Funding and Finance

Funding and Finance

Recovery Funding 
Last week saw the First Minister announce Scottish Govt’s Programme for Government – Protecting Scotland, Renewing Scotland. For our own sector, there was confirmation of the £25m Recovery Fund – with further details out soon.

SCVO’s Funding page offers information on funds specifically for the third sector. It is updated regularly.  –

Current Funding available with closing dates –

  • Regeneration – Mickel Fund | £500 – £10,000 | 30 September 2020
  • Healthy Towns – sportscotland Sports Facilities Fund | £10,000 – £100,000 | Stage 1 applications 1 October
  • Culture and Arts – Idlewild Trust | N/A | 10 September 
  • Culture and Arts – Henry Moore Foundation | up to £30,000 | 9 September9 December
  • Culture and Arts – The Finnis Scott Foundation | £500-£10,000 | 18 September 2020
  • Employment and Training – Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust – Main Grant Programme | £5,000-£10,000 |  3 September
  • Community – EndrickTrust | avge £4,840 | 4 September

Newly Added Funding 

  • Environment – Scottish Forestry – Forestry Grants Scheme CSGNC | total £3m | open now 
  • Healthy  Towns – Sustrans Scotland – Places for Everyone | N/A | 6 November
  • Community – Charity Aid Foundation – Venturesome | £10,000 – £35,000 | open now
  • Community – Hugh Fraser Foundation | avge £4,000 | 31 October 
  • Community  – Pastoral Care Trust – St Nicholas Care Fund | up to £15,000 | open now
  • Community – National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland) – Community Led Activity | £10,000 – £150,000 | open now
  • Community – National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland) – Improving Lives | £10,000 – £1,000,000 |open now

Networking and Events

There are still spaces available for our upcoming training event –  An Introduction to the basics of Evaluation Training – on Wednesday 9th September 9.30 -12.30 am, via zoom. This is session has been especially tailored for our members by Evaluation Support Scotland.This 3-hour introductory session will help you get to grips with the basics of evaluation.

Along with fellow members of Angus Social Enterprise Network, you will gain an understanding of the different stages of the Evaluation Pathway. The session will get you thinking about how to embed evaluation within your practice so that it’s not a burdensome ‘added extra’ come reporting time.

Book your place here –  If you would like to find out more please email  

AngusSEN Network Event
It’s been a while since we have all been able to get together and a lot has happened over the past few months.  Please join us for a coffee and catch up on Tuesday 22nd September at 6.30pm -7.30pm.  It would be good to hear how you are all doing and to talk about how we can continue to support you moving forward.  Members will be contacted directly with a joining link. If you would like to have a chat before then, or have anything that you would like to talk about on the 22nd, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Angus SEN Procurement Skills Accelerator  
We recently hosted the Angus Procurement Skills Accelerator facilitated by P4P (Partnership for Procurement). The course covered an introduction to procurement and collaboration, Quick Quotes/Quick wins and finally Finding opportunities and Engaging with buyers.  We explored and registered for the Public Contract Scotland website and learned some really helpful and crucial hints and tips for getting the best out of the often intimidating world of procurement!  
For anyone unable to attend the training, but still an interest in public sector procurement– this blog written by Claire McLaughlin of P4P is for you!  

Bring Your Chat Online – Enterprising Young People

Smart Village Scotland and Rural youth Project are working on a project to design and build a digital platform for young people between 18 – 28 years, fully funded. The aim is to create a young enterprising community where they can find out about how to start a business or take forward a good innovative idea,  showcase their business, seek support and advice, collaborate and network.
They are holding an online chat to seek the ideas of the young people to see what they would want.  This event is open to young people from age 16 upwards, although the platform will be specifically be for ages 18-28 years.
Book your place

In Conversation With….
On 17th Sept, P4P will be launching a new series of monthly webinars, titled ‘In Conversation With…….’. The series will feature a range of voices from across our social enterprise community who are successfully collaborating with others, or are supporting those that are already doing so. The first webinar will see P4P joined by Co-operative Development Scotland – discussing the Consortium Co-operative model – with  October’s webinar featuring the newly-formed Glasgow Arts Partnership, led by the Glasgow Connected Arts Network. Here’s the booking form for both webinars. As a warm-up to September’s webinar, see P4P’s latest Guest Blog where Suzanne Orchard (Co-operative Development Scotland) explains potential benefits for social enterprises in adopting the Consortium Co-operative partnership model

Social Enterprise World Forum
This year’s Social Enterprise World Forum will be taking place (virtually) between 21st-25th Sept. Tickets cost £49. Scottish participants include InspirAlba; the SE Rural Hub; CRNS; and the SE Academy

Events Networking

Networking and Events

Angus SEN Procurement Skills Accelerator – 18th, 25th August and 1st September
Collaboration, procurement and accessing tenders is something our members told us they are keen to learn more about.  We have organised, with P4P (Partnership for Procurement) to bring you the this programme.    The course consists of 3 x 2.5 hour zoom sessions, spread over a period of 3 weeks.

Sessions are as follows 
•     Introduction to Procurement and Collaboration (Tuesday 18th August, 10:00 – 12:30 am) – an on-line zoom session that covers the size and scale of the public sector procurement market, why it is worth investing your time and effort to become procurement ready, getting to grips with procurement language and understanding why and how you might collaborate to bid.  This interactive and informative session is a fantastic introduction to public sector procurement.

•    Quick Quotes, Quick Wins (Tuesday 25th of August, 10:00 – 12:30 am) – an interactive on-line zoom session that covers what a quick quote is, how to become visible to buyers for quick quote opportunities how to set up and make the most of your Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) registration, Supplier Finder Profiles and more.  A really practical session aimed at helping you become visible to public sector buyers for lower value contracts.  

•    Finding Opportunities & Engaging with Buyers (Tuesday 1st of September, 10:00 – 12:30 am) – an on-line zoom session covering how to analyse information within PCS to find potential opportunities for your social enterprise, how to establish in a structure way if you should bid or not. The session also covers why and how you should engage with buyers.  A really informative proactive training session equipping you with the skills to find and assess relevant public sector procurement opportunities for your social enterprise.

By the end of the sessions your social enterprise will be more knowledgeable and skilled in both finding and taking advantage of public sector procurement opportunities as well as understanding the power of collaboration.  Whilst each session covers different topics, it is recommended that you attend all 3 sessions to ensure maximum benefit.  

Although the course is aimed at organisations who have little or no experience of procurement or tendering, the Finding Opportunities & Engaging with Buyers session would also be of benefit to those with experience and that session will be opened up to more organisations and will be able to be booked separately. 

Numbers are limited. To find out more please email  Booking information will be sent out shortly. 

An Introduction to the basics of Evaluation Training – Wednesday 9th September 
Another area our members have expressed an interest receiving training in is impact measurement and reporting on the work carried out in an impactful way.   We have been working with Evaluation Support Scotland and we are offering a tailored training session open to our members.

This 3-hour introductory session will help you get to grips with the basics of evaluation.
Along with fellow members of Angus Social Enterprise Network, you will gain an understanding of the different stages of the Evaluation Pathway (below). The session will get you thinking about how to embed evaluation within your practice so that it’s not a burdensome ‘added extra’ come reporting time.

This is an ideal session to take part in before our Showcase, event at the end of September, to help you think about telling your stories and demonstrate the impact of your work! The sessions are limited to a maximum of 10 places.  Sessions take place on Wednesday 9th September at 14:00 and last 2.5 hours.  To find out more please email  Booking information will be sent out shortly. 

Funding and Finance

Funding and Finance

Small grant – Enterprising Third Sector (ETS)
Angus SEN is offering Angus third sector organisations an opportunity to bid for a small local grant. This is part of the Supporting Anchor Organisations strand that was launched by the Scottish Government. The grant will be up to £500 per applicant organisation. The focus of the grant will be to implement or imbed a new work practise or process that you have developed during the pandemic and would like to take forward into your regular work. This might be digital equipment, staff training or some other new development. The funding should be focussed on organisational development and not necessarily on equipment for use by beneficiaries. For the full criteria and an application form, please email The funding will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, dependent on meeting the criteria, and will be dealt with in order of applications received. Once it runs out the fund will close.  Therefore, we recommend that you get your applications in as soon as possible! 

Scottish Government’s Third Sector Resilience Fund is still open with slightly revised criteria. Grants are available up to a maximum of £75,000 however there are also blended loan/grant options available. Check out their website for full criteria and guidance.  

National Emergencies Fund – Funds for Scottish organisations will be distributed by Foundation Scotland through the ‘Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund’ (RRR). In the medium and longer term, Recovery and Resilience will fund a wider group of local charities and community organisations whose operations and finances have been affected so they can recover, re-establish or re-design their activities once the outbreak eases in response to community needs at that point. 

National Lottery Fund has prioritised all its funds for those supporting communities in the current crisis. There is a dedicated worker for each geographic area.  If you are planning to apply for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund you must apply by 12 noon on 17th August 2020. 

Firstport are excited to get back to the business of helping social entrepreneurs make their ideas happen.After a four-month pause, the Social Entrepreneurs Fund (SEF) is now re-open. 

There are three different funds available:

  • Pounds for Purpose – £500 awards if you are aged 16-26 and want to put an idea that creates a positive impact into action.
  • Start It – Up to £5000 towards the start-up costs of your social enterprise idea.
  • Build It- Up to £25,000 if you have tried and tested a social enterprise idea and want to turn it into your full-time job.

SEF is about helping people from all walks of life to make a living while doing good. If the events this year have spurred you on to pursue a social enterprise idea, get in touch!


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Events Networking

Planning for Reopening

Join us at the first Angus SEN Virtual Network Event!
Tuesday 14th July 14:00 – 16:00

Book your free place here!

Book your free place here.

With lock-down now being eased and us all being faced with a sea of information, guidance and advice, we thought it would be good to come together to share ideas, experiences and to support each other to move towards re-opening.

We will be joined by a Health and Safety expert who has been assisting organisations with their reopening plans. We will also have a general presentation on what organisations need to consider as as well as input around well-being of staff.  

If you have any questions or concerns that you are keen for us to cover, please email them to before the event.  We will also have space for questions and discussions on the day.  

Book your free place here!


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Social Enterprise Reset Week SENSCOT
In May, SENSCOT in partnership with Social Firms Scotland and the local SENs hosted Social Enterprise Reset Week which was a week dedicated to connecting and engaging frontline, community based social enterprises across the country. The purpose was to gather information and share experiences throughout the Covid 19 pandemic period, as well as focusing on future funding needs for the sector.  Angus Sen jointly hosted with Dundee SEN, a regional network meeting with SENs from theTayside and North East area which we received positive feedback about and we are keen to do this again in due course.    The full report from SE reset week can be found here

Merger of Senscot and Social FirmsFrom Wednesday 1st July 2020, the merger of Senscot and Social Firms took place.  Both organisations will now be known as Social Enterprise Network Scotland.  Both organisations have worked over the past 20 years to support Scotland’s social enterprise community.  The new body will now act as the national representative body for social enterprise networks, individual social enterprises and social firms in Scotland, seeking to represent their interests and values at a national level.  More information around memberships will be available over the coming months. 

Funding and Finance

Funding and Finance

Business Support Fund
This fund of £10K has now been extended to include those that rent offices or work spaces. If you have not yet claimed it, please do. There are some conditions on this eligibility, so please check here

Scottish Communities Finance
Another option might be through a short term loan. Scottish Communities Finance is offering interest-free loans of £3-5k to SEN members. The SEN Bridging Loan would have a ‘turn-around of five days. For more info, contact  

SCVO has a really good list of existing funders and how they are responding to the crisis – so go to their website to get the latest updates. 

Tayside NHS innovation fund – they have put out a call for Angus based applications. Apply here.

CARES fund (energy and carbon things) – Communities, third sector organisations, rural businesses and other organisations interested in applying to CARES should complete a short Expression of Interest form by 22nd July see:



Angus Social Enterprise Directory is currently being updated. It will be launched in September to coincide with the Angus Third Sector Showcase event.  If you have not yet sent in your logo, please do so. Your current entry can be found here. If you are not yet a member but would like to be included in the Directory, then please get in contact to find out how to join. There is no charge for membership. 

Information on COVID related support is available from Senscot’s COVID 19 Resources Page – which is updated regularly. 

SCVO has a comprehensive Information Hub including a directory of needed and offered services. 

If you are looking for information that is specific to Angus and especially the business side of things, this is the link.

Anyone have a shop?  Zerowaste Scotland, Revolve Reuse, have some very helpful guidance for retail shops.  The guidance has been written specially for second hand shops, however it is relevant for any type of retail shop.  Email to be sent the guidance. 

Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS), Scotland’s national reuse, repair, recycle charity also has some useful information and guidance available here.