Hope everyone is well. Please do remember if things aren’t going your way, to let me know and I’ll put you in touch with people that can help. Also, do let me know if you have applied for the Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme and how you got on.
A few things:
- Building on the huge success of RESET week, bookings for SENScot’s ‘Restart and Rebuild Week’ are now open. Over 20 different ‘online sessions’ will run from Monday 16th November through to Friday 20th November. See full programme of events. It’s really worth joining in to as many of these events as you can as they will give you invaluable contacts, information and news.
- The Buy Social Scotland Bootcamp is a series of 8 quick-fire webinar sessions to help social enterprises bolster their marketing and communications efforts. Each session offers insights and practical tips on a specific challenge that are easy to implement. They are free to join and social enterprises can pick one or several webinars to attend depending on their needs. Each session will be recorded and followed up by a handy one-sheet PDF to recap the learnings shared and offer additional tips and links. There is a great range of speakers involved, including Bold, Crowdfunder, Campaign Collective, Firstport, In the Retail, Media Coop, OpenAye, Passion4Social, Social Enterprise Academy, Social Shifters and SKS.
- Senscot are holding an All SEN session on Friday 30th October (10-11.15am) to look at how social enterprises are Supporting and Retaining Volunteers particularly under the current – and, it seems, ever changing – situation. We have a range of social enterprise speakers lined up to share their experience (The Haven; Maryhill Burgh Halls and Kintyre Resilience Group) with insight from research and evaluation from Volunteer Scotland. Drop Jayne a line to book a place.
- Don’t forget that Business Gateway have their Digital Boost programme where you can get 1:1 help (need a new website?) and their professional Expert Help where you can apply to get up to 3 days from an expert in marketing or finance or business growth ( to name but a few). See their website for further info or call on 01592 858333.
- Funding info below but I’ve also attached a couple of funding bulletins (links at the top in blue).
- Adapt and Thrive Programme – is capacity building to help organisations adapt, change, and thrive post COVID-19
- Communities Recovery Fund – supports the delivery of services in communities that were suspended or reduced because of COVID-19, or the creation of new services that tackle new challenges presented.
The Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF), is a new £3.5 million Scottish Government fund, administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, providing capital funding for community-based organisations to tackle climate change.
#ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund is still open providing funding of up to £10K (to orgs with an income of less than £250K) to fund project and core costs. Themes are Children Survive & Thrive; Gender Justice; A Safe Place to Be and Mental Health Matters. Rolling programme.
2020 Social Innovation Competition celebrates the Great Outdoors. Firstport are offering 3 prizes of £5,000 (including the Young Social Innovator category open to applicants aged 16–30) as well as tailored support to develop the winning ideas that encourage people to enjoy the outdoors in a responsible way, seek to combat climate change and promote more environmentally sustainable lifestyles. Enter by noon, 11th Dec
Boost It is a new fund from Firstport to help social enterprises that have been trading for up to three years to strengthen their businesses so they can successfully sustain trading. Apply for any amount between £30-50K as a repayable grant. Application deadline 3 Nov.
The Robertson Trust has launched five funding offers for registered charities that work to address poverty and trauma in Scotland. There is no definitive deadline for these funds:
- Wee Grants of up to £2K are available (annual income of under £25K).
- Small Grants of up to £15K (annual income of between £25K- £100K).
- Large Grants of up to £50K ( annual income of between £100K – £2 million).
- Community Vehicle Grants will provide capital funding for a vehicle (annual income of between £25K – £2 million).
- Community Building Grants of up to £75K (annual income of between £25K – £2 million).
Unltd can support you to start or grow your business, whether you have an idea on paper or a social venture in practice already, offering awards from £500 to £15,000.
- Try it awards support social entrepreneurs to test their hunches and ideas
- Do it awards provide funding and support to get started and create a clear social impact
- Grow it awards help thriving social entrepreneurs grow their impact and build a sustainable financial model
In addition Thrive is Unltd’s social accelerator helping ambitious social ventures to scale. Currently seeking applications from ventures developing products and services to improve quality of life for older adults and reduce health inequalities. Deadline for this programme is 30th Oct
The Gannochy Trust funds charities in Perth & Kinross and Scotland-wide. The core purpose of their new funding strategy is to: Improve the Quality of Life for people; Develop and Inspire young people; and Improve the build and natural environment for wide community use. Deadline – 30th Oct
The Historic Environment Recovery Fund aims to support Scotland’s historic environment sector to recover from the impact of COVID-19, enabling organisations to remain solvent, safeguard jobs and training opportunities and ensure that historic buildings and sites can re-open to the public. It will also invest in urgent repairs and maintenance, helping to generate work for specialist contractors and the wider heritage economy. Apply by 2 Nov 2020.
The £1 million Scottish Government Scotland Loves Local Fund aims to empower communities by enabling local delivery, and giving them support and guidance to help them achieve aims important to them. Grants of between £500 and £5K are available. Deadline is 5pm, 25th Nov
That’s it for now – you know where I am if you need me,
Commercial Enterprise Manager
Fife Social Enterprise Network (FSEN) Co-Ordinator
Crosshill Community Enterprise Centre, Main Street,
Crosshill, Lochgelly, Fife KY5 8BJ
01592 860296 ext 119
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