Community: Scottish Community Empowerment Action Plan - Celebrating Success: Inspiring Change

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FUNDING STREAMS

WIDER ROLE FUND - £36m

To enable registered social landlords to play a full part in the economic, physical and social regeneration of their communities.

CLIMATE CHALLENGE FUND - £27.4m

To enable communities to come forward with their own solutions to make a significant reduction in carbon emissions. There is an emphasis on capacity building within communities to facilitate climate change action, and this is supported through a network of Non Government Organisations and voluntary sector organisations in an alliance to ensure that community involvement is at the heart of this work. The Fund projects can involve a range of actions, and should be delivered in the context of the wider environmental, social or economic dimensions.

RENEWABLES - £21.5m

To enable communities to maximise benefits from local renewables developments through grants scheme and advisory network of local development officers administered by intermediaries.

Funding available for technical/feasibility studies (up to £10K) as well as capital (up to £100K) for projects.

SCOTTISH RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME; LEADER; RURAL PRIORITIES - APPROXIMATELY £29M FOR LEADER AND £15M FOR COMMUNITIES IN RDCS

To enable community groups to contribute to agreed rural development priorities

LEADER is aimed at local development projects driven by community groups and having a wide community benefit through decisions taken by local partnership groups to deliver their local development strategy.

Rural Development Contracts ( RDCs) - Regional Priorities is a competitive process under which community applications will be judged on their ability to deliver national and regional outcomes. Recommendations are made on a regional basis but decisions are finalised centrally.

INCREASE 3 - £7.5m

A grant scheme run for Scottish Government by delivery bodies WRAP and Community Recycling Network for Scotland. Supports innovative community-sector waste-related projects aligned with the 'reduce, re-use, recycle' ethos. Separate 'strands' support 'Enterprise' and 'Prevention' projects, with an additional 2 strands supporting capacity-building in the sector and a small-scale (<£5K) grant programme which is simpler to access than the main strands.

THE COMMUNITY CHEST & VOLUNTEERING SCOTLAND GRANTS - £3m

To build the capacity of small community groups. A small grant scheme run by the Voluntary Action Fund.

RACE, RELIGION, AND REFUGEE INTEGRATION FUND - £5.6m

To improve the lives of minority ethnic and faith communities in Scotland, including refugees and asylum seekers as well as migrant workers and Gypsies/Travellers.

FORESTRY FOR PEOPLE CHALLENGE FUND - £1.5m

To help groups realise the potential contribution of local woodlands to the health, learning and strengthening of communities.

SCOTTISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (WOMEN'S FUND FOR SCOTLAND) - £600K

Scottish Community Foundation awards grants of between £250 and £250k to strengthen Scotland's communities. It awards grants to disadvantaged and marginalised groups in Scotland and has run a Women's Fund designed to promote gender equality and to tackle sexual discrimination since 2002. Women's Fund for Scotland provide grants of up to £5k through an open application process to organisations.

SPORTSMATCH - APPROXIMATELY £1.2M

Supports grass roots sport projects that encourage participation at community level, especially youth groups. It aims to match commercial business sponsorship on a £ for £ basis and has three primary objectives: to encourage businesses to sponsor community sports, to foster lasting partnerships between business and community sport, to further develop and improve community access to sport through quality business sponsorships.

BUILDING FOR SPORT PROGRAMME - APPROXIMATELY £22M (SPECIFICALLY ALLOCATED TO COMMUNITY FACILITIES STRAND)

Within this programme there is a strand which includes the provision or upgrading of any facilities used for sport in the general community. Applications for such awards need to align with the strategic plan of a local authority or of a governing body.

SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT GRANTS - APPROXIMATELY £1.2M

Better public understanding of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) subjects/science policy.

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT, HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS ENTERPRISE GRANT - APPROXIMATELY £12M

Focused on community groups, social enterprises, or other community 'anchor organisations'.

Activities include:

Capacity building, asset-based community development (predominantly acquisition and management of land, buildings and renewable energy production), developing social enterprises, community account management (as an extension to the Initiative at the Edge programme), development based on the Gaelic language and the distinctive arts and cultural heritage of the Highland and Islands Enterprise ( HIE) area.

HIE also funds more generic development in the Social Enterprise, Community Land, Community Renewable Energy, Arts and Culture, and Gaelic based sectors.

NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND VOICE

During our dialogue process, while everyone saw potential benefits in communities being more empowered, there was a strong view that many communities simply wanted better opportunities to be heard by public sector bodies when they are planning and delivering services.

This part of the plan therefore reflects the continuing importance of community engagement, as part of a spectrum of working with communities. We will continue to promote the National Standards for community engagement as good practice. The Standards have been recommended by Audit Scotland as good practice and have been the subject of a recent positive evaluation of their impact. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/regeneration/engage/standards

We are also investing £250k over two years for the development and promotion of the VOiCE community engagement database. VOiCE is underpinned by the National Standards and can support organisations to:

  • plan community engagement and service user participation
  • conduct it effectively
  • monitor and record the process
  • evaluate the outcomes.

It can be used to support a range of participation from overall area regeneration to specific concerns of users of particular services. It is designed to be relevant both for individual services and for integrated, cross disciplinary community planning. VOiCE enables all users to have a common system for analysing, planning, monitoring, evaluating and recording that provides common definition of terms and understanding of different types and purposes of engagement. It will carry the records of all engagements conducted in an area and enable analysis of patterns and outcomes of engagement.

We have asked the Scottish Community Development Centre to conduct a dissemination and development programme for VOiCE running through to March 2010. This enables every community planning partnership to make use of 2 days training and consultancy support from SCDC. This programme of support will be informed by the lessons of 6 VOiCE development sites with which SCDC is working to build up knowledge of how most effectively to use the tool. As we get the learning, we will place it on this site.