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.

Digital Participation Charter Fund

Supported by the Scottish Government and BT, the new Digital Participation Charter Fund is now open for applications. There is a particular focus for the Fund to support organisations currently working to tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality to embed basic digital skill development work into their day-to-day activity with service users.

Building on an understanding of ‘what works’ in the development of basic digital skills, the fifth round of the Digital Participation Fund will be 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

In this round £175,000 is available which will be split 75/25 respectively across the two themes.

Priority will be focussed in two areas:

  • 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.

Eligibility criteria

The Charter Fund is open to groups and organisations from all sectors. We are particularly interested in supporting groups that work closely with their local community. Applicants must operate in Scotland, with awarded funds being spent entirely in Scotland.

Grant size

The minimum amount of funding is £500 and the maximum is £10,000 per project.


5pm on 31st August

How to apply

For further information and to apply, please visit SCVO application page.

Newton Fund Institutional Links grants for research collaborations

These grants are funded under the Newton Fund, a UK Government initiative funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), together with partner funders from around the world. The Fund aims to promote the economic development and welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the problems of low-income and vulnerable populations.

Newton Institutional Links aims to build UK-partner country research and innovation collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to social welfare and economic development.

This programme is designed to establish links beyond the level of the individual researcher and innovation practitioner, opening up opportunities for more sustainable, solution-oriented collaborations between academic groups as well as with the private and third sector (e.g. SMEs, NGOs, technology transfer offices and other not-for-profit organisations).

Grant size

Grants can be between £50,000 – £300,000.

Eligibility criteria

  • Each proposal must have one Principal Applicant from the UK, as well as a Principal Applicant from the partner countries. 
  • All Principal Applicants must be Leading Researchers or Established Researchers.

Applications can be submitted for collaborations between the UK, Egypt, Thailand and Turkey.


19 September 2017, 16:00 UK time.

How to apply

For further information and to apply please visit Institutional Links Grants website.