DWP Barriers to Employment Initiative: Partnership Proposals

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is looking for new, creative, unique and innovative proposals which will be delivered by organisations working together in partnership.

Proposals should be aimed at improving the life and job prospects for people facing barriers to employment. The partnership must include at least 2 (preferably more) delivery partners. This is essential criteria and a minimum requirement for the application.

The deadline for applications to Round One is Friday 21st August. Any applications received after this time will not be accepted in this grant round.

For further information (including how to apply), please click on the above title.

Scottish Charity Awards 2020: Voting Opens Friday

Voting for the Scottish Charity Awards 2020 opens this Friday 14th August. Finalists will also be announced on Friday.
The awards highlight the best, most innovative and effective charity organisations and individuals from the past year, and celebrate those community leaders and activists who make a difference across Scotland. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions, the awards ceremony will take place online at the end of September, and the voting process for the People’s Choice Award has changed: postal votes will not be issued, and instead there will be an extra week to vote online.
Voting closes Friday 4th September.
For further information, please click on the above title.

CHEX Community Empowerment Act Online Workshop

The Community Health Exchange (CHEX) is running a participative online workshop on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act for community-led health organisations.
“Getting in on the Act” takes place on Wednesday 9th September via Zoom, 10am – 12pm.
The workshop offers the opportunity to learn more about what the Act contains and how to make use of it, aiming to cover:
  • a general overview of the Act
  • how to make a participation request in order to have discussions with public bodies about improving services
  • asset transfer requests and community right to buy land and buildings
  • requirements under the Act for community planning partnerships (CPPs)
To book your place, or for further information, please visit the CHEX website.

Employability and Training Support Package

Scottish Government has announced that there will be additional assistance to move into work, or retrain, for people looking for work or those at risk of redundancy.
The package of support is backed by £100 million for 2020/21, with at least £50 million of that funding set aside to help young people get into work.
Measures include a job guarantee for young people, a new national retraining scheme, and more funding to provide immediate assistance and advice if people are made redundant.
In addition, Fair Start Scotland (FSS), Scottish Government’s employment support service,
has been extended by a further two years to March 2023.
For further information, please click on the above title.

CVS Falkirk COVID-19 Funding Page

A number of funds have been announced in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to assist recovery efforts.
As part of our COVID-19 support
, our team at CVS Falkirk has pulled together a range of funds relevant to our local communities and sector: COVID-19 Funding page.
As organisations and funders identify what recovery means for them, new information will be added on an ongoing basis, so please check this page regularly.

For further information on available funding, please visit the 
COVID-19 Funding page, or continue reading this e-bulletin.

Free CVS Falkirk Funding Portal

The CVS Falkirk Funding Portal is free and can be used to search for funding available in your area, during COVID-19 recovery and renewal, and beyond.

Once registered, users will be able to search for a range of different funding opportunities, across local and national organisations. When your registration is completed, you should receive an activation email to complete your account; if you do not receive this email with 24 hours, please check your junk folder, or contact our team at the email address below.
Registered users will also have early access to the regular
Funding Insight bulletin.
To access the portal, please visit the
CVS Falkirk website.

Alternatively, or further information on the portal or funding support in general, contact CVS Falkirk by email:

Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2020 Funding

Volunteering Matters Action Earth is now open for 2020 applications.

The fund supports local volunteers and environmental groups in carrying out work in local green spaces to rebuild slowly, steadily and safely while carrying out environmental work to benefit communities across Scotland.
Any group of 15 or more volunteers can apply for awards of £250 to make a difference outdoors through planting and habitat building projects. Volunteering Matters is especially keen to hear from projects taking place in deprived areas.
There is also a very limited number of £500 grants for projects which primarily involve people with defined health conditions and disabilities.
For further information, including how to apply, please click on the above title.

2021 GSK IMPACT Awards: Applications Open

Applications are now open for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards, which provide core funding and free training for charities working to improve people’s health in the UK.
The awards give organisations access to a free leadership programme, designed specifically for health charities. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 – £40,000, plus free training and development valued at a further £9,500.
To be eligible to apply, organisations must be at least 3 years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 – £2.5 million. 
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 14th September.
For further information, including how to apply, please click on the above title.

Foundation Scotland Grant Funding

Foundation Scotland has announced that their Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund has re-opened for applications, with grants of £1,000 - £5,000 available to support constituted third sector organisations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organisations must have an annual income of less than £250,000 to be eligible, with a bank account in the name of the group.
There is no deadline, but organisations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Foundation Scotland is also working in partnership with Crown Estate Scotland to help deliver their Community Capacity Grants Programme. The programme has awards of £10,000 - £50,000 available for coastal and rural communities across Scotland.
The deadline for expressions of interest to the Community Capacity Grants Programme is 12pm on Monday 12th October.
For further information, please click on the above title.

NHS Forth Valley Health Promotion Service COVID-19 Response Grants

Forth Valley’s Health Promotion Service has a community grants scheme to help local organisations and community groups across Forth Valley improve mental health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications up to £500 will be considered from organisations which support and connect communities responding to COVID-19. Applications will be reviewed every 2 weeks.
Applications must address one or preferably both of the Health Promotion Service priorities:
  • health inequalities
  • mental health and wellbeing
To apply, please complete the online application.
For further information (including
application guidance), visit the NHS Forth Valley website, or contact the Health Promotion service team by email:
Alternatively, visit the
CVS Falkirk website.

Social Investment Scotland: Ambitions for Recovery Programme

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has launched its new Ambitions for Recovery programme.
Developed with feedback from social enterprises across the country, and in partnership with the People’s Postcode Lottery and corporate sponsors Baillie Gifford, the programme combines a number of elements to support a cohort of up to 20 organisations through renewal and recovery.
The programme includes:
  • peer support and regular catch ups with other enterprises in the cohort
  • access to business grants for specialist support
  • resilience support for social leaders
  • expert masterclasses
  • access to mentoring from Baillie Gifford staff
  • tailored investment packages to invest in recovery
To express your interest in taking part, or for further information, please visit the SIS website.

LGBT Youth Scotland Youth Worker Vacancy

30 hours per week
Based across Forth Valley
£24,415 – £27,030 per annum (Pro Rata)
LGBT Youth Scotland is looking for an experienced youth worker to support the delivery of their youth services across Forth Valley, to work as part of the Youth Work Team in supervising staff, delivering training and capacity building, and creating opportunities for young people. The post holder will work in partnership with key local stakeholders and be responsible for the development of their work with LGBT people, groups and networks in Forth Valley.
Closing Date: Friday 18
th September (4pm)
For further information, including how to apply, please click on the above title.

Cyrenians Falkirk Outreach Service Manager Vacancy

Job Title:  Falkirk Outreach Service Manager
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary:  £30,137 to £34,343 plus pension
Area: Central Scotland
Location:  Falkirk
Cyrenians are looking for a highly motivated, experienced and ambitious manager to offer a variety of support to people within the Falkirk. Addressing barriers to accessing services, employment, volunteering opportunities, as well as tackling social isolation for people with experience of the criminal justice system and those recovering from addiction.
Closing date is 12 noon on Monday 24
th August 2020
For full details and an application pack please visit the
Cyrenians website, call 0131 475 2354 (during office hours) or e-mail:  CVs will not be accepted.

FDAMH Receptionist Vacancy

Falkirk’s Mental Health Association (FDAMH)
Receptionist, Central Falkirk
22.5 hours/week £17500.00 per annum (pro rata)
FDAMH are looking for a friendly individual who will be responsible for providing a warm welcoming reception to all who visit the centre and direct all visitors appropriately and efficiently. A warm, empathetic and reassuring manner is essential. You must be reliable, have excellent interpersonal skills and have experience of reception work and administration. You will need to be proactive in dealing with problems and supporting the staff team and you will be keen to learn and develop your role.
For further information or to download and application pack please visit the
FDAMH website.

About CVS Falkirk

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