Summer of Activities Fund

A new Summer of Activities Fund for Children & Young People has been launched today for Stirling.  Grants of up to £10,000 are open to public and third sector organisations and private partnership nurseries to deliver activities that will help to improve the wellbeing of children and young people over the summer holidays. 

Full details and application form at

https://www.stirling.gov.uk/summerfund

Please note – There is an early deadline of 11 am on 14 June 2021.

Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund

Applications for the Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund are now open. Funded by the Scottish Government, it aims to support charities who provide organised outdoor play opportunities for children and families in Scotland’s most deprived communities.

In 2020-21, the fund distributed £380,000 across 23 play charities, reaching more than 5,000 children in Scotland. This year, a total of £500,000 is being provided to help charities who facilitate outdoor play for children and their families.

Applications for up to £25,000 will be considered, though the average award is likely to be less than this.

Fund criteria:

  • Must be a registered Scottish charity.
  • Delivery in top 2 deciles of deprivation – 20% SIMD (please read the guidance notes for further information on this)
  • Funding to support children and their families to access outdoor play.
  • Only outdoor free play – not applicable to organised sports.
  • Cannot duplicate any statutory, ELC or school provision.

Apply now:

Applications close at midday on Monday April 26th 2021.

Find out more and apply online via the Inspiring Scotland website.

Business Discretionary Fund opens 7th April for ONE WEEK

Information from Councillor Martin Earl.

The Discretionary Business Support Fund is reopening from 9am Wednesday 7 April until 5pm Tuesday 13 April.

This funding will provide direct financial support to businesses in the Stirling Council area, specifically to mitigate immediate financial challenges arising from the COVID-19 restrictions and regulations announced in October 2020.  It is a one off payment of £4,000 and is aimed at small and micro-businesses (50 employees or fewer). Eligibility criteria and information regarding the fund can be found at :-

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

  • This second application opportunity is there for businesses that did not apply during the first round (18 January to 3 February)
  • This fund is designed to support small/micro businesses that have not received support from a variety of other means – There are details on the link above regarding who is/is not eligible to apply and what information will be needed.

I assume there will be a link provided on website page prior to fund opening for applications. Please let me know if there are any problems applying (earlm@stirling.gov.uk). I very much doubt there will be a further opportunity to apply to this fund so please do check and apply if you believe you are eligible.

Council lead scheme to reduce employment barriers for young people

Stirling Council is leading on a new programme aiming to reduce employment barriers for a generation of young people.

The Young Person’s Guarantee scheme was launched by the Scottish Government in November 2020 to protect young people from the economic impact of COVID-19.

The scheme aims to give all young people aged 16-24 the chance to succeed through a job, an apprenticeship, education, training or volunteering.

Stirling Council has received £500,000 funding to deliver support locally on behalf of the Scottish Government, building on its ongoing commitment to closing the gap for young people in the area.

The Covd-19 pandemic created a uniquely challenging period for Stirling’s young people, who responded with outstanding commitment and resilience to achieve high levels of attainment in last year’s SQA results.

The Young Person’s Guarantee scheme will help Stirling’s young people achieve their goals and ambitions, with support delivered in partnership with NHS Forth Valley, Forth Valley College, Developing the Young Workforce, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise, Stirling Community Enterprise and a number of local third sector organisations.

Stirling Council Senior Manager, Economic Development and Communities, Stuart Oliver, said: “The importance of investing in the next generation has never been greater as we deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is absolutely vital that that our young people can live, work, learn and achieve all they want here in the Stirling.

“We are committed to helping our young people through these difficult times by creating opportunities and providing career help, while also supporting our employers to build their future workforce.”

Key aspects of the programme will include:

–        Support which reduces young people’s barriers to employment because of a disability or learning difficulty, health inequality, poor mental health and wellbeing, criminal conviction or offending behaviour.

–        An employer recruitment incentive supporting local businesses to employ a young person and provide access to training.

–        A new job placement scheme for local young people.

–        Provision of accredited learning and training programmes supporting young people to gain qualifications.

–        Volunteer work programme supporting young people to develop skills.

–        Access to digital devices and data for vulnerable young people.

If you’d like to find out more about the Young Person’s Guarantee in Stirling, please contact learningandemployability@stirling.gov.uk.

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