Scotland's Cycle Friendly Community Award Development Grants 2017/18


The Cycle Friendly Community Award Development Grant scheme supports community groups with grants of up to £20,000 in order to encourage cycling in Scottish communities and increase the number of locals making journeys by bike.

This Transport Scotland funded grant scheme enables community groups to support and deliver sustainable projects. Reducing single occupancy car use and increasing active travel options will also result in reduced local transport related carbon emissions and increased health and wellbeing of the community.

Applications are accepted from constituted community groups and organisations who are actively working towards Cycle Friendly status.

This grant fund aims to facilitate projects which support improvement to cycling facilities and infrastructure.
Examples of eligible expenditure include:

• Procuring bicycles to improve community access to bikes, tackling inequality.

• Installing or enhancing cycle parking to increase capacity and/or security.

• Creating maintenance hubs (including procurement of tools, but not consumables)

Capital improvements will be at the core of successful proposals. However, Cycling Scotland will consider funding complimentary activities, examples of which are:

• Monitoring and Evaluation – including baseline data collection, audits, travel surveys / workshops, impact assessment.

• Cycle training – including Cycle Ride Leader training and Essential Cycling Skills.

• Maintenance training

• Sessional work / support.

• Promotional and engagement activities – such as targeted campaigns, festivals, led rides, Dr. Bike, bike breakfasts, travel planning, social marketing, Bike Week events.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017 (5pm).

For full information please click here

OSCR and sector partners work together to help unincorporated charities that want to become SCIOs or companies

The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has launched guidance that provides charities with a range of information they might need to know before they start incorporating.

Incorporation is when an unincorporated charity (an unincorporated association or trust) wants to change their structure to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) or a Company. There are many reasons why a charity might want do this; the charity may want legal personality, employ staff or they may be looking to secure funding streams. A charity seeking to incorporate must apply to OSCR to create a new charity and apply for consent to wind up the existing charity. Once status and consent is granted, the ‘old charity’ can then transfer the assets and liabilities to the ‘new charity’.

In A Guide to Incorporation, OSCR has expanded its guidance on the incorporation process in an easy-to-digest format and is signposting charities to factsheets containing expert information from a range of organisations covering:

• Accounting requirements
• Pension fund considerations
• Early Years Charities
• Care Inspectorate requirements
• Transferring assets and liabilities
• Banks, Investments, Insurance and Licenses
• Tax matters

OSCR Head of Casework Martin Tyson said, “Incorporation is a significant decision for any charity as there are important actions the charity will have to take. It’s not just about applying to OSCR, charity trustees and members need to understand the full implications of the decision, plan ahead and take into account that it will take time for the process to be completed.

“At OSCR, we listen to the sector. We identified the need for more support when charities are looking to incorporate and so we began working with experts across the sector to provide a clear pathway.
“We would like to thank all of the organisations who contributed material to the guidance and we hope that every charity takes the time to understand its content before making any incorporation decisions.”

2017 UK Social Enterprise Awards

The Social Enterprise Awards recognise business excellence and significant contributions to society.  Winning an award raises your profile, strengthens your brand and brings you new business.
You can apply here
If you know another inspiring social enterprise who you think should go in the running for an award then forward this message to them and encourage them to apply!
For information on all of the categories and how to apply click here
There are still opportunities for sponsorship for a number of the 2017 awards categories. If you are interested in providing your support and associating your business with the biggest awards in the sector email
The awards are being delivered through a partnership made up of Social Enterprise Northern Ireland, Social Enterprise Scotland and Wales Co-operative Centre.

Scottish Government’s Social Innovation Fund Re-Opens to Applications

Funding for partnerships of at least one social economy organisation and one academic/research institution for projects in Scotland which develop, test and scale up new ideas and solutions to tackling poverty and disadvantage.
The Scottish Government is inviting applications from partnerships of at least one social economy organisation and one academic/research institution for grants of up to £150,000 for projects which develop, test and scale up new ideas and solutions to tackling poverty and disadvantage.
For this round of funding two levels of grants are available:
•Stage One – Grants of between £30,000 and £50,000 for projects which develop new, innovative and creative ideas and solutions to social problems (projects are expected to last up to six months).
•Stage Two – Grants of between £100,000 and £150,000 for projects which test social innovation ideas/prototypes, including those which have completed Stage One, to find out if they work in practice and identify what works/what does not and why (projects are expected to last up to 12 months).
To be eligible for funding, social economy organisations must:
•Be formally constituted.
•Operate on a non-profit-distributing basis or have a governance structure which primarily does not allow for profit distribution.
•Have strong social as well as business objectives stated in their governing documents.
•Be independent from national and local government.
•Have a base and beneficiaries in Scotland.
•Have at least three people on the Board of Directors or equivalent.
•Have a bank account in the name of the organisation requiring at least two unrelated signatories.
•Not be insolvent, facing insolvency or be unable to trade or operate.
•Work with key client groups of workless, low income and/or single parent households, homeless people.
Research organisations are defined as ‘public or private higher education establishments awarding academic degrees, public or private non-profit research organisations whose primary mission is to pursue research’.
The deadline for applications is 21 July 2017 (5pm).
Guidance and Application forms available here

Gender Based Violence – Explanatory booklets

Gender-based violence is a major public health issue which causes immense pain, injury and suffering, particularly to women and children.
The Scottish Government Health Directorate has issued guidance to health boards on identifying and responding to gender-based violence as part of its commitment to improving the health and healthcare of those who have experience of such abuse.
The following booklets explain the nature of gender-based violence and its impact on health, and outlines how to respond. 
•_ Domestic abuse
•_ Rape and sexual assault
•_ Childhood sexual abuse
•_ Commercial sexual exploitation
•_ Stalking and harassment
•_ Harmful traditional practices (for example female genital mutilation, ‘honour’ crimes and forced marriage).
The booklets can be downloaded from 

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