Fife Social Enterprise Network - May 2019 Newsletter


Greener Kirkcaldy

Congratulations to Greener Kirkcaldy who opened their new purpose built premises. They have a launch event on the 1st May to celebrate the launch of the new building and The Lang Spoon Community Kitchen – a place for people to come together to cook, eat and learn. Come and look round the new community building, which includes two community kitchens, an events space, a kitchen garden, a new distribution point for Kirkcaldy Foodbank, and is the base of the Cosy Kingdom energy advice team, free bike borrowing scheme (which includes 6 electric bikes!) and new Community Fridge.

Community Led Improvements for Methil & Buckhaven (CLIMB)

Participatory Budgeting (PB) continues to grow as a vehicle for the public sector to engage more effectively with communities. In Fife, Community Led Improvements for Methil & Buckhaven (CLIMB) successfully applied for the Scottish Governments Community Choices fund to run a PB Process. They made £60,000 available to support the priorities contained in the Buckhaven and Methil Community Action Plans. These plans were developed with a good engagement process which enabled members of the community to set out their ideas for much needed improvements. The PB fund offers the chance to realise some of these aspirations.

The PB steering group ‘Community Led Improvements for Methil & Buckhaven (CLIMB)’ placed ballot boxes in the community centre, local schools and secondary school (prior to the PB voting event) to encourage local people to have their say about what project ideas should get funding.

Liza from ‘Autism Rocks Scotland’ was successful in getting the votes for her £2,500 idea to renovate the sensory garden for people with Autism. More info :-


# The final deadline for National Lottery's Community Assets grants is October 4th, 2019. The grants cover applications for supporting community-owned building or capital projects, and range from £10k to £1mN

# Children in Need Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10k per year for up to three years. The next deadline is May 28th 2019

# Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust provides grants of £5k to projects that relate directly to children aged between 0 and 11 years old, led by charities with an operating income and expenditure of £1m minimum. The latest round opened April 1st 2019

# The Scottish Funding Council offer several funding programmes, which are administered by Interface, to offset the cost for businesses collaborating with Scotland's universities or further education colleges to develop new products, services and processes through R&D projects.

* Standard Innovation Vouchers

Up to £5,000 of funding aimed at encouraging first-time partnerships between a company and a university or further education college. The company contributes an equal value in cash or in kind (such as staff time, materials or equipment) or a combination of both.

* Student Placement Innovation Vouchers

Up to £5,000 to fund a PhD or Masters student to work within your organisation on a clearly defined project and continue the development of a Standard Innovation Voucher award. The company must have suitable premises to host a student for the duration of the project.

# The Paristamen CIO is a small grantmaking charity. Its operational base is in Dunbar, Scotland. They support national charities where they meet their criteria and local charities based in the Yorkshire region or in Scotland. The Responsive Grant-Making programme is their main programme and the criteria are relatively broad. They make small unrestricted grants likely to make a difference to your operational work. Next deadline: 1 June 2019

# Funded by the Scottish Government, the Brexit Support Grant provides a minimum of £2,000 and a maximum of £4,000 to help small to medium-sized enterprises in Scotland manage a wide range of Brexit impacts.

# Greggs Foundation - Local Communities Project Fund

Greggs Foundation helps organisations based in local communities to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of our local communities. They are interested in projects that improve resilience within your community of interest. All projects must support a community of interest, i.e. people who are: disabled or suffering chronic illness; living in poverty; voluntary carers; homeless people; isolated older people; other demonstrable significant need. They can fund sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are more likely to make grants to local organisations based near Greggs shops. Next deadline: 30 June 2019

# Cash for Kids Charities (Scotland)

The Cash for Kids charity awards grants to help disabled and disadvantaged children aged 0 to 18 who are suffering from abuse or neglect, who are disabled or who simply need extra care and guidance. Grants are also given to children's charities and organisations to help them undertake projects and new initiatives or to ensure that much needed services can continue to provide essential care and support. They cover 22 areas around the UK in partnership with Bauer Radio Tay FM & Forth FM.

# DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

Applications are now being welcomed from projects working in the areas of education or health with one of our four chosen focus groups of children and young people:

• those with disabilities,

• those who are sick in hospital,

• those who are homeless or in care; or

• those who are life limited (requiring palliative care)

Next deadline: 7 May 2019

# Localgiving - Magic Little Grants

In association with Postcode Community Trust, the fund provides local charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation. The aim of the fund is to support the work of organisations that are engaging hard to reach individuals, encouraging them to take part in physical activity to help improve their physical health. To benefit from funding, projects must support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants. Grants can be used to support the general running costs of new and existing sports and physical activities. For example, this could include: facilities hire, kit & equipment, coaching qualifications, other volunteer expenses etc.

Next deadline: 30 November 2019

# FIRSTPORT – Pounds for Purpose

Firstport's Pounds for Purpose allows young people in Scotland aged 16-26 who want to make a difference to their community and environment to apply for grants of up to £500 to help them get their project off the ground. Projects could include tackling inequality; bringing people together; promoting positive mental health; environmental improvements; and caring for others.

#The National Lottery, Community Fund Scotland

Thinking of applying to develop a local building or asset? Yes! Then it is time to talk to us. Community Assets is our National Lottery funding for community-owned building or capital projects. For more information on the funding and how to apply, visit the Community Assets page on our website.

Deadline for closure and final applications: October 4, 2019

For more funds:-

Fife Council have teamed up with SCVO Funding Scotland to provide a free advanced funding search facility for charities, community groups and social enterprises. It includes information on over 1,000 funds and can help you find everything from small grants to funding for big capital projects. You will need to register to use this facility but it is completely free.


} Social Enterprise Census 2019 survey

The Social Enterprise Census 2019 survey is now live! Take just 15 minutes to complete the survey and inform the latest facts and figures about social enterprise in Scotland -

} Cosy Kingdom Team

Are very keen to learn and engage with other projects throughout Fife. They would like to invite representatives of other projects, groups or organisations helping people in Fife to one of their team meetings, to explain what you do and increase our knowledge, allowing us to refer or sign post into your service where applicable. These sessions are 30 minutes long, starting at 11am on a Wednesday, every 4 weeks. See their Eventbrite page for upcoming dates and to book a timeslot.

For more information, email

} Fife Health & Social Care Partnership - Strategic Plan consultation

The Strategic Plan is the plan used to focus and develop the health and social care priorities for the people of Fife. Over the past three years a great deal has been achieved, delivering essential services to thousands of people every day – but are we getting this right? Are we meeting the needs of the communities in Fife? Are we using our resources to get the best value? Are we prepared for the future?

They now need more input from all Fifers to understand if the priorities are right. This is a great opportunity to use our experiences and knowledge to help drive how we deliver services for the next three years. Your views are essential to this.

} Fife Centre for Equalities - Different Paths: A Collection of Life Stories

A big thank you to everyone involved so far in the Different Paths interviews and their positive contributions. They are still looking for people aged 55+ from minority ethnics, faith-based groups or transgender communities. It would be fantastic if you could share your experiences of living, working or studying in Fife in the form of an interview. The Centre is aiming to widen and deepen their understanding of how protected characteristics affect ageing in Fife.

For more information click here, contact or call on 01592 645310. You can also text on 07800 005 834.


Senscot still has a number of discounted places for Sports Marketing Network’s focussed one day conference on sport and physical activity in Scotland. Delegates will receive an update on Sport for Life, Sportscotland’s new corporate strategy which aims to create a world class sporting system in Scotland.

There will also be presentations from Aberdeenshire Council, the Observatory for Sport in Scotland, as well as a number of sports clubs with various experiences to share from across Scotland. The conference will take place on 18th of June, at the Stirling Court at the University of Stirling. If you’re interested in attending, contact for discounted places.


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> Introduction to Tendering - 08/05/19

You are invited to participate in a FREE workshop on Tendering with the Public Sector.

Introduction to Tendering takes you through the tender process from start to finish. From finding contracts, responding to opportunities, the selection stage, award criteria and debriefing, this comprehensive beginner-level course will tell you everything you need to start bidding for public contracts. Venue: Carnegie Conference Ctr, Dunfermline DATE: 08/05/19

> Crowdfunding - 09/05/19

Crowdfund Scotland team are running a workshop on Thursday 9th May, in association with LEADER. This will be an introductory session suitable for anyone who wants to find out more about this method of fundraising and the potential uses for local projects.

Topics to be covered:

What is crowdfunding?

Introducing Crowdfund Scotland

What are the benefits of crowdfunding?

What makes a good crowdfunding project?

Three steps to success

Accessing advice and support

Final curtain

After watching Leslie Amateur Drama Club placing second in the SCDA Scottish Final this week in the Adam Smith Theatre with a powerful production of “Nine” a wee plug if I may:- The Auld Kirk Players are holding a night of entertainment on 23rd and 24th May in Kirkcaldy to which you invited . Cost £8 per ticket.

Keep up the good work.