EAC Notice: Investing in Communities Fund

New £11.5m fund open: Investing in Communities

A new Scottish Government fund is now open to community groups to help tackle disadvantage, poverty and inequality in communities.

The Fund is open for applications from Tuesday 7th May 2019 until the deadline of Friday 14th June and is delivered as part of the Empowering Communities Programme. The Investing in Communities Fund is a new streamlined communities fund to tackle disadvantage, poverty and inequality that encourages community-led development, design and delivery of sustainable local solutions addressing local issues, circumstances and aspirations across a broad range of community led activity

Information on the Investing in Communities Fund

Eligible applicants include community anchor organisations, community councils and third sector organisations that promote or improve the interests of their local communities, and community social enterprises that re-invest profits generated for the sustainable and lasting benefit of the local communities being supported.

The minimum amount which can be applied for is £3,000 over a six month period, while the maximum is £250,000 over three consecutive years providing stability and recognising the need for longer term planning in some projects.

The funding is for 2019 to 2020. The fund is open for applications until 6 pm 14 June 2019 with grant offers expected to commence in September this year.

Applications should be submitted via e-mail to investingincommunities@gov.scot
no later than 6 pm on 14 June 2019.

If you have any questions regarding this guidance and/or the application process please send an email to investingincommunities@gov.scot

Download the application form, guidance notes and help notes

Bogus Telephone Call – Council Tax

East Ayrshire Council have issued the following warning:

A resident has received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the council advising their Council Tax banding is reducing from Band B to Band A and they are due money back. The caller advised if they gave their bank details they would receive £150 back just now followed by paperwork in the post in the next few days along with more money in the next 6 weeks.

We have advised that if the banding reduced we wouldn’t phone and ask for bank details. They have been advised to phone the police.

Please remind family, friends and service users to always be cautious and never give out personal details on the telephone when cold called like this.

Further information on personal safety can be found here: http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/identity-theft-fraud-and-scams

Please pass the word around among your friends and neighbours

Ian George
Resource Worker
Adult Protection Unit
East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership
Civic Centre (North)
John Dickie Street
Kilmarnock
T: 01563 576976
F: 01563 576966
Winners of Employee Excellence Award 2015
Protecting People Through Zero Tolerance of Harm

Information on dog fouling

EAST AYRSHIRE COUNCIL
CABINET – 21 March 2018

CORPORATE ENFORCEMENT UNIT ACTIVITY
Report by the Depute Chief Executive
and Chief Financial Officer
Economy & Skills

Several of you have asked for statistics around Fixed Penalty Notices for dog fouling and littering.
You will find a link to the most up to date report for the Corporate Enforcement Unit here.

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme – National Launch

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Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Following on from the Chancellor’s announcement on 15th March about the Government’s investment in Local Full Fibre Networks you will be aware of the launch of a national Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme to the value of £67m. This has gone live today.

The primary objective of this scheme is to expand the full fibre, gigabit-capable network to small and medium-sized enterprises. SMEs in your area will be able to access a voucher worth £3,000 to upgrade their business broadband connection to fast and reliable gigabit speed. At the same time groups of residents will be able to apply for a voucher of £500 for each domestic connection – as long as there are business users in the scheme who are the main beneficiaries.

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is a significant opportunity to expand the full fibre network in your area and to stimulate commercial investment in your priority business zones.

The initiative is supplier-led in terms of generating investment and end-users in Local Full Fibre Networks but we would greatly value your input in identifying and reaching potential beneficiaries.

How can we work together?

There are full details about the scheme here, in our guidance notes and you can download the supplier’s scheme guide and a range of communications assets in the password-protected area of the website at https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/lbl/
(password: gigabit18).

In time we would like to share suitable case studies and best practice ideas with you – and, where possible, develop some success stories in local media.

Lastly, we have set up a dedicated email address for
your enquiries at gigabitvoucher@culture.gov.uk

Your role in this scheme will be crucial in helping us to deliver new full fibre networks at a local level to the right business users. I hope we can count on your support.

​GBVS  Team
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Scottish Fire and Rescue consultation

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are currently consulting on a review of how they deliver their services to communities. The consultation period ends on 14th May 2018. However, your representatives on the Community Planning Partnership Board would also like to hear your views so that they can feed them into the Board’s response to the consultation.

If possible, they would like to hear your views by 19th April. If you would like to comment but will be unable to get your comments to me before the 19th could you contact me to let me know please?

The online survey which should be used to send your comments straight to SFRS before 14th May can be found here. More information about the proposed changes can be found here.

If you would like the community reps to share your views with the Community Planning Partnership Board please email them before 19th April to Elaine.Millar@east-ayrshire.gov.uk