The Resilient Communities Fund North of Scotland is open for applications until 23rd May. The fund will support projects that achieve one of the following criteria: 1. Vulnerability – To protect the welfare of vulnerable community members through enhancing their resilience and improving community participation and effectiveness. 2. Resilience for Emergency Events – To enhance community facilities, services and communication specifically to support the local response in the event of a significant emergency event. They are offering grants of up to £20,000 to support community resilience projects. To find out more go to https://www.ssen.co.uk/resiliencefund/
The Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector
This Scottish Governance Code has been created for the third sector, by the third sector. It is a statement of best practice and has been developed by Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum following consultation with over 250 individuals and organisations. The first Code to be produced specifically for Scotland’s third sector, it recognises the need for the sector to have its own principles of governance and sets out the core principles and key elements of good governance for the boards of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Scotland. The Code has been developed with reference to a broad range of other governance codes across the UK.
Good governance matters because it underpins successful organisations. It matters in all sectors, but especially in ours where the purpose is to serve our beneficiaries as best we can. A good reputation takes years to build and seconds to destroy. Good governance underpins our effectiveness and is also the best way to protect and enhance the reputation of our individual organisations and our sector as a whole. Over 250,000 trustees in Scotland are volunteers and give their time and skills on a voluntary basis to steer the work of third sector organisations. Individually as trustees and collectively as boards, they are the bastions of good governance. This Code is for them. For you. Please use it, share it and help us promote good governance. Visit: https://governancecode.scot/
Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2019 is now open for applications! Volunteering Matters Action Earth empowers people in Scotland to take action and improve their local environment through volunteering.Any group of volunteers can apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of between £50-250 to run environmentaxl activities in Scotland’s green spaces. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds or woodlands.
They can also offer Action Earth Enhanced Grants 2019 up to £500 for projects which can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people who have defined health or social needs. Contact Robert Henderson if you wish to discuss eligibility and availability of this enhanced level grant.
They prioritise applications from volunteer groups who do any of the following:
• Work in areas where there is substantial social or economic deprivation
• Improve and develop the health and wellbeing of their local community
• Involve disabled people, vulnerable people or those at risk of exclusion
• Encourage and involve people under 26 in practical outdoor conservation
They also consider applications that make a major environmental impact or involve mass participation.
Free trees for community groups and schools
Schools across the UK, nurseries, colleges, universities and other groups such as resident associations, sports clubs, parish councils, Scouts and Guides are among the organisations eligible to apply for up to 420 trees to improve their local environment. Tree packs available include hedging, copse, wild harvest, year-round colour, working wood, wild wood and urban trees. Applications may be submitted at any time: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/free-trees