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Highlands & Islands Social Innovation Fund – Call for Applications

November 7, 2018 by No Comments

Inclusive Growth is at the heart of the Social Innovation Fund and Social Economy Growth Fund.  The Funds increase the capacity of social economy organisations to deliver services that improve the quality of life for our citizens.  They also test new products, technologies and models to overcome challenges for our individuals and communities with the potential to scale up for transformational change.

We are preparing our next expenditure claim to the Managing Authority in Scottish Government for projects supported under the Funds.  This will contribute to the draw down of EU funds against Social Inclusion & Poverty Objective of the Scottish Operational Programme.  Claims from project applicants must be submitted, verified and paid in order that eligible expenditure can be included and outcomes reported.  It is a very busy time – thanks to all projects applicants and the team working on this!

A note of thanks also to our stakeholders, everyone who completed the Phase 1 online survey and attended our Fund claims workshop.  Feedback has been reviewed and considered, with many comments requesting more workshops and opportunities for meetings.  We hope to deliver on these where there is demand.

We are looking forward to 2019 and focusing on Social Innovation.  Updates will be through the blog and twitter @housingregen.

The Social Innovation Fund for Highlands & Islands is open with full details including application and guidance on the website.  Enquiries can be sent to InfoGrowingtheSocialEconomy@gov.scot.  The deadline is 12 noon on Monday 17 December 2018 for applications.

The Social Innovation Fund encourages collaborative working to find new approaches and solutions to social problems.  We are piloting Stage 1 and 2 activities combined that will develop and research the idea and test/pilot the findings and recommendations.  The criteria includes:

  • Projects located in or focused on Highlands & Islands
  • Applications can include Stage 1 & Stage 2 or Stage 2 only activities
  • Maximum duration is 12 months with projects starting by April 2019 to complete by end of March 2020
  • Funding available of between £100k-£150k per project based on direct staff costs model
  • Partnership must include an academic/eligible research institution and social economy organisation and should involve end beneficiaries in the co-design

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