Apply for the Learning Network Challenge Fund

raised hands graphicScottish Government is inviting housing and regeneration stakeholders, such as community groups, housing associations, independent network groups, and specialist organisations, to apply for the Learning Network Challenge Fund.


A learning network is a place where people can interact with others to share common concerns, problems and passions, whilst deepening their own knowledge and expertise in the process. Learning networks can provide access to good practice and can help people and organisations that are facing similar problems learn from each other through online networking and taking part in events and other development programmes. More information on learning networks can be found at:




The Learning Network Challenge Fund will help towards the goal of maintaining an environment that promotes cost-effective learning opportunities through the communication of ideas, networking and engagement, and will support the Scottish Government’s learning network model. The fund is focussed on helping Scottish Government achieve its housing and regeneration outcomes:


  • A well-functioning housing system
  • High quality, sustainable homes
  • Homes that meet people's needs
  • People live in socially, physically and economically sustainable communities.


Bids are sought for activities that will support Scottish Government’s learning network ambitions. Particular regard will be given to bids that use innovative approaches to share information.

Bids may be across the spectrum of housing and regeneration should be aligned to the Scottish Government’s Housing and Regeneration outcomes. More information on these outcomes can be found at:



The Challenge Fund is for small grants to support or sponsor events, best practice sharing, research or other learning network related activities. With an annual budget of up to £100,000, the Challenge Fund will allow more stakeholders to become directly involved in supporting the learning networks than has happened to date. There is no set maximum bid but organisations are encouraged to bid for amounts less than £5,000 in order to maximise the budget. Joint submissions are welcomed.


Applications for the next round of bids are now being sought.  These should be completed using the Application Form in the left-hand menu and sent to the email address below, by 19 October 2015, at the latest.


Applications received after this date will not be accepted.  Successful applicants will be notified very soon after this date and we would ask that successful projects are then able to complete and invoiced by 1 March 2016.


For further information and any queries regarding the application process, please visit

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/regeneration/pir/learningnetworks/challengefund, or contact:




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