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£2.3 million grants awarded to third sector
More than 60 organisations to benefit from Enterprise Ready Fund.
Grants totalling £2.3 million have been awarded to 67 enterprising third sector organisations, John Swinney has confirmed.
The £6 million Enterprise Ready Fund, which opened to applications in September, builds on a number of current initiatives the Scottish Government has in place to continue to support a sustainable, capable and enterprising third sector.
The Finance Secretary’s announcement comes ahead of his trip to Oslo, Norway on Thursday where he highlighted the Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting the third sector at the Ferd conference on Social Entrepreneurship.
Mr Swinney outlined Scotland’s social enterprise profile and highlight the role of the estimated 3,000 to 4,000 social enterprises working in the growing sector, when he meets with Norway’s Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, Robert Eriksson.
The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth said:
“I would like to congratulate the 67 organisations which have been successful in securing grants from the Enterprise Ready Fund, ensuring the impact of these investments will be felt across Scotland.
“We believe that an enterprising third sector is a vital partner in our economy, in civic society and in the creation of a fairer and more inclusive Scotland. That is why we have invested heavily to help the sector develop.
“We have had a great response to the fund so far and I am keen to remind new, emerging and established third sector organisations that they have until 16 June to apply for funding. I hope that by investing in the third sector and enhancing its self-sufficiency we can look forward to a future where these organisations play a full role in public sector reform.
“Speaking at the Ferd conference provides an opportunity to share the experience of building a strong social enterprise sector, with our friends in Norway. Scotland has an excellent reputation for our work with the third sector. It is regarded as the best place in the world to start a social enterprise and there is increasing international interest in what some are calling the ‘Scottish Model’.”
Foundation Scotland’s Chief Executive Giles Ruck said:
“We are delighted with the wide variety of applications we have received so far, which showcase the innovative ways organisations plan to use their awards to make a real difference to the people and communities they serve.
We hope this initial announcement will encourage new or developing third sector organisations to apply to the Enterprise Ready Fund before it closes on the 16th of June."
Notes to editors
The Enterprise Ready Fund will distribute £6 million during 2013 to 2015 to help maintain, develop and grow enterprising third sector organisations. Grants of up to £250,000 are available to support new, emerging, developing and established organisations to become more self-sustaining and grow.
The Enterprise Ready Fund will help organisations to develop, become more efficient and self-sustaining, or diversify into new markets. Priority is being given to activities that contribute towards the Scottish Government’s Prevention and Welfare Reform agendas.
The fund is being delivered by a consortium of third sector organisations led by Foundation Scotland in partnership with Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEiS), Developing Strathclyde Ltd (DSL) and the Social Value Lab.
Further information and full details of the Enterprise Ready Fund can be found at: http://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/grants-and-funding-for-organisations/what-grants-are-available/enterprise-ready-fund.aspx
Mr Swinney will speak at the Ferd conference on Social Entrepreneurship in Oslo, Norway on 13 February. Ferd is a family-owned Norwegian industrial and financial group with extensive involvement in social entrepreneurship.
Enterprise Ready Fund awards
Name Amount Local Authority
1st Class Credit Union £13,130 Glasgow
Ala Mairi £23,108 Glasgow
Almond Networks SCIO £25,000 Stirling
An Lanntair £19,362 Eilean Sair
Ayrshire Childrens Services £48,560 North Ayrshire
Bad Idea Organisation CIC £25,000 Glasgow
Baseline 360 Limited £22,851 Glasgow
Beechbrae Scotland Ltd £19,444 West Lothian
Beith Community Development Trust £50,000 North Ayrshire
Bigton Community Enterprise Ltd £19,468 Shetland Islands
Bodysurf Scotland £12,000 Moray
Borders Environmental Education Services (BEES) £25,000 Scottish Borders
Camphill Blair Drummond Trust Ltd £153,545 Stirling
Children in Scotland £24,840 City of Edinburgh
Clydesdale Community Initiative £68,461 South Lanarkshire
Clydebank Sports Community Hub £18,947 West Dunbartonshire
Co Chomunn na Pairc £16,274 Eilean Siar
Comas £37,833 City of Edinburgh
Creetown Initiative Ltd £42,200 Dumfries & Galloway
Cromarty Arts Trust £25,000 Highland
Delivered Next Day Personally CIC £19,920 South Lanarkshire
Duncan Mackinnon Music and Arts Trust £25,000 Scottish Borders
Eadha Enterprises £19,955 Renfrewshire
Ecology Centre £23,851 Fife
Fair Deal £23,820 Glasgow
Fyne Futures £24,821 Argyll & Bute
Glasgow Women’s Library £16,500 Glasgow
Grassmarket Community Project £69,963 City of Edinburgh
Greetings from Leith Ltd £14,287 Edinburgh
Highland Blindcraft £25,000 Highland
ILM Highland £82,550 Highland
Kintyre Recycling £15,000 Argyll & Bute
Kyle of Sutherland £10,012 Highland
LAMH Recycle Ltd £24,411 North Lanarkshire
Living Solutions (Scotland) £76,207 Fife
Mull and Iona Community Trust £13,750 Argyll & Bute
National Piping Centre £18,234 Glasgow
New Start Highland £93,588 Highland
NHS Credit Union £13,998 Glasgow
Nourish (Scotland) CIC £50,000 City of Edinburgh
Power of Youth £21,000 City of Edinburgh
Protective Technology Solutions Ltd – Haven PTS £24,600 Stirling
Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR) £18,170 Renfrewshire
Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) £24,791 Renfrewshire
Reeltime Music £24,767 North Lanarkshire
Regener8 Central SCIO £25,000 Falkirk
Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre £22,406 Glasgow
Ross of Mull & Iona Community Transport Scheme £22,014 Argyll & Bute
Royston Stress Centre £24,595 Glasgow
RUTS £24,430 Midlothian
Scottish Marriage Care £25,000 Glasgow
Second Opportunities £111,597 Glasgow
South Nesting Public Hall £10,360 Shetland Islands
Showcase the Street £70,000 Angus
Spartans £15,804 Edinburgh
Stable Life £25,000 Scottish Borders
Strathpeffer Pavilion Association £131,572 Highland
Glasgow Photography Group (Streetlevel Photoworks) £19,134 Glasgow
The Food Train £58,891 Dumfries & Galloway
The Melting Pot £25,000 City of Edinburgh
Transform Scotland £49,544 City of Edinburgh
Transport for Tongue £23,545 Highland
UCAN Live Work £13,865 East Ayrshire
Uist Wool £23,500 Eilean Siar
Velocity Café & Bicycle Workshop £16,730 Highland
Wild Things! £48,000 Moray
Young Enterprise Scotland £23,340 Glasgow