Funding Extra 8th June 2012

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£1,000 Community Grants Available!


Talking Science


Big Information Days


Co-Operative Membership Community Fund


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Launches Merger Fund


Creative Enterprise Fund Opens for Applications


Grants Available From Sported.








The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) is delighted to announce that its popular small community grant programme is being extended for a further year – so small community groups and voluntary organisations can apply for up to £1,000 and receive free training if their annual income is under £25,000.

Previously known as the Community Chest programme, it was so successful that VAF’s effective targeting during 2008-12 saw the small grants help over eleven hundred community groups and organisations across all local authority areas in Scotland to sustain and improve their activities.




The Scottish Government has launched a new grants scheme for public science engagement events and activities. ‘Talking Science’ is aimed at reaching members of the public in remote and rural areas, disadvantaged urban areas, and within sectors currently ‘hard to reach’ or under-served by science engagement activities. This could include young adults, older people, people with disabilities, or people from black and minority ethnic communities.

Applications may come from community groups, businesses (including sole traders), charities, colleges, universities, research institutes, visitor attractions, museums, civic groups, local authorities, and any other organisation wanting to engage with a public audience on science, technology, engineering and maths topics.

A total of £300,000 is available and the level of funding available per project will vary according to the number of people reached.

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Tuesday 17 July 2012….




Creative Scotland and Young Scot have announced that the Creative Enterprise Fund is open for applications.  The fund aims to support activities that allow young people aged 15-22 to flourish within the creative industries.  The Creative Enterprise Fund can offer awards of up to £200 for individuals or £750 for groups of three of more young people.

The Creative Enterprise Fund aims to encourage enterprising and innovative ideas and assist young people to become creative leaders and can support a variety of creative ventures such as running a local youth dance class; produce a theatre productions; and kick start a career in Filmmaking, etc.

The next closing date for applications is the 16th July 2012….




Support groups that use sport to develop their local community can access funding grants to become more sustainable.

sported. works with community sports organisations, many of which operate in hugely deprived and challenging communities.  Through a network of skilled volunteer mentors, sported. helps these groups to become more sustainable as well as helping them to obtain much needed funding through:


  • Small grants of up to £2,000 which are available for specific projects
  • Main grains programme which average £7,000.  To access this grant groups need to be successful in receiving 1 to 1 support.

Organisations should apply for free membership before they apply for the grants.




The Big Lottery Fund Outreach Team are continuing to tour Scotland with a series of BIG information days. At each event, you will be able to find out more about all BIG’s programmes in Scotland, including Awards for All, Investing in Ideas, 2014 Communities, Investing in Communities and Young Start.

Find dates and venues near you.




The Co-operative Membership Community Fund provides grants of between £100 and £2,000 to voluntary groups, community groups and local charities throughout the UK. The scheme is funded by Co-operative members donating some or all of their share of profits, which is then given away in the form of small grants in their local communities. Grants can be used to help fund anything from equipment to event costs, rent or fixtures, sport or computer equipment.




Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has launched a fund to support organisations in the early stages of thinking about a merger. The fund aims to help organisations and their potential merger partner(s) to think through the decision to merge, rather than to cover the costs of any subsequent merger.  We anticipate making around 10-15 grants from the £100,000 fund.

Applications will be assessed according to three main criteria. Will the potential merger:

  • be likely to improve policy and practice more widely or lead to wider benefits for the local, regional or national sector;
  • have an impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of merged services, whether that be in increased numbers of beneficiaries, improved methodologies, expanded networks, longer term sustainability or increased quality; and
  • have an impact on the wider sector beyond the immediate interests of the two (or more) organisations.







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