Capacity Building Fund 2017 – Guidance notes

Closing date for applications

The fund closes on 8 December 2017, or earlier, if all of the funding available has been allocated before then.

How much can you apply for and when does it have to be spent?

  • Up to £500 per group.
  • We expect you to have finished spending the money by the end of March 2018.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you are:

  • a community group, voluntary organisation or social enterprise
  • working with people in a low-income community. “Community” can mean working with a group with a common interest (such as people with a mental wellbeing issue or people affected by homelessness) or people living or working in the same area
  • already involved in running a food and health activity, for example, a community café, cookery classes, healthy eating sessions, a fruit and vegetable stall, a food delivery scheme.

Who can’t apply?

Individuals, private companies or statutory sector agencies.

What is the Capacity Building Fund for?

Our Capacity Building Fund is for groups and organisations that are already running food and health activities in low-income areas in Scotland that want to develop and strengthen their organisations.

Your form will need to show that any funding awarded will build the knowledge, skills and expertise of volunteers, staff or management committee or board members, and demonstrate how this will make a positive difference to your food and health activities.

Examples of what we may fund include:

Making sure staff and volunteers working with community members understand current nutrition messages and are confident about delivering these

For example:

  • part funding a member of staff to obtain a Royal Society for Public Health nutrition qualification
  • meeting some or all of the costs of running a REHIS Elementary Food and Health course for volunteers or staff
  • meeting the costs of a group registering as a centre to deliver the REHIS Elementary Food and Health course.

Helping staff and volunteers to develop knowledge, skills and expertise to deliver formal or informal learning opportunities to the people they work with

For example: assisting a member of staff to obtain a ‘training the trainers’ qualification, or learn  more about training skills.

Embedding expertise and skills around recruiting, retaining or managing volunteers

Ensuring food and health activities are meeting community needs

For example: supporting staff, volunteers and managers to build their expertise around community consultation.

Supporting groups to take part in training so that they can deliver their services better

For example:

  • running customer care training for staff and volunteers working on a fruit and vegetable stall or in a community café
  • providing workshops for volunteers in a community cafe around providing healthier menu choices
  • running a Scottish Grocers Federation Healthy Living Programme training session for fruit and vegetable stall staff and volunteers

Making food and health activities as inclusive as possible

For example:

  • training for a staff team on the implications of the Equality Act
  • a learning session for board members on increasing the reach of their food and health activities
  • carrying out a Health Inequalities Impact Assessment.

Demonstrating the impact of food and health activities

For example: supporting staff to learn about self-evaluation.

Managing resources better

For example:

  • supporting a management committee to take part in finance training
  • part-funding a manager to take part in leadership training
  • part-funding a member of staff to take part in a course about using social media.

Planning for the future

For example: taking part in social enterprise training, or running a session on business planning for board members.

What will we consider funding?

We will consider funding:

  • all/part of the cost of a member of staff, volunteer, or management committee/board member taking part in a capacity building activity (for example a training course or learning opportunity)
  • all/part of the cost of delivering an in-house capacity building activity for staff, volunteers or management committee/board members.

The capacity building activity can be formal or informal. We will welcome applications to cover the costs of taking part in a wide range of activities, including:

  • certified/accredited training courses
  • other training courses
  • attending a conference, workshop, learning event, or study visit.

What can you spend the money on?

You can apply for costs for:

  • course fees
  • conference, workshop or learning event fees
  • costs associated with taking part in a capacity building activity, e.g. travel costs for volunteers, childcare costs for volunteers or for staff attending a course or event outwith normal working hours, or essential staff cover costs.

We welcome applications from two or more organisations that want to run a capacity building activity together.

What we won’t fund

We will not fund the delivery of food hygiene courses, but may consider funding some of the costs of a staff member or volunteer becoming a food hygiene trainer.

We will not fund activities for the people you work with or support. We can only fund capacity building activities for your staff, your volunteers, or your board or management committee members.

We will not fund the purchase of equipment, resources or food to run activities but may fund essential training course materials (e.g. handbooks for a REHIS Elementary Food and Health course).

If you want to apply, what will we need to know?

  • What the capacity building activity is.
  • Who will be delivering the capacity building activity, when will it be delivered, how is it being delivered and what the cost is.
  • Who it is for. Is it for one person, or a group? Are they paid staff, volunteers, management committee/board members?
  • If the capacity building activity will be run with another organisation, which organisation this is, and who will be taking part from it.
  • How you know your organisation needs this capacity building activity.
  • How you will use the knowledge and learning gained, and how it will benefit your organisation.
  • How you will measure the impacts of putting what has been learned into practice.
  • If you are seeking part funding, where the remainder of the funding is coming from, and if this has been confirmed.

How do you apply?

Complete our online application form, available from our website. If you would like a printed form sent to you, please contact us.

What do you need to know?

We would like you to see if part-funding is available from other organisations for the capacity building activity that you are applying for. For example, some learning organisations may be able to assist with course costs.

All successful applicants will be expected to provide us with feedback about how the funding has been used, and how it has benefited their organisations.

How do we assess applications?

We will only consider applications that meet all the criteria in these guidance notes.

We will consider each application when we receive it. We may  discuss applications with a group: for example, if we require more information in order to make a decision, or would like to fund some of the activities included.

We will let all applicants know if we are able to fund them or not as quickly as we can.

What happens if your application is successful?

You will need to complete and sign the funding acceptance form to show that you agree to our funding conditions. Once we receive this, the funding will be paid into your organisation’s bank account.

We will contact you by end June 2017 to find out what difference being awarded the funding has made to your group or organisation.

What happens if your application isn’t successful?

You can contact us for feedback.

You can apply to the capacity building fund again (if funding is still available).

Application checklist

Before submitting your application, please check that you have:

  • completed all the sections on the application form as fully as you can
  • included as much detail as possible about how you would spend any money awarded
  • included contact details for someone in the group that can answer any questions we have about your application
  • included the name and contact details of your manager, or a management committee or board member. We may contact them to confirm that they are happy for you to submit the application.

Useful information

Details of organisations offering capacity building, training or learning opportunities

Nutrition training

REHIS (Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland) includes details of organisations registered to deliver the Elementary Food and Health course, and also how to become a registered centre

RSPH (Royal Society for Public Health) includes details of organisations registered to deliver the RSPH Level 3 and Level 4 nutrition courses

Training courses for voluntary organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

SCVO offers a wide range of courses for voluntary organisations and community groups, on topics including management, volunteering, fundraising, financial management, planning and promoting services –

Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS)

Your local CVS may offer training courses. You will find the contact details of your nearest CVS on the internet or your local phone book.

Training courses around volunteering

Volunteer Scotland –

Support with working with communities

Scottish Community Development Centre

SCDC can provide training on community engagement, community-led action research and community-led health (including Health Issues in the Community).

Training the trainers – cooking classes

Information about organisations that providing training for people wanting to deliver cooking sessions can be found here:

Social enterprise and business development training courses

Social Enterprise Academy –

Just Enterprise –

Workshops about evaluation and self-evaluation

Evaluation Support Scotland –

Colleges and universities in Scotland

Most colleges and universities run part-time and short courses on a wide range of topics.

A list of Scotland’s colleges can be found here:

A list of Scotland’s universities can be found here:

Information about health inequalities

NHS Health Scotland’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) includes a range of online courses, including about health inequalities and health behaviour change. Details about how to register to become a VLE user can be found on

Individual Learning Accounts

People earning less than £22,000 a year, or on qualifying benefits, may be able to apply for an Individual Learning Account to help towards the costs of taking part in a training course. Details about Individual Learning Accounts, including eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found at