The Community Pride Fund 2013-14 is now open for applications for Stirling 2014. Funds will be available from the Community Pride Fund during the financial years 2013/14 and 2014/15. All grants must be spent in full by end December 2014.
The deadline for the first round of applications is 3 October 2013.
Applications will close in November 2014, with decisions for this final round being made by early December 2014. This will enable communities to still deliver their project and spend the grant award before the end of December 2014.
If a community group which is not incorporated has an idea for a 2014 project they must work with their Community Council or Community Development Trust to develop the project and the application, and the application must be submitted by the Community Council or Community Development Trust.
Applications should show how they celebrate a different 2014 theme:
- Food and Drink Scotland
- Active Scotland - our reputation as an active destination
- Creative Scotland - a place of culture and creativity
- Natural Scotland - a place of natural beauty
Or event relating to:
Communities may wish to organise more than one event during 2014. Recognising the importance of 2014, more than one application per community will be accepted, if Community Pride funds allow, provided each application celebrates a different 2014 theme or event.
However, we do want to ensure that all Stirling’s communities have the opportunity to benefit from the funding. Thus, if two or more applications from the one community arrive early in the process, they may at that stage be asked to prioritise, with the subsequent applications being considered later in the process as funds allow.
Community Pride Fund will of course continue to support ‘regular’ applications - not all the funding will be allocated to Stirling 2014.
As with any Community Pride funded project, any Stirling 2014 projects that communities are developing must be fully inclusive and aimed at all sectors of the community, without political or religious bias.
Multiple communities may wish to work in partnership to deliver one larger project. Applications for funding will be considered from each of the communities working together (from the Community Council or Development Trust), provided they are seeking funding for a distinct, local element of the project, can demonstrate the local benefit and have realistically costed out their own element of the project.
All applications will be considered on their own merits and taking into consideration the availability of funds, and where external funding is also required, what progress has been made in securing it.