Call for groups to apply for grants to improve access to the outdoors

(copied from an email from CEC)

Thousands of pounds worth of grants are available to community groups looking to spruce up local community paths.

Scotland’s walking charity Paths for All has launched the 2020 Community Paths Grants programme which is offering funding of up to £1500 to constituted groups and organisations looking to create, promote and maintain parts of the path network.

Now, community organisations and registered charities such as community councils, development trusts and community woodland groups working in Scotland are being encouraged to apply for funding.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Monday, 13 April with applications closing on May 11, 2020.

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OneCity trust open for grant applications: grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 available

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The OneCity Trust is pleased to announce that its main grant programme is now open for applications. Registered charities and constituted groups based in Edinburgh and focussing their work in the city. Ideally with an annual income of less than £200,000, are invited to apply for funding for equality and social inclusion projects meeting one or more of the following priorities;

  • community connectedness
  • cultural bridging
  • civic inclusion

 

For the third year, the trust is also in a partnership with Travis Perkins Managed Services and the City of Edinburgh Council. This is a Community Benefit Legacy fund offered to the Council by Travis Perkins as part of a major contract and is managed through the OneCity Trust.

Applications for this funding will be considered from organisations that involve City of Edinburgh Council tenants or from other organisations aiming to benefit geographical areas with a high proportion of Council homes.

Overall, the Trust intends to make up to 15 grants, of between £5,000 and £10,000.

For further information and to request an application form, please see www.onecity.org.uk, or alternatively, please telephone Elaine McCafferty on 0131 469 3856 or e-mail 1819applications@onecity.org.uk.

Please note that the Trust is supported by the council on a part-time basis.

The deadline for applications is 20 April 2018, and projects should commence on 2 July 2018 and run for up to one year. Please note one off projects will also be considered. A condition of this funding agreement will be the promotion, media and photographic opportunities organised with the OneCity Trust, at any time throughout the period of the fund. You must also acknowledge the source of your funding at every opportunity, e.g. logos on websites, promotional materials, etc.

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Funding opportunities

(Adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

Funds are available in each of the three Neighbourhood Partnership Community Grants Funds for the South East Locality. These funds will be available until the end of March 2018. The Neighbourhood Partnership can award grants of up to £5,000: organisations and groups can use these for local community activity that supports the work of the Partnership and/or the Locality Improvement Plan.

For information on the process and an application form, please visit:

Your organisation or group does not have to be based in the Neighbourhood Partnership area in which you might want to apply to. However you would need to demonstrate how your project would benefit the local community of that partnership area.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss a potential application then please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Gallacher (contact details below).

Andrew Gallacher | Lifelong Learning Service Manager | South East Locality | City of Edinburgh Council | 249 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ | T: 0131 329 5129 | andrew.gallacher@edinburgh.gov.uk | www.edinburgh.gov.uk

Community Choices fund: new money for participatory budgeting

(adapted from an email from Citizen Participation Network.)

New: Community Choices Fund announced for 2017/18

The Scottish Government has announced the £1.5 million fund will be open for applications until 21st July 2017.

First launched in 2016/17, the Community Choices Fund has supported participatory budgeting (PB) in Scotland.

For 2017/18, £1.5 million of the Community Choices Fund is available in two categories of £750,000 each:

  • Category one for Public Authorities which includes Local Authorities and other Public Bodies.
  • Category two for Community Organisations and Community Councils.

The fund aims to support PB activity which will significantly expand opportunities for more local people to make decisions on local spending priorities and contribute to local participatory democracy.

Targeted particularly at work in deprived areas, the fund aims to build on the support provided by the Scottish Government for PB since 2014 as part of a broader agenda around democratic innovation and engaged citizenship.

The closing date for applications is midnight 21 July 2017.

More information: https://pbscotland.scot/blog/2017/6/9/community-choices-fund-announced-for-201718

Choose Youth Work – voting open!

(adapted from an email from Loraine Duckworth, Partnership Development Officer)

Young people in Edinburgh are being asked to vote on projects to deliver youth work across the city. During February 2017, Edinburgh Council invited groups to apply for up to £10,000 to spend on youth work activity that will benefit young people between 11-25, either locally based or citywide.

The applications were screened at the beginning of March by a group of young people and Council officers, based on priorities that were decided by young people following a consultation in 2016.

This is the first year of a three year programme, with 60k to allocate this year, rising to over 100k in year 2, and over 500k in year 3.

A total of 16 projects will now face a public vote. It is now up to you to decide which of these projects you would like to see being delivered. If you are aged between 11-21, and live in Edinburgh, you can vote for your three preferred projects.

Voting opens at 12noon on Friday 10 March and closes at 5pm on Monday 27 March 2017.

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City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership

The City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership is an advisory committee to the City of Edinburgh Council. The Partnership has a statuary responsibility to make sure that communities are engaged in decisions on services.

The City Centre Neighbourhood Partnership is part of  the South East locality. Each of the 12 Neighbourhood Partnerships in Edinburgh has been managing a Local Community Plan which has run from 2014 to 2017.

These have now evolved into Locality Improvement Plans for 2017 to 2023.

The Neighbourhood Partnership has Community Grants which it can award to projects within its area. The fund can provide grants of up to £5000 to voluntary and community groups.  Continue reading