Members: expenses covered to visit another community for peer learning

Scottish Communities CAN members are invited to apply for funding to cover the expenses of learning exchange visits to other community organisations and projects in Scotland.

At 9/3/2016 – There is still budget available this financial year (2015-16) and, as long as applications have been approved before the end of March (or before the budget runs out) then visits can take place up until the end of June. We have received one completed application: Himalayan Centre for Arts and Culture will be visiting Falkland Centre for Stewardship.

Community Learning Exchange funds expenses for peer-to-peer learning for Scottish Communities Alliance members, so if your group is a member of Scottish Communities CAN, you can apply for funding.

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The objective of the Exchange is to encourage community groups to learn from each other’s experience and expertise through learning visits.

The Exchange will cover 100% of the costs of a visit by members of one community to another community project up to a limit of £750.
The host organisation can receive a host fee up to £300 (£500 if hosting multiple visitors).
Applications should be submitted and approved before 31 March 2016.

Contact Sitar info(at)scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk to apply.

Community Learning Exchange – Travel Bursary

What is it?

Visits can be one community/group visiting another, or one community/group hosting multiple visitors – both within the Scottish Community Alliance (SCA) network, or a community group may visit an organisation outwith the SCA network.

Who can access it?

Any constituted group that is a member of one of the networks which make up Scottish Community Alliance: Scottish Communities CAN is a member of the SCA, so if your group is a member of Scottish Communities CAN, that’s you.

What do I need to do?

Your group will need to fill in a simple application form and get the form signed off by Scottish Communities CAN secretariat.

Contact Sitar info(at)scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk to apply.

Assuming your application has been approved, and you agree to the terms of the grant offer, you then proceed with the visit, pay the organisation who are hosting the visit their agreed fee, and then finally, once the visit has been completed, provide SCA with receipts and a completed follow-up evaluation form.

What is the role of the network lead?

The network lead (Sitar) is the person designated by your network to take responsibility for the community learning exchange. She will confirm to SCA that your group is known to Scottish Communities CAN, and forward your application to exchange@scottishcommunityalliance.net for consideration.

What will the Exchange fund?

The Exchange will cover 100% of the costs of a visit by members of one community to another community project 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).

How do I find out more?

Contact Sitar at info(at)scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk, who will confirm your eligibility and can provide you with applications forms and any other info you need.

Scottish Communities Alliance: http://www.scottishcommunityalliance.org.uk/

Community Learning Exchange: http://www.localpeopleleading.co.uk/articles/2213/

 

 

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