The SENs: Friday 13th January 2017

Last Friday, the £9.7m Social Economy Development Programme was launched. The Social Economy Growth Fund and the Social Innovation Challenge Fund are both being managed by SG Third Sector Unit. In addition to this the Aspiring Communities Fund (£19m) will be launched later this month. The funds totalling almost £30m will be widely welcomed across the sector – with all being match-funded at source – which means no requirement for third sector organisations to provide their own match funding. One note of caution, however, is that concerns have been raised with Govt re the Cost Model being applied which means staff must work 100% on the project, see more. Scottish Govt will be running hands-on sessions for applicants to help with any questions about application forms, including working out project costs etc. We’ll will keep you updated over the coming weeks.

The Community Learning Exchange Programme run by Scottish Community Alliance has proved very popular with SEN members. Over 70 SEN members have participated in Exchanges from Elgin to Liverpool and from Fife to Oban. The good news is that funds are still available for visits taking place up until the end of June 2017 – as long as applications are in by end of March. For info, contact Kim.

In Scotland Tourism continues its growth – employment increases by 11% in last the last year see,  employment numbers, and new markets opening up.  For those of you that are in, or considering being part of, the tourism industry- there are a couple of space left for the Social Enterprise and Tourism Learning Exchange at the Grassmarket Community Project next Thursday.  This is a great opportunity to hear more about other social enterprises delivering to a tourism market, as well as looking at potential tourism opportunities for your own social enterprises (we also have a budget to help cover travel costs). Please get in touch with Sarah if you are interested in coming along.

GCU Business School students are looking to produce short case studies/videos of 25 social enterprises from across Scotland to highlight business innovations delivering social impact.  Each social enterprise will be interviewed (around 45 minutes in February, days/times flexible to suit) either at the social enterprise, at GCU or via skype for convenience.  As this is part of a wider United Nations programme, it’s a great opportunity to promote what your social enterprise does to a global audience.  If you are interested in being involved contact Jayne at Social Firms Scotland for more information.

Check out What Works Scotland’s research report on Centrestage’s distinct approach to dignified food provision. Backed by Centrestage Music Theatre CIC, the report outlines how they use food and the arts to engage people, help to improve their life chances and (re)build communities.  Senscot is looking to organise a study visit to Centrestage for SEN members, if interested contact Mary.

Since its launch in March 2016, the Scottish Land Fund (SLF) has awarded £1.7m to 58 community initiatives across the country – 13 specifically to acquire assets. This week, SLF has provided a helpful update – including an interactive map of all those who have received awards to date. SLF go on to say that there is active interest from another 200 groups – with around 50 of these expected to submit applications before March 2017.

Senscot attended an Arts and Business Scotland business briefing this week focussing on Intellectual Property. Delivered by Anderson Strathern, the session focussed primarily on copyright, trademarks, designs and patents in the creative industries.  See the Intellectual Property Office for more information or contact Senscot Legal for advice.


TENDERS: National Third Sector Funding Highlands & Islands only Tranche 2 – Skills Development Scotland, Redevelopment of Clydebank Community Sports Hub – West Dunbartonshire Council, Facilitator – Falkirk Community Trust and more. Join the Ready for Business Linked-In group and follow on Twitter.

FUNDING: A new Comic Relief Grant Programme has been launched that may be of interest to Sport SEN members and maybe others. “Levelling the Field” is a UK and International initiative which seeks to use the power of sport to empower women and girls – with one of the key aims being to foster collaboration between the Women and Girls and Sport for Change sectors. Closing date for applications is 16th Mar.

WORKSHOPS: Two free workshops have been announced taking place at the Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre. The ‘Transform Communication Using the Power of NLP’ and ‘Where is the Money in your Data?’ workshops take place on 31st Jan and 2nd Feb respectively.

CONFERENCE: Social Enterprise Northern Ireland is hosting its Social Value Conference on 26th Jan in Belfast. There will be a market place, Dragons’ Den and the keynote speaker is Ben Carpenter from Social Value UK.

EVENT: Exclusive RBS Boost launch event will give you the opportunity to make new connections and be inspired by its expert presenters. Hear from its Chief Economist about the outlook for 2017, and then get tips and guidance for business leaders on using technology to grow your business and engage customers;

NEWSLETTERS: Latest newsletters from Glasgow SEN and the Cultural & Creative SEN have been published packed with updates, tenders and much more.

Dates for the Diary

Inverclyde SEN, 24th Jan
Perth & Kinross SEN, 24th Jan
Glasgow SEN, 1st Feb
Clacks SEN, 20th Feb

Best wishes,