Community Capacity and Resilience Fund Phase Three now accepting applications!

In this round of the Community Capacity and Resilience fund we are looking to support a broad range of projects and activities that support local community based organisations across Scotland to help people mitigate the effects of welfare reform by providing them with the support and skills they need.

This fund gives local community based organisations the opportunity to test out new, creative approaches, develop their workforce and add capacity all with the aim of having a preventative impact on communities, help combat social inequalities, promote social inclusion and support partnership working. The fund is looking to award grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to eligible third sector organisations to deliver projects/activities for up to a 9 month period that support individuals and communities to mitigate the impact of welfare reform and poverty. This could be to deliver new services; to expand delivery of existing services or to develop your workforce. Furthermore, we have recognised that some pilot/test projects need a longer time period to determine impact therefore in this round we are seeking proposals for pilot/test projects for 12 months with grant awards up to £10,000.

So, if you work for or know an organisation that’s tackling the impact of welfare reform and poverty then we look forward to reading the application. We do have some key criteria so please have a read below before submitting an application.

Organisation Criteria

Third sector organisations, based in Scotland and delivering services in Scotland, with an annual income of £250,000 or less who would be eligible to apply include: charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, community organisations, volunteering bodies, co-operatives, housing associations, credit unions, community interest companies (CICs), charitable trusts (if set up by a local authority, completely independent of said local authority), community enterprise trusts, mutuals and trade unions. Your organisation must be part of a regulated body. Where this is not the case, your application must be have the support of a regulated organisation.

Examples of organisations who would not be eligible to apply include arms-length council bodies including trusts (defined by clauses in the constitution that concede control to the local authority), community interest companies where there is profit distribution, private sector, local authorities and public sector.

Project/Activity Criteria

Any proposed project or activity must meet one only of the fund criteria as follows:

  • Deliver a new service/ new project which focuses on tackling the impact of welfare reform, poverty and social inequalities and develops people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point e.g. One-off, short, sharp focussed piece of work that is not happening at present within the organisation. Delivery period up to 9 months; award level Minimum £1,000: Maximum £5,000
  • Develop your organisation in order to tackle the impact of welfare reform, poverty and social inequalities and develop people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point. For example via staff training: volunteer training: development of materials, resources and systems: facilitate knowledge and experience sharing events/forums/networks: develop peer mentoring. Delivery period up to 9 months; award level Minimum £1,000: Maximum £5,000
  • Expand the capacity of your organisation in order to meet demand relating to welfare reform, poverty and social inequalities and develop people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point e.g. increasing staffing levels/hours to increase/expand the delivery of an existing specific service(s): funding to support staff from partner agencies to deliver services in your premises. Delivery period up to 9 months; award level Minimum £1,000: Maximum £5,000.
  • Pilot/test a new service/ new project which focuses on tackling the impact of welfare reform, poverty and social inequalities and develops people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point e.g. piloting a new service(s) that is not happening at present within the organisation. Delivery period 12 months; award up to £10,000 maximum

The aim of the scheme is to fund projects and activities that mitigate the impact of poverty and welfare reform where there currently isn’t the capacity or resources,  therefore the scheme cannot fund any existing work or core costs.

Applications are now closed.