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  • Introduction

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    In this course you will find resources and details to funding.
    Further to our funding and progammes outline we provide details and suggestions on funding for organisations within Coalfields Communities.

    Please return regularly for updates of new funding opportunities



      The Coalfields Covid Adapt and Thrive Programme has been established to support projects as they deal with the specific barriers to operation that the pandemic has created. As lockdown measures are eased organisations will need to make changes to behaviours and activities, working to minimise the ongoing infection risk whilst maintaining their day to day activities.


      The Covid Adapt and Thrive Programme will allow community groups to continue to deliver their projects and to develop new ones by helping to meet the additional financial burden of minimising infection risk, pursuant to current Scottish Government Guidelines on Covid. 

      Awards of £500 to £5,000 (average £3,000) are available to organisations in our eligible coalfields communities such as community centres, youth clubs, miners welfares, sports clubs etc. that will enable them to reopen post lockdown and re establish a service to their community. 

      Applications are invited from charitable or not for profit groups planning to deliver community led recovery activities in their eligible areas. Priority will be given to those  organisations that have had little or no financial support from CRT, projects being delivered by groups working in partnership; projects which are delivering activities identified in our Community Action Plans and those which build on the work of the Coalfields Community Futures Programme. The fund will make awards for projects that will be completed within 6 months and will deliver planned measurable outcomes. Costs incurred before application or activities already completed can not be considered, likewise salary costs are not eligible for funding. A group may only hold one award per programme in a 12 month period.


      Funding will be considered for projects that continue to offer or develop new services whilst minimising the risk of ongoing Covid infection, for example by:

      Altering operations/behaviours – using more rooms with reduced capacity, greater use of outdoor spaces.

      Reducing exposure – adapting traffic flow, erecting signage, setting up cleaning regimes, providing equipment/consumables. 

      Developing new procedures – staggering opening times, setting up ‘bubbles’, recording contact details.

      Projects should have an impact in one or more of the following key areas:

      Restoring Communities – safely bringing people back together, reducing isolation, enabling people to work together to break down barriers and restore social contacts and networks. 

      Tackling Poverty – projects to ensure the distribution of food and other basics to those in most need; healthy eating initiatives. 

      Health and Wellbeing - activities to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing, particularly in mitigating the isolating effects of lockdown. 

      Youth Engagement- supporting groups working with young people and responding to their needs in the  post lockdown environment.

      This list is not exhaustive, we will offer guidance on eligibility for other items or ideas you have for your project.


      All projects will be required to confirm that they are adhering to current Scottish Government Covid Guidelines, as well as provide:

      Constitution - showing not for profit or charitable status.

      Accounts – for the last full year or a cash flow projection for new groups.

      Bank Statement – from the last three months. 

      Quotes – for items exceeding £500.

      Projects must be delivering to beneficiaries within one or more of our eligible coalfield communities.

      How to Apply

      Contact to request an application form. A short phone discussion will be arranged to ensure your project meets our eligibility requirements and matches our themes. We recognise that the nature of your project may be time sensitive and aim to inform you of a funding decision within four weeks of receipt of your application form and accompanying paperwork. The application form and paperwork can be submitted electronically.

      Following completion of the project we will ask for a short monitoring report to be completed detailing the actual spend and the number of beneficiaries. A complete list of terms and conditions is included in the application form.

      • Tesco Bags of Help

        Please see the latest update from Sue Wyllie:


        Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund - £500 grant 
        In April Tesco Bags of Help responded to the COVID-19 crisis by setting up a new short-term fund to support local communities.

        Due to continuing demand and the urgent need for additional funding in communities the fund has been extended and is still open to applications from across Scotland. We would be delighted if you could continue to share this information, encourage eligible groups in your network to apply, and/or apply yourselves.

        The fund will provide an upfront payment award of £500 to groups who are addressing ongoing need due to COVID-19. 
        Typically, the fund has been helping organisations; 

        ·         whose need for services has been disrupted – for example a food bank  whose stocks are running low and need an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock, or purchasing PPE & equipment to be able to deliver services safely and in new COVID compliant ways

        ·         required to put in place new services – for example charities setting up a new home service for the elderly who usually attend a monthly lunch club or a charity needing to set up a telephone service or videos or zoom meetings to support beneficiaries.

        ·         Increased demand –  a holiday hunger club needs more resources due to schools closing, or a children’s centre needs an additional temporary staff member. 

        Applications are welcomed from a wide range of not-for-profits including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Community Councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, local authorities and social housing organisations.   

        Full details of Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund can be found here  

        Please get in touch with me if you have any questions, and feel free to pass on our details and the attached flier to any groups that might be interested. You’ll find our greenspace scotland contact details here  

        Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you if I can help further,

        With good wishes




        Sue Wyllie
        Community Enabler

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        • Volunteering Matters Action Earth

          Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants now open for 2020

          Volunteering Matters Action Earth is now accepting applications for 2020. We will support local volunteers and environmental groups in carrying out work in local green spaces to rebuild slowly, steadily and safely while carrying out essential environmental work that benefits communities across Scotland.

          Any group of 15 or more volunteers can apply for our £250 awards to help make a difference outdoors through planting and habitat building projects. We are especially keen to hear from projects taking place in deprived areas where there are fewer local amenities. We also have a very limited number of £500 grants for projects which primarily involve people with defined health conditions and disabilities (outlined on our website).

          Successful applicants will be expected to observe any current or developing guidelines and recommendations around Covid-19, and put the safety of their volunteers and staff first. You should only apply for our grants once you feel certain you can carry out your activities according to Scottish Government guidance. 

          We recommend projects start small, planning events by breaking activities into smaller manageable groups and tasks and where possible spreading activities over a longer timescale. This will aid with distancing measures and tool-sharing practicalities. To help further, we are extending the campaign to February 2021, which will assist groups who are looking to carry out later activities such as winter tree planting.

          Action Earth grant funding is provided by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

          For more information and to APPLY for an Action Earth grant, please follow this link:

          If you have any questions please contact: