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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 admin@angussen.org.uk. 

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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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.  – https://scvo.org.uk/funding

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
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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 admin@angussen.org.uk. 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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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 pauline@scotcomfinance.scot.  

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: https://www.localenergy.scot/funding/cares-funding-available-now/

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Business Support Fund
This fund of £10K has now been extended to include those that have Charitable Rates Relief. If you have not yet claimed it, please do. Many of our members are reporting that it was straightforward and quick to access. Follow this link to claim in Angus.
https://www.angus.gov.uk/business/business_rates/scottish_government_coronavirus_business_support_fund

500 charities will get £1000.
A chance to get £1000 for your organisation.
Movement For Good  has opened a nomination process to allow individuals to put forward their choice. Simple registration system and one nomination per person. It is not a vote with the highest number winning but a nomination and selection process. Closing date 24th May 2020 – so best be quick.

The second round of the Scottish Govt’s Wellbeing Fund –will close Friday 22nd May. This fund is aimed at supporting work in the third sector providing COVD 19 related services.

The other main Scottish Govt grant is the Third Sector Resilience Fund which is now in phase 2 with slightly revised criteria. Check out the full criteria and guidance.

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 pauline@scotcomfinance.scot

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. https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/ There is a dedicated worker for each geographic area.

SCVO has a really good list of existing funders and how they are responding to the crisis – so go to https://scvo.org.uk/support/coronavirus/funding/funders to get the latest updates.

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Just Enterprise has been tailoring its service in response to the COVID19 crisis – including their one-one Crisis Review Service. So if you are needing some direct fact intervention, please contact them.

They are also supporting applications to the TSRF with support to get the cashflows right. See this summary of support available to social enterprises affected by COVID19. Are you in fact growing your business or offering a new service and need support, then contact Just Enterprise as they can support with that too through the normal programme.

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 pauline@scotcomfinance.scot.

This week saw the launch of the Scottish Govt’s Wellbeing Fund – designed to support organisations across the third sector that are providing important frontline services for people as a result of coronavirus crisis. £10m has already been allocated for immediate priorities and £7 million has been committed to provide around 2,000 charities with small grants through Corra, Inspiring Scotland, STV Appeal, SCVO and Scotland’s Third Sector Interfaces. The remaining £33 million is now open to bids from Third Sector Organisations. The first round of expressions of interest have been submitted. A second round will be open in May, if you missed this one, for work that is supporting the work of the third sector in providing COVD 19 related services.


One of the other main Scottish Govt responses to the current crisis is the Third Sector Resilience Fund which has now been open for around three weeks – and is already distributing funds – see list of awardees. We have also heard from many who have been unsuccessful. This fund is for those that are in crisis.

The next fund to open will be the Supporting Communities Fund. More news once that is open.

National Emergencies Fund

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.

SCVO has a really good list of existing funders and how they are responding to the crisis – visit for the latest updates