Spirit of Ruchill and Possilpark -

A Fourteen Community


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Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark is part of Spirit of 2012’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games legacy programme Fourteen; instigated by Spirit’s investment in the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games and its legacy around the UK. 14 communities across the UK have been identified as Fourteen communities that will each receive a resource budget of up to £250,000 over three years to invest in activity that local people themselves believe will make a difference to well-being and happiness within their community. Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark is the local name for the Fourteen programme in Ruchill and Possilpark. The programme will operate from January 2015 through to December 2017

A Panel of local people oversees the distribution of the resource budget informed by the ideas and aspirations of community groups and local people. 

Below are deatils of the Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark grant rounds:

Sparks! is designed to release small amounts of funding into communities by supporting individuals or informal groups of local people and neighbours who want to run local projects for the benefit of other community members. Individuals and informal groups can apply for a Spark Grant of up to £500. Under 18’s can also apply for a Spark Grant. There is a specific application form for Under 18’s please make sure you use the correct one! Constituted groups, organisations or businesses are not eligible for Sparks. We will accept applications for Sparks! at any time but will need up to 4 weeks to process your request.

On Your Marks! is for constituted groups to apply for £250 - £2000. We will accept applications at any time but it may take up to 8 weeks to process your application. Please also note that you must spend your grant and complete the project within 12 months and that organisations can only make one application per round.

Other programmes:

Participatory Budgeting Events

The Spirit Market Place

The Spirit Market Place was held on the 25th February 2017. Funding was available to both constituted and unconstituted groups and used the format of a marketplace instead of pitching for groups to share information about their projects. In total, a £15,000 grants ‘pot’ was available to both constituted and unconstituted groups who could apply for up to £2,000 and £500 respectively. In total we received 11 applications to the £2,000 programme and 10 for the £500 programme, 12 of these were from groups and individuals who had not applied for funding to the Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark previously. In total, 12 groups received the full award requested, whilst 2 groups received part-funding towards their project. 

For information on other events run by the Panel - Spark in the Park and 5,4,3,2,1 - check out our most recent newsletter. 

Making A Difference

What underpins the Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark programme?

Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark encompasses the following ideas:

Passing the baton!
Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark has four main outcomes - or differences that it hopes to contribute to. These are:
• Improving individual well-being;
• Improving perceptions towards disability and impairment;
• Overcoming isolation;
• Connecting people within communities

Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark hopes to achieve this kind of impact through focusing on four priority areas:
• Social action and volunteering;
• Grass roots sport and physical activity;
• Cultural activity and arts;
• Youth development

So do make sure your project fits with one or more of these outcomes and one or more of the priorities.

All projects and activites must demonstrate direct benefit to the residents of Ruchill/Possilpark.

Nurturing the ideas and aspirations of local people
Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark will support and promote local people to share and celebrate their skills, experience and knowledge and demonstrate their energy and commitment to lead change and development in their communities. It will do this by providing opportunities for people to share ideas, be heard and take action to make a difference to their community.

Everyone is welcome!
By encouraging and building friendships, connections and collaboration, Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark wants to build links and partnerships between individuals and groups that will strengthen community spirit.
So think about how your project can be widened to include others either as volunteers or participants. Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark would really like to see if any of the work it supports can encourage greater participation in community activity by those with disabilities or increasing connection and understanding between different generations.

The principal of matching
In addition to the Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark grant, the group provides as little or as much as it can afford (time, money, expertise) to help ensure the project is a really positive experience for everyone.


Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark can support a wide range of costs and activities including running costs for local groups, training, transport, volunteer staff or sessional worker costs/expenses, equipment hire and let costs. Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark cannot support capital costs or replace old equipment. Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark can only support the cost of new equipment where this ensures that more people can participate in the activity or project



On Your Marks and Sparks is a rolling programme and applications can be made at anytime.


How to Apply


Please read the guidance prior to completing the application form.

On Your Marks

Please read the guidelines prior to to completing the online application form or alternatively download the  application form 

If you require any assistance, please contact Rosalind at Foundation Scotland on 0131 524 0300


Latest Grants

Get Set


  • To establish new classes at the centre, including cooking/healthy eating, exercise and art.
  • Amount Awarded: £7,836

Westercommon Star Football Club

  • To fund coaching costs, pitch hire and fruit/drink for players at each session.
  • Amount Awarded: £10,000

Maryhill Housing Association

  • To deliver activities and workshops on wildlife, biodiversity, green and food growing for local primary schools, young people and community groups.
  • Amount Awarded: £6,460

North United Communities

  • To run a structured youth development project for young people aged 10 years and over, including sessions on health, fitness, urban art and culture.
  • Amount Awarded: £5,772

New Rhythms for Glasgow

  • To run a music project for people with physical disabilities, learning differences and complex communication needs.
  • Amount Awarded: £6,000

On Your Marks!

Ruchill Furniture

  • To contribute to operating costs, including utilities and vehicle costs, during a 3-month period as the group moves into new premises.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000

Just like us

  • To employ a project manager, who would recruit and support additional volunteers and expand the group's outreach work and build new partnerships with relevant community organisations.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000

Queens Cross Housing Association

  • To contribute to the cost of "Tea, Toast and Playtime," a 10-week project to promote healthy eating and participation in physical activity for children and their parents.
  • Amount Awarded £1,900

Spirit Marketplace - Grants up to £500

Mr Neil Forsyth

  • To purchase a carpet bowls carpet to run carpet bowls tournaments and intergenerational sessions with young people
  • Amount Awarded £500

Mrs Jean Dallas

  • To gather local stories and design and publish a book that will highlight the strengths of the community
  • Amount Awarded £220

Mrs Linda Kozansoy

  • To fund hall hire and new equipment for a volunteer led community exercise class
  • Amount Awarded £500

Mrs. Sadie Henderson

  • To plan and run a Community Big Band Tea Dance for the local community
  • Amount Awarded £500

Mr Brian Land

  • To purchase soil, flowers and bulbs to plant in planters received from the City Council 
  • Amount Awarded £500

Mr Brain Land and Kelvin Ohara

  • To purchase football goals and fitness equipment for young people to play football in Hamiltonhill
  • Amount Awarded£279

Miss Michelle Binnie and Eghosa Daniel Elbas

  • To fund equipment to run health and sports activities and transport costs for young people to participate in a local park run
  • £500

Spirit Marketplace - Grants up to £2000

Hamiltonhill Family Learning Centre

  • To provide health and fitness opportunities for children aged 2-5 attending the nursery.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000

North United Communities Ltd

  • To deliver Easter activities for local young people aged 5-18 years.
  • Amount Awarded £215


  • To deliver a series of 25 exercise classes
  • Amount Awarded £1,954.93


  • To hire venues in Ruchill/Possilpark from which to provide support and access to local parents, including advocacy support, peer support, and help developing relationships with people in similar situations.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000

Young People's Futures

  • To meet the costs of transport, food and materials involved in running a programme of activities for local children and young people over the Easter school holiday.
  • Amount Awarded £1,830

North West Recovery Communities

  • To deliver four large-scale women's events, targeted at women not yet involved in recovery initiatives.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000

Possilpark Children's Summer Camp

  • To contribute to camp accommodation costs.
  • Amount Awarded £2,000
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