Housing to work in partnership with organisations delivering digital inclusion support to embed digital inclusion as a core part of service delivery, supporting people to access and connect with services/supports that meet their health and care needs. The fund is part of the Digital Inclusion in Mental Health and Housing Programme, provided by the Digital Health and Care Division, Scottish Government, and managed by SCVO. Find out more



Renfrewshire Employability Grants Programme  
Delivery Period April 2024 – March 2025. The Renfrewshire Employability Grants Programme aims to support unemployed, economically inactive and low paid people to move towards, into, and within work. It recognises that to help local people to develop the skills and confidence employers are looking for we all need to work together at a local level to provide the best possible services to those who need them most. Deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 02 February. Find out more


Finance Skills

Funding for Financial Life Skills Projects 
The MSE Charity, which supports the development of financial skills for adults facing life-altering transitions, has announced that it has re-opened for applications. Since its inception in 2006, the charity has awarded over £1 million in grants to organisations across the UK. This funding round will support projects that empower adults impacted by life-changing transitions, including dementia, autism, learning difficulties, disabilities, caring responsibilities, mental illness, brain injuries, and stroke. Grants of up to £7,500 are available to suitably qualified non-profit organisations with an annual income of up to £750,000 and less than six months of free reserves. The funding round will close once 40 applications have been accepted or by the 16 February 2024, whichever comes first.  Find out more



Barclays Community Football Fund 
Grants are available for groups wishing to start offering football, those keen to expand their existing provision to new audiences or those already delivering football to under-represented young people. Alongside the grants, the programme will offer training and support resources to groups to help reduce inequalities in the participation of football. The programme’s focus is on including girls and young people from lower socio-economic and under-represented groups: including racially diverse communities, people with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQ+ community. Find out more



Funding for Public Library Projects
Public library services in Scotland are invited to apply for a share of £450,000 in funding for creative, sustainable and innovative public library projects. The Public Library Improvement Fund, funded by the Scottish Government, will support a range of activities including: research; service development; project specific staff training; partnership working; and the creation of new resources or services. The Scottish Library and Information Council will consider up to two applications per local authority. Partnership applications with external organisations are welcome. There are no minimum or maximum grant amounts but projects must be completed within twelve months. The deadline for applications is 12pm on the 07 February 2024.  Find out more


Art and Music

Music For All – Community Project Funding 
At the Music For All Charity they believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to play music. They make grants available to address the musical needs of community music groups and educational organisations. 

They support projects and initiatives taking place throughout the UK that all aim to bring music to their community and would benefit from a “helping hand” to fulfil their potential in becoming truly sustainable music programmes. 

Grants are available under a number of different categories, each with their own criteria and award amounts. See the Music for All website for full details of these


Net Zero/Environmental 

Sustainable Communities Fund 
Current round of funding closing – 31/01/2024 . The Sustainable Communities Fund aims to support local people to develop sustainable projects that will promote or improve community collaboration, health and wellbeing, local spaces, economic development, biodiversity and the environment. Find out more

Free Trees for Schools & Community Groups
Hundreds of thousands of trees are being given away to help the UK reach its 2050 carbon net-zero target. 

Schools, nurseries, colleges, universities, outdoor learning centres, and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, scouts and guides from across the UK are among the organisations eligible to apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment. 

Applications can be made for up to four separate tree packs as long as the total does not exceed 420 trees 

The Woodland Trust is currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in March 2024. 

Applications are expected to close in January 2024, or sooner depending on stock availability. Find out more



Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Not-For-Profit Theatres to Carry Out Essential Works
Grants of up to £5,000 are available through The Theatres Trust's Small Grants Programme for UK non-profit theatres. This initiative, backed by The Linbury Trust, aims to support projects aimed at ensuring the future viability and success of non-profit theatres in the UK, including essential small capital works, digital upgrades, and crucial machinery installations. The deadline for applications in this round is 12 noon on the 07 June 2024.  Find out more



Asda Foundation - Empowering Local Communities Grant 
Empowering Local Communities is an Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at supporting a broad range of activities which contribute towards transforming communities and improving lives, as well as funding to strengthen their volunteering. There are four options to choose from under this grant. You must be clear from the outset which one you are applying for. It’s also possible to apply for a combination. Find out more


Grants for Unpopular Causes in Deprived Areas
The Seven Friends Foundation is offering small grants of between £300 and £3,000 to charities and charitable projects in deprived areas of the UK that are unpopular or do not receive widespread public attention. 

The foundation has a particular interest in the issue of homelessness and groups of increased risk of homelessness. 

The programme will primarily support small organisations (annual income up to £300,000), with most grants being under £1,000. 

The closing date for applications is the 01 February 2024. Find out more


The Steel Charitable Trust 
The Trustees prefer applications to fall into one of the five core categories below, although applications that fall outside these will be considered in exceptional circumstances: 

  • Arts and Heritage 
  • Economic or social disadvantage 
  • Education 
  • Environment 
  • Health 

There are no focus areas within the categories of Arts and Heritage, Education or Environment. 

Applications for the Health category, must have a focus on one of the following: 

  • programmes and activities that aim to support, maintain and improve mental health in any demographic 
  • health care for older people 

Applications for the Social or Economic Disadvantage category, must have a focus on one of the following: 

  • disadvantaged children 
  • housing and homeless people 

Find out more

Preventing Harm from Tobacco, Vaping and Second Hand Smoke
Renfrewshire Health Improvement Team
We are looking for organisations to develop programmes of work that focus on preventing the harms from Tobacco, Vaping and Second Hand Smoke.
Bids should focus on work in relation to parents/carers and include one or more of the following outcomes:

  1. Raise awareness of tobacco, vaping and/or second hand smoke with parents/ carers
  2. Prevent/reduce exposure to second hand smoke
  3. Provide support to access Quit Your Way Services
  4. Embed discussions about smoking, vaping and second hand smoke as part of ongoing prevention and education
  5. Upskill staff in relation to tobacco, vaping and/or second hand smoke information

The themes of interest and types of approaches that we have received in the past are provided below for information. Please note, this list is not exhaustive and previous examples do not have a specific focus on parents/carers.


Find out more


Opening Soon

Funding to Make Playing Football More Accessible at Grassroots Level
Grants of £1,000 will soon be available to community groups across the UK to start offering football or expand their existing provision to under-represented young people. 

The Barclays Community Football Fund will primarily support girls and young people in deprived or underrepresented areas through local organisations to reduce inequalities in the participation in sport and physical activity. 

This includes culturally diverse communities, young people with disabilities, and young people from the LGBTQ+ community. 

The fund will be open to applications from the 12th February 2024 until the 12th April 2024, but may close earlier if a high volume of eligible applications are received

Find out more



Facing Scotland's Substance Struggles
Tackling Stigma Together
Thursday 25 January, 9.30 – 11.30am
The FYF Charity Hub, St James House, 25 St James' Street, Paisley, PA3 2HQ
It's good to talk. Explore stigma and problematic use of alcohol or drugs.
A workshop with the Alcohol and Drug Partnership about the causes and consequences of stigma and what we can collectively do about it.
If you would like to find out more about it or register for a place, please contact: James McGuire - james.mcguire@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Board Member Training Opportunity
Saturday 27 January 
10-1pm at Refractive Hub, 3rd floor Witherspoon Building, Storie St, Paisley. 
 Karina of Arachas3 (https://arachas3.co.uk/) will be leading the session which will include up to date training and information on trusteeship for CICs and charities (responsibilities, legalities, etc). It will be a great, insightful morning and will help to build and strengthen cultural organisation's boards for the future so I hope you will all be able to make it.
 Please email info@refractive.scot to confirm your attendance.

Introduction to Trauma-Informed Practice 
Tuesday 6 February, 9.30am – 12noon 

Engage Renfrewshire, 10 Falcon Crescent, Paisley, PA3 1NS 

The Scottish Government’s vision is, ‘to achieve a trauma-informed and responsive nation and workforce, one that is capable of recognising where people are affected by trauma and adversity, that is able to respond in ways that prevent further harm and support recovery, and that can address inequalities and improve life chances.’  This 2.5 hour introductory learning session provides an opportunity to learn about trauma, the impacts of trauma and the importance of trauma-informed and responsive ways of working.  If you would like to find out more about it or register for a place, please contact: James McGuire - james.mcguire@renfrewshire.gov.uk 


Invest in Renfrewshire External Funding Support Webinar February 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. Monday 19 February 2024 at 14:00 – 16:00. To book a space please contact our Funding & Development Officer via Email:  Econdev.community@renfrewshire.gov.uk or Tel: 07974071320.  

Championing Women in Cybersecurity - Keynote Webinar by Get Safe Online
March 08 2024 is International Women’s Day (IWD 2024), which Get Safe Online plans to mark by organising and hosting a global keynote webinar to champion and celebrate women working in cybersecurity.
The hour-long event will showcase women who are making a difference in what has traditionally been a male-dominated sector, by recounting their stories. Our panellists will reflect on the case studies – explaining why they find them inspirational – and explore what further work needs to be done to enable and encourage more women to follow their example with careers in cybersecurity … an industry notorious for a global skills shortage. 
We would love you to ‘put the date in your diary’ and join us as we hear inspiring women from around the world share their pivotal role in online security.  
Date: Friday 08 March 2024
Time: 2.30pm (GMT)
Register to attend HERE

Intergenerational Connections in a Digital World
Generations Working Together are hosting free workshops on planning digital intergenerational work, called ‘Intergenerational Connections in a Digital World - thinking about digital projects’. There are many benefits to intergenerational events, including reduced loneliness and increase wellbeing, building confidence and enhanced learning for all involved. February is already full booked but there are spaces in the March session still available. The training is on Thursday 14 March 2024, 1:30pm - 3:00pm online, with groups limited to 20 per session, and more may be planned if uptake is high.You can book a space here.


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