March Newsletter

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Our most recent joint Tayside SEN Event took place on Tuesday 23rd February at 10.00am Via Zoom.  The them  Social Enterprise Net Zero Strategy how Social Enterprises will be key to contributing towards Scotland’s transition towards Net Zero by 2045.  We were joined by Vaso Makri, Circular Tayside Manager, Warren McIntyre from Zero Waste Scotland and Kim Wallace, SENScot.   Details of our will be coming soon.

Angus Community Hub Group
This group is especially for organisations in Angus that either run a current community hub or facility or are working towards that.  The group has met twice and is keen to involve more organisations across the county.  The aim of the group is to share learning and experiences and support each other with running such an organisation.  The group is currently being facilitated by Angus SEN.  If you are part of a community hub and have not been involved, please come along to our next meeting!

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th March 2021 at 10.30am-11.30am via zoom.  We will have Fergus Storrier from Showcase the Street joining us to tell us of their exciting new project in Arbroath which is being supported by Princess Anne.  Fergus also has a wealth of information around running a hub and around funding and is happy to answer questions.   We are also hoping to have a member of the National Lottery funding team joining us. Please get in touch with me at if you would like to come along to the event.


P4P’s next ‘In Conversation With’ webinar features SENScot’s Mary Sinclair – discussing the Pockets & Prospects project which seeks to support community organisations to address mental health & wellbeing needs within their local community – through access to a small budget to purchase activities and services from local social enterprises. This takes place on Friday 12 March at 11am – 12pm – Sign up here:

Scottish Rural Parliament
Saturday – 6th March – marks the start of the Scottish Rural Parliament – a series of events (between 6th -18th March) that will bring together people who live and work in rural and island Scotland. Over five days, the Rural Parliament will address topics such as Young People Leading Change; Democracy and Local Governance; Advancing Equality; and Climate Change – amongst others. A couple of sessions that may be of particular interest to SEN members, and social enterprises in general, include a session on Community-Led Tourism, chaired by SENScot’s Sarah Cameron; Oliver Escober talking to his recent essay: Futures in common: Democratic life beyond the crisis; and the Rural SEN’s clutch of Community Learning Exchanges – that also run throughout the month of March. From a social enterprise perspective, going forward, the work of the Rural SEN and the Rural SE Hub, led by InspirAlba, will be of growing importance – with connections already having been made with social enterprises in the Scottish Borders; Highlands; Moray: Angus; Dumfries & Galloway and, of course, Argyll & Bute. SENScot will be looking to continue to support this work in helping to highlight the distinct needs of social enterprises operating in remote rural areas. See Rural Parliament Programme and registration form. It’s free to attend.

Funding and Finance

Funding and Finance

Many social enterprises have been put in the position, due to the pandemic, where by the trading side of their business has stopped and therefore income has stopped and they have had to turn to seeking out grant funding or event loans to enable them to keep going.  We are really keen to hear about your experiences of applying for funding, whether that has been good or bad or you have picked up some tips that would be useful to others. You may also have found new or different ways of generating an income during this period. 
Funding is always something that members find useful in order to share experiences and learn from each other. Also, we would like to hear about successful funding bids so we can help share your good news!  Please get in touch for a chat or drop us a line at

As always, we would recommend you check SCVO’s website and their funding pages and sign up for their bulletin. SCVO-funding.

Scottish Govt’s Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is now open. The Fund, administered by the Corra Foundation, will provide small grants to community organisations across Scotland who are connecting and supporting people within their local communities.

Business Support – Strategic framework application fund – Facilitated by Angus Council
If your business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020, you may be eligible to apply for grant funding.
Applications are now open for the following funds:

To check eligibility for the fund check here
Please note when completing these applications that if you are in receipt of charitable rates relief, please tick the box that says that you you pay rates directly to the Council.  There is not an option for ‘in receipt of rates relief’ however I have checked this with the Council.  If you have any issues with applying for the fund, please email

Angus Council Discretionary Fund
The Councill have also opened the above fund on Friday 29th January.  The fund is to support businesses that have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions and regulations and have had no financial support since 9th October 2020. Please go to Covid 19 Business Funding Information and Support ( for more information.

Adapt & Thrive Programme & Communities Recovery Fund
The Adapt and Thrive Programme has introduced two significant changes to the current criteria.  Eligible organisations can now access funding regardless of turnover size and the top value of grants will increase from £25k to up to £75k. 
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

UnLtd Scotland announced its new tranche of funding to identify and support social entrepreneurs. Up to £15k is available for awards – alongside a package of one-to-one peer support. They are particularly keen to encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background – as well as people with a disability. For more info contact

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (for loans of between £100K and £1.5m) – closes at 11.59pm on 31st March. 

Volant Trust Charitable Trust Open Grant aims to support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation. It supports Scottish charities and projects, whether national or community-based, which help alleviate social deprivation, particularly supporting women, children and young people at risk – closing date 30 April 2021.

The Scottish Children’s Lottery has reopened across its four-grant giving SCIOs – Chance to Connect, Succeed, Flourish and Study. There are no deadlines and applications are reviewed quarterly. You can apply for a small grant of up to £5,000, or for a large grant of up to £25,000.

Cameron Grants: small cash awards from Cameron Grant Memorial Trust to support innovation in mental health.


Focus on our Members

This month our focus is on one of our newer members, Kanzen Karate.  Kanzen Karate is a social enterprise committed to building better lives through Karate via the advancement of public participation in sport and education.
We operate accessible core classes across Dundee & Angus and provide opportunities for all ages. Karate is a life long activity based on sound values providing participants with enhanced physical fitness, mental wellbeing, building confidence and many other benefits. Kanzen is about providing opportunities to all regardless of background. We are a community organisation committed to making a difference to the communities to which we operate.
Over the last 12 months, Kanzen has:

  • Provided thousands of online lessons throughout the pandemic, allowing people to stay active and well at home
  • Provided over 800 free 1-1 lessons to keep people engaged and well at home
  • Provided free to access counselling for those aged 16 Years+
  • Provided free to access home tutoring for primary school children most in need of additional support
  • Provided free online seminars with international experts including World and European Champions

 Our services are accessible to all and we work in partnership with a variety of other organisations. We are members of SCVO, DSEN, Angus SEN, SENSCOT and Social Enterprise UK.
Kanzen Karate is a registered charity in Scotland: SC050587.
Kanzen Karate has exciting plans for the year ahead, collaborating with other organisations on projects, using karate as a vehicle to engage with people of all ages and we will further information here. To find out more visit Kanzen’s website and social media pages.
Twitter: @kanzenkarate 

 Each month we would like to feature one a story about one of our members. If you have some news, or are keen to raise awareness of a project or piece of work then please do get in touch!


February Newsletter

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Events Networking

Joint Tayside SEN Event

The Next joint Tayside SEN Event is planned for Tuesday 23rd February at 10.00am Via Zoom.  The subject of the discussion will be around the Social Enterprise Net Zero Strategy –see item below for more details- and how Social Enterprises will be key to contributing towards Scotland’s transition towards Net Zero by 2045.  We hoped to be joined by representatives from Zero Waste Scotland and Circular Tayside.   Please note, this is for all social enterprises, not just those with a specific focus on climate change. Booking details will be emailed out and shared on our social media pages.  

Events Networking

Alliance Digital Gathering

People at the Centre: ALLIANCE Digital Gathering. – 22nd to 26th February. Registration now open – more info. 

Events Networking

CHEX Conference 2021

CHEX Conference 2021: Health Issues in the Community – Tue 2nd & Wed 3rd March.         A menu of workshops over two days exploring the impact of health issues in the community across Scotland. More info. 

Events Networking

Intergenerational National Netwrok Meeting

Intergenerational National Network – Mon 22nd Feb (10.30-12pm)      The next meeting of the Intergenerational National Network will be hosted by Glasgow Science Centre and will have a focus on climate change. A full agenda will be available shortly. Contact Pat Scrutton for more info. 

Events Networking

Cross Party Group Meeting

Next meeting of the Cross Party Group on Social Enterprise – Tue 16th Feb (12.30-2pm)        All are welcome to the next CPG meeting which will focus on the Holyrood election campaign theme. Register here.