Community cash for women-only projects

Women-only projects in Brechin could be eligible to apply for funding from the Scottish Community Foundation who are now accepting applications for grants between £2,000 to £5,000

The Scottish Community Foundation is now accepting applications for grants which are available to organisations predominantly run by/for women and women-only projects that seek to support and empower women to turn their lives around.

Women play a crucial role in creating and sustaining strong communities but there are often barriers which prevent their participation or engagement with local opportunities, or stop them fulfilling their potential to play a role within the broader community.

They may struggle to get their voice heard in order to influence decisions that affect them, their families and communities.

The Foundation established the Women’s Fund for Scotland in 2002, supported by the Scottish Government, to focus resources on projects that seek to address these barriers, at a local level and enable women to develop themselves and their communities and to improve their own quality of life.

Women’s Fund for Scotland funding is available for projects that meet the following aim: To support projects that enable women to be better able to cope with the effects of the economic downturn and to make changes that enable them to turn their lives around.

Applications must address at least one of the following three outcomes: 1, Women are more equipped to access opportunities that will lead to employment; 2, Women are able to access employment; 3, Women have access to income maximisation advice and support.

The Scottish Community Foundation will also distribute funds from a private charitable trust that support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation.

Projects which tackle serious issues and help people to turn their lives around are given priority.

Grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years are available.

For further information on this particular funding please contact Jennifer McPhail on 0141 341 4964.

Nick Addington, Grants Director said: “The Foundation is a registered charity that specialises in distributing funds on behalf of charitable trusts and the successful projects funded since the Women’s Fund’s inception in 2002 is a testament to the importance and community benefit at local level of this area of giving.”

Application forms to apply for a grant for women’s projects can be downloaded from www.scottishcf.org/grantsforwomen or you can contact the Foundation on 0141 341 4960 or by emailing grants@scottishcf.org

Deadlines for submitting an application and committee dates when you will receive a decision for 2011 are as follows: 1st Deadline: August, 15 2011 committee date October, 3 2011; 2nd Deadline: October, 17 2011 Committee Date December, 6 2011.