Networks1st Update: Friday 3rd May 2013

It is anticipated that the contract for administering the new Enterprising Third Sector Growth and Sustainability Fund will be announced shortly. Last year, there were over 600 applications – with awards being made to around 60 organisations. Scottish Govt informs us that this year’s Fund is likely to have specific categories for organisations – with a strong emphasis on ‘demonstrating you are investment ready and have received business support’. If you plan to submit an application, it would be wise to start thinking about engaging with a business support provider. See more,

A new £4m fund has opened to allow people around Scotland to mark the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Celebrate scheme will offer Lottery funding of between £500 and £10,000 to arts, heritage, sports and community groups to hold one-off events. These can focus on the Games themselves or Scotland’s links to the 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. See more,

Congratulations to GSEN member, Spruce Carpets, Stirling SEN member Recyke-a-bike and Edinburgh SEN members Edinburgh Furniture Initiative who have all been awarded with the Revolve reuse quality standard – aimed at ‘improving professionalism, customer experience and visibility’. Delivered by the Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) on behalf of Zero Waste Scotland, Revolve incorporates the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) excellence model and a retail-focused improvement programme. This includes training in retail merchandising and customer service. See more

The Third Sector Internships Scotland (TSIS) Project is open again – which a number of SEN members have benefited from in previous rounds. TSIS provides the opportunity for third sector organisations to have a specific piece of work/project undertaken by an intern – with intern salary costs funded by TSIS. They are currently seeking expressions of interest from those who are: a) looking for support to carry out a specific piece of work/project; and b) can host a part-time intern. The Project will run from Jan – June 2014. See more

The inaugural Ready for Business newsletter was sent out this week to all subscribers and those that had expressed an interest in The Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers Programme – see,   SEN members that have not already signed up to the SE Register may wish to do so. The Register is a national list of Scottish social enterprises. It has been designed to provide a searchable single point of enquiry for public sector commissioners, private sector businesses and third sector organisation looking for social enterprise partners. See Register,

As Scotland gears up for next year’s Referendum, it is recognised that Charities play an important part in society and have a right to make their voices heard. Campaigning for or against different policies is a legitimate way for many organisations to achieve their charitable purpose. OSCR have published Guidelines. See,

Many of you will be preparing your year-end accounts just now. Good article in TFN highlighting a work-pack developed by OSCR to make the process easier. See


TENDERS: Care and Repair service in West Lothian, Provision of a Mixed Plastic and Cans Recycling Service in Fife and Fixed Wiring and PAT testing in Stirling. For more details, see Join the Linked-In group at and follow on Twitter

FUNDING: The Coalfields Community Investment Programme will assist organisations operating within the Coalfield Communities to help themselves. It will help small groups unlock their communities by supporting new ideas which enhance social cohesion, community enterprise and regeneration activity in their area. The Investments can be capital and/or revenue awards of between £500 – £10,000. See,

ENGAGEMENT: The Scottish Government are hosting an event in June to engage stakeholders in a discussion over future delivery of the Land Use Strategy. The event will be held on 25th June, at SNH’s conference facilities at Battleby. See,

OPENING: On 11th May The Gallery on the Corner is having an opening launch of the Alliterative Alphabets exhibition by Kaimes School. See,

FAIR: Fife’s Annual Social Enterprise Trade Fair takes place on 8th May at Rothes Halls. If you wish to participate in the Social Enterprise of the Year award, you will be required to present an ‘elevator pitch’ on stage. See,

FUNDING: Awards of between £4k – £25k are available to a wide variety of events, from whisky festivals and literary events, to sporting tournaments and music festivals. It is designed to support additional elements or new activity specifically to help events grow out with Glasgow and Edinburgh. See,

Case Study: Scottish Community Boat Festival – Cultural & Creative SEN

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Dates for the Diary

Fife SEN Trade Fair, 8th May
West Lothian SEN, 14th May
Inverclyde SEN, 15th May
Dumfries & Galloway SEN, 16th May
South Lanarkshire SEN, 17th May
Dundee SEN AGM, 29th May
Aberdeenshire SEN, 4th June
Start Up SEN, 5th June
Moray SEN, 5th June
Glasgow SEN, 5th June


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