Funding and Finance

Funding and Finance

Firstport’s LaunchMe 2020 Programme opened for applications this week – closing date is 12th December (noon) – targeting ambitious social enterprises looking to scale up and increase their social impact. Visit their website for more.

Adapt & Thrive Programme & Communities Recovery Fund We are keen to find out whether any of our members have been successful, or indeed unsuccessful with these funds.  Or if you are thinking about applying but would like to have a chat about it, please get in touch at 

The Robertson Trust has announced details of its new funds and accompanying eligibility criteria – following recent publication of its 10-year Strategy. Broken into three core categories – with two additional streams for community vehicle and capital build grants – the funds will provide over £200m to local communities and community organisations over the next decade. Eligibility criteria will focus on ‘constituted community groups and registered charities working to alleviate poverty and trauma in Scotland – with an annual income under £2 million’. With a number of SEN members being constituted as asset-locked Community Interest Companies (CICs) – SENScot wrote to The Robertson Trust to ask for clarity as to whether or not such organisations could still be eligible. The Robertson Trust has, in response, reiterated that its initial focus will remain as per the core criteria. However, as work to address poverty and trauma develops, they assure us that they will be open to reviewing their guidance in line with this. Sign up to the Trust’s Mailing List for more on future opportunities and/or changes as they develop.

The Community Climate Asset Fund is now open. Scottish Govt is committing £3.5m to support community climate action projects that boost energy efficiency in community buildings, the purchase of electric bikes and vehicles, waste reduction projects, and the purchase tools/equipment for food growing projects.

The National Lottery Community Fund are keen to chat to organisations about their projects and aspirations to see if they can help.  If they can’t help, they will try and put you in touch with other funders who may be better suited. Sarah Daly of The National Lottery is joining us on the Tayside Engagement event, during Restart/Rebuild week (Details above) and would be happy to chat with you.  More details off the fund can be found here  

UnLtd Scotland now has a new programme of support available for aspiring social entrepreneurs in Scotland. The new round of awards come in three strands: Try It – for testing hunches and ideas; Do It – providing funding and support to help get started; and Grow It – for existing organisations looking to expand.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations 
As always, we recommend you have a look at SCVO’s funding page which is regularly updated with new and current funding opportunities.

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