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Funding & Training Focus - 31 January


We are at the end of January already, can you believe it?! 2024 is shaping up to be a busy year.  

A wee reminder that the turnaround for most funding applications is 8 – 12 weeks, with this in mind it would be a good idea to start thinking about how you will fund your summer activity now. My diary is filling up for February, so if you would like any support planning your funding strategy for 2024 please get in touch.  



ASN/Learning Difficulties

Funding for Projects that Address Severe Learning Disabilities
UK charities, voluntary organisations and schools can apply for grants to help both children and adults suffering severe learning difficulties, together with autism. The funding is being made available through the Baily Thomas General grants programme, and can be used to purchase equipment, support capital works as well as covering project and core costs. Previous grants have been used to support capital works for residential, nursing and respite care, and schools; employment schemes including woodwork, crafts, printing and horticulture; play schemes and play therapy schemes; day and social activities centres; support for families, including respite schemes; independent living schemes; support in the community schemes; and Snoezelen rooms. The next deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £9,000 is the 01 March 2024. Applications for £9,000 and below can be submitted at any time. Find out more


Community Projects

Grants of up to £15,000 Available to Support Community Projects
Grants of up to £15,000 are available through Community Connect, a funding initiative run by Scotmid. Through the programme, financial support is available to local groups and charities for projects benefiting communities near Scotmid or Semichem stores. Projects should be completed within 24 months of receiving the award. To determine funding distribution, Scotmid members play a crucial role by collecting Community Connect votes every time they shop in-store. The three Good Cause Groups from the North, East, and West regions with the highest votes will receive financial grants. The group with the most votes will receive £15,000, while the two runners-up will receive £5,000 each. Applications are currently being accepted and the closing date is 5 pm on the 07 March 2024.  Find out more

Grants to Improve the Quality of Life for Disadvantaged & Vulnerable People
The Hedley Foundation is inviting applications from small-to-mid-size registered charities to help to improve the quality of life of people in the UK, particularly those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable.  The Foundation typically makes around 250 awards of up to £5,000 each year for initiatives that benefit the lives of young people, disabled people, elderly people, the terminally ill and otherwise disadvantaged people and their carers. Occasional larger sums are given to charities where high impact can be achieved.  Applications should be received at least 6 weeks before the next review meeting on the 24 April 2024.  Find out more



Digital Infrastructure Grants for Cultural Organisations
Non profit cultural organisations in the US and UK can apply for grants of up to £150,000 to improve their digital infrastructure. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Digital Accelerator Programme offers two years of funding, technical support, and leadership development to help organisations to strengthen their operations, generate revenue, fundraise, engage audiences, and expand programming opportunities. The programme supports projects in content creation, CRM/ticketing, digital archives/asset management, and websites, covering costs such as hardware, software, vendors/suppliers, staff time, and training. Grants over £150,000 will be considered in exceptional circumstances. Organisations with an annual turnover of over £500,000 that have been in operation for at least three years have until 13 March 2024 to submit their applications. Find out more


Financial Insecurity

Grants to Support Work which Tackles Financial Problem and Improves Living Standards
Grants of up to £200,000 are available to charities, voluntary organisations, think tanks, campaigning groups, research bodies, and universities for strategic work aimed at enhancing the living standards and personal finances of those on low-to-middle incomes. The funding is offered through the Aberdeen Financial Fairness Trust's grant programme, which seeks proposals focused on policy, research, and advocacy in areas such as income, spending, and assets, including wages, pensions, taxation, gambling, borrowing and repayment problems, and savings. The programme awards between 15 and 20 grants annually, giving priority to initiatives aimed at younger generations. The deadline for applications is 1pm on  5 February 2024.  Find out more

Grants to Help Vulnerable Communities Manage the Cost-of-Living Crisis
In response to the cost-of-living crisis, the National Lottery Community Fund is making funding available to voluntary or community organisations for projects that help support individuals, families and communities currently experiencing financial hardship. Through the Cost-of-Living Support Fund, grants of between £20,001 and £75,000 will be awarded for activity that increases resilience and reduces the impact of, or prevents financial insecurity amongst vulnerable communities. Examples of the types of projects that could be supported include money advice projects, mental health projects, projects bringing people together for activities under one roof, and 'warm room' projects. Applications can be made at any time.  Find out more



Bursaries to Support the Professional Development of Hospice Staff
Bursaries are available to hospice staff in the UK to improve the quality of care given to hospice and palliative care patients and their families and carers. The National Garden Scheme Professional Development Grants programme aims to increase the expertise of nurses, healthcare assistants, allied health professionals and social workers by supporting their professional development. Bursaries can cover fees for university accredited palliative care courses including degree, masters, and PhD level programmes. Applicants can apply for a maximum of 50% of course or module fees, up to £1,500 in any one year, subject to funding being available. Match funding is encouraged. Applications must be received at least one month before the start of the course or module.  Find out more

Bursaries to Support Hospice Staff to Improve Care through Art & Music Therapy 
Bursaries are available to help hospice staff in the UK to improve the quality of care given to hospice and palliative care patients and their families and carers through music and art therapy. The Society for Disabled Artists (SODA) Bursaries will support hospice staff to gain Art and Music Therapy qualifications, including accredited Masters and Bachelors degrees, along with professional diplomas like Art Therapy Supervision. Applicants can apply for a maximum of 50% of course or module fees, up to £1,500 in any one year, subject to funding being available. Match funding is encouraged. Applications must be received at least one month before the start of the course or module. Find out more


Mental Health and Wellbeing

Match Funding Campaign to Improve Mental Health
The Big Give has launched a match funding campaign to support charities working to improve the mental health of people in the UK. The Big Give Kind²Minds Fund is making up to £50,000 in match funding available to enable mental health charities to run their own match funding campaign during two weeks in May. As part of Big Give’s multi-model of match funding, charities can select either the 1:1 Model (for up to £10,000 of Champion Funding) or the Pledge Model (for up to £50,000 of Champion Funding). Charities wanting to participate in the campaign have until  09 February 2024 to submit their application. Find out more

Funding for Community Health & Wellbeing Projects
Funding is available for grassroots, neighbourhood-based community projects that build happy, strong, resilient communities across the UK. Small, not-for-profit businesses can apply for funding to set up new groups and activities that improve mental health and wellbeing, inclusion, and learning and skills development in local communities. To be successful, applicants will need to indicate how the activity/group can become self-sustainable or be able to attract funding from other sources for the longer term. The funding is made available through Laughology’s Happiness Fund, which will make one award of £5,000 twice a year, allowing up to two different projects per year to be supported. The next funding round will open on the 29th January 2024 and close on 29 February 2024.   Find out more


Art and Music

Funding to Support Young Creatives to Launch a Project, Idea or Business
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 28 June 2024.  Find out more.

New Funding Initiative to Support the Development of Music Creators
The PRS Foundation has launched a new funding model to support not-for-profit organisations working across the UK to support talented music creators at any career level and in any genre. The Talent Development Network will offer grants of up to £25,000 per year for up to 3 years to support music creator development programmes, involving the creation, performance and promotion of new music, with a particular focus on creative and career development (eg. a commission, residency, education project or tour). The Talent Development Network is available to not-for-profit organisations, with a track record of transformational talent development of at least 18 months, based in the UK with an eligible programme of activity. Find out more.



Funding to Help Kickstart School Projects
Grants of up to £500 are available to schools and educational organisations across the UK seeking funding to kickstart projects that will benefit their students. The Twinkl Prize Draw Community Collection will help fund any type of project, such as setting up a breakfast club, resourcing after-school activities, purchasing new playground equipment, upgrading an ICT suite, or kickstarting big projects. The fund opens to applications every half-term, and applications should be submitted by a member of the Senior Leadership Team on behalf of the school. Organisations can apply for funding as many times as they need, even if they have already won before. Prize winners will be chosen at random from all qualifying entries within thirty days following each closing date. One or more winners will be drawn in each draw at the discretion of the prize giver. The closing date for applications is 17 March 2024. Find out more



Grants to Promote and Secure Better and Safer Roads
Grants and bursaries are available for research, education, and community projects to promote and secure better and safer roads in terms of design, engineering, and aesthetics, including enhancements of the experience of road users. Funded activity includes courses leading to traffic engineering and transport planning, research projects and programmes or schemes to improve the highway network and the roadside environment, such as roadside parks and open spaces. No maximum or minimum grant levels are indicated. However, most grants given in the past have been between 5,000 and £30,000. The funding is being made available through the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund and the next closing date for applications is the 05 April 2024. Find out more



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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