Opportunities Funding Community Learning Exchange Fund Area: Scotland Deadline: Applications can be made at any time before 31 March 2018 Up to £750 to enable your group/organisation to visit another group or project anywhere in Scotland to aid peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange. The Community Learning Exchange is a fantastic opportunity for communities to learn through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of common solutions. When community groups make visits to other communities, the most valuable part is often meeting new people with similar interests and gaining new insights and perspectives on common challenges. Visiting groups come away armed with new ideas and approaches, and host organisations have the opportunity to explain their project to a new and interested audience, often seeing their own projects afresh through new eyes. For examples of how learning visits have already benefited some groups click here. What will the exchange fund? 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, including a host fee. In exceptional circumstances (where travel distances are greater or certain aspects of the visit are particularly expensive) this limit can be increased. Similarly visits out with Scotland, but within the UK will be considered where a similar project does not exist in Scotland. The Exchange will also fund follow up support between organisations. This might be as a result of a learning visit when it is recognised that more specific and on-going help, support, or advice is required. This can be through face-to-face meetings, by phone, e-mail, or skype. Funding for this kind of additional support will need to be negotiated separately. How to apply The Exchange operates through the networks that comprise the Scottish Community Alliance, of which Voluntary Arts Scotland is a member. Applications to the Exchange are processed through a network’s designated member of staff, which in Voluntary Arts Scotland's case is Cassandra - firstname.lastname@example.org. Funding is limited, and once it has been committed no further applications will be accepted. For guidance about the Community Learning Exchange click here. For a sample application form click here. Please note: your proposed exchange visit must take place before the end of June 2018 to be eligible. For more information and to submit your application, please contact Cassandra at email@example.com.