NEWS FROM SCOTLAND: MARCH

Events

Eden Project Communities Network – Supporting each other

We’ve planned a regular slot for a series of online meet-ups in the short term, taking place every Friday for just one hour to keep the opportunity to check-in with each other as open as we can. Keep an eye on our Facebook pages and our website for more topics as we confirm them.

Funding

The current COVID-19 outbreak is creating a lot of uncertainty, including how funded projects are able to go ahead. Fortunately, several funders have already stepped in to offer support. Corra are offering flexibility around how and when funding is used, while Social Investment Scotland have stated that they still have money available to invest, and will be available to discuss how they can support social enterprises and community groups. If you are concerned, please do speak to your funder about how they can support you during this unprecedented time.

Awards For All and Community Led Activity

National Lottery Community Fund is accepting applications, including for Awards For All and Community Led Activity. 

Awards for All

You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or Community Interest Company
  • school (as long as your project benefits and involves the communities around the school)
  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council)

Community Led Activity

This funding is for organisations in Scotland that are based in the local area they serve and are run by local people. Your organisation should have a governing body, such as a committee or board which includes at least three unrelated people and a written governing document, such as a constitution. This governing document should make it clear that your organisation has:

  • a social purpose – your organisation must have a clearly stated purpose which benefits the local area in some way
  • open membership – everyone living in the area should be able to get involved in your organisation and the work that it does
  • community control – the majority of people serving on your governing body are from the local area and make the decisions

Foundation Scotland Coronavirus response

Foundation Scotland appreciate that the Coronavirus situation will have a big impact on communities. They know that charities, local organisations and social enterprises will play a critical support role, providing practical and emotional support, helping to mobilise local services, care for those most in need and tackle isolation.

Foundation Scotland want to reassure you that they will do what they can to support communities. For more information on this response and to find out more about funds available visit them online.

Community Scotland

Rather than replicate what already exists, the Communities Channel aims to point you in the direction of some of the most useful funding sites and resources. Click here to find out more.

News

Welcome to our new Country Manager, Sophie Bridger

We’re delighted to welcome our new Country Manager, Sophie Bridger, who officially joined us on the 24 February and we’ve been keeping her busy from the get go!

Since Sophie started in her new role, we have all found ourselves in difficult and unprecedented times. But what we are seeing is that kindness is spreading across the UK, with communities coming together to support each other. Neighbours are shopping for each other, distilleries are creating much needed hand gel and communities are coming up with new ways to connect each other.

We’ve created a 5 step Community Action Response and you can download this poster here, which you can share with your community. We hope you’ll all join us in welcoming Sophie to the team and that we’ll have a chance to connect online soon.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates @EdenCommsScot.