August Funding News

The Scottish Government have announced the launch of two significant funds which will provide funding of £7m for the social enterprise sector in Scotland – Just Enterprise and the Enterprise Growth Fund.

The People’s Postcode Lottery Dream Fund is a new initiative developed by the People’s Postcode Trust team to give organisations the chance to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life.  The Dream Fund will offer £600,000 over two years, with £300,000 available for 2011, and £300,000 for 2012. Registered charities and community organisations in Scotland can apply for up to £100,000 to deliver a new and innovative 12-month project that meets one of the following funding criteria: Helping Communities Lead an Active Life; Helping to Involve Volunteers; Helping to Tackle Climate Change

The Wellcome Trust have recently announced their People Awards – where organisation’s can apply for up to £30,000 in funding towards projects that introduce biomedical science to the public.  If you have a project that will encourage public debate and understanding of biomedical science, take a look at their website to see whether you are eligible for funding.  The next deadline is 28th October 2011.

The Wellcome Trust also has an arts awards programme that seeks to engage the public in biomedical science through creative arts programmes and again, awards grants of up to £30,000 imaginative and experimental arts programmes.

Flytipping Small Grant Scheme – The flytipping small grant scheme is being administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland to support landowners/managers  and community groups in Scotland who have experienced persistent problems of flytipping. The total grant fund is £50,000.

The Sita Trust’s Enhancing Communities programme funds community improvement projects that make physical improvements to community leisure facilities and historic buildings / structures with grants of up to £60,000 available.

Coastal communities across the United Kingdom will receive a multi-million pound boost each year from a new Coastal Communities Fund, financed by the Government through the allocation of funding equivalent to 50 per cent of the revenues from the Crown Estate’s marine activities.  This new fund is designed to support the economic development of coastal communities and will support a wide range of projects, including those that support charities, the environment, education and health. Examples could include support for developing renewable energy, improving skills or environmental safeguarding or improvement.

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