Voluntary Action Fund’s (previously known as Community Chest) popular small community grant programme has been extended to the end of March 2013. The deadline for applications is January 13 2013 and you should know within 12 weeks of application whether you have been successful.
Aimed at Scotland’s smaller community groups and voluntary organisations, the Community Grant provides grants of up to £1,000 and free training to groups with an annual income under £25,000.
Groups can apply for funding for a wide range of activities or operational costs. However, VAF is particularly keen to fund activities that will help build and develop strong organisations, for example; training for committee members and volunteers; visits to other organisations and conferences or professional support and consultancy. Groups applying for funding are also eligible to receive free training on:
- How to Make Successful Funding Applications
- How to Manage Money in a Small Organisation
- How to Measure Success
- Charity Law
The application form and guidance notes, and a leaflet about the grant scheme can be downloaded from http://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/5,1356/grants/community_grants/.