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Best Start Grant (BSG) Pregnancy and Baby Payment to start soon!

The Social Security Scotland will begin accepting applications for the Best Start Grant (BSG) Pregnancy and Baby Payment from 10 December 2018. The Agency will be taking applications via it’s freephone helpline on 0800 182 2222, by post or online at 

This means the first payments of this new benefit will be made before Christmas 2018.

The BSG Pregnancy and Baby Payment will replace and expand on the current Sure Start Maternity Grant (SSMG) in Scotland, supporting families on low incomes with the costs of having a child. The BSG forms part of a programme of Scottish Government measures targeted at children’s early years with the aim of tackling inequality, supporting parents, improving health outcomes and raising attainment. When

New Social Security Chamber

On the 22nd November 2018 the new Social Security Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland was created to hear appeals against decisions by Social Security Scotland about certain devolved social security benefits.

The Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Grant will be the first appealable Scottish benefit to be introduced by Social Security Scotland. Responsibility for other benefits will transfer and for those where an independent appeal is available, applications will be made to the Social Security Chamber.


Bank of Scotland Foundation Accepting Applications for 2019 Funding

Maximum Available: £
Closing Date: 03/01/2019 - 12:00
Information Source: Grantfinder

Registered charities in Scotland that are seeking funding to support their community in 2019 can apply now for small and medium grants.

The Bank of Scotland Foundation's funding programme offers grants to registered charities that are working to develop and improve their local communities.

Registered charities in Scotland can apply as long as they are working towards the following objectives:

  • Initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded.
  • Working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation.
  • Improving the standard of local facilities.
  • Developing and improving local communities (Medium grants only).
  • Financial literacy and financial inclusion (Medium grants only).

The grants are as follows:

  • Small Grants Programme accepts applications between £1,000 and £10,000.
  • Medium Grants Programme accepts applications between £10,001 and £25,000.

Charities can apply to this grants programme once every 12 months.

The grants application programme will close for a two week period after each closing deadline.

For more information, please use the following link:

YouthLink Scotland Announces Final Round of Cashback for Creativity Open Fund

Maximum Available: £10,000
Closing Date: 25/01/2019 - 13:00
Information Source: Grantfinder

This scheme provides funding to increase the number of young people participating in high quality arts programmes in Scotland.

The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund has been established to support organisations seeking small amounts of funding to deliver creative activities for young people in Scotland – primarily those who have traditionally found it hardest to access creative opportunities.

Throughout the current cycle of the programme £300,000 will be awarded to support community-based arts projects, with individual proposals being able to access awards of up to £10,000 to deliver up to 12 months of creative activity for young people.

Awards from the fund will be made to organisations in the arts, screen and creative industries, third sector and youth work sector. Applicants should be based in Scotland, working with young people and supporting the delivery of free community-based arts activities for those aged 10-24 who are living in Scotland.

For more information, please use the following link:

Tampon Tax Fund 2019/20

Maximum Available: £
Closing Date: 20/01/2019 (All day)
Information Source: Grantfinder

Large grants are available to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations for one-to-two-year projects that will benefit disadvantaged women and girls in the UK.

The £15 million Tampon Tax Fund, managed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and provided annually from the funds generated from the VAT on the sale of sanitary products, aims to support the country’s vulnerable and under-represented women and girls.

The 2019/20 round is offering individual grants of a minimum of £1 million for projects that address one of the following four categories:

  • Violence against women and girls.
  • Female homelessness and rough sleeping.
  • Women in music.
  • General programme (for which the Government has identified a number of sub-themes).

Applications are accepted from formal consortia or from individual organisations, ideally working across a number of regions/countries within the UK.

Proposals are expected to provide additional activity not currently within mainstream provision.

For more information and for guidance/application forms, please use the following link:

Events and Training

Carers Breaks with ia2ps

Date / Time: 07/02/2019 - 18:00 to 10/02/2019 - 15:00
Venue: The Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel

increased access 2 psychological support 

Are you a Carer? 

Do you need a Break?

Roadshow+ Funding - Wigtownshire

Date / Time: 11/12/2018 - 10:00 to 15:00
Venue: McMillan Hall, Dashwood Square, Newton Stewart

Are you looking for help, support or advice for your community group or organisation? Or want to know more about Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway and how we can help you?

Our Support Roadshows are happening across the region; come and meet the team and join us for a festive mine pie! DROP IN or book a ONE TO ONE SESSION with one of our Engagement Officers

Roadshow+ Community Asset Transfer - Annandale and Eskdale

Date / Time: 13/12/2018 - 10:00 to 15:00
Venue: Stormont Hall, Gretna

Are you looking for help, support or advice for your community group or organisation? Or want to know more about Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway and how we can help you?