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Applying our three approaches to your work

Demonstrating that you are people-led, strengths-based and connected
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We aim to fund activities that are people-led, strengths-based and connected. We call these our three approaches to funding.

If you are applying for funding, we will ask you to tell us how you will follow these three approaches in your activity. Below is a starter list of online resources which might be useful to help you apply the approaches to your work.

This is not a definitive list, and we will continue to add more resources over time. If you think there are other useful resources that we could add, please do get in touch

Strengths-based approaches

We want to fund activity that builds on strengths and assets within communities rather than focussing on need. The resources below cover some ways that you could apply this strengths-based approach to your work.

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute has developed a learning toolkit on Asset Based Community Development

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services has developed resources on taking a strength-based approach, including different approaches you could take and evidence of what works.

The Scottish Community Development Centre hosts news and online resources on assets based approaches

Learn more about what’s happening where you are

Talking to your local authority, or to your local Third Sector Interface is a good place to start to find out what else is happening in your area. There are also some good national resources available below:

Glasgow Centre for Population Health has health statistics and analysis at national, regional and city levels as well as neighbourhood health profiles.

Understanding Scottish Places allows you to improve understanding of the places where you work and live.

Community Councils are voluntary organisations representing people living in their local area. You can find a list of links to Community Councils from Community Councils Scotland.

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics has area profiles, statistics by area and data maps of local areas.

The Scottish Public Health Observatory has developed profile tools for local areas.

What Works Scotland has online publications, evidence briefings and working papers about improving the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public services.

The Planning Advisory Service provides toolkits, guidance and case studies on improving local planning.

Development Trusts Association Scotland is a Scotland-wide network of local development trusts and associate members. Their website lets you search for community trusts in your area.

Place profiles for Scotland’s 73 Parliamentary Constituencies and 8 Scottish Parliamentary Regions.

Engaging with other organisations and forming partnerships

Each of Scotland’s local authorities has a Third Sector Interface, and a list of these is available on the Voluntary Action Scotland website. They provide advice, training opportunities and volunteering development to the voluntary and third sector organisations in their areas. They also help such organisations to work together and take part in community planning.

The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce have produced this report on the value of connected communities

The Big Lottery Fund has published a ‘working in partnership’ sourcebook and reports on building capabilities and partnership working.

Contributing to community development

Scottish Community Development Centre provides support through training and consultancy services to organisations working in communities.

Kansas University host an online community toolbox for identifying community assets and resources.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise provides business and community support to people living across the Highlands and Islands.