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The Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is a Scottish Government fund worth £500,000 administered by Corra Foundation. Its purpose is to provide small grants to community and voluntary groups across Scotland who are connecting and supporting people within their local community. The Fund aims to specifically reach groups who have strong local relationships and help increase the wellbeing and social connections for communities. It is only available to groups that are rooted in their community, require a small amount of money, and have received little or no emergency funding during the pandemic.
Enabling Neighbourhoods & Communities Fund – SCVO

SIS Retail Academy
Sponsored by Asda and the Scottish Government, the SIS Retail Academy will host world-famous speakers facilitating masterclasses on a range of topics. They include digital marketing, online selling, and market trends. They are now open for applications from social enterprises and social entrepreneurs.
Find out more at Social Investment Scotland | Providing Affordable Social Loan Funding

The KFC Foundation provides grants to grass roots organisations in their restaurant locales. They support organisations empowering young people in the UK to fulfil their potential by providing safe social spaces, mentoring or work and social skills. Grants of between £200 and £2,000 are available for registered charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations or unregistered charities with a turnover of less than £300,000. Applications are open from the 1st to the 28th of February 2021 with a further round expected in the Autumn. Applications are via kfc.co.uk/kfc-foundation-community-grants. 

The Visitor Attractions Support Fund has been established to provide financial support to Scottish businesses in the attractions sector that have been severely affected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are now open until 5pm on Thursday the 18th of February 2021. Scottish Visitor Attractions Fund – COVID-19 | VisitScotland.org has more information.

Other funds available from VisitScotland are for hostels and coach operators. Coronavirus support & information | VisitScotland.org is an excellent online hub for information.

The Peter Vardy Foundation has launched GenZ Leaders, a new initiative which aims to provide every young person in Scotland with world class Leadership and Meta-Skills through an online based programme to be rolled out initially through secondary schools in Scotland. It is due to launch later this year. In the meantime, the programme has pledged £100,000 to help fund organisations that support the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Scotland. Registered Scottish Charities working with young people aged 10-16 are invited to apply for the fund grant via the GenZ Leaders website Gen Z Fund application – GenZ Leaders.

Tackling Poverty & Inequalities Aberdeenshire are offering financial support and signposting to anyone currently living in Aberdeenshire. They’ll be giving funding directly to individuals and families, currently living in Aberdeenshire and facing financial difficulty. They can provide financial support with essential household expenses, consumables, and employment support. You don’t need to be in receipt of benefits to access our fund: it’s there for anyone who needs support and you won’t be asked to prove your income. The process is not intrusive: your dignity and privacy is respected. Here are the steps you need to follow to apply:-
Step 1: Complete an online expression of interest (Flexible Wellbeing Fund – Progress In Dialogue). If you don’t have access to the internet, or would like support with the form, you can contact them directly by calling: 01356 630349
Step 2: Your application will be anonymously raised at their weekly funding meeting. This meeting includes reps from Progress in Dialogue, Aberdeenshire Council and Tackling Poverty & Inequalities.
Step 3: If you’re successful in your request for funding, one of their team will then contact you to discuss payment.
Step 4: We ask that those supported through the fund take part in a short telephone call or email exchange to let us know how the funding has impacted them.

The Town Centre Action Plan Expert Review Group has published its report: ‘A New Future for Scotland’s Town Centres’. The report offers a vision for how Scotland’s town centres can play a central role in ensuring fairer, greener and healthier communities. It also makes key recommendations to government and all those who work to change our towns and high streets for the better. Scotland’s Town Partnership invite you to a short webinar on the 18th of February to present the report’s vision and recommendations. Go to Webinar Launch: “A New Future for Scotland’s Town Centres” – Scotland’s Towns Partnership if you would like to register.

Living Streets Scotland, Paths for All and Ramblers Scotland have launched Walk Back Better. It outlines how decision makers can make walking as pleasant, safe and convenient as possible for everyone in Scotland and a vision to move forward to a healthier, cleaner and safer Scotland after Covid. For more information go to livingstreets.org.uk/

The Core at Corby Cube want to engage with artists in all disciplines from across the UK to create bitesized activities for young people and their families. The videos will offer a burst of creative fun and energy. For each individual bitesize workshop video they will pay a fee of £150. Find out more at ARTIST CALL OUT – Bite Size Workshop Commissions – The Core at Corby Cube (thecorecorby.com)/.