Life Changes Trust Accepting Applications in Scotland

The Life Changes Trust welcomes applications from organisations and individuals in Scotland with experience of dementia who are seeking funding to produce resources that equip and encourage people suffering with dementia and their carers.

Organisations and individuals who have experience of dementia and live in Scotland including people living with dementia; organisations that work with those living with dementia; current carers; and former carers can apply for grants of between £500 and £7,000.

The awards will support people living with dementia and their carers in Scotland to share knowledge and helpful information with each other by creating peer to peer support resources, such as leaflets, DVDs, videos, etc. Eligible projects/resources must have long term value/relevance (at least three years). Resources must be practical and truly reflect the experiences and needs of people living with dementia and/or carers.

The resources created through the fund will also provide a valuable source of education and information for people who want to know more about dementia, such as hospital or care home staff, relatives or friends.

The deadlines for applications are 1 September 2017 and 2 February 2018.

Further information is available from the Life Changes Trust’s website.


Your Island Your Choice Inter-Island Fund

A unique and Exciting funding opportunity for projects across the non-linked islands.

VAO has been awarded funding from the Community Choices Fund, with contributions from community planning partners, to deliver the Your Island Your Choice small grants participatory budgeting programme where island residents decide for themselves which project should receive funding.
Who can apply?
• Any community/voluntary group, even informal groups, can apply for funding from £200 to £6,000
• You don’t have to come from an existing group or constituted organisation to apply for funds but all the activities have to happen in more than one non-linked island to benefit their communities
• Your ideas need to meet one of the identified key themes:

  • Positive Ageing
  • Health and Sustainable Communities
  • Vibrant Economic Environment

• Your project must benefit as many people as possible
• Your project must help make the isles a better place for everyone (excludes Orkney mainland and the linked islands)
• Large or small, single or collaborative projects welcome

How to Apply?

If your idea fits in with one of the identified themes please complete and submit the application form to Voluntary Action Orkney, who may contact you for additional information.

If the application meets the criteria then island representatives will vote for their favourite projects at an event to be held in Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall on 25th March 2017. At that event you will be required to do a short 2 to 3 minute presentation about your project/activity and the difference it will make to island communities.

You can download the application form here 

Or if you prefer please contact Meghan or the Admin team to request an application pack.

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Opens for First Round of 2017

The Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity has relaunched for 2017. After a strategic review, the charity has now adopted a themed approach for each funding round.

There will now be two funding rounds per year with applications invited in February and September.

To be eligible, projects must address the theme set out by the charity:

  • Raising the Next Generation projects should focus on children, youth, and families. Applications will be accepted from 1 February 2017 to 3 March 2017.
  • Life Changing Transitions projects should focus on bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders and resettlement. Applications will be accepted from 1 September 2017 to 29 September 2017.

Most grants will be for less than £5,000.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply. This includes UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions.

To be eligible, applicants should have an annual income of less than £500,000 and have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.

The MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery, but costs must only relate to the project itself and not the organisation's core funding.

The Raising the Next Generation grant round is open from 1 February until 3 March 2017 but will close as soon as 40 applications are accepted.

The Scottish Government’s new two year £18.9 million Aspiring Communities Fund is currently inviting applications for the first funding round

There are two stages that organisations should consider applying for, and we intend to run several funding rounds for both stages. This challenge Fund is being delivered by Social Justice and Regeneration Division, with the Scottish Government as Lead Partner for the 2014-2020 European Social Fund (ESF) Programme.

The Fund will help enable community bodies and third sector organisations in our most deprived and fragile communities to develop and deliver long-term local solutions that address local priorities and needs, increase active inclusion and build on the assets of local communities to reduce poverty and to enable inclusive growth.  Successful projects will put communities first by involving local people in the process and support the aims of the Fairer Scotland Action Plan to change deep seated, multi-generational deprivation, poverty and inequalities.  Through this fund we will explore partnership approaches between statutory bodies and local communities with a shared interest in exploring new and sustainable ways of working to improve local outcomes. 

The fund will contribute to the achievement of the Scottish ESF Operational Programme targets for:

  • Community based or community services supported
  • New childcare places available
  • Deprived or fragile communities supported

and Aspiring Communities Fund targets for:

  • Increase in earned turnover of supported organisations
  • New or improved community owned assets (capital for acquisition from other non ESF sources).

What It Will Fund

The aim of this funding is to strengthen and empower communities, increase levels of economic activity, stimulate inclusive growth, local service provision and inclusion by:

  • Enabling communities to design and establish new or enhanced services addressing poverty and inequalities;
  • Supporting staff posts within community organisations to increase levels of economic activity, local service provision and inclusion, and enhance community resilience.
  • Accelerating the implementation of projects and services delivering longer lasting solutions that empower individuals and communities to shape their futures by involving local people in the process.

Empowering communities can be achieved by:

  • delivering on community-led solutions that tackle priorities that matter most to communities,  or
  • for more vulnerable and harder to reach groups, through local interventions that act as a catalyst for engagement and offer opportunities and pathways for social and community integration.

Following a flat rate cost model, the Fund will contribute to direct staff costs and indirect costs associated with delivery of approved Structural Funds activity.

The Fund supports new or enhanced activity only, and cannot be used for activities previously or currently funded under any other ESF funding programmes.

For more information please contact Meghan here at VAO 

The Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community.
Open to everyone - Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers (whether associated with Aviva or not) and the general public – the goal is to enter a project for your community and demonstrate the DIFFERENCE it will make.

Get enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community and your project could be entered into the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.

For more information please see here

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