Coalfields Enterprise Development Awards

The Coalfields Enterprise Development Programme is designed to give existing enterprises the support they need to scale up their operation. It is aimed at enterprises intending to develop a new product or service in response to identified demand, and will consist of an award of up to £10,000 as well as business support.

The Programme is open to enterprises based in or delivering their services in eligible coalfield wards. A list of eligible wards can be found at: The enterprise must have been trading for a minimum of two years, be legally constituted as a not for profit organisation, and either be:

  • A registered charity
  • A company limited by guarantee
  • A community interest company (CIC)
  • An industrial provident society (bona fide cooperative for the benefit of the community)
  • A charitable incorporated organisation.
  • An unregistered organisation that can evidence it is actively working towards becoming legally constituted/registered.

Although long established enterprises may apply, priority will be given to smaller enterprises with modest turnovers. Funding will be available for capital (equipment etc.) or revenue (salary of sessional staff or a contribution if match funding is in place).

Applications will not be considered from:

  • Individuals
  • Private businesses/sole traders
  • Organisations which are unable to become registered
  • Statutory bodies
  • National organisations
  • Organisations that cannot demonstrate an acceptable financial position
  • ‘Friends of’ groups
  • Organisations not based in or operating within an eligible coalfield ward.

The Programme will not fund:

  • Running costs
  • Maintenance or development of an existing project
  • Deficits or retrospective costs
  • Fees for feasibility studies or business plan preparation
  • Contributions to costs exceeding £10,000 unless the balance is already secured
  • Bank or audit charges
  • Depreciation, amortisation or recoverable VAT.

Application will be through an initial expression of interest, to be submitted with:

  • A copy of the constitution, articles or governing document
  • Bank statement, no older than three months
  • Most recent accounts to evidence active trading for two years (i.e., not having just been formed for two years).

Deadline for submission of expression of interest is 5 September 2014. Applicants will be visited for a short interview in September. Successful candidates will be invited to prepare a detailed business case, to be submitted by 8 December 2014. Second interviews will take place in the week commencing 5 January 2015. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate in their business case and interview:

  • An idea for new product or service, not currently offered by the enterprise
  • Evidence of demand
  • How the new product will enable the enterprise to develop sustainably
  • Obstacles to new product delivery
  • Costings of resources necessary to deliver new product.

A judging panel will consider the applications and the awards will be made by the end of January 2015. 

To discuss your project’s eligibility and apply for an expression of interest form, contact David Wright on 01259 272127 or 07989 355934. Email: [email protected].

Our Place Newmains (Scotland)

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is the lead for a consortium made up of three partners, EKOS, Community Enterprise and CRT, who have delivered the Big Lottery Our Place Programme in Newmains, North Lanarkshire.

This programme is Lottery funded and the consortium have delivered capacity building across Newmains, one of the five communities identified by the Lottery as having high levels of deprivation and levels of need.  It is about helping Newmains, a coalfield community, to secure a slice of a £9m hand-out from the Big Lottery Fund from which a minimum of £1m was set aside to transform the Newmains community.

The process has involved:

  • Assisting the community to carry out a community consultation to identify the needs and priorities of the people of Newmains.
  • Supporting the development of Newmains Community Trust
  • Helping the community, led by Newmains Community Trust to develop their plans to build a brand new £2.2 million Community Hub, that will host a new library and the Council’s Housing Offices
  • Helping Newmains Community Trust to recruit a Project Manager to help with the build program and a Development Officer who will support and develop the organisation

Coalfields Community Challenge (Scotland)

About the Challenge

We know from experience that communities can take the lead in regenerating their local community with a little support.  The Challenge is a bold and creative solution to tackle worklessness within former coalmining communities, it was successfully delivered in 2012/13 and 2013/14, and for 2014/15 took the form of a Dragons’ Den, networking and best practice sharing event. 

The Event was open to enterprises in eligible coalfield wards and  offered them the opportunity to pitch a development idea to the Dragons for awards of up to £3,000 and 3 months business development support. In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Event provided a networking opportunity for coalfield social entrepreneurs, and an opportunity to find out more about the Coalfields Enterprise Programme.

 The Dragons’ Den took place on Fri 21st November 2014 at the Excelsior Stadium.

The participants were:

Bruce Gunn, Delievered Next Day Personally CIC.

Bruce’s company DNDP was awarded £4,345 towards office accomodation and IT costs to establish an office in Fife to expand his courier company. The company is aimed at professional services, social enterprises and local authorities, and is set up to enable its employees to overcome the barriers that routinely face disabled people seeking employment.

David Orr, The Fraser Centre Community Trust. 

The Fraser Centre Community Trust has taken on the redevelopment of a 1930s art deco cinema in Tranent into a thriving community centre. The facility hosts numerous community groups’ meetings as well as social events and family film evenings in its multi purpose space. Ultimately the project aims to redevelop the entire building to its former glory, delivering a much needed community asset to the area. The Trust was awarded £4,475 to repair the flooring of its events room.

Shirley Faichney, Methilhill Commmunity Children’s Initiative.

 MCCI was awarded £2,900 to enabe it to construct a changing facility and storage space for its yurt. With its wood burning stove, the yurt is the centrepiece of the Initiative’s outdoor play and learning garden programme. It provides the various groups (nature tots, nature nursery, outdoor youth club, ecology project and gardening club, numbering approx 250 members in total) with a hub for indoor activities and education when the weather doesn’t encourage outdoor activities.