Below you will find some of Cattanach's top picks of resources we think might be useful to you. These resources cover a range of different topics, including more information on funding. We also indicate where you might go to get practical information on working with the early years, evaluation tips, the latest research on the early years and much more!
Standard Innovation Vouchers
This scheme is intended to encourage new first-time partnerships between companies and further education institutions. Interface do this by providing vouchers, up to £5000, for innovative joint projects between the company applying and an academic institution. In order to secure this funding, you must have a pioneering idea that will lead to either new products, services or processes and want the help of an academic institution to further that idea. There are two different types of voucher. One for workplace innovation and the other for product, process and service innovation. The money that Interface provide will go straight to the university or college to cover the academic costs of your project, and then you must equal the value in cash or in-kind, such as staff time, materials or equipment or a combination of both.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations have created a page that helps organisations seeking funding make sense of this process. This includes a step-by-step guide on how to find funding as well as up to date funding opportunities that are refreshed regularly. This page features all the latest government funds opening up to third sector organisations as well as a search engine for finding funders.
Building mutually beneficial relationships – Top tips for Funded Organisations
In 2014 a group of seven projects funded by the ALLIANCE Self Management IMPACT Fund came together with Fund staff to explore and share experiences of how funders and funded projects can build mutually beneficial relationships. The group met three times and was facilitated by Evaluation Support Scotland. Here are the top tips which emerged for organisations that want to make the most of their funding relationships.
Partners in Change
The Robertson Trust has launched Partners in Change, a new fund for organisations working in Scotland with a charitable purpose and a turnover of above £2 million, including registered charities, housing associations, Community Interest Companies, universities, and credit unions.