September newsletter

Our September newsletter is out with more funding opportunities, upcoming events, a film, and photos of fun! You can read it here.

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Take One Action Film Festival celebrates the power of community groups

Take One Action Film Festival – the UK’s leading social and environmental justice film festival, celebrating the people and movies that are changing the world – is back in Edinburgh and Glasgow from 14-25 September, for twelve days of the most acclaimed cinema about global social change.

This year it has something extra special in hold, as it opens with the international success story Tomorrow (original French title Demain). It will be shown in Edinburgh on Sep 14th and in Glasgow on Sep 15th.

It is a film with a joyful message of hope for a better, greener and more sustainable future. When contemplating the world our children will inherit, it is easy to become paralysed by the prospect of resource scarcity, species extinction and collapsing ecosystems. For the directors of Tomorrow (actress Mélanie Laurent and environmental activist Cyril Dion) the problems we face are, in the most part, only too well known. What we need are solutions. And many of these solutions are to be found in the grassroots – with “normal” people and community groups, such as those represented by the Transition Town movement.

The film’s motivational and inspirational qualities makes it a must see for anyone involved in taking community action on climate change and other challenges we face – and preferably take all your family and friends along too!
“this playfully made exposé should be required viewing for anyone wondering what they could do to pitch in and save the planet.”   The Hollywood Reporter

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Transition Scotland Get-together, September 10th-11th, Cromarty

Transition Black Isle are hosting a Transition Scotland gathering, inviting representatives of the Scottish Transition groups, together with anyone else who is interested in an agenda for strong communities working to a more sustainable future. Join them to catch up, share stories and learning, and re-inspire the vision of a Scotland in Transition to a low carbon, resilient country. Hear about the budding Transition Scotland national Hub – and get involved.

This will be a family-friendly event with lots to do for kids and partners.

This event is FREE, but you’ll need to book your own accommodation – B&B at reasonable rates is available at the Old Brewery itself, or there are other options, see below.

Get more information from Transition Scotland or click here to register

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Help Scotland get smarter with smart meters

Smart Energy GB  is a campaign for the national introduction of smart meters. Every household will be offered one by the end of 2020 and it’s a priority to ensure all consumers are able to benefit from smart metering. The campaign has just launched its Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund, a grants programme seeking applications from not-for-profit organisations that can reach groups who may face barriers to getting a smart meter.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available now for groups that work directly with one or more of the priority groups.
Projects or activities must be completed by 31 December 2016.
If you are applying for a small grant, you can apply any time prior to 30 September 2016 for a decision within 4 to 8 weeks.

Click here for more information and to apply

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Plenty of opportunities for inspiration and learning through the fully funded Community Learning Exchange

Bridgend Inspiring Growth on their Community Learning Exchange in July 2016.

Bridgend Inspiring Growth on their Community Learning Exchange in July 2016.

Scotland’s community sector is very well served by networks of all shapes, sizes and specialisms but sometimes the costs of networking and learning from others can be prohibitive. Scottish Government has recognised this and has agreed funding for our Community Learning Exchange. The exchange can take different forms:

Learning Visits – These are opportunities for members of one community project to visit one or several other community projects to get inspiration, know-how, access to first-hand experience, and make valuable contacts.

Learning Journeys – These give the opportunity to invite key decision makers and influencers (MSPs, civil servants, councillors, officers etc) to visit one or more examples of ‘best practice’ to give them an insight into a particular community issue or objective.

On-going support – In depth consultations between organisations. This might be the result of a learning visit when it is recognised that more specific and on-going help, support or advice is required. This can be through face-to-face meetings, Skype, email or phone calls.

The Community Learning Exchange will cover 100% of the costs of a visit up to a limit of £750. Costs may include travel, accommodation (where appropriate), subsistence and a host fee of £300 (up to £500 where the host has multiple visitors).

Click here for more information and to apply