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Business grant Applications, Secure storage boxes, demonstrating social impact and more.

Business Grant Applications

Applications for £2,000 business grant payments will be open on the City of Edinburgh Council’s website from Wednesday 3 February.
This newly approved ‘Discretionary Grant Fund’ will aim to assist businesses that have been without financial support since the introduction of Brake Restrictions and latterly Strategic Framework Restrictions in October and November 2020. Businesses will receive one off payment of £2,000. This will equate to approximately 1,400 businesses being supported. The eligibility criteria have been designed to especially support applications from suppliers to those businesses that have been forced to close, businesses operating without rateable premises, and businesses that are deemed essential but who have lost their customers due to the restrictions imposed since October 2020
Applications to the fund will open on a first come, first served basis on Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 8am.
Review the full eligibility criteria and mandatory evidence required.
Link to the webpage
Read the press release

Secure Storage Boxes

Call out to ESEN network… Can you help? The Edinburgh Remakery has received some funding to purchase storage boxes. These boxes will be designed for positioning in outside locations across the city where people can drop off their old end of life IT equipment. We will then refurbish the equipment or reuse the parts. The spec will be
-with Edinburgh Remakery branding
-safe means to deposit IT Equipment that will minimise damage on deposit
Do any of you know of a company that makes this type of Storage Box or an organisation that currently uses this type of deposit box? I’ve no idea where to begin looking! Thanks in advance I’m looking for professionals who can help me with sourcing a secure Storage Box for accepting donations of old IT equipment Does anyone have a recommendation?  Please contact Elaine Brown

P4P Collaboration Health Check service

You might not be aware that P4P offers a fully funded Collaboration Healthcheck service which identifies your partnership’s strengths and areas of improvement.
You can do this either yourself via our online survey,  or alternatively you could arrange a 121 session with P4P which will be conducted over Zoom. After you have completed the Collaboration Healthcheck you will be provided with a report setting out your results and P4P’s recommendations as well as information on  how you can access further support.
If you have any questions about the survey or you would like to arrange a 121 session please contact Neil Forrester Young

Social Enterprise Net Zero Strategy – Survey Consultation

SENScot, have in collaboration with others, helped to formulate a draft Social Enterprise Net Zero Strategy with the aim of encouraging all social enterprises in Scotland to unite and lead the way to NetZero transitions by 2045. Over the next few weeks Senscot will be undertaking a consultation process including Focus Groups with local and thematic SENs but starting with a short baseline survey for organisations operating in areas such as transport, energy and the circular economy. The survey will help to identify key issues and areas for support to help social enterprises work towards achieving Net Zero. You can see the draft Social Enterprise Net Zero Strategy here, and complete the survey here

Social Value Lab/Just Enterprise free help to demonstrate Social Impact

More assistance has just become available for organisations interested in planning and demonstrating their social impact. Made possible by the Scottish Government, up to 5 days of free and practical 1:1 assistance is now available. The help is part of Just Enterprise, the national programme of business support for the third sector. Evaluation and impact measurement experts are on hand to help in areas like:

  • Planning the outcomes you want to achieve
  • Rethinking how you can make a difference
  • Improving project monitoring arrangements
  • Evaluating the difference you make for service users
  • Presenting your impact in compelling ways
  • Using evidence to help secure funding

The support can be provided flexibly depending on needs but is limited to just 12 organisations and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 If you would benefit from help, you can reserve your place by contacting Emma at or on 07717 222011.

Warmest wishes

Claire, Gordon, Steve
Claire Pattullo
Chief Executive