Case Studies: Funding and Investment
Our work supports the growth of confident, creative, financially stable community organisations.
Grassmarket Community Project
The project is a a multi-layered enterprise, designed to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in Edinburgh. Following support with the feasibility work and business planning, we led on the bid writing and funding strategy for this project. The funding strategy included sourcing capital and revenue funding from Big Lottery funds, charitable trusts, enterprise investors and government funding.
The organisation secured over £2m of revenue and capital funding and the project is now operating as a sustainable enterprise with numerous projects and initiatives.
Broomhouse Café Training Project
We supported The Broomhouse Centre to plan and develop the project and attract 5 year funding from the Big Lottery. This involved community consultation, a full feasibility study, business planning and support with funding applications. Community Enterprise undertook an independent evaluation after every year of the project and provided feedback, guidance and support to allow the project to develop and deliver high quality outcomes for participants.
The Broomhouse Café Training project has significant client impact, giving structure, self-confidence and self-esteem. The project fills a gap in the market; without it, there would not be many options for the clients. Community Enterprise was instrumental not just in planning and funding the project but also helped by creating an electronic database to allow monitoring and evaluation that demonstrates the true impact of the project.
Eyemouth Town Hall
We supported Eyemouth Town Hall and Burgh Chambers with community needs analysis and market research including drop ins, public meetings and a town wide survey. We supported them to the point where they had planning permission and a full business plan but the move from this £2m project idea to implementation was daunting. The Trust chose to commission us to create complex funding strategy across a range of sources of investment and then liaise with those funders and undertake bid writing.
We have worked alongside the Trust to write and submit £2m of capital and revenue bids to funders as diverse as Europe, Heritage Lottery and Charitable Trusts. We now await the outcome.
Bellsbank Community Wing
Bellsbank Community Wing located in East Ayrshire since 1983 offers a range of classes and activities in a range of subjects such as sewing, arts and crafts, keep fit and line dancing, to adults living in the area surrounding Bellsbank and Dalmellington. It also offers a crèche service. In 2015 the group approached Community Enterprise to conduct a Feasibility Study and Business Plan when they were advised that Council funding may be withdrawn from the Group with effect from April 2016.
"We use our feasibility study and business plan in all our grant applications and recently have secured £99,078 from Children in Need to develop our creche service. We are also now involved with Scottish Government funders in negotiations for long term continuation funding and we have been able to retain all our staff for the next three years. Our full experience with Community Enterprise has been positive, informative and profitable"
The research and business plan has been used to support a number of funding applications, resulting in £99,000 being secured as of March 2016 with negotiations ongoing with other funders.