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  • Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund

    Created: 16/02/2021

    The Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is a Scottish Government fund worth £500,000 administered by Corra Foundation.

    Coronavirus has had a significant effect in the way we all live and work. It has impacted on how as neighbours and communities we connect and relate to each other. The purpose of the Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund 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.
    • Help increase the wellbeing and social connections for communities.

    Who can apply?

    Community groups, membership groups, voluntary groups, social enterprises, and charities who:

    • Have local people leading the delivery of support/activities for the benefit of their community.
    • Provide support or activities for their community at no charge and/or small fee.
    • Have a volunteer management committee.
    • Confirm any potential profits are used to benefit the local community and/or other charitable purposes.
    • Groups who do not have a constitution or bank account may still be able to apply. In this case,  groups must have a relationship with a local “buddy organisation” who can support their application.

    Groups who were established to help meet the needs of their neighbourhood during the pandemic are eligible, as long as they meet other criteria.

    What is available?

    Grants usually between £1,000 – £2,000 (maximum of up to £5,000) will be available. Funds will be unrestricted to help groups cover running costs or deliver support or activities in their local area over the next 12 months. Examples of what funds could cover:

    • Providing ongoing support to local people impacted by coronavirus (e.g. social connections/ shopping).
    • Helping pay for volunteer expenses.
    • Covering rental for accessing community space (when restrictions are lifted and access to space is allowed).
    • Planning future activities during school holiday periods.
    • Helping volunteers and community members stay safe (e.g. PPE, training).

    Find out how to apply for this fund here. If you have any questions about applying through a buddy organisation or need any support to complete the form please contact Laura Mathieson [email protected] 

    There is no definitive closing date for this fund.

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