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Funding & Training Focus - 26 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.

Funding to Improve Local Green Spaces
Grants of between £50 and £250 are available to local groups to improve local green spaces in Scotland.  The funding which is being made available through the Volunteering Matters Action Earth Grants can be used for planting projects, and wildlife habitat creation and will cover costs such as plants, tools, materials and volunteer expenses. Priority will be given to activities in urban areas that improve the health and wellbeing of deprived local communities; involve disabled and vulnerable people or young people at risk of exclusion.   Projects must be completed by 31 January 2024. Find out more

Grants for Projects Tackling Loneliness Amongst Older People and Adults with a Disability
Grants of up to £2,000 are available to charitable organisations for projects that tackle loneliness amongst older people and adults with a disability. The funding which is being made available through the Barchester’s Charitable Foundation offers these grants to support projects that connect or re-connect people with others in their local community. This could include activity projects, equipment and materials, member transport, and day trips. The foundation also offers grants of up to £600 to help individuals with mobility issues. Grants can be used to purchase wheelchairs, scooters, bikes, or car adaptations. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time. Find out more

The Family Fund Trust
BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. It aims to provide grant items that meet a child or young person’s most basic needs or are critical to their wellbeing. Find out more

Henry Duncan Grants
Unrestricted funding to Deaf/Disabled People’s Organisations or user led organisations supporting people living with long term conditions. Organisations should have a core aim of helping to reduce the barriers preventing people from within these communities from participating in society and living independently. Find out more

HMRC Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Funding Programme 
HMRC is looking for voluntary and community sector organisations to support them in helping customers they currently find hardest to reach, who cannot or will not interact directly with them or need extra support in doing so. It has secured £5.5 million for a three-year programme from April 2024 to March 2027 (£1.835 million per year), to fund voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to help them provide advice and support to customers who need extra help in understanding and complying with their tax obligations and claiming their entitlements, including those who are digitally excluded.
HMRC is inviting bids for funding of between £30,000 and £600,000 per year, with a maximum threshold set at 50% of your organisation’s turnover (last audited accounts). The application window opened on Monday 24 July 2023 and the window closes at 11.59 pm on Monday 21 August 2023. Further information on the application process, including the funding aims and eligibility criteria, can be found on HMRC’s website.
HMRC is also hosting webinars on Wednesday 26 July and Tuesday 08 August 2023 to answer queries related to the application process, eligibility criteria, and other important details. Please use Eventbrite to book one of the Q&A sessions




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

SCVO Digital Inclusion Webinars
Understanding workforce digital skills Wed 09 August, 11am – 11:45am
Creating and embedding Digital Champions Thurs 17 August, 11am – 11:45am
Digital inclusion: bringing your organisation with you Thurs 24 August, 11am – 11:45am
Chatting to senior leaders about digital inclusion Thurs 31 August, 11am – 11:45am
Doing digital inclusion with limited resource Wed 13 September, 11am – 12pm
You can click here to go straight to the SCVO Digital events page.

Families Outside Accredited Training - Three Module Package
Are you a professional working with families? Want to feel more confident in understanding the issues for families affected by imprisonment, and be better able to support these families in your own role?
Sign up to Families Outside's CPD Accredited Training modules - with Module 3 taking place at HMP Barlinnie. Find out more and book your place

Personal Outcomes Network Workshop - 19 September
Final workshop as part of a series on recording outcomes and includes a focus on Unpaid Carers. This workshop will be a world café style event where you can hear from different types of organisations in Scotland about their approaches to and experience of recording outcomes, as well as taking part in table discussions. Please click on the following Registration Form


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