My Place Mentoring

My Place Mentoring supports community groups across Scotland to develop the skills, knowledge and capacity needed to get their heritage projects off the ground. Our Mentoring Officer can help your group develop knowledge and skills in areas from funding to social media and everything in between. 

Our mentoring support can help groups to:

  • Develop sufficient skills to govern themselves in a robust and sustainable way
  • Gain a clear understanding of the stages and timescales involved with their project
  • Learn how to manage their project, engage professionals and guide the design process (if relevant)
  • Prepare briefing documents such as design briefs and business plans
  • Prepare funding applications
  • Undertake community consultation
  • Develop new and existing audiences
  • Make contacts with relevant stakeholders in local authorities and funding organisations

My Place Mentoring is delivered by the Scottish Civic Trust and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish Government and the William Grant Foundation.

What’s the Offer?

We will come to your group meeting to assess what your needs are and how we can best support you. We’ll come up with a plan and deliver it through a combination of face to face meetings and remote support. Our support ranges from 8-20 days of time per project. 

Who is eligible to apply for My Place Mentoring?

Our priority will be helping groups who traditionally experience difficulties accessing support for their heritage projects due to their remote location (for example the far North or South of Scotland or island communities) or because they serve areas of economic disadvantage (as recorded by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation).

However, we may still support groups that don’t fall into either of these categories. We also consider civic and community benefit, project timescales, the stage your project is at and the capacity within our mentoring programme.  We aim to support between 15 and 20 groups per year for three years.

How can I apply?

Applications for mentoring in 2021 are now open. Give us a call at 0141 221 1466 to discuss if you’re eligible for our free support, or drop us a line at .

All groups applying for mentoring will be asked to provide information on the scale and nature of their project, the existing experience of their group and their location.