There is just one week remaining for community and voluntary organisations operating in Greater Cumbernauld to submit an application for up to £1,000 to deliver a proposal which seeks to benefit people living in the local area.
Earlier this month, Cornerstone House Centre announced that the highly popular and impactful Cumbernauld CAN (Community Anchor Network) was welcoming submissions for its latest small grants programme, Small Grants PB Fund Round 5.
This funding stream is being rolled out with a view to enabling multiple community activities and projects which aim to support, strengthen and improve the Greater Cumbernauld area and its people.
However, to be in with a chance of being awarded funding through an exciting Participatory Budgeting (PB) process, your organisation needs to be quick as applications must be submitted to Cornerstone House Centre by no later than 12noon on Monday 24 October 2022, as specified below.
CUMBERNAULD CAN (COMMUNITY ANCHOR NETWORK): WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
‘Cumbernauld CAN’ is a Scottish Government-supported project of Cornerstone House Centre which strives to enable Cumbernauld residents and organisations to work together to become better at responding to local needs.
In this respect, Cumbernauld CAN provides ways to help the local community improve the places where they live. The innovation focuses on the principles and objectives identified with Scottish Government’s Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and Fairer Scotland Action Plan.
The Cumbernauld CAN project provides a platform for local communities to become stronger and more resilient. This is being done in both a strategic and a practical way, with Cornerstone House Centre facilitating leadership and interventions as a recognised Community Anchor Organisation.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRANT OF BETWEEN £100 and £1,000 THROUGH SMALL GRANTS PB FUND ROUND 5
Through Small Grants PB Fund 5, not-for-profit community groups (including but not exclusively charities, SCIOs, social enterprises and unincorporated associations) operating or providing services within Greater Cumbernauld (incorporating Northern Corridor, Kilsyth and surrounding villages) can apply for a grant of between £100 and £1,000 to deliver any specified community-benefiting proposal. This includes groups that cover a wider geographical area but intend to utilise the funds exclusively to benefit Greater Cumbernauld.
Groups that have previously received funding through Small Grants PB Fund Rounds 1-4 are eligible to apply again, but applicant groups must not have had an annual organisational income exceeding £100,000 in their latest set of accounts or financial records. Proposals which seek to contribute to the Greater Cumbernauld area’s response to the cost of living crisis, COVID-19 pandemic recovery and Scottish Government net zero carbon emission targets are eligible and actively encouraged.
To submit a proposal, please download and complete Small Grants PB Fund Round 5 Application Form and email this to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 12noon on Monday 24 October 2022. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.
THE PUBLIC DECIDE WHICH APPLICATIONS ARE SUCCESSFUL AND AWARDED FUNDING
Once the deadline for applications is reached, Cumbernauld citizens will be invited to be part of a PB process to decide on which proposals are awarded funding. PB is a methodology where ordinary people are given power to democratically and collectively make key decisions on how public funding is spent.
Therefore, key information that applicant organisations provide about their proposal within their submitted Application Form will be included alongside details of all other proposals in an online Community Voting Survey. This will be promoted and distributed widely to individuals and organisations across Cumbernauld during November 2022.
After the Survey has closed, an independent and esteemed Cumbernauld CAN Steering Group will verify the final results to ensure that transparency has been adhered to. Finally, voting results will be publically released in December 2022 and a proportion of proposals receiving the highest number of votes will be funded.