Scottish Community Councils Summer Newsletter

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Welcome to the summer edition of the Scottish community councils newsletter!  Here you can find information, resources and news relevant to Scottish CCs.

For any queries in relation to Community Councils in Scotland please contact Brian Davey at scottishccs@improvementservice.org.uk or call 01506 281180.

Information

Community Council Covid-19 Responses

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected how community councils are operating but they are still carrying out great work helping their communities at this difficult time. We are hearing some great responses from CCs across the country and this section of the website aims to highlight lots of positive examples of the work CCs are doing to support the Covid-19 response.

Send us your examples

We want to hear from you and highlight examples of good practice in response to Covid-19. If you’d like us to include what your community council is doing, please get in touch.

Resources

Online Meetings during Covid-19

We are aware community councils are adapting to new ways of working and engaging with their communities. Have a look at our dedicated page for tips and advice on using digital tools to meet online.

Mental health and well-being during Covid-19

There is a dedicated page which provides useful links for community councils that offer advice and information on mental health and well-being.

News

New £150,000 Fund for Scotland’s Coastal Communities

A new fund designed to support local regeneration and sustainable development around Scotland’s coastline has been launched by Crown Estate Scotland. Read more about it here.

Call for Evidence on how to Revitalise Town Centres Post-Covid-19

The Town Centre Expert Review Group, announced last month by Cabinet Secretary Aileen Campbell, has put out a call for written evidence on how to revitalise town centres in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about it here.

Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund Now Open for Grants from £1,000 – £5,000

Foundation Scotland in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust are providing funding to support charities and constituted community groups that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more about it here.

Scotland is Stunning Campaign

Zero Waste Scotland – in partnership with Scottish Government and Keep Scotland Beautiful – has launched a new campaign to encourage everyone to take pride in our outdoor spaces and keep them litter free. Read more about it here.

For other news visit the Community Council website.

Tell us your news 

Got a story to share about community councils and their projects? Get in touch with us at scottishccs@improvementservice.org.uk and tell us all about it, so we can tell everyone else about it!

Join the Scottish Community Councillors Development Network

The Scottish Community Councillors Development Network is a Knowledge Hub (KHub) group for community councillors and people interested in community council work. Join the group to network with other community councillors, share knowledge and experience, and discuss queries or issues. Sign up for free to KHub to join the group. Join Scottish Community Councillors Development Network on KHub.

Port of Leith Housing Association funding for responses to COVID-19

Port of Leith Housing Association has a new fund for local community and voluntary sector organisations. It has made £50,000 available for local organisations to support their responses to COVID-19.

Please click to download the guidance and a short application form.

The association aims to make decision on applications once per week and payment should follow quickly.

The association has tried to keep any restrictions and administration to a minimum. If any organisation wants to apply for funds that they think sit outside this funding, they can call Anita Aggarwal to discuss it on 07825 971 742.

Kind regards,
Anita Aggarwal (she/her)
Community Support Co-ordinator
Port of Leith Housing Association
108 Constitution Street
Leith
Edinburgh, EH6 6AZ
0131 202 4403
07825 971 742

Helping communities affected by COVID-19

(from the Scottish Government website)

An additional £350 million will go to those most affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The funding will be made available to councils, charities, businesses and community groups and designed to be flexible, cutting down on red tape to enable them to respond swiftly and according to local need for people impacted economically or through reduced contact with society, including anyone struggling to access food.

Read more here: https://www.gov.scot/news/helping-communities-affected-by-covid-19/

 

Local events fund – apply now!

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

£20,000 has been allocated to the North East Locality for the promotion of local cultural and artistic events to take place in 2019. The North East Locality covers the Craigentinny/Duddingston, Portobello/Craigmillar, and Leith Neighbourhood Partnership areas, so if you are interested in hosting events or activities in, for example, Lochend, Restalrig, Joppa, Niddrie – or anywhere in between – have a look at the:

  • guidelines
  • additional information
  • application form

on the NE pages of the NP website.

Deadline date: Friday 21 December 2018, 12 noon

Please read the guidelines and additional information carefully and also refer to the Locality Improvement Plan  and / or its summary document (see landing page of the Neighbourhood Partnerships).

If you would like to talk to someone regarding a potential idea please contact Birgit Harris on 0131 469 5489 or at birgit.harris@ea.edin.sch.uk

If you would like advice regarding an application or the application process please contact Scott Neill on 0131 469 5326 or at scott.neill@edinburgh.gov.uk

Kind regards

Birgit Harris | Lifelong Learnig Development Officer (Arts & Creative Learning | The City of Edinburgh Council, East Neighbourhood Centre, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, Edinburgh, EH16 4DS  | Tel 0131 469 5489 (internal 25489) birgit.harris@edinburgh.gov.uk  | www.edinburgh.gov.uk

OneCity trust open for grant applications: grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 available

(adapted from an email from Edinburgh Council)

The OneCity Trust is pleased to announce that its main grant programme is now open for applications. Registered charities and constituted groups based in Edinburgh and focussing their work in the city. Ideally with an annual income of less than £200,000, are invited to apply for funding for equality and social inclusion projects meeting one or more of the following priorities;

  • community connectedness
  • cultural bridging
  • civic inclusion

 

For the third year, the trust is also in a partnership with Travis Perkins Managed Services and the City of Edinburgh Council. This is a Community Benefit Legacy fund offered to the Council by Travis Perkins as part of a major contract and is managed through the OneCity Trust.

Applications for this funding will be considered from organisations that involve City of Edinburgh Council tenants or from other organisations aiming to benefit geographical areas with a high proportion of Council homes.

Overall, the Trust intends to make up to 15 grants, of between £5,000 and £10,000.

For further information and to request an application form, please see www.onecity.org.uk, or alternatively, please telephone Elaine McCafferty on 0131 469 3856 or e-mail 1819applications@onecity.org.uk.

Please note that the Trust is supported by the council on a part-time basis.

The deadline for applications is 20 April 2018, and projects should commence on 2 July 2018 and run for up to one year. Please note one off projects will also be considered. A condition of this funding agreement will be the promotion, media and photographic opportunities organised with the OneCity Trust, at any time throughout the period of the fund. You must also acknowledge the source of your funding at every opportunity, e.g. logos on websites, promotional materials, etc.

Downloadables (Word documents)

Meet the funders!

(adapted from a flyer and email from Edinburgh Council)

Do you have a community project? Does it need funds? If so, this event is for you!

When: Thursday 23 April 2015, 1.00 – 4.00pm
Where: The Central Library,George IV Bridge Edinburgh
What: ‘Meet the Funders is a free public marketplace event providing access to funding information for community projects.’

See below the cut for more details.

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