Impact Funding Partnershave announced the launch of the Democracy Matters Community Engagement Fund 2023 - 2024. Impact Funding Partners is managing this fund on behalf of the Scottish Government and COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities).
Applications are invited from third sector organisations and community groups to this fund.
The fund opened for applications on Monday 28 August 2023 and will close on Friday 26 January 2024.
Funded activity must take place between 28 August and 14 February 2024.
Grants of up to £300 are available on a rolling basis during the fund period and must be used to support conversations, events or gatherings in person or online.
Phase one of the Democracy Matters Fund showed that different places and diverse communities work best when they have local control and influence over decisions that affect them most.
This fund aims to develop the thinking around how a vibrant, equal system of local democracy, where people understand their rights and actively participate in civic life, can be made to work in practice.
The Fund will:
Support organisations and groups to host conversations and gather the views of people across Scotland on how a system of inclusive local democracy can be created;
Reach out to all communities across Scotland no matter how small, large or what their geographical influences are;
Reach out to marginalised individuals and communities whose voices are not heard.
For further information, guidance on how to apply, and relevant documents, please visit this link.
If, after reading through the Fund Information found on the webpage you find that you are not eligible to apply for funding, you can still contribute to the conversation;
You can hold a conversation using the available documents on the Impact Funding Partners website, either as a group of people or as an individual and submit your feedback;
Details on how to feedback and contribute to the conversation are also available on the webpage.