Discretionary Business Support Fund

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Below is a link to the new Discretionary Business Support Fund that is being administered by Stirling Council.

This fund is designed to provide support for those businesses that have been unable to obtain support since October last year.

This is for small and micro businesses ( 50 employee or fewer) . The following  designations are eligible :-

NOTE :  Applications must be made by 5pm February 10

  • Limited Company (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations and social enterprises)
  • Sole Traders
  • Trusts
  • Partnerships
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Freelancers
  • Self-employed individuals
  • Sub-contractors

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/jobs-business-investment/business-advice-support/discretionary-business-support-fund/

Scotrail/First Bus Service Update & Funding Opportunities

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Scotrail have announced reductions in services from February 1

Link below to drop down menus for each route providing specific information:-

https://www.scotrail.co.uk/february-2021-timetable-change?utm_source=FebTTservice&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=531577_February%20Timetable%20Update

First Bus have made changes to services due to a number of Covid cases related to the Bannockburn Depot.

This link enables you to find the service of interest and keep tabs of current timetables

https://www.firstgroup.com/south-east-and-central-scotland/plan-journey/timetables/?source_id=2&operator=25&page=1&redirect=no

Here is a link to a specific support fund launched for Taxi and Private Hire companies/drivers

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/jobs-business-investment/business-advice-support/taxi-and-private-hire-driver-support-fund/

Here is a link to a fund just launched for businesses supporting the Wedding Sector

https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/service/funding/scottish-wedding-industry-fund#nextsteps

Forth Valley COVID-19 Partnership: Funding

Information from Stirling Council Community Development Team

The Forth Valley COVID-19 Partnership has launched a new grants programme, distributing funds to support communities and people affected by COVID-19 outside of hospital.

The Forth Valley Covid-19 Partnership consists of the NHS Forth Valley Endowment Fund (better known as Forth Valley Giving), the three Third Sector Interfaces (CVS Falkirk, SVE and CTSI), and both Health and Social Care Partnerships operating in the Forth Valley.

Together they will oversee the new Community Partnership Grants Programme, which will distribute £126,000 of local grants, and is open to any registered charity, community interest company (CIC), community or voluntary group with a bank account delivering services in the Forth Valley area.

The grants are only open to organisations offering support to the following types of work:

  • support for unpaid carers
  • people affected by drugs and alcohol
  • people isolated and lonely
  • groups helping with wellbeing and mental health community support
  • suicide prevention
  • bereavement and end of life support

Phase One will offer seven grants up to £15,000 each, with Phase Two offering small (up to £2,000) and micro grants (up to £1,000).

The closing date for Phase One is Monday 1st February. The launch of Phase Two will start on Tuesday 2nd February and close on Friday 26th February.

For more information, see the full guidance notes which include details on submitting an expression of interests.

Discretionary Business Support Fund

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

Below is a link to the new Discretionary Business Support Fund that is being administered by Stirling Council. Open today.

This fund is designed to provide support for those businesses that have been unable to obtain support since October last year.

This is for small and micro businesses ( 50 employee or fewer) . The following  designations are eligible :-

NOTE :  Applications must be made by 5pm February 10

  • Limited Company (including Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations and social enterprises)
  • Sole Traders
  • Trusts
  • Partnerships
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Freelancers
  • Self-employed individuals
  • Sub-contractors

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/jobs-business-investment/business-advice-support/discretionary-business-support-fund/

Charity Funding Opportunities

The following information may be of interest if you run a local charity.

The Weir Charitable Trust has launched a one-off emergency fund totalling £200,000 to be directed to support the most vulnerable people across Scotland. This is in addition to the normal 6 monthly cycle of awards. The Trust will prioritise one-off awards to support projects addressing loneliness and isolation; mental health support, food and fuel poverty, supporting people with additional support needs, young people and families facing financial uncertainty due to redundancy.

To be considered for the award groups and charities must be in a position to use the funds immediately to provide direct support in their communities. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 4th December 2020.
https://weircharitabletrust.com/apply-now

Movement for Good’s 12 Days of Giving is back again for 2020. Nominations are invited for any UK registered charity for the chance
to win £1,000.

There will be 10 winners drawn at random each weekday from
7 –22 December 2020.

A total of 12 charities will share £120,000 and the more nominations, the better the chances.
https://www.movementforgood.com/12days

Funding for local cycling events

Community organisations can now apply for grants of up to £10,000 to organise beginner-friendly, local cycling events in 2021. Applications are open for Cycling Scotland’s Pedal for Scotland funding. The fund will support community organisations to deliver local cycling events next year, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. Events should support inclusive cycling and highlight local cycling infrastructure and opportunities.

There are two streams of funding available, each with their own criteria:

  • Up to £1,000 – Local events for between 50 and 250 people, delivered by community organisations
  • Up to £10,000 – Larger events for between 250 and 700 people, delivered in partnership with Cycling Scotland

Deadlines

Round 1 (for events happening before 30 June 2021) – 30 November 2020
Round 2 (for events happening before 31 October 2021) – 12 February 2021

To apply visit the Cycling Scotland website for full guidance on eligibility and criteria: https://www.cycling.scot/pedal-for-scotland/grant-funding

Corona Virus Update 13/5/2020

Information from Councillor Martin Earl

UK Gov Employee Furlough Scheme extended  to the end of October https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52634759

Here is a link to the latest Scot Gov advice on outdoor exercise issued May 11 https://www.gov.scot/news/changes-to-advice-on-going-outdoors/

Here is a link to the Second Coronavirus Bill that has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament on May 11 https://beta.parliament.scot/bills/coronavirus-scotland-no2-bill

Link to the latest funding possibilities for charities from SCVO https://stirling.fundingscotland.com/

Information from Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Wellbeing Fund Round 2 open

The second round of the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund is now open to applications from voluntary sector organisations providing crucial services to people as a result of coronavirus.

The first round closed on 30 April having received over 1,000 applications, with half of applications already assessed and more than £6 million approved for funding so far.

Awards have been offered to support a wide range of activity across all communities in Scotland.  From creative learning packs, online exercise classes and increased phone contact to support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans and young people, to grocery and baby essential parcels for those who are self-isolating. 

The second round of the Wellbeing Fund is open to all voluntary sector organisations that did not apply or receive funding from the first round. Applications from organisations working to support people facing financial or employment difficulties are being particularly encouraged, as well as applications from organisations working with minority communities. 

For more information about the Wellbeing Fund, including eligibility criteria and a link to apply – visit the SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub.

Connecting Scotland

The Connecting Scotland initiative announced by Scottish Government this week aims to connect up to 9,000 more people on low incomes who are considered clinically at high risk so they can access services and support and connect with friends and family during the pandemic. SCVO is working with partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors to deliver the programme. If you currently work with people that are on low incomes and in the ‘shielding’ group, we would be interested in hearing your experiences of issues related to digital exclusion.

Guidance, resources & events

You can find links to useful resources and information for both organisations and individuals on our Coronavirus Third Sector Info Hub, as well as details of upcoming SCVO events.

If your organisation is hosting a webinar, online course or seminar on this topic and would like to promote it, you can submit it to TFN’s online events calendar.