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New Year, New Equipment - January Funding Bulletin
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Dear friend of Sported

Happy new year and welcome to the first funding bulletin of 2016. If you need to start the year with new equipment then this email focuses on purchasing equipment. 

If you don’t see any funding opportunities relevant to you below, we also offer a bespoke funding advice service to help match you with funders who are more appropriate for your needs. To access this, visit Your Sported Network where you can also find our top tips for writing funding applications and other helpful hints.

The funding information contained within this bulletin is provided courtesy of Grant Advisor.  To find out more about a particular funding source please go directly to the funder’s website. The information contained with this bulletin was correct at the time of publishing.

South Ayrshire - Community Development Fund

Funding Body: South Ayrshire Council
Description:
Financial assistance is available for community organisations in South Ayrshire to enable them to become more engaged in improving their neighbourhoods.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline 25/01/2016
Maximum Value: Unknown Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

No minimum or maximum value of grant is specified.

Funding of up to 100% of the project costs will be considered.

The Community Development Fund is provided and administered by the South Ayrshire Council in line with recommendations made by South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership (CPP) to provide training, capacity building and support to community groups to enable them to become more engaged in improving their neighbourhoods.

The fund is aimed at constituted local community organisations across South Ayrshire working for the benefit of their local area and residents.

2015/16 application deadlines: 25 January 2016.

Useful Contacts:
Marie Welsh
South Ayrshire Council
Tel: 01292 612622
E-Mail: marie.welsh@south-ayrshire.gov.uk


Aberdeenshire Asset Fund for Communities

Funding Body: Aberdeenshire Council
Description:
Financial assistance is available for community organisations wishing to develop an asset or service for the benefit of local residents in Aberdeenshire.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 10,000 Minimum Value: £ 500

Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available.

In-kind support will be restricted to 20% of any project.

Only one award will be granted to any organisation within a six month period.

The Aberdeenshire Asset Fund for Communities is provided by Aberdeenshire Council.

The programme is intended to enable community organisations or social enterprises to develop assets and services. It is hoped that this initiative will allow groups to secure an ongoing income and increase their sustainability, whilst also benefiting local communities in Aberdeenshire.

Applications can be made at any time.

Useful Contacts:
Community Economic Development Co-Ordinator
Aberdeenshire Council
Tel: 01358 726411
E-Mail: ced@aberdeenshire.gov.uk


Angus - Community Grant Scheme

Funding Body: Angus Council
Description:
Financial support is available to voluntary and community groups in the Angus Council area for community based projects and events.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 5,000 Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

Grants are available ranging from any amount, up to a maximum of £5,000 in any 12 month period.

Grants of up to £1,000 can be dealt with quite quickly, while grants of over £1,000 and up to £5,000 take longer to process as they are decided by Angus Council elected members at Council Committee meetings.

The total cost of the project can be more than £5,000, but Angus Council will only give up to £5,000 towards it.

The Event Fund will cover up to £2,000 for eligible costs for each event. Applicant groups seeking funding towards the costs of an event are advised that Angus Council operates a policy of offering a declining rate of grant towards events costs over a three year period as follows:
  • Year 1 – up to 100% of costs.
  • Year 2 – no more than 67% of grant awarded in year 1.
  • Year 3 – no more than 33% of grant awarded in year 1.
However, up to 100% funding may be available for new developments or innovative aspects.
The aim of the Angus Council Community Grant Scheme is to support small community and voluntary groups with community based projects that meet the following Council aims:
  • Encourage a Civic Pride of Angus amongst Local Communities.
  • Maximise the Tourism and Heritage Potential in Angus.
  • Bring People Together.
  • Increase Involvement.
  • Improve Quality of Life.
  • Help Groups to Become Well Organised.
Applications can be made at any time

Useful Contacts:
Senior External Funding Officer
Angus Council
Tel: 01307 473222
E-Mail: externalfunding@angus.gov.uk


Dumfries and Galloway - Funding from Area Committees

Funding Body: Dumfries and Galloway Council
Description:
Financial assistance is available for projects undertaken by voluntary and community organisations in the Dumfries and Galloway area.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: Unknown Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

The following levels of funding are available for organisations:
  • One year funding of up to £1,000.
  • One or three year funding of more than £1,000.
Area Committees are likely to award a maximum of 50% funding or £50/£100 to individuals, whichever amount is lesser (dependent on individual Area Funding Criteria and sometimes on a sponsorship basis).

Individuals may apply for funding from Annandale and Eskdale, Nithsdale and Stewartry Area Committees only.

Levels of available funding from each Area Committee for 2015/16 will be published by Dumfries and Galloway Council when budgets have been set in February 2015.

Dumfries and Galloway Council awards a range of funding to voluntary and community sector organisations and individuals.

The Council forwards applications for one year's funding from individuals and groups to a number of Area Committees who assess those applications and make annual funding decisions.

The Area Committees are:
  • Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee.
  • Nithsdale Area Committee.
  • Stewartry Area Committee.
  • Wigtown Area Committee.
Applications can be made at any time until all of the funding has been allocated.

Useful Contacts:
Alison Johnston
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Community & Customer Services (Stewartry)
Tel: 01557 330291
E-Mail: alison.johnston@dumgal.gov.uk

Amanda Hutchison
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee
Tel: 01461 207011
E-Mail: amanda.hutchison@dumgal.gov.uk

Nithsdale Area Committee and Sports Council
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Grants Nithsdale
Tel: 01387 245960
E-Mail: grantsnithsdale@dumgal.gov.uk

Voluntary Sector Funding Co-ordinator
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Tel: 01387 273894
E-Mail: EFU@dumgal.gov.uk

Wendy Jesson
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Wigtown Area Committee and Wigtownshire Sports Council
Tel: 01776 888317
 

East Lothian - Partnership Grants

Funding Body: East Lothian Council
Description:
Financial assistance is available to community groups and voluntary organisations for projects and initiatives that benefit East Lothian residents.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: Unknown Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

The following categories of grant are available:
  • Funding for Special Projects
100% of project costs may be awarded where labour is being provided in a voluntary capacity, eg clubroom improvements.
  • Equipment and Materials Funding
Grants are usually to support up to 50% of costs up to a maximum of £500.
  • General Expenditure
Funding may be awarded to clubs in financial difficulty for specific items other than Rates.
  • Special Funding
This may be awarded in cases where a club shows a high level of commitment, particularly where talent is recognised and encouraged.

The Partnership Grants scheme is provided and administered by East Lothian Council. Funding is intended to support the revenue costs of clubs, groups and organisations that provide services to the East Lothian communities. Funding will take the form either of one-off grants for a specific project/initiative or ongoing funding to help with operational costs and expenses associated with providing services to East Lothian users and communities.

Applications can be made at any time and are considered approximately every six weeks at meetings of East Lothian Council's Cabinet.

Useful Contacts:
Department of Community Services
East Lothian Council
Tel: 01620 827413
E-Mail: communityservices@eastlothian.gov.uk


East Lothian - Sports Awards Scheme Special Awards

Funding Body: East Lothian Council
Description:
Financial assistance is available to clubs, groups and individual sports persons in East Lothian for activities not already covered by East Lothian Council's Sports Award Scheme.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 300 Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

50% of total costs, up to a maximum of:
  • £150 for events in Europe.
  • £300 for events outside Europe.
Larger amounts may be awarded in exceptional circumstances.

The Special Awards scheme is provided and administered by East Lothian Council as part of the Sport Awards Scheme.

Funding is intended to assist with applications not covered elsewhere in the Sports Award Scheme and would include the following:
  • Individuals selected to compete or train abroad, either because of the level of excellence attained or the specialist nature of their sport.
  • Clubs and/or teams who have competed successfully in national events qualifying them for additional competition either within or outside the UK, necessitating extra expenditure.
  • Purchase of identified special items of equipment.
  • Young people or young adults selected to attend outward bound type courses.
Useful Contacts:
Principal Officer (Sports Development)
East Lothian Council
Tel: 01875 619068
E-Mail: meadowmillsports@enjoyleisure.com


Falkirk - Community Grant Scheme

Funding Body: Falkirk Council
Description:
Financial assistance is available to voluntary organisations and community groups for projects that make a positive difference to Falkirk's communities.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 5,000 Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

A total of £5,000 (in one or more grants) is available to an organisation in any 12 month period.
Applicants may reapply after their first grant has been spent and the Council has received an end of grant report.

Grants of up to £10,000 may be awarded in exceptional circumstances. Applicants must contact the Council's External Funding Unit to discuss their project before submitting an application for a grant larger than £5,000.

The Falkirk Council Small Grant Scheme is provided and administered by Falkirk Council. Funding is intended to assist constituted, not-for-profit groups and organisations with the delivery of projects that will make a positive difference to local communities in Falkirk.

Applications can be made at any time but should be received one week before a grant panel meeting. The grants panel is scheduled to meet on the following dates in 2016: 2 February 2016; and 22 March 2016.

Useful Contacts:
External Funding Unit
Falkirk Council
Tel: 01324 506065 / 506260
E-Mail: funding@falkirk.gov.uk


Fife - Youth Work Projects Grant

Funding Body: Fife Council
Description:
Financial assistance is available to voluntary organisations who wish to develop innovative projects with young people in Fife.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 500 Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

The maximum grant awarded will be 50% of project costs up to a maximum of £500.

Fife Council administers the Youth Work Projects Grant scheme which provides financial assistance to voluntary organisations based in Fife who wish to develop new or experimental projects with young people that benefit the community.

Applications can be made at any time.

Useful Contacts:
Mandy Rossiter
Fife Council
Tel: 01592 583334
E-Mail: community.grants@fife.gov.uk


Inverclyde - Grants to Voluntary Organisations Fund

Funding Body: Inverclyde Council
Description:
Financial assistance is available to local voluntary organisations for projects that directly benefit the residents of Inverclyde.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: Unknown Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

The total fund for 2015/16 is £39,269.

The following levels of grant are available:
  • One-off grants (no minimum or maximum value specified).
  • Three year funding of under £5,000.
  • Three year funding of £5,000 and over.
Inverclyde Council's Grants to Voluntary Organisations is provided and administered by Inverclyde Council.

Funding is intended to support projects that meet the needs of the community and will make an impact on one or more of the following:
  • Target Groups include:
    • Young people.
    • Older people.
    • Carers.
    • People on low income.
    • People with special needs.
    • Cultural and sporting groups.
  • Target Outcomes include:
    • Community engagement.
    • Job creation.
    • Community learning and development.
    • Community safety.
  • The themes defined by the Inverclyde Community Plan or the Inverclyde Council Corporate Plan.
The application process is only open at certain times during the year. Contact Inverclyde Council for availability.

Useful Contacts:
Enquiries
Inverclyde Council
Tel: 01475 714 298
E-Mail: safer.communities@inverclyde.gov.uk


North Ayrshire - Local Youth Action Fund

Funding Body: North Ayrshire Council
Description:
Financial assistance is available to voluntary and community organisations in North Ayrshire for the provision of services, projects and activities that meet the needs of local young people.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 2,000 Minimum Value: £ 0

Grants of between £50 and £2,000 are available.

This is a North Ayrshire Council Fund in support of the development and enhancement of voluntary sector youth provision.

The Local Action Fund has been specifically designed to support those services and activities required by young people at a local level and which are currently suffering from under-provision by funding small, locally run projects that engage local young people.

Grants are available for groups to develop high quality services and facilities that meet the needs of the local youth, for example, improving community facilities the provision of sports and leisure equipment and the running of clubs at times that are convenient for young people.

Applications can be made at any time.

Useful Contacts:
Bernadette Anderson
North Ayrshire Council
Tel: 01294 324468
E-Mail: banderson@north-ayrshire.gov.uk


Renfrewshire - General Grant Fund

Funding Body: Renfrewshire Council
Description:
Financial assistance is available for local groups and organisations in Renfrewshire to develop activities and projects within the local area committees of Renfrewshire.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 10,000 Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

Grants of up to £10,000 are available.

The General Grant Fund is provided and administered by Renfrewshire Council. Funding is intended to support constituted local community and voluntary organisations, community planning partners, including the Council, to develop local activities and projects within the local area committees of Renfrewshire. Projects and activities must make a difference within local communities.

Useful Contacts:
Craig Courtney
Renfrewshire Council
Tel: 0141 840 3592
E-Mail: craig.courtney@renfrewshire.gov.uk

David Low
Renfrewshire Council
Tel: 0141 840 3399
E-Mail: david.low@renfrewshire.gov.uk


Renfrewshire - Leisure Grants

Funding Body: Renfrewshire Council
Description:
Financial assistance is available to support recreational and cultural activities in Renfrewshire.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: Unknown Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

Grant value depends on the nature of the activity and the funds available.

The Leisure Grants are provided by Renfrewshire Council for recreational and cultural activities and is available to all voluntary and community groups in the area.

This is an annual scheme that normally opens in late November and closes in January.

Useful Contacts:
David Low
Renfrewshire Council
Tel: 0141 840 3399
E-Mail: david.low@renfrewshire.gov.uk


Renfrewshire - Youth Challenge Fund

Funding Body: Renfrewshire Council
Description:
Financial assistance is available to local groups for projects that benefit young people in Renfrewshire.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 20,000 Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

Grants of up to £200,000 are available. 
 
The Youth Challenge Fund is provided and administered by the five Local Area Committees in Renfrewshire. Funding is intended to support local voluntary and community groups that are involved with youth activity for projects and activities that benefit young people in Renfrewshire. This is a one-off award and projects should seek to be sustainable after the grant has finished.

The fund aims to:
  • Give a voice and influence to young people, particularly disadvantaged young people, in relation to things to do and places to go and to convey a message to young people that their needs and aspirations are important.
  • Support the development of new or existing venues where a range of recreational social and cultural activities for young people can be developed.
  • Develop young people to have a major input into how the proposals are managed and what activities should be offered.
  • Change the way the Council and its partners provide activities and facilities for young people, especially in deprived neighbourhoods, and to increase the responsiveness of providers to what young people want.
  • Increase the well-being of young people by contributing to the achievement of Renfrewshire’s Children’s Services Plan, to ensure that children and young people are safe, nurtured, healthy, achieving, active, included, respected and responsible.
  • Increase young people’s engagement with Council services and with the democratic process at a local level.
  • Ensure a key element of each facility / initiative will be the provision of appropriate information to young people.
  • Ensure a range of council service partners are available to offer accurate information, advice and guidance to young people involved in supported projects.
Applications can be made at any time and are considered at quarterly Local Area Committee meetings.

Useful Contacts:
David Low
Renfrewshire Council
Tel: 0141 840 3399
E-Mail: david.low@renfrewshire.gov.uk


Sports Facilities Fund

Funding Body: Sport Scotland
Description:
Financial assistance is available for the provision or upgrading of sports facilities in local communities throughout Scotland.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: £ 1,000,000 Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

There are two strands to the award:
  • Small Projects for projects under £100,000.
  • Larger Projects for projects over £100,000.
Maximum awards can fund 50% of eligible costs, or 70% in Regeneration areas.

The Sports Facilities Fund is provided and administered by SportScotland.

The programme is intended for the provision and upgrading of sports facilities in Scotland and is divided into two key strands:
  • Single Stage Small Projects (under £100,000)
    • The provision or upgrading of sports facilities for community use. Applications should be led by local authorities, community sport hubs, clubs or trusts and can be located at schools, where community use has been/will be established.
    • The proposed development should drive an increase in sports participation at community level.
    • Applicants will also need to demonstrate what links they have established/will establish with the sports programmes, strategies and/or initiatives operated by the local authority, national governing body for sport and their associates/partners. On some school/community facilities, such as swimming pools, an Access Agreement with sports governing body(s) and/or relevant local sports clubs may be requiredto provide access at appropriate times and at affordable prices.
  • Two-Stage Larger Projects (Over £100,000):
    • The provision or upgrading of facilities at centres designated as a national/regional facility by the relevant national governing body for sport.
The proposed facility must meet the needs of the governing body for international/national/regional competition, coaching or training, be part of the governing body’s facility strategy and have been developed in consultation with the governing body and local partners. The governing body must provide written confirmation of its support for the proposal.

Applications should be submitted for the 1st of each month.

Useful Contacts:
Enquiries
Sport Scotland
Tel: 0141 534 6500
Fax: 0141 534 6501
E-Mail: sportscotland.enquiries@sportscotland.org.uk


Truemark Trust

Funding Body: Truemark Trust
Description:
Grant for small, locally-based registered charities in the UK wishing to carry out community projects.
 
Status Open for Applications
Application Deadline None specified
Maximum Value: Unknown Minimum Value: There is no minimum value

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. Previous grants have been for between £1,000 and £10,000.

The average grant awarded is approximately £3,000.
 
The Truemark Trust Grant is provided and administered by the Truemark Trust and is available to registered charities throughout the UK.

The scheme aims to fund small, local organisations undertaking innovative projects in the community.
The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time. Applications are considered at Trustee meetings which are held quarterly.

Useful Contacts:
Mrs Clare Pegden
Truemark Trust
Tel: 07970 540015
E-Mail: stuart_neil2004@yahoo.com 
Thank you for reading this month's funding bulletin. I hope the information is useful for you. 

Terry from the Sported team.  
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