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 detais 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 September Spirit Market Place

Following on from the success of February’s Spirit Market Place event the Spirit of Ruchill and Possilpark are now open for applications to The September Spirit Market Place! This will be held on Saturday September 30th at the Ruchill Community Centre from 3 – 5pm. Funding is available to both constituted and unconstituted groups for funds of between £500 and £2000. The event will use the format of a marketplace to allow people to share information about their projects, in turn helping to inform the residents of Ruchill and Possilpark which project they would like to vote for. Ticket for the event are £1 which includes light food and entertainment. There will also be childcare facilities available on the day.

The deadline for applications is Monday September 11th at noon.

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  are both rolling programmes and applications can be made at anytime.

September Spirit Marketplace:  Deadline for applications is 5pm on 11th September.


How to Apply

September Spirit MarketPlace

Please read the guidance prior to completing  either one of the following applications.

Individuals up to £500

Constituted groups up to £2000


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!

North Kelvin Sports Development Group

  • To fund a contribution, reflective of the number of young participants from the Possilpark and Ruchill area, of the fees for the group's annual sports summer camp running July-August 2017.
  • Amount Awarded £962.80

Garcube Community Foundation

  • To fund a shuttle bus between Westercommon and Firhill on the Gala day, Gala day activities, installation of a climbing wall and Pinkston watersports activities for 56 people.
  • Amount Awarded £1,985


  • To provide equipment and materials to assist with running a 2 week summer programme of activities for residents of Ruchill/Possilpark.
  • Amount Awarded £699.19
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