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

Some funding opportunities

(based on information sent by Loraine Duckworth of Edinburgh Council)

OneCity Trust

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 with an annual income of less than £200,000 are invited to apply for funding for social inclusion projects meeting one or more of the priorities of (1) community connectedness (2) cultural bridging (3) civic inclusion

For more information, go to www.onecity.org.uk, telephone Elaine McCafferty on 0131 469 3856 or email 1718applications@onecity.org.uk.

Edinburgh Trust Community Fund

This is a new fund which registered charities, constituted groups, non-constituted groups, and individuals are all eligible to apply to. The application closing date is fairly soon: 21 April 2017.

To apply, go to http://www.evoc.org.uk/updates/edinburgh-trust-community-programme

For help with applications contact Christina Hinds, Development Worker, Telephone: 0131 555 9103

 

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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Some funding opportunities

(adapted from an email from Katie Swann, Partnership Development Officer)

Greenspace Scotland Tesco Grants for open spaces, equipment, community events, sport, leisure activities & they are looking for more Edinburgh applications. Open to community groups,  schools & local authorities
http://greenspacescotland.org.uk/bags-of-help.aspx

Voluntary Arts Scotland new booklet – Cash for Culture Guide to Fundraising for voluntary led creative groups
https://www.voluntaryarts.org/cash-for-culture

The Spirit of Women Changemakers Grant which will fund activity to improve the wellbeing of women and girls.
http://www.evoc.org.uk/noticeboard/notices/the-spirit-of-women-changemakers-small-grants/

There’s some new funding available as part of the People’s Health Trust that might be of interest to you.
http://www.evoc.org.uk/updates/active-communities-funding-campaign/

Katie Swann | Partnership Development Officer | City of Edinburgh Council | South East Locality | City Chambers | Level 9, 329 High Street | Edinburgh | EH1 1PN | 0131 529 7492 | katie.swann@edinburgh.gov.uk

Funding freedom from Islamophobia

(adapted from an email from ‘Prevention, Interventions & Partnerships’ within Police Scotland)

Over the past few months Police in Edinburgh and the City of Edinburgh Council have been working in partnership with representatives from the City’s Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities to deliver this funding opportunity.

We are inviting you to apply for funding to deliver projects which will help create a city free from Islamophobia.

Individuals and groups, supported by a charity or organisation, as well as charities and organisations themselves, can submit an application to receive up to £5,000 worth of funding per project. Continue reading

Leith Decides – apply soon!

Applications for £eith decides need to be submitted soon. The 7th £eith decides programme has been brought forward in the financial year.

Among the benefits to making an application are that it can help to promote your organisation and provide networking opportunities, as well as the possibility of getting a community grant. Continue reading