As part of the #ShiftThePower Scotland Comic Relief Programme, we will be working alongside communities across Scotland to support Community Led Grant Making.

This puts communities at the heart of designing and deciding how funds should be spent in their area. The community will fund work which addresses the four Comic Relief themes – Mental Health Matters, Gender Justice, Safe Place to Be, and Children Survive and Thrive. You can read more about these themes here. We are excited that this fund is open to both un-constituted and constituted community groups, alongside grassroots charities.

Carbrain, North Lanarkshire

About Carbrain

Carbrain is a neighbourhood in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire. Cumbernauld is one of Scotland’s best-known New Towns and was created in the 1950s as a population overspill for Glasgow. Cumbernauld’s town centre was regenerated in the 1990s and includes what is now accepted as Britain’s first shopping centre and the world’s first multi-level covered town centre. Access to the town centre from Carbrain is via footpaths and underpasses as Carbrain was designed around pedestrians and as such has paths intertwining amongst its many streets.

Why Carbrain? 

Our Getting Alongside Communities programme has been running in Carbrain since 2018. As Community Led Grant Making is new for Corra, we wanted to work in areas where we already have established community connections and trust.

How are the community approaching Community Led Grant Making?

The community in Carbrain have formed a steering group made up of local people and key local organisations. They have designed a process that involves a short application form. The group have decided that decisions will be made by an independent panel.

How are local people involved?

Local people designed the grant making process and decided what groups and activities they wanted to fund. Local people and organisations received funding to run activities in Carbrain.

Who received funding?

Funding decisions were made in March 2020. As a result of COVID-19 – not all of these projects have been able to start and we are working with the local steering group to explore how best to support the community and organisations at this time.

Dunterlie, East Renfrewshire

About Dunterlie

Dunterlie is part of Barrhead within East Renfrewshire. The area has changed over the years- in the 18thCentury it was known for its weaving, but with the industrial revolution the area became host to many industries such as metal-working, engineering and laundering. The area of Dunterlie is a recent community, with much of the housing having been built in the 20th Century.

Why Dunterlie?

Our Getting Alongside Communities programme has been running in Dunterlie since 2017. As Community Led Grant Making is new for Corra, we wanted to work in areas where we already have established community connections and trust.

How are the community approaching Community Led Grant Making?

The community in Dunterlie have formed a planning group made up of local people and individuals who have lived and professional experience of the four comic relief themes. The group are currently designing the programme but are exploring a number of options. These include the possibility of support sessions with local people to develop new ideas; alternative methods for people to apply; and the possibility of accepting applications groups have already completed for other funding programmes.

How are local people involved?

Local people are taking the lead and have formed the planning committee which is responsible for all aspects of development and direction. If you’d like to be part of the planning committee please contact laura@corra.scot for information on how to get involved. Local people will also be able to put forward project ideas for funding – more information about how to apply will be shared in early 2020.

Who received funding?

The group have not yet opened the programme for applications.

Banff and Macduff, Aberdeenshire

About Banff and MacDuff

Banff and MacDuff are two towns in Aberdeenshire on the north east coast of Scotland. They sit across from each other on the estuary of the River Deveron.  The area is part of a wider community regeneration project led by Aberdeenshire Council Developing Excellence in Our North Coast Communities. Local partners also identified a need to increase community engagement around child poverty, one of three Local Outcome Improvement Priorities in Aberdeenshire. A new community development project called Community Works has been funded through the Tackling Poverty and Inequality strategic group to do this.

Why Banff and MacDuff?

We wanted to explore how Community Led Grant Making would work across Scotland in both urban and rural communities. We also wanted to explore ways of delivering this activity partnering with different organisations already established in an area, recognising that local organisations know localities best. We spoke with the Community Learning and Development team at Aberdeenshire Council and identified that Banff and MacDuff would be a good area to work in.

We are also supporting the local Youth Council to run a Community Led Grant Making process with young people taking the lead.

Banff and MacDuff Community

How are the community approaching Community Led Grant Making?

The Community Works Team, alongside the community and local organisations, are developing processes and criteria for an open fund. The group want to ensure that local groups can extend existing activity as well as supporting individuals with new ideas. Decisions will be made through a mini public process.

The mini public process brings together an independent group of local people who reflect the demographic experience of that community. Individuals are picked semi-randomly and barriers to involvement removed to support people who haven’t been involved in decision making before. The group will spend time with facilitators looking at the Comic Relief themes and how they are understood locally. These discussions will inform their decisions on what to fund.

How can local people get involved?

Local people can get involved with the planning and development in Banff and MacDuff – contact martin.robertson@aberdeenshire.gov.uk if you’re interested. Local people can also develop and apply for projects they’d like to deliver in their area.

Who received funding?

The programme is not yet open for funding.

Youth Council Community

How are the community approaching Community Led Grant Making?

Still in the very early stages, local young people have been working to create an application form for the programme – taking the best bits of applications and creating their own. They also plan to bring together Youth Forums across Aberdeenshire to make decisions on what should receive funding.

How are local people involved?

Young people can get involved through their Youth Forum or by contacting douglas.findlay@aberdeenshire.gov.uk. Young people will also be able to apply for funding when the programme goes live later in 2020.

Who received funding?

The programme is not yet open for funding.

YouthBorders

About YouthBorders

YouthBorders is the network of voluntary and community-based youth organisations in the Scottish Borders, supporting and promoting good quality youth work.

Why YouthBorders?

As well as place-based community grant making, Corra Foundation wants to work with, and learn from, some ‘communities of interest’. YouthBorders has a strong presence in the Scottish Borders, offering a fresh approach to grantmaking along with vibrant local connections.

How is YouthBorders approaching Community Led Grantmaking?

The Scottish Borders Project Team is comprised of 13 young people, aged 13-17, from 7 towns across the Scottish Borders, all with a direct experience of youth work. Due to COVID19 restrictions they have met entirely online to develop their ideas and have been supported by a Youth Worker and a Project Coordinator. The Project Team are at the heart of identifying local priorities, agreeing the criteria, designing the application process, promoting the fund, reading through the application forms and deciding what projects will receive #ShiftThePower funding.

The project team has decided to focus their grantmaking within the Comic Relief theme of ‘Mental Health Matters’. They are interested in work that shifts the attitudes that create stigma and discrimination around mental health and empowers people with mental health issues or challenges to share their stories, live free from stigma and discrimination, and build positive relationships and experiences. The Project Team would like to fund projects which will actively involve young people in their design, delivery or impact.

How are local people involved?

The Project Team is made up of local young people. Local groups are encouraged to apply so that projects not only support youth in the Scottish Borders but are also run by local people. If you’d like to apply to please download information poster and the application form and guidance notes.

Who received funding?

Funding decisions will be announced in October 2020. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for further information; or sign up to Corra’s newsletter.

If you’d like to find out more about our Community Led Grant Making, please contact Julie or Jane on shiftthepower@corra.scot.