The funding is to help with the costs of projects which aim to build the basic digital skills of people who are older, on lower incomes or facing other forms of inequality.

This round is focussed on two specific themes:

  • Supporting working age people to increase financial capability, employment and other economic outcomes.
  • Supporting older and disabled people to reduce social isolation and loneliness.
  • Priority will be given to:
  • Projects which can demonstrate a track record of working with individuals who are facing issues such as poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality.
  • Projects where digital skills activity for their service users are embedded in the organisation’s day-to-day activity.The deadline for applications is noon on 30 April 2019.
  • The fund is managed by SCVO (the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations).

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The Scottish Government have launched the seventh year of their scheme, Analytical Exchange Programme. This invites bids from Scottish voluntary organisations for very short sharp projects (up to ten person days) where statistical or analytical skills would be used to solve problems in your organisation. Free analytical consultancy would be provided by individuals or small groups of Scottish Government analystsof Scottish Government analysts. More information from here

A two hour workshop on ‘bereavement and grief’ for any persons involved in providing care for others – whether statutory, third sector or community based networks.

Presenter and facilitator- Professor Linda Gask, Emerita Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry, Manchester University.

We will explore different aspects and experiences of bereavement and the nature of grief. What is ‘normal’ grief? When does it become ‘abnormal’? When and how should we be trying to help people who have experienced bereavement?

VAO Boardroom, February 18th 2019, 11am to 1pm

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Local charities and good causes are being encouraged to apply for funding of over £3 million that has been raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Applications are open from February 6 till 20, where a whole host of good causes from social enterprises to voluntary groups and registered charities are eligible to apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000.

The financial support is available through three different trusts – People’s Postcode Trust, Postcode Community Trust and Postcode Local Trust.

 All funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery with the sole purpose of supporting people and their communities.

Each trust supports projects focussed on specific themes, such as human rights, health and well being and the environment.

Sports groups for military veterans, counselling support services for young carers and accessible play parks are just a few examples of the over 1,600 projects that were successful in their application and received funding in 2018.

They want to see how costs of raising voluntary income and the money raised through fundraising have changed over recent years and understand the strategies and actions that charities are taking for future success.

To put this research together, theyd need to hear about your first-hand insight around what's happening on fundraising costs including direct costs, staff, regulatory, or systems costs, as well as your organisation's attitude to future investment and strategic approaches. They can only put this together with the contribution of fundraising charities and we want to make sure it is as representative as possible so make sure your organisation's experience is heard.

You'll need some figures on past fundraising costs and income, but with all the information to hand the survey should take around 15 mins to complete.

The survey will be open until Friday 22nd February and as a thank you for your time there are three free places at IoF one-day conferences, drawn at random, from those who take part on offer.


View the survey here

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