For all third sector groups, funding is becoming increasingly hard to source with applications taking up time and resources that could be spent on delivering your services. We can help share the workload by:

  • Identifying potential sources of funding
  • Working with you to submit a comprehensive funding application, including writing sections of the form for you*
  • Advising on monitoring and evaluation systems to report back to funders
  • Helping with project planning and writing business plans
  • Reviewing the structure of your group including governance for financial strength

* Please note: Voluntary Action Orkney will not complete your funding application in its entirety – you know your organisation/project better than us. We also cannot guarantee success with securing funding but, with our experienced staff and knowledge of the third sector, we will work with you to improve your chances.

The Funding Scotland database is an excellent resource and will help you narrow down your funder search. If you would like further information about potential sources of funding, or would like help to develop an application for a specific funder please don't hesitate to contact our Funding and Development Worker.

Attention all those who are applying for funding – visit The Big Lottery page of hints and tips on how to complete a funding application application:

For full information the link is available here


The Women’s Fund distributes grants to projects across Scotland that support women’s development, self-sufficiency and social and economic equality. It aims to empower women and girls reach their full potential in a safe, healthy, prosperous and connected Scotland. The Fund operates four key themes:

  • Building skills and confidence
  • Improving health and well-being
  • Building social networks
  • Moving on from violence

Applications can be made for grants between £500 and £5,000 which must be spent within a year.

Not for profit community groups and local charities in Scotland run by or for women can apply and must have a policy of working with vulnerable adults and children. 

Deadline for application is 5 March 2018.

Applicants should read the guidelines before completing the online application form.

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Contact Ros Houldsworth, Foundation Scotland

Tel 0131 524 0340



The Stafford Trust has announced details of its first 2018 funding round for registered charities in the UK.
The Stafford Trust supports general charitable projects in the UK. Though registered charities are eligible to apply, the Trust has a preference for organisations based in Scotland.
Grants of between £50 and £5,000 are available.
The Trustees usually meet twice per annum, in Spring and Autumn, to consider applications.
The deadline for new applications for the Autumn 2018 meeting will close on 30 June 2018.

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