Archive for September, 2011

Want to raise funds for your project? Don’t know where to start?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

These books may help you:
The Scottish Directory of Funding for Third Sector Organisations 2011 is a new and essential funding resource for charities, community groups, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes published by SCVO. It contains details of over 250 sources of funding, indexed by main subject area. With descriptions of grant making policies and practices, provided by the trusts and foundations themselves, this Directory provides a valuable insight on where organisations in Scotland’s third sector can access much-needed funding. With full, up-to-date contact details, the entries include details of what can and cannot be funded, and allow readers to target their applications at the funders which are most relevant to their needs.

As a companion to the Directory, How to Raise Funds: A Guide for Scottish Voluntary Organisations explores some common fundraising misconceptions and sets out the practical steps required before you start fundraising. It looks at how to find funders and write effective proposals, and includes practical exercises and detailed guidance on how to plan your fundraising activity. For more information on ordering, please contact Tracey Bird on (0131) 474 6168, email:

Could your site accommodate a community orchard?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Following on from last year’s success, Stirling-based environmental charity Forth Environment Link has announced the launch of another year’s funding of the Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2011/2012. The scheme, supported by the Central Scotland Green Network aims to encourage land owners, land managers, and community groups (and this could include allotment associations!) to establish and manage orchards, and increase orchard biodiversity.   It will cover the whole of the Central Scotland Green Network area across nineteen local authority areas from Stirling to South Ayrshire, and from North Ayrshire to East Lothian.

Applications can be made by landowners, land managers, community groups and organisations, schools, and local authorities who can demonstrate community involvement in designing and delivering the project.

Grants of between £100 – £500 are available for:

  • the purchase of fruit trees, stakes, ties and tree guards;
  • training, eg. tree planting; enhancing biodiversity; pruning;
  • educational and community events;
  • increasing biodiversity;
  • using the fruit.

To apply for funding from the Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2011/2012, please:
visit  and download the application pack,
or contact Amparo Echenique, Forth Valley Orchards’ Administrator, on 01786 449215,
or email,
or write to the Central Scotand Green Network at:  CSGN Orchard Grant Scheme 2011 / 2012, Forth Environment Link, Offices 5 & 6, Earlsgate House, St Ninian’s Road, Stirling, FK8 2HE.