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Funding Extra newsletter - 15th September 2015

an Equality Updates newsletter, produced on behalf of Glasgow Equality Forum


This issue of Funding Extra includes information provided by:
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+1 Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage: Planning To Progress: Fundraising Strategy Course : New Dates

+2 Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund

+3 Global Fund for Women Opens for 2016

+4 UK Aid Match

+5 The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

+6 Learning Disability Development  Funding 2015-16

+7 The Richard Overall Trust

+8 Weir Charitable Trust

+9 Creative Scotland and Young Scot: Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund

+10 The Lords Taverners Outdoor Play Spaces


Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage

Planning To Progress: Fundraising Strategy Course 24th September and 8th October, Glasgow

The Planning to Progress course provides participants with an understanding of the significance and usefulness of a fundraising strategy and will provide participants with the tools to construct an effective plan for their group or organisation. The course includes the following elements: researching and identifying sustainable sources of private income; developing project profiles; pitching your project; maintaining relationships with donors, funders or sponsors; reviewing and evaluating your strategy.  The course will take participants to the next level in their fundraising planning and will help you to identify the areas in which your time is best spent.
The course is taking place at the Virgin Money Lounge, 145-147 Queen St, G1 3BJ.  Both sessions start at 6pm and finish at 8:30pm. To book: 
Cost: £25 +VAT for organisations with a turnover of less than £250K; £50 +VAT with a higher turnover.  Travel bursaries are also available.


Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund

Voluntary Action Fund Press Release 02/09/15:

Four community groups have already received funding through the Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund - days after the fund was first announced. The aim of the fund is to help small voluntary organisations and community groups in Scotland run an engagement activity to gather views on how we can create a Fairer Scotland.

So far applications have been received by Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) from throughout the country. The four successful applicants are holding special events for members or local residents to share the issues that matter most to them, what they think needs to be done to create a fairer Scotland and how they and their community can play a part in shaping the future:
• People Know How (the first group to receive a grant) will hold a facilitated, interactive workshop for 18 to 25 year olds, using film and audio to record conversations;
• Alexandria Armed Veterans Association will invite veterans and their families to a meeting to share their views on how the veteran community can shape future services;
• Jewels of Islam will hold a community engagement event, capturing key points from emerging conversations;
• Sauchie Community Group will hold a drop-in session during which local residents will be invited to complete a questionnaire.

The fund aims to create opportunities for the widest possible range of voices to be heard but is aimed primarily at organisations with an annual income of under £25,000, to enable grassroots groups to have their say. To ensure your voice is heard and to share your views and ideas, why not organise your own event?

Grants of up to £300 (or exceptionally up to £500 for a larger event) are available to support an event or engagement activity with a group of five or more people. Applications can be submitted to VAF at any time from now until the deadline of 12th October 2015, with engagement activities being carried out by 16th October. Further details about what’s eligible and how to apply can be found on the Voluntary Action Fund website at

Application Form and Guidance Notes can be downloaded directly from


Global Fund for Women Opens for 2016

Women-led organisations that are working to advance the human rights of women and girls outside the United States are now invited to apply for funding during 2016. or


UK Aid Match

Provides grants to UK based NGOs for poverty reduction projects in developing countries.


The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust

Max. Value: £ 1,500

Grants are available to help disabled people in the UK to play tennis through the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching.


Learning Disability Development  Funding 2015-16

Development funding to enhance services for people with learning disabilities

The Scottish Government is seeking applications for development funding to support the refreshed delivery approach for The Keys to Life, launched in June this year, to develop and enhance services for people with learning disabilities.


The Richard Overall Trust

The aim of the Trust is to advance the physical education of disabled young individuals and groups through the provision of grants to allow their participation in or attendance at sporting activities, or the purchase of equipment for sporting events or activities.


Weir Charitable Trust

The next closing date for applications to the Weir Charitable Trust is the 26th February 2016. Community groups and charities based in Scotland can apply to for funding to support specific activities and services in sport, recreational facilities, animal welfare, health and cultural projects to improve the quality of life for people, either through a particular field of expertise or via a local community. There's no minimum or maximum that can be applied for or awarded and applicants need to state the amount they need for their project. All awards are for one year or less. Projects supported in the past include Borders Talking Newspaper (BTN), a charity which makes free weekly audio recordings of local newspapers from the Scottish Borders and circulates them on memory stick to around 150 people; and Dads Rock which is the only preschool playgroup in Edinburgh specifically for dads and male carers.


Creative Scotland and Young Scot: Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund

Creative Scotland and Young Scot have announced that the next deadline for applications to the Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund is the 18th October 2015. The Creative Scotland Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund aims to support young people aged 14-20 who need financial help in developing their talent within the creative industry. Funding will be awarded to those young people who demonstrate enthusiasm, ambition and talent in their chosen field and who would benefit from financial help to develop this further. A total funding pot of £20,000 is available in 2015-16. Individual applicants can apply for grants up to £200 while groups of two more people can apply for up to £750. Funding is available to young people aged between 14 and 20 who live in Scotland and wish to develop their talent in Drama; Dance; Music; Film; Visual arts; Literature and the digital arts. The fund provides financial support to help nurture talent in a number ways. From recording a demo with your band, to putting on an exhibition of your own artwork, and lots more in between.


The Lords Taverners Outdoor Play Spaces

The Lords Taverners Outdoor Play Spaces grants programme has re-opened for applications. Through the programme, special schools catering for children with severe learning and physical disabilities can apply for funding towards outdoor play equipment. Play time' is proven to improve children's physical and mental health, help develop emotional responses and learning skills and improving basic numeracy and literacy. Since 2009 the Lord's Taverners have provided outdoor play equipment to 83 special schools, benefiting nearly 8,000 pupils. The closing date for applications is the 30th November 2015.

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