Area: Scotland
Deadline: March 2022

About the fund

Run by the Scottish Community Alliance, the Community Learning Exchange is a fantastic opportunity for communities who are planning new ventures or thinking about future possibilities, to learn from the experience of other communities.

There is nothing so powerful as learning from your peers and the Learning Exchange offers an opportunity to do just that.

Prior to the pandemic, the Learning Exchange operated solely on a face-to-face basis with groups travelling the length and breadth of the country to make visits to communities where there was something of interest to see and learn about.

As the world moved online, so did the Learning Exchange. Virtual learning exchanges proved surprisingly effective and in many respects were considered to be more accessible, certainly cheaper to organise, and with a much reduced carbon footprint.

For these reasons, the Scottish Community Alliance is now offering a blended form of the Community Learning Exchange which can include either virtual or face-to-face visits.

Funds available

Virtual

The Community Learning Exchange will cover up to 100% of the costs of the preparation and delivery time incurred by the host organisation. Virtual visits may be initiated by a community group approaching another, requesting that they ‘host’ a virtual visit. Alternatively, a community group with knowledge and experience to share, might choose to promote a virtual visit more widely. We are keen explore new and innovative ways that communities use to tell their stories in order to inspire others. To this end, the Exchange will fund proposals for planning and delivery for up to 13 hours at £35 per hour.

Face-to-face

The Exchange will fund up to 100% of the costs of a visit by members of one community to another community project up to a limit of £750 to include travel, accommodation and subsistence.

How to apply

Although the Community Learning Exchange fund is run by the Scottish Community Alliance, all applications are endorsed by Alliance members - including Creative Lives. Please download your application form from https://scottishcommunityalliance.org.uk/community-learning-exchange-2021/ and send it to us at [email protected] to review. We can then endorse it and send it on to the Scottish Community Alliance for approval and funding.