Know where to turn for local group funding

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Funding for community groups and projects is quite often an area many groups aren’t aware is open to them, but CVS Aberdeenshire have highlighted some of the funding opportunities for group funding in South Aberdeenshire.

CVS (Council for Voluntary Services) supports and represents local voluntary sector organisations by offering a range of services for new and established groups, and if they can’t help, they will find someone who can.

The local office, situated on Stonehaven’s Barclay Street, can help with a number of issues concerning local groups and how to establish them.

However in this month’s newsletter they have highlighted a number of different organisations that can provide funding for certain community groups and how to go about applying for it.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is one of the listed organisations. They offer grants for capital and revenue costs for projects that will improve service provision in rural areas, support rural enterprise and farming business, provide training for young people or educate people about the value of the countryside. All applicants wishing to apply to The Prince’s Countryside Fund must clearly demonstrate the public benefit arising from their activities. The organisation is open for applications until 19 October, for more information visit www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk.

The Bank of Scotland Small Grants Programme is open to charities registered in Scotland for projects which develop and improve local communities or which help with financial literacy and financial inclusion. The closing date for applying for this is 15 October. For more information visit http://bankofscotlandfoundation.org/small-grants-programme.

The People’s Postcode Trust Dream Fund offers funding for projects which encourage active living, bring communities together, tackle climate change or expand life opportunities. Projects applying for funding from this fund must be a maximum of 12 months duration and the closing date is 31 October. For more on this fund, visit www.postcodetrust.org.uk/dream-fund/how-to-apply.aspx.

Specialised group HRUK and Subway Healthy Heart Grants are open to applications from community groups working on new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups of communities. For more information visit www.heartresearch.org.uk/grants/subwayhhg.

The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Your Heritage programme supports heritage projects that promote learning, conservation and participation. They particularly welcome applications from groups that help people to learn about, look after and celebrate heritage in a fun and enjoyable way. For more information visit www.hlf.org.uk/howtoapply/programmes/pages/yourheritage.aspx. Applications can be submitted at any time up until 31 January.

The Shell Community Awards Fund is a small grants programme for community groups and small charities working in the areas of education, environment, safety and social inclusion. Groups with an income of less than £250,000 can apply. They also run the Shell Community IT Support fund which is for small groups and charities specifically to help them purchase IT equipment. Applications are up to £2000 and through the Express Grants programme, for more information phone 0141 341 4960.

If you require further information about funding in this area, visit CVS Aberdeenshire at 42-46 Barclay Street, or phone 01569 668055.