The Mushroom Trust’s primary goal is to support the creation and improvement of greenspaces. The Trust helps to fund projects throughout Scotland. In recent years, a variety of projects have been funded: improving paths for public access, enabling the commissioning of landscaping designs for long term planting, developing allotments, enriching planting, improving public parks and play areas, and planting community gardens and orchards. If you are interested in applying the website, mushroomtrust.com/about/, has more details.
Adapt and Thrive offers a combination of advice and funding to support organisations to reflect on their current services and determine which areas need to change, flex, innovate, or grow to be resilient and successful during and post COVID-19. On 24 February, the Scottish Government confirmed additional investment for the Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme, which will allow Adapt and Thrive to continue to support the sector until the 21st of June 2021. There is more information at scvo.scot/support/coronavirus/funding/scottish-government/community-recovery/atf
The Magic Little Grants Fund provides charitable organisations the opportunity to access funding to deliver a range of projects which can fit several themes including improving mental wellbeing, enabling community participation in the arts and many more. Grants can also be used to cover core business costs. Applications are open until the 31st of October 2021 and you will receive funding within six weeks. For a full list of themes and how to apply go to localgiving.org/.
The Weir Charitable Trust aims to support Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services across Scotland to help the Scottish community. These groups and charities are likely to have found it difficult to
access funds elsewhere. The average award granted to date is £3,500 but, in exceptional circumstances, the Trust
will consider applications for funds up to £25,000. The Trust is currently accepting applications for funding with a closing date of 5pm on Friday the 27th of August 2021. For more information visit weircharitabletrust.com/faq-page.
Have you, or someone you know, been offered a job recently? The Job Start Payment of £250 is to help people aged 16-24, who have been receiving certain benefits for 6 months, with the costs of starting a new job. The job can be any paid employment, even if it’s working from home or a Modern Apprenticeship. To access more information, go to mygov.scot/jobstart.
The second round of the Climate Action Fund will focus on supporting medium-scale to large-scale projects addressing waste and consumption. It has just reopened. Successful applicants will be those that are place-based, community-led partnerships that will have the biggest impact on climate change. Go to tinyurl.com/ycfmf2ku to apply.
The Just Transition Commission are holding an online public event on the 23rd of March 12 to 1pm. It will sum up recommendations for Scottish Ministers as Scotland moves to a net-zero economy by 2045. Participants will be able to ask questions about the final report and suggest ways to drive progress. Sign-up for the event by going to eventbrite.co.uk/e/just-transition-commission-final-report-launch-event-tickets-145085971045
Thanks again to the Marr Area Partnership for their funding newsletter.
Information is also available from Formartine Rural Partnership