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#ShiftthePower Scotland Comic Relief Programme

Are you a constituted voluntary or community organisation? Or a grassroots charity with an income of less than £250,000? If the answer is yes, you may be interested in the #ShiftthePower Comic Relief Scotland Programme.

This exciting new programme will support organisations with passionate people to make meaningful change in their communities.

The Workplace Equality Fund 2019/2020 is open for applications!

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 28th August 2019.

The Workplace Equality Fund (WEF) works with employers to address long standing barriers particular groups face in entering and progressing in the labour market so that everyone in Scotland has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. The Scottish Government is keen to ensure that the economy is representative of society, and focus on delivering inclusive economic growth.

Impact Funding Partners have managed this fund over the past two years, with funded projects engaging in work which helps to reduce employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers across a range of industries including the arts, tourism, construction and communication and STEM.

£800,000 has been made available by The Scottish Government for projects which can complete by 31st August 2020. Applicants can apply for a grant of up to £50,000.

For information on the fund visit the website here:

Big Issue Invest Scotland launch Power Up Scotland

Big Issue Invest Scotland have just launched Power Up Scotland with a call to action to apply by 30th August.

Here’s a film with some information on the programme - What is Power Up Scotland?. The programme is for early stage social enterprises (ideally not pre-trading) who are looking at taking on a loan for the first time, and who would benefit from a mentoring programme tailored to their social enterprise.

This year BIIS are working with Aberdeen Standard Investments, University of Edinburgh, The Scottish Government, Brodies LLP, Experian and Places for People. The aim of the mentoring programme is to provide the mentees with a range of cross-sector support and to widen their networks. Also to offer them a patient, low interest loan of up to £50,000.

They're also planning some information days and I’ll send on venue details nearer the time. Date are:

  • 15th August – Edinburgh (Venue TBC)
  • 16th August – Glasgow (Venue TBC)

For more information contact

Kieran Daly

Big Issue Invest Scotland

M : 07572 058368

Improving understanding of autism in Scotland fund

Inspiring Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Government, are delighted to announce the launch of a fund to help improve the understanding of autism in Scotland amongst non-autistic individuals.

This fund aims to address the real lack of understanding across Scottish society about the needs of autistic people and the challenges that they face, but also about their strengths and what they can offer society.

Read more here.

Tender for Young Person Well-Being Service by The Prince's Trust

The Prince’s Trust is calling for proposals to deliver a well-being service to support and complement personal and social development activities and employability programmes for young people in Glasgow.