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Fife Grants

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Fife Council Grants:

Economy Planning and Employability Service Grants

OPPORTUNITIES FIFE CLIENT ACTION TEAM: DISCRETIONARY FUND

A discretionary grant to assist individuals who are facing multiple barriers to employment.

PURPOSE

The aim of the fund is to support clients receiving ‘key worker’ support to assist them to progress towards employment and training opportunities by removing barriers to progression such as travel costs, clothing, Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) checks, tools and other items of equipment.

Maximum Award - Currently £200 note 1
For further information contact – Sandra Lambert, Opportunities Fife Client Action Team, Enterprise, Planning & Protective Services,  Kingdom House, Kingdom Avenue, Glenrothes KY7 5LY. Tel: 03451 555555 Ext: 406720.
 
Note 1 – In exceptional cases consideration may be given to a higher award

Fife Community Works Programme:

Funding is available for internal and external partners to bid in to.

We are looking for bids to the programme for environmental projects that will support employability outcomes. These could either be in the form of capital works requiring a contribution or training projects that will deliver a significant amount of added value to training currently on offer.

Our guideline is that we are able to make a contribution of up to 30% of project costs up to a maximum of £30,000. However, we would be pleased to chat over project ideas with you, large or small, to see if they are likely to qualify. Awards will need to be match funded.

For environmental capital works we would be looking for contractors, as part of Community Benefit Clauses (now Council policy for Councils Services) to look to take trainees or apprentices as part of the project depending on the size and duration of the project. My colleague Grant Leaburn is able to offer support, assistance and guidance to anyone looking to take this route. Grant’s email address is grant.leaburn@fife.gov.uk and his telephone number is 03451 555 555 ext. 406723.

We are also able to support training led projects looking to deliver environmental projects and training throughout Fife. Once again, support is available from Grant Leaburn and his team around options to deliver training programmes and support for recruitment etc.

For both training led projects and capital projects we are looking to maximise the number of training places available and this will be a key aspect of the scoring of applications.

If anyone requires further advice on this then please get in touch with Dot Smith Fife Community Works Co-ordinator at 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 492175 (Direct Line)

NB: Community Councils are not eligible for Enterprise, Planning and Protective Services Grant

Special Projects Scheme

PURPOSE

The scheme aims to make one-off grants to voluntary organisations whose work complements the work of Social Work Services. Particular attention will be given to groups operating within priority areas or serving priority groups within the terms of Fife Council Policies. Groups who address equal opportunities issues will also be looked on favourably.

SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS

Special projects will have no upper limit - however, only in exceptional circumstances will awards in excess of £2,000 be approved.
Grants are only available to groups involved in the field of social welfare.
 
Further information available from: Chris Campbell Tel: 03451 555555 Ext: 445980
E-mail:  Christopher.Campbell@fife.gov.uk
 
NB: Community Councils are not eligible for a Special Projects Grant.

Youth Work Grants

(Individuals Should Request A Separate Application Form)

Fife Council’s Community Youth Work Grants Scheme offers assistance through three schemes:

Youth WorkProjectGrant
InternationalYouthExperienceGrant
YouthWorkVolunteeringTrainingGrant

Please note:  All grants are discretionary and only one application per grant scheme will be considered from an individual or group in any financial year (1 April to 31 March).

Youth Work Project Grant

This grant is to support new and innovative pieces of work with young people.

Applicants are invited from constituted voluntary organisations who wish to develop new or experimental projects with young people.The target age group for this grant is young people aged 12 to 21 years and the grant will be 50% of the project cost up to a maximum of £500.

Eligible costs include hallr rental, volunteer expenses,research work,the cost of specialist staff and equipment (will only be paid following receipt of invoices showing purchase).

Grants will not be given tocover thecost of administrationor for general staffing.

Applicants from organisations who can demonstrate the involvement of young people in the project development will receive priority.

Organisations are also encouraged to apply for funding from other sources.

International Youth Experience Grant

This grant supports both voluntary organisations and individuals involved in youth work with an international focus.  Applications are invited from both organisations and individuals.  The potential for growth and personal development of participants through the experience must be clearly demonstrated.

Priority will begiven to organisations whose group consists of a majority of young people in the16-25 year age group and who are involved in educational exchanges. Grants are offered up to a maximum of £400 per visit for groups and £50 per visit for individuals.

Grants will not beprovided to sports or arts groups making one-off visits abroad.

The level of grant iscalculated based on the following:

•Number of people participating
Cost per head
•Amount of funding already in place
The organisation’s ability to raise funds.

Grants are available up to 50% ofthecosts (coursefee,accommodationand travelling), toamaximumof£100 per person, paid upon receipt of written confirmation that the applicant has attended the course.

Youth Work Volunteering Training Grant

This grant is to assist and encourage volunteers into training.  Applications are invited from voluntary organisations or individuals wishing to undertake relevant and accredited youth work training.

Individuals must be over 16 years of age and a member of a voluntary organisation in Fife,which is recognised by Fife Council.

Applicants should submit a copy of course details and letter of acceptance.

Organisations sending groups of volunteers to national training courses can apply for a block grant.

Awards to individuals may be restricted, when more than one person from a group applies.

Submitting an Application:

Applications should be submitted with thecfollowing supporting information:

Youth Work Project Grant:

Organisation’s constitution;
Mostrecentindependentlyexaminedorauditedaccountsforthelast2financialyears;
Aproject budget;
Anoteof otherfundsinhand orgrants received.

International Youth Experience Grant:

Organisation’sconstitution(notrequiredforindividualapplicants);
•Budgetforvisit;
Most recentindependentlyexaminedorauditedaccountsforthelast2financialyears;
Note offundsinhand;
Copyofproposedprogramme;
Listofparticipantsandstaff.

Youth Work Volunteering Training Grant:
Course details;
Letterofacceptance.

For more information on the Community Youth Work Grant Scheme please contact Mandy Rossiter on 01592 583334 or community.grants@fife.gov.uk

The Individual youth work grant Application is available here

The Group youth work grant Application is also available


Completed forms should be emailed to community.grants@fife.gov.ukor sent to the following postal address, for assessment and processing:

Community Grants Team,
Community Learning & Development,
Fife Council Corporate Services,
Rothesay House (F3 South),
Rothesay Place,
Glenrothes
KY7 5PQ

Culture Grants

Fife Council’s Culture Grants scheme aims to encourage and support creativity in local communities and will support activities in the following areas:

•           literature (includes writing, books, storytelling, readings, publishing)

•           performance (includes theatre, performance, drama, music and dance)

•           heritage (includes museums, libraries, archives and history)

•           audio-visual (includes film and video, radio, new media)

•           visual arts/crafts (includes art, painting, sculpture, crafts, design, fashion and architecture)

Who can apply?

Individuals-

Culture grants from £50 to £150 are available toindividuals of any age, who live in Fife:

  • to take part in new cultural experiences and to make the most of the cultural opportunities on offer;
  • who want to develop their creative talent and skills, e,g. you could seek support to help you attend a short course or conference, take lessons in something you’re good at, purchase equipment or research local history.


These grants are for you to do things you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do and we will expect you to tell us how your grant helped you develop your creativity and knowledge.

Parents and guardians can apply on behalf ofchildren in their care up to16 years old.

Groups- Culture grants from £100 to £500 are available for groups in Fife:

•       to start or develop creative activities within the group;

•       to add to your group’s experience if you already have artistic or cultural aims;

•       to organise a cultural experience for group members.


For example:Groups could pay a tutor to lead an experimental activity, buy materials, organise a visit to a performance, put on a film screening or create an archive.

Groups have to be constituted to be able to apply - except for groups of young people who do not need to be constituted but will have to provide a local independent professional referee who supports the application.

We will expect you to tell us how your grant helped your group develop creative opportunities for your members or for others in your local area.

Young people must write their own report and include comments from their named independent referee.

Before you apply please note:

Individuals can’t apply for payment towards a college or university course, nor can theyapply for a short course that they have already started.

Please apply 8 weeks prior to the event / course being held and note that we may not be able to give you the full amount you apply for.

The Culture Grant Scheme is not suitable for individuals who earn a living from their craft e.g. artists, sculptors, writers, jewellery makers, etc, or who have received funding from the Visual Arts and Crafts Grant Scheme.

Please Note: Groups or individuals applying to this grant scheme will be allowed 2 consecutive awards, then a rest year will be expected before they can reapply for funding assistance.

Advice on making an application

For advice or an informal discussion on Culture grants, please contact Karen Taylor on 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 442111 (Direct Line) or email at karenm.taylor@onfife.com

Application forms are available from Culture Grant Application Form

Completed forms should be emailed to community.grants@fife.gov.ukor sent to the following postal address, for assessment and processing:

Community Grants Team,
Community Learning & Development,
Fife Council Corporate Services,
Rothesay House (F3 South),
Rothesay Place,
Glenrothes
KY7 5PQ

For general information on Community Grant Schemes please contact Mandy Rossiter on 01592 583334 or community.grants@fife.gov.uk

Sports Grants

Please note:  All grants are discretionary and only one application per grant scheme will be considered from an individual or group in any financial year (1 April to 31 March).

Individual Athlete Sports Awards

Grants are available to support individual sports people in Fife who are competing at District, Regional or National level, to help with the costs of competitions and training, e.g.
  • Competition fees;
  • Travel costs at standard rate (receipts must be provided);
  • Accommodation costs up to £25 per night (receipts must be provided);
  • Additional training costs incurred as a representative of a Fife, Regional or National squad.


To be eligible for an Athletes grant, applicants:
 

  • Must live in Fife;
  • Must not be eligible for lottery sports fund talented athlete programme or talented identification programme;
  • Must be participating in sports with a sportscotland recognised Governing Body;
  • Require a letter of selection or approval and endorsement by the respective National Governing Body of Sport;
  • Must submit applications prior to the training / competition commencing, as no awards will be made in retrospect.
Applicants can receive grants of up to 50% of the total costs, up to a maximum of £180 and may be subject to a random check on grant information provided.

Coach & Sports Officials Training Grant

Grants are available to encourage, support and promote the training and development of sports coaches and officials.  To be eligible for this scheme applicants
  • Must live in Fife;
  • Must be volunteering within a sports club with a sportscotland recognised Governing Body;
  • Must provide confirmation from their Sports Club that they are attending the course for the benefit of the Club, i.e. supporting letter or email;
  • Must submit applications prior to the course / workshop commencing, as no awards will be made in retrospect.

The grant will only be awarded on proof of attendance and successful completion of the course / workshop.

Applicants can receive grants of up to 50% of the total course costs, up to a maximum of £200.

Sports Club Grants

There are two types of grants available to sports clubs - 'Club Development' and 'Club Start Up' and to be eligible clubs must:
  • Be constituted and have a recognised committee in place;
  • Have a club bank account;
  • Be actively operating, training and playing in Fife or setting themselves up to do so;
  • Be participating  in sports with a sportscotland recognised Governing Body;
  • Be a voluntary sports club;
  • Have their application endorsed by two committee members (one must be an office bearer).

Clubs can receive grants of up to 50% of the total costs, up to a maximum of £250.

Club Start-Up Grant

Grants are only available to new, voluntary sports clubs that meet the minimum ClubFife criteria, for costs associated with the setting-up of a new club (such as purchasing equipment or paying towards an initial facility hire).

Club Development Grant

Clubs must have successfully achieved their sportscotland recognised governing body accreditation, or Fife Council’s club accreditation scheme “ClubFife”.

Club development grants are to assist clubs achieve the aims and objectives in their development plan (e.g. new section to an existing club), but will not support a club’s general running costs such as admin, facility hire and travel.

Contact Information

For more information on the Community Sports Grant Scheme please contact Mandy Rossiter on 01592 583334 or email community.grants@fife.gov.uk

Application forms are available for

Athletes Grant Application Form

Club Development Grant Application Form

Club Start up Grant Application Form

Coach & Officials Grant Application Form

Completed forms should be emailed to community.grants@fife.gov.uk or sent to the following postal address, for assessment and processing:

Community Grants Team,
Community Learning & Development,
Fife Council Corporate Services,
Rothesay House (F3 South),
Rothesay Place,
Glenrothes
KY7 5PQ

Community Capital Grants Scheme

PURPOSE

Fife Council’s Community Capital Grants Scheme offers grants of up to £5000 towards the building, refurbishment and development of community facilities.

What does the Scheme Offer

The Community Capital Grant scheme assists organisations (such as community hall committees, sports clubs and arts organisations) that have responsibility for the maintenance and operations of halls, other buildings  and associated land, on behalf of and for use by their local communities.

The scheme is not intended to provide assistance with running costs, but  to support capital works by helping to meet the cost of repairs and improvements necessary to maintain the fabric of the building or associated land.

What is the grant criteria?

The applicant organisation must be properly constituted with an elected Management Committee and have responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the building or associated land.

The building or associated land should be either owned by the applicant organisation or subject to a lease of satisfactory duration (e.g. 20 years).

If the facility is leased from another organisation, we will require written confirmation of consent for the works from the Landlord.

Membership of the organisation or group must be open and the organisation should demonstrate a commitment to developing an equal opportunities policy. The application should demonstrate a clear link to at least one of the priorities in the Fife Council Plan 2017.

Priority will be given to works which are deemed to be essential, e.g. on Health and Safety grounds, to keep the structure wind and watertight, or towards provision of equality of opportunity.  Priority will also be given to organisations that have not received grant aid in recent years.

Work should normally commence within 6 months of approval of the grant and should be completed within the proposed timescale stated in the application. It would be expected that all works would be complete within one year of the grant being awarded.

The grant scheme will offer up to 60% of the total estimated costs of the work, up to a maximum award of £5000. Where the organisation operates a licensed bar or gaming machine, the profits accruing from such an operation will be taken into account and awards of up to 40% of the costs will be made.

We will also take into account other sources of external funds sourced by the applicant body, when taking a decision on a level of award.

Grants over £4000 must be supervised by a competent technical officer, appointed by the applicant organisation. Professional fees will be eligible as part of the total cost.

All applicants will be considered by a Grants Panel, which meets on a regular basis.  If an award is made of over £5000 this will be considered and agreed by the relevant Fife Council Area Committee.

Only one application per organisation will be considered in any one financial year (1 April to 31 March) and grants are not awarded retrospectively.

Note: Organisations applying to this grant scheme can apply in consecutive years for grant support, but cannot apply in the third year.

Submitting an application

Completed application forms must be accompanied by:
  • Constitution;
  • Independently examined or audited accounts for the last 2 financial years;
  • Two competing estimates from bona-fide contractors (the award will be calculated on the lowest quote);
  • A full breakdown of the cost of the project (this should include where the income will come from, and how the money will be spent)
  • Written confirmation of the applicant organisation’s ability to provide the balance of the funds required.

Organisations will receive a letter notifying them of the decision and the grant payment will only be made on receipt of the contractor’s invoices. Where an award of over £1000 is made, applicants will be expected to complete an end of project monitoring form.

For more information on the Community Capital Grant Scheme please contact Mandy Rossiter on 01592 583334 or email community.grants@fife.gov.uk
 

Application for Community Capital Grant Scheme available

Completed forms should be emailed to community.grants@fife.gov.uk or sent to the following postal address, for assessment and processing:

Community Grants Team,
Community Learning & Development,
Fife Council Corporate Services,
Rothesay House (F3 South),
Rothesay Place,
Glenrothes
KY7 5PQ

Floral Enhancement Grants

Fife Council’s Floral Enhancement Grant Scheme is designed to help communities in Fife provide Floral displays.

What does the grant scheme offer

This grant scheme provides assistance to Community Councils and other community groups and voluntary organisations who wish to enhance their physical surroundings by the provision of hanging baskets, tubs, window boxes and floral displays.

Grant assistance will be made available to support the cost of, e.g. purchasing tubs, window boxes and containers, as well as compost, plants and bulbs.  Funding may also be available to help pay for routine maintenance throughout the year.

Who can apply

Applications are invited from Community Councils and other constituted community groups and voluntary organisations.

The scheme is designed to provide support to organisations at two levels: 
  • To villages and small towns with a population of less than 3,000;
  • To larger towns with a population of more than 3,000.


 What is the grant criteria?

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that:

  • They can maintain the display or tubs throughout the growing season;
  • There is a long-term commitment from the local community to maintain flower beds,;
  • 3rd Party Liability Insurance is in place;
  • All necessary approval has been sought (if applicable) from Planning Services, Roads and land owners, prior to submitting the application;
  • There is a sound financial package in place to meet the total cost of the project;
  • The project encourages working partnerships with a variety of agencies;
  • The planned floral enhancement involves local people;

Submitting an Application

Completed application forms should be submitted along with the following information:
  • Copy of applicant organisation’s constitution;
  • Copy of organisation’s independently examined or audited accounts for the last 2 financial years;
  • Draft income and expenditure for the project;
  • Details of where the floral displays will be situated;
  • Copies of relevant planning approvals (if applicable);
  • Copy of Public Liability Insurance Certificate.


All applications must be received by the end of October.  If, for any reason, the project does not go ahead, any grant assistance must be returned to Fife Council.

A special grants panel will meet to allocate funds for the next financial year and applicants will be advised of grant awards by the end of November each year.

All successful grant applications will be expected to complete an end of project monitoring form.

For more information on the Community Floral Enhancement Grant Scheme please contact Mandy Rossiter on 01592 583334 or community.grants@fife.gov.uk

Application form for Floral Enhancement Grant available here

Completed forms should be emailed to community.grants@fife.gov.ukor sent to the following postal address, for assessment and processing:

Community Grants Team,
Community Learning & Development,
Fife Council Corporate Services,
Rothesay House (F3 South),
Rothesay Place,
Glenrothes
KY7 5PQ

Community Events Grant Scheme

Fife Council’s Community Events Grant Scheme offers financial support for the delivery and promotion of community events.

The provision of a varied and attractive calendar of well organised and promoted events can positively enhance the quality of life,impact on the local economy, promote civic pride, raise the profile of Fife and have a direct socialand cultural impact on their participants and wider host communities.

Fife Councilis committed to developing civic prideand active participationas well ascreating a strong and wider programme of involvement with communities and groups.Supporting community events contributes to achieving this aim.

What does the grant scheme offer?

The purpos eof the Community Events Grant Scheme is to assist with the sustainability and delivery of local events(such as local galadays).

Up to 40% of event costs(to a maximum amount of £1,000) may be awarded and eligible items for expenditureinclude:Insurance,Marketing andPromotion,Portable Toilet Hire, Engaging Performers, Hire of Equipment and Services,General Administration Costs,Venue Hire.

Ineligible items are staffing and catering costs,the purchase of equipment and donating surplus funds to others.

Who can apply?

Groups and organisations with open membership, that are non-profit making and have a constitution with charitable aims, are eligible to apply.They should also be able to demonstrate a commitment to developing an equal opportunities policy.

What is the grant Criteria

The application should demonstrate a clear link to at least one of Fife Council’s Strategic Priorities. Only one application per group or organisation will be considered in any one financial year (1Aprilto31 March) and grants are not awarded retrospectively.

Monitoring and evaluation is an integral part of awarding public funding.  Grants are awarded on the condition that the applicant completes and returns a monitoring and evaluation form for the event, which will be sent out with confirmation of thegrant.

Failure to complete and return thisinformation may make the organisationin eligible toapply for a grant the following year.

All events should acknowledge the suppor to FifeCouncil by including the Celebrating Fife branding on promotional materials.  The Council can supply banners to events organisers.

Note:  It is important that organisations submit their application at least 8 weeks prior to the event taking place.

Advice on making an application

Please submit the following with your application:
  • Constitution;
  • Independently examined or audited accounts for the last 2 financial years;
  • Projected budget for event, clearly showing expected income and expenditure;
  • Evidence the organisation can make a contribution from its own funds.


Applications will be assessed using a framework to ensure like-for-like events receive a similar level of grant. The framework considers cost of event, duration and number of people attending.

Applications are considered by a Grants Panel, which meets on a regular basis.

Event details must be entered on Fife Direct and groups should contact Angela Scott for assistance, advice or an informal discussion on 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 442025 (Direct Line) or email at angela.scott@fife.gov.uk

Events Grants application available here 


Completed forms should be emailed to community.grants@fife.gov.ukor sent to the following postal address, for assessment and processing:

Community Grants Team,
Community Learning & Development,
Fife Council Corporate Services,
Rothesay House (F3 South),
Rothesay Place,
Glenrothes
KY7 5PQ

For general information on Community Grant Schemes please contact Mandy Rossiter on 01592 583334 or community.grants@fife.gov.uk

Childcare Grants

A)  CHILDMINDER START-UP GRANT

PURPOSE

The £250 initial start-up Registered Childminder Grant will assist in buying items such as fire blankets, smoke detectors, stair-gates, cupboard locks, first aid box and manual, socket covers, Care Inspectorate Fee and the setting up of administration procedures. These items are required to be in place before registration is granted by the Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS).

SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS

The grant is available to people considering a career as a Childminder. Applicants will be required to produce:-

A Business Plan to be submitted with the application.  Advice on how to develop business plans is provided through the Business Gateway, with further information available through the contact shown below.

Successful applicants will receive formal notification of their award but the grant will not be paid until Fife Council receives evidence of their registration with the Scottish Care Inspectorate and appropriate receipts.

Applicants who receive financial assistance from other sources to set up as a Registered Childminder are not eligible.

For further information and an Application Form contact: The Scottish Childminders Association (S.C.M.A) on 01592 756986

B)  PLAY ORGANISATIONS SMALL GRANT SCHEME

PURPOSE

The £500 Small Grant Scheme will assist play/care organisations to upgrade their resources, purchase safety equipment or implement safety measures, subsidise hall rents and outings.

SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS

The grant is available to organisations that are Care Inspectorate registered and provide a play/care service within their community. The organisation must be non-profit distributing have a clear management structure i.e. a management committee who have been democratically elected and a constitution or a set of organisation rules.

A basic Business Plan / Project Plan is required with all applications.

Organisations must be registered with the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care, S.P.P.A. or S.C.M.A.

Copies of all grant spending receipts must be provided.

Only one award per organisation in any financial year.

For further information and an Application Form contact:  Joyce Waddell, The Scottish Pre-School Play Association (S.P.P.A) on 0141 225 2946

C)  OUT OF SCHOOL CHILDCARE GRANT

PURPOSE

The Out of School Childcare Grant assistance is up to 50% of eligible expenditure up to a maximum of £5,000. The grant is available to constituted, non profit distributing voluntary groups or organisations that develop and provide a registered Out of School Childcare service. Organisations are expected to demonstrate that they are moving towards financial stability independent of grants from Fife Childcare and Early Years Service. The grant is available to support the recruitment of additional staff, inclusion of children with special needs, staff training, improving quality, purchase of equipment and adaptation to the physical environment.  

SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS

The organisation must be non-profit distributing have a clear management structure i.e. a management committee who have been democratically elected and a constitution or a set of organisation rules apply and registered with Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS).

In awarding the grant Fife Council will take into consideration the scale of the project, the organisations business plan, and the demand for services in the local area.

A request for an Out of School Childcare Grant must be supported by the relevant application forms and accompanied by a Business Plan to the satisfaction of Fife Council. 

The Business Plan should contain details of the organisation/business structure, local market, competition and management structure.

Financial forecasts for at least two years consisting of detailed cash flows, profit and loss accounts and balance sheet.

In addition they should also submit their business accounts for the previous two years and their latest management accounts.

For further information and an Application Form contact: Sandra Lawrie, Business Development Officers, Fife Childcare Service on 03451 55 55 55 Ext 44 21 36 / Ext 44 71 42 or Email: sandra.lawrie@fife.gov.uk

D) OUT OF SCHOOL CARE TRANSPORT GRANT

PURPOSE

The Transport Grant is to assist Out of School Care Clubs to meet the costs of transport and escort duties incurred whilst transporting children from the school to the Out of School Care Club. Organisations are expected to demonstrate that they are moving towards financial stability independent of grants from Fife Childcare and Early Years Strategy.

Please Note – Transport Grant application will be reviewed individually and in some cases may not be eligible for the full amount requested.

SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS

The Transport Grant is available to constituted, non profit distributing voluntary groups or organisations that provides a registered Out of School Childcare service.

The organisation must operate a Transport policy acceptable to Fife Council.

Any Sub Contractors must have the appropriate operators licence acceptable to Fife Council.

All drivers must have undertaken an enhanced Disclosure Scotland check.

The organisation must supply copies of all invoices relating to their transport including those of the Sub Contractor.

Need must be demonstrated within the organisations Business Plan or supporting organisation.

For further information and an Application Form contact:  Sandra Lawrie, Business Development Officers, Fife Childcare Service on 03451 55 55 55 Ext 44 21 36 / Ext 44 71 42 or Email: sandra.lawrie@fife.gov.uk

NB: Community Councils are not eligible for Childcare Grants.

Tenants Groups Schemes


PURPOSE

To help meet running costs of tenant and residents groups, such as:

Publicising and holding meetings
Responding to requests for help, from tenants and the Council
Producing information for those they represent
Keeping up to date with developments in housing
Organising events and initiatives that benefit their community

SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS

The Council’s Tenant Participation Policy, written with tenants, lists the criteria for recognising groups.  Groups may be eligible to become Registered Tenants Organisations, with rights to be consulted.  Further information from contact below.

If a group has over £300, we will ask why they need a further grant, e.g., plans for using up the surplus, or bills still to pay from previous year.  Because this grant scheme is funded from rents paid by Fife Council tenants, tenants must be represented on the committee of the group.

Contact: Jullya McVeigh Tel: 03451 555555 Ext 480271  E-mail:  jullya.mcveigh@fife.gov.uk

NB: Community Councils are not eligible for Tenants Groups Schemes Grants
 

Fife Grants

Settlement Trusts

The following settlements have a Trust in place:

Anstruther & Cellardyke, Auchtermuchty,Auchtertool ,Buckhaven & Methil , Ballingry, Burntisland , Collessie  ,Crail ,Cupar , Culross , Dunfermline, Elie, Kennoway  , Kinghorn ,Kirkcaldy, Leslie, Leven ,Falkland ,Freuchie & Area ,Kilconquhar , Kincardine, Kingskettle , Ladybank, Limekilns, Lochgelly, Newburgh , Pittenweem , St Andrews , St Monans  , Tayport.

You can apply for funding from a Settlement Trust if it falls under the following categories:

  • Prevention of Poverty
  • Advancement of Education
  • Advancement of Religion
  • Saving of Lives
  • Advancement of Citizenship
  • Advancement of Arts
  • Advancement of Public Participation in Sport
  • Provision of Recreational Facilities
  • Advancement of Human Rights
  • Promotion of  religious or racial harmony
  • Promotion of Equality
  • Advancement of Environmental Protection
  • Relief of Those In Need
  • Advancement of Animal Welfare
  • Analogous Purposes

 

Application Process for Settlement Trusts

Jamie Abbott – Jamie.Abbott@fife.gov.uk – Buckhaven & Methil, Leven

Frances Arbuckle  - Frances.Arbuckle@fife.gov.uk – Anstruther & Cellardyke, Auchtermuchty, Collessie, Crail, Cupar, Elie, Falkland, Freuchie & Area, Kilconquhar, Kingskettle, Ladybank, Newburgh, Pittenweem , St Andrews , St Monans  , Tayport

Click here to download Settlement Trusts Application Form

 
Non Settlement Trusts

There are still a number of Trusts that through agreement will remain outwith the Settlement Trust structure these are listed below: 

Alfred Stewart Trust (Dunfermline)

   

Ballingry Feus

       

Bell Fund/Templars Fund

     

Buist Bequest

       

Cantley Memorial Clock

     

Crail Public Library Trust

     

Crail War Memorial

       

Dobbie Bequest (Kinghorn)

     

Donald & Margaret Ross Bequest (St Andrews)

 

Duffus Park

       

Duncan Bequest (Kinghorn)

     

Hay Fleming Library (St Andrews)

   

J Ferguson's Trust (Auchtermuchty)

   

Landale Trust -

   

Letham Glen (Leven)

     

Mrs Orrel's Legacy (Burntisland)

   

Mrs R C Balfour Legacy (Leven)

     

North Carr Lightship Fund (Anstruther)

   

Pittenweem New Town Hall Fund

   

Provost Scott Memorial Fund

     

Raemore Mortification - Kinglassie

   

Silver Band Fund (Burntisland)

     

Spence Memorial (Burntisland)

   

St Andrews Harbour Clock

     

St Andrews Harbour Trust -

 

St Andrews War Memorial

     

Stuart Bursary

       

Tayport War Memorial

     

War Memorial Fund (Burntisland)

   

Waugh & Wharrie Bequest (Aberdour)

   

Woodmill Mortification (Newburgh) -


Application Process for Non Settlement Trusts

These trusts have a range of aims and objectives. To find out if your project will qualify please contact your Local Community Planning Support Officer initially at:  Community Support Contacts

Click here to download Non Settlement Trusts Application Form

Fife Charities Trust

FIFE CHARITIES TRUST is Fife Council’s employee charity group and operate a grants scheme on behalf of the Fife Lottery Organisation. This raises funds for charitable and community groups through the Fife Council Employee Lottery.  The average award is £500.  To access funding, charity and community groups (they do not fund individuals) must be nominated by a Fife Council employee.  The Fife Charities Trust will consider these based on specific selection criteria.  The application form and selection criteria are available on this link
LOCAL COMMUNITY PLANNING BUDGET

Fife Council Area Committees have been allocated a Local Community Planning Budget to address:

local needs and priorities;
issues identified through the Area Committee Workplan
poverty, deprivation and inequality in line with the Fairer Fife Framework.

The Area Budget will support Local Community Planning projects and initiatives in partnership with Services, Community Partners, voluntary and external organisations, who will be expected to contribute to the funding.

If you have a local project or initiative which you think may be eligible for support, or you want to have more information, then please contact your Locality Support Team Leader:

North East Fife Area  -  Fiona Mitchell fiona.mitchell@fife.gov.uk 03451 555555 ext: 46 05 61
Glenrothes Area  -  Mary Siskou mary.siskou@fife.gov.uk 03451 555555 ext: 47 00 02
Levenmouth Area  -  Stuart Christie stuart.christie@fife.gov.uk 03451 555555 ext: 49 00 01
Kirkcaldy Area   -  Ken Halley  ken.halley@fife.gov.uk 03451 555555 ext: 46 16 08
Cowdenbeath Area  -  Fiona Forbes fiona.forbes@fife.gov.uk 03451 555555 ext: 40 14 73
Dunfermline Area  -  Callum Farquhar callum.farquhar@fife.gov.uk 03451 555555 ext: 44 10 04
South West Fife Area  -  Lynn Hoey lynn.hoey@fife.gov.uk 03451 555555 ext: 44 06 46
Leader in Fife Programme 2007-2013

LEADER IN FIFE PROGRAMME 2007-2013

LEADER is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme aimed at promoting economic and community development in rural areas. LEADER is a bottom up method of delivering support for rural development and is aimed at smaller scale, business and community driven projects that are pilot and innovative in nature. 

The LEADER in Fife programme 2007-2013 was worth £1.7m to rural Fife.  Although that Programme has now closed the Fife Local Action Group has submitted a Local Development Strategy covering the period 2015-2020 and it is expected that this will be approved by the Scottish Government in March 2015. 

The Local Development Strategy is built around the need to improve access to services, connectivity between services, communities and businesses and inclusion.  More information will be available once the programme is approved.  

If you have an idea for a potential project or require further information please contact the Funding and Monitoring Team on 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 441248 or email an enquiry to sharon.douglas@fife.gov.uk.

Further information is available from the LEADER in Fife website www.leaderinfife.org

Common Good Funds

COMMON GOOD FUNDS

A number of towns in Fife have a Common Good Fund which can be used for the benefit of the inhabitants of that town. The following Common Good Funds are administered by the Council:

Levenmouth Area  -  Buckhaven & Methil and Leven
Glenrothes Area - Leslie and Markinch
Kirkcaldy Area - Kirkcaldy including Dysart, Burntisland and Kinghorn
North East Fife Area  -  Anstruther, Crail, Cupar, Falkland, Newburgh, Pittenweem,
St Andrews and St Monans
West Area  -  Consolidated Fund covering Dunfermline, Culross, Inverkeithing, Rosyth.

The level of funds available varies significantly between the different Common Good Funds.

For further information contact:

Laura MacKean, Policy Officer by email laura.mackean@fife.gov.uk
or phone 03451 55 55 55 Ext 460071
 
Applications are available from Common Good Application Form

Community Organisations

Fife Council’s Community Organisation Grant Scheme provides groups and organisations with financial assistance towards running costs, the purchase of equipment and special projects.

Please note:  All grants are discretionary and only one application per grant scheme will be considered from a group in any financial year (1 April to 31 March).
 
Who can apply?

Groups and organisations with open membership, who are non-profit making and have a constitution with charitable aims, are eligible to apply. They should be able to demonstrate a commitment to developing an equal opportunities policy.

You can apply for a grant towards the purchase of equipment, running costs or for a special project. Please note that Sports, Arts or Events related organisations should apply to the Sports Awards, Culture or Community Events Grant Schemes.

The application should demonstrate a clear link to at least one of the priorities in the Fife Council Plan 2017. Only one application per group will be considered in any one financial year (1 April to 31 March) and grants are not awarded retrospectively.

Grants towards the purchase of equipment

Your application should list all of the equipment to be purchased, together with the cost of the items.

Awards of 50% of the total cost will be made, up to a maximum of £400.

Before the grant will be released, you will have to produce either a receipt to show it has been purchased, or an invoice from the supplier.

Equipment bought under this scheme should be made available for use in the wider community on a non-profit basis.

Organisations must make a contribution from their own funds and provide evidence that they have this contribution available.

Grants towards running costs

Applications for running costs should be on an annual basis, i.e. for a whole year's activities.

You can claim for items such as hall rental or transport (where this is an essential part of your group's activities). Grants will not be provided for salaries, wages or for general administration costs.

The maximum grant for running costs is £250.

Grants for special projects

Special projects can include activities and outings. Your application must include a budget for the project, clearly showing any expected income and the expenditure.

Assistance of up to 50% of the projected budget is available, up to a maximum of £500.

For monitoring purposes, you will be expected to submit a report of the project once it has taken place. This report should include a breakdown of the actual income and expenditure.

Submitting an application

Completed application forms must be accompanied by:

  • Constitution;
  • Independently examined or audited accounts for the last 2 financial years;
  • Estimate of equipment costs;
  • Total project costs.

 For more information on the Community Organisation Grant Scheme please contact Mandy Rossiter on 01592 583334 or community.grants@fife.gov.uk
 

Application forms are available from Community Organisations Application Form
 

Completed forms should be emailed to community.grants@fife.gov.uk or sent to the following postal address, for assessment and processing:

Community Grants Team,
Community Learning & Development,
Fife Council Corporate Services,
Rothesay House (F3 South),
Rothesay Place,
Glenrothes
KY7 5PQ

£2 for £1 Grant Information

Community £2 for £1 Rural Halls Fundraising Grant Scheme

This scheme encourages Village and Community Hall Committees to introduce and develop a fundraising programme to generate funds for planned annual projects, e.g. equipment purchase and small to medium improvements to their rural hall.

Please note: All grants are discretionary and only one application per grant scheme will be considered from a group in any financial year (1 April to 31 March).
 
Eligible Work Applications will only be considered where pieces of work can be identified, e.g. small to medium improvements to the hall, purchase of kitchen equipment, etc. (see list below):

· Flooring Work · Tiling Work to Kitchen & Toilet Areas · Sound System including Speakers · Protection Covers for lights in Main Hall · Heating/Ventilation system/De-humidification upgrading · Insulation Work · Purchase of Cooker/Oven · Purchase of Crockery & Kitchen Utensils · Replacement Toilet Units · Installation of a New Water Heater
This scheme is not intended to supplement the Annual Recurring Grant and is not to assist with running costs.
 
Criteria
 The organisation must be properly constituted with an elected Management Committee with responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the hall. Membership of the organisation/group must be open and the organisation should demonstrate a commitment to developing an equal opportunities policy.

Only one application per hall will be considered in any one Council Financial Year, which runs from 1st April to the 31st March the following year.

Applications to this scheme cannot be made by a Management Committee, if they still have to claim the previous year’s £2 for £1 Fundraising Grant Award.

Important GRANT AWARDS WILL NOT BE MADE IN RETROSPECT.

Management Committees must apply for financial support before they arrange any work or any purchases. Invoices dated prior to Fife Council’s advisory letter (confirming the Grant Award)

To access an Area Budget form please contact your Local Community Planning Support Officer.


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