Funding and training opportunities, participatory budgeting videos

(adapted from an email from Loraine Duckworth of Edinburgh Council)

Climate Challenge Fund opens for applications

Community-led organisations from across Scotland are invited to apply to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) for funding to support local projects that tackle climate change.  Download How to apply (PDF) and content and images for websites (PDF).

CCF grants of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year, are available for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020*. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process for a CCF Grant, is 17:00 on 28 August 2017.

CCF Development Grants of up to £1,500 are available until further notice to help community-led organisations identify and scope out potential climate action projects – with the aim of enabling the organisation to apply for a CCF grant or to another funder. Applications for Development Grants are invited monthly.

Apply Now

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the CCF website to find out if their organisation and project idea is eligible for funding.   Keep Scotland Beautiful advises all potential applicants to submit an Expression of Interest as soon as possible, (deadline is 17:00 on 28 August 2017), to allow as much time as possible to develop their application.

Health in Mind Training

The 2017/18 Health in Mind Training brochure (PDF) is now out and open for bookings. Bookings can be made via the Eventbrite listings at For many organisations in Edinburgh they are offering a 15% discount because Health in Mind is committed to partnership working and training together with colleagues in associated organisations.  On this years programme they are creating a range of new courses spanning three levels of learning.  The first level being what they view as essentials for all staff and many volunteers, then there is the ‘informed practice’ level which further develops key areas of knowledge and understanding, and for the more experienced practitioner there is the ‘skilled practice level’ which helps those in more specialist roles to find accessible learning. Here is the Training Overview 2017-18  (PDF).

Courses coming up soon are

Contact Duncan Wallace at for further information.

Edinburgh participatory budgeting short videos.

Last year we made our first Edinburgh PB film –

Since then we have been working on a suite of three more videos which look at PB in Edinburgh from three different perspectives – The Funder, The Voter and The Project. They are now live on our Council You Tube Channel. Enjoy!

Loraine Duckworth | The City of Edinburgh Council | East Neighbourhood Office | 101 Niddrie Mains Road | Edinburgh | EH16 4DS | Mobile: 07739188437