Month: August 2017

Inspiring Science Fund scheme for science centres across the UK

The Inspiring Science Fund is a scheme co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Wellcome.  It’s a capital fund that helps centres rethink what they do and what they offer to the public.

Size grant

The Trust expects to support projects of different sizes around the UK. The level of funding they provide is flexible, ranging from £150,000 to £3 million. They’ll only be able to support a small number of £3 million projects.

Applicants must be able to provide at least 30% of the total cost of your project in match funding.

Eligibility criteria

The Inspiring Science Fund is open to existing not-for-profit and charitable science centres in the UK. They’re looking for projects that will become examples of best practice in the science centre sector.

To be eligible, applicants should: 

  • have been in existence for at least one year; 
  • attract a minimum of 30,000 public visitors a year; 
  • have a proven and viable business model.


19 October 2017.

How to apply

You must submit your application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker (WTGT). The application process has several stages:

  1. Contact Anna Ramsay ( before the preliminary deadline to discuss the scope of your proposal and whether you should attend one of their workshops.
  2. Attend a free workshop in London or Glasgow
  3. Submit a preliminary application through the Wellcome Trust Grant Tracker.
  4. Submit your full application.
  5. Peer review.
  6. Interview

For details on how to apply please visit the Wellcome.

Applications open for small grant programme for Inter Faith Week 2017

The Inter Faith Youth Trust (Alma Royalton-Kisch Trust) is seeking applications for its Small Grants Programme under its Inter Faith Week 2017 to promote the education of children and young people about the religions of the world and funds projects that bring together young people of different faiths to improve collaboration and understanding.

Small Grants Programme for events organised by and for young people focused around Inter Faith Week 12-19 November 2017.

Grants are awarded for proposals for inter-faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation. The age range for young people is 11-25 years.

Grant size

The Trust will be awarding small grants up to £500 for organisations running events or projects connected with Inter Faith Week 2017.

Eligibility criteria

Grants are given only to UK based organisations and are given for the agreed purposes set out in the completed grant application form.

Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Actively involve young people in planning, running, and evaluation of the project. 
  • Promote positive action i.e. young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems like improving green spaces. 
  • Are run by non-statutory organisations, such as youth clubs, scout/guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations.


15 September 2017

How to apply

For further information and to apply please visit Inter Faith Youth Trust.

Voluntary Sector Development Funding now open

The Voluntary Sector Development Funding (VSDF) scheme is providing a total of around £900,000 for the 2017/18
round which is intended to support voluntary sector organisations in Scotland that provide social services.

The aim of the fund is to provide further investment in the voluntary sector to develop a confident, competent workforce and to meet the demands now required of these staff.

Grant size

Successful organisations can receive up to £25,000 each.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible applicants are:

  • Voluntary organisations that employ staff who require to register with the SSSC.
  • Organisations should confirm they are registered with the Care Inspectorate and provide their Care Inspectorate registration number.
  • Eligible staff for 2017-18 are support workers in care at home and housing support services.
  • Funding can only be used to directly fund and/or support training and development needs to meet SSSC registration requirements.
  • Organisations must demonstrate how the additional funding will help them to meet these requirements through training. Outcomes will be measured on the basis of numbers qualified and the resulting readiness to meet standards.

The priority groups for the 2017/18 round are as follows:

  • Housing Support Services – priority will be given to Support Workers.
  • Care at Home Services – priority will be given toSupport Workers


1 September 2017.

How to apply

For further guidance and to apply please visit SSSC.

Funding for Scottish towns to help them reach their full digital potential

The Digital Towns Pilot Programme is a Scottish Government support programme to help Scottish towns  seeking to develop innovative and collaborative digital strategies.

The pilot programme is intended to encourage new strategic collaborations, improve digital participation and skills, and create scalable best practice models for digital deployment in Scotland’s towns/town centres and city neighbourhoods.

Eligible applicants

Towns, City Neighbourhoods, Business Improvement Districts and other town stakeholder organisations.

Successful applications will become ‘Digital Towns Pilots’, acting as examples of best practice for towns across Scotland in the development and deployment of digital strategies.

If your application is successful, an appointed advisor will provide consultancy and advice for your digital strategy, for example around skills, participation, design, procurement and sustainability. Each advisor will be available for a determined number of consultancy days as part of the award. Available awards are: 

  • 5 consultancy days from an expert industry advisor and £5,000 funding support. 
  • 3 consultancy days from an expert industry advisor.

Applications which are not successful will also be guided to sources of support and advice for their strategy.


31st August 2017

How to apply

To apply for this programme please visit Digital Towns and download the application form.