Third Sector Enterprise & Credit Union Funds

Third Sector Enterprise & Credit Union Funds


Summary of Proposals Approved July 2009



DAB Plus cic – provides training services to public and third sector organisations throughout Aberdeenshire.  It is being offered £35,274 to extend its training programme to raise increased revenue for its parent company Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus which focuses on reducing social exclusion through the provision of high quality community transport and support services e.g. patient transport, library visits and shopmobility.


ALIenergy – The funding will be used to employ a Business Development Manager who will focus on bidding for contracts and the development of enterprising activity.  In addition they will undertake training and development of existing staff to further energy information and knowledge and advice- giving skills, and to provide technological expertise on specific renewables.  Funding will also sustain dedicated administration support to deal with increased activities.


Glasgow International Jazz Festival – promotes jazz as a means of expression, development and enjoyment and contributes to the reputation of Glasgow as a cultural centre of global standing.  It is being offered £43,000 to strengthen its marketing plan to target new audiences.     


Govanhill Baths Community Trust – was established in December 2004 as a registered Charity in Scotland and was born out of a community action group that had struggled to keep the Govanhill Baths open in 2001 and continued as a community group that led to the formation of the Trust as a Charity in 2004.  Although, the main priority of the Trust is the restoration of the Govanhill Baths, closed by Glasgow City Council in March 2001, the Trust has been involved in a number of other areas of development activity including the establishment of a Centre for Community Practice.  The Trust has been awarded £68,859 from the Enterprise Fund as a contribution towards the establishment of this Centre which will provide community resources for local people to access around sport, recreation, swimming, health and community issues.


Linnhe Leisure – operates The Nevis Centre in Fort William and provides a number of sports and community services.  The organisation is being offered £40,000 towards the costs of installing a new biomass heating system at the Nevis Centre in Fort William. 


Morar Community Trust – was established in June 2008 to improve the Morar area by strengthening community spirit, encouraging growth and improving the quality of life for residents.  It is being offered £25,000 to carry out feasibility work in advance of a significant investment in community facilities.  highland


PrintAbility – who have rebranded and re-launched as Send-It Fulfilment Solutions Ltd in May this year, have been offered £56,750 to support the employment of a Business Development Manager to secure new contracts and generate income through enterprising activity.  They propose to focus their business promotion initially in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, and Dundee.  In addition, the funding will assist with the purchase of adjustable, portable workbenches.


Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) – works with young people to inspire and prepare them to learn to succeed.  This includes young people in school, prisons and care institutions and is achieved through activity based learning which focuses on core skills needed for employability.  As this service is currently provided free or at a reduced charge, YES is being offered £69,400 to establish the willingness of its customers to pay for the service and to pursue initial contracts. 


Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau – is one of a range of CABs in Scotland that have historically provided free and impartial advice to anyone who requires support to deal with problems relating to debt, benefits, housing, health, consumer and other issues. Airdrie CAB has been offered £62,880 to market and develop new services through investment in its IT support, website and training facilities.


Blantyre Credit Union – is extending their common bond to cover South Lanarkshire. Our investment of £68,500 will help the credit union reach more people particularly in rural South Lanarkshire (including many at risk of financial exclusion), increase their membership and provide better, more efficient and accessible services to new and existing members. It will also further build the capacity, capability and financial sustainability of the credit union.


Bookdonors CIC – is a community interest company established in 2005 to sell second-hand books on the internet.  It operates from Selkirk, and is seeking to grow its business outside its current heartland of the Scottish Borders and Lothian.  Investment of £100,000 is requested to fund capital and working capital requirements and for additional management capacity staffing to support its growth plans up to 2013/14.   


Community Foods Initiative North East – improves community health and well-being by providing a range of healthy eating initiatives for disadvantaged communities in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.  This TSEF funding of £69,400 will provide for new capital investment (refrigerator, new IT and telephone systems and a van) and the creation of a new Business Development Manager post to boost income generation from trading activity.


Haven Products – is a wholly owned subsidiary of Momentum Scotland and is regarded as one of the leading social firms in Scotland. Its main aims are to create, sustain and progress employment opportunities for disabled people. Haven has been offered £99,162.70 to purchase equipment to develop their production line capacity and employ a sales development manager to develop new markets and tender for new contracts.


International Network of Street Newspapers – is a Glasgow based charity that supports Street newspapers in Scotland (including the Big Issue) and around the world by creating employment for poor and homeless people. The organisation is keen to become less grant dependant and is developing a number of income generating activities to be led by their current Executive Director with the aim of backfilling this post through other members of staff and expanding its current graduate internship programme.  An investment of £97,400 is offered.


Kingdom Credit Union – is the lead credit union for a consortium including Benarty & Lochgelly, Dunfermline & District, Kincardine & District, Cardenden & Kinglassie and North East Fife CUs.  Our investment of £7,500 will provide a marketing budget to promote the Fife Wide credit union branding, using various methods including local radio.  Our investment will also assist the credit union with a development training programme for board members to focus on capacity building and governance.


North East Fife Credit Union – has been offered £2,560 to help the credit union become more accessible to a geographically spread, hard to reach and predominantly rural community and will benefit the credit union in terms of growth as well as establishing and strengthening links in the community.


Project Scotland – is being offered £69,500 to support a Business Development/Enterprise Manager post up to March 2011.  The focus of the post will be to research and develop an innovative approach to delivering More Choices, More Chances solutions with a focus on 16+ learning choices and future employability to meet the requirements of Local Authorities’ Single Outcome Agreements.


Renfewshire CVS – wish to create a new IT support social enterprise, Network Computer Services, that will provide support to at least ten local charities and a number of individuals from the Ferguslie Park area in Paisley.  RCVS previously provided IT support to a range of clients as part of their overall service, however their Board now wish to focus on their core activities.  Funding of £99,710.80 will be used to purchase the necessary software, IT equipment and to refurbish a shop unit as well as supporting marketing and salary costs until March 2011.


11. Scottish Police Credit Union – is being offered £12,525 to invest in technology to benefit both members and volunteers alike and help the credit union grow through increased membership.


Scottish Transport Credit Union – is a well established credit union operating within a ‘passenger transport employees’ common bond. As part of their growth strategy articulated in the business plan the credit union intends to extend the common bond to a wider ‘transport’ common bond. Funding of £95,200 is for a development officer and new IT equipment and software which will help the credit union reach more people (including many at risk of financial exclusion), increase their membership and provide better and more efficient services to new and existing members. It will also further build the capacity, capability and financial sustainability of the credit union and contribute to achieving successful outcomes for Scotland in respect of health and inequality.


The Broomhouse Centre – provides personal, social and community development opportunities to vulnerable and hard to reach groups within a deprived area of Edinburgh.  Its services include a café training project, youth befriending project and special needs lunch club.  It is being offered £64,465 to purchase equipment and create a marketing post to develop an outside catering and corporate team building service.   


The Food Train – is a weekly grocery shopping, befriending and household support service for older and disabled people in Dumfries and Galloway.  Apart from helping people to remain living independently at home by ensuring they get supplies of fresh groceries, the service also reduces the burden on carers while bringing welcome social contact and friendship.  Food Train is a thriving charity with 6 local bases, 10 delivery vehicles, 19 local shops supporting 15,000 annual deliveries to over 500 people across 2,500 square miles.  Funding of £35,000 is being offered to improve staff and Board organisational capacity to support an expansion of this nationally significant enterprising model to other areas of Scotland.


The Loft Youth Project – was established in 2000 to improve the quality of life and opportunities for young people in Keith and the surrounding rural areas.  Its work includes developing workplace opportunities for young people and a drop-in centre for young people on a Friday and Saturday nights.  It also works in partnership with Moray wide Access 2 Health project which offers support and advice to improve mental health and well being for young people.  Its subsidiary Loft Trading Company operates a café/restaurant which provides training placements.   It has been offered £99,300 to refurbish its premises to create a reception area with small meeting rooms for support sessions with young people and make its main hall more attractive and multi-functional capable of being rented to external groups for meetings.  It will also enable the organisation to recruit a Training and Learning Manager and Training Supervisor who will be responsible for developing and delivering a new range of vocational and informal training opportunities, providing more opportunities for young people and generating additional income.    


The Melting Pot – a unique incubator for social innovation, based in central Edinburgh, is seeking £100,000 to invest in improving its IT infrastructure and support organisational development through the recruitment           of three new full time posts – General Manager, Membership Administrator and an Events Administrator.  The investment will develop organisational capacity and effectiveness, building towards 100% financial sustainability.


Venture Trust – are requesting funding of £67,150 to support the development of a streamlined database to enable them to more accurately record, retrieve, monitor, analyse and report on their achievements in order to be better placed to bid for contracts, particularly in the statutory sector in Scotland.  This includes salary support for a Database Development and Monitoring Officer.