December Newsletter 2020

December 2020

Hi everyone


Hope you are all well. Please find attached the latest funding that is available (above link). There is also a big change to the National Lottery Community Fund (see below) and some important workshops you should know about so keep scrolling!


First things first though……..

Please do sign up for our winter FSEN meeting. I’ve booked it for the end of January as I feel that a new year will give us a new start. I’ll make sure we have at least one funder and a support organisation so you can ask direct questions about the help you might need to get you back on your feet or help you to grow in 2021. Also, I have a feeling that they may pull the funding for the FSEN in 2021 too so it’s important we stand together to show them that we will not back down so quietly. In every other region of Scotland, they have a SEN so why shouldn’t Fife have one? It even says on the Scottish Government Action Plan that SENs should be supported. I’m fed up of Fife being the area that everyone ignores. Some of the SENs have full time staff! We get 1 day a week but even that, I think they’ll stop, unless we can prove you are willing to stand firm! Anyway, whether it’s for a blether or to support me for the FSEN or to find out directly from a funder what you may be entitled to next year, please do join me on the 29th January at 10am on Zoom. For more details:


From last Friday, The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) Scotland will implement changes to some of its funds which seek to support people and communities through COVID-19 and beyond.


Summary of changes:


  • Community-Led Activity grants (£10k – £150k) will now fund eligible activities for a maximum of three years. TNLCF Scotland will consider applications for shorter-term projects and the turnaround time for applications will be reduced to approximately three months.


  • TNLCF Scotland has expanded the eligibility criteria for its Improving Lives Fund (£10k-£200k) which will now fund work that:


  • supports children, young people and families currently experiencing challenging circumstances;
  • supports people that have experienced abuse;
  • tackles loss, isolation or loneliness;
  • supports people that experience discrimination and/or works to challenge discrimination; or
  • supports people facing financial hardship.


  • The National Lottery Awards for All (up to £10k) and Young Start (up to £100k) funds will remain open and unchanged.


  • All other funds will remain open for a further 18-24 months, and will mainly continue to operate as before.
FVA Workshops:


If you need some more volunteers for your social enterprise, why not send out news about this workshop to everyone on your mailing list? Just make sure you are signed up with FVA to ensure you get the volunteers you need!


Our Venture into Volunteering workshop is aimed at anyone who lives in Fife and is looking to learn more about volunteering – how it can benefit their life and the opportunities available.


This workshop will help you discover how volunteering can:


·    improve your CV;

·    provide you with training opportunities;

·    improve your confidence; and

·    connect you with local people in your community.


We strongly recommend this workshop to those who are currently unemployed or on furlough, but it is relevant to anyone who simply wants to give back to their community.


Our next workshop will take place at 11:15 – 12:00 on Wednesday 16 December 2020.


Do you have a multi-skilled active board or one that just pops along once a quarter and gets an update on your organisation but other than that, don’t really have much input? Do you feel they could be giving more? Why not ask them to attend this FVA workshop:


·    Our Roles and Responsibilities of a Trustee/Committee/Board member session looks at the essential elements of decision-making in voluntary organisations. Our free sessions are aimed at supporting new and existing trustees/committee/board members in the valuable voluntary work they undertake – 14:30 – 16:30 on 09 December 2020.



That’s it for now – as always, give me a shout if you need help.


Kind regards,





Susan Oak



Commercial Enterprise Manager

Fife Social Enterprise Network (FSEN) Co-Ordinator




Brag Enterprises

Crosshill Community Enterprise  Centre, Main Street,

Crosshill, Lochgelly, Fife KY5 8BJ

01592 860296  ext 119


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