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

We are able to help you to identify funding sources and to provide support with your funding application. If you would like to receive further information please contact Meghan McEwan by email here or telephone 01856 872897

Another great way to see what funding is available is to visit Funding Scotland website:

Funding Scotland lists funders with a track record of supporting projects in Scotland. It includes grants, loans, prizes and other support. It is a valuable resource for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes. It does not include funding opportunities for individuals or businesses.

Please click here to visit their website.

Applying for funding - The ultimate guide from the big lottery click here

 For full details on funding opportunities please see the links below, these are listed in the Month they will be closing.

Current Funding Opportunities



Closing Date January 2019

Tampon Tax Fund 2019/20 is Open for Applications

The £15 million Tampon Tax Fund, managed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and provided annually from the funds generated from the VAT on the sale of sanitary products, aims to support the country’s vulnerable and under-represented women and girls.


YouthLink Scotland Announces Final Round of Cashback for Creativity Open Fund

 This scheme provides funding to increase the number of young people participating in high quality arts programmes in Scotland.


CashBack for Creativity Open Fund - Now receiving applications for 2019-2020

The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund seeks to create creative learning opportunities for the target criteria groups of young people to access and engage a range of high-quality arts, screen and creative industries activities.


Closing Date February 2019

Currently no articles.


Closing Date March 2019

£250k Connect Local Regional Food Fund for Scotland’s Food & Drink Sector - First 2019 Round Open

The Connect Local Regional Food Fund (RFF) has been set up to support initiatives and projects in Scotland which celebrate and promote locally-sourced and produced food and drink.


Culture Fund reopens for applications

Orkney Islands Council is inviting applications for its Culture Fund which is aimed at supporting cultural activity in Orkney.


No Closing Date

Tampon Tax Community Fund for Women and Girls Opens Shortly

  The Tampon Tax Community Fund will be delivered locally across the UK through a partnership between the UK Community Foundations and its local Community Foundation members.

Funding to Connect People with Others in Their Local Communities

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is a registered charity that helps older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland & Wales. This year our focus is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive our highest priority in 2018.

Volunteering matters action earth Scotland 2018 grants available

Volunteering Matters Action Earth is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and aims to empower people in Scotland to make a positive difference to the quality of their lives by challenging communities to run environmental activities which protect and enhance the environment for future generations. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds or woodlands

National Lottery Awards for all offers funding to support what matter to people and communities

This fund has a relatively high success rate and can help your organisation deliver projects, acquire equipment, or try something new. National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities and you must be able to tell us in your application how your project or activity will:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage

BBC Children in Need

Awards grants each year to organisations supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Accepting Applications

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association, funds projects which develop collections to achieve social impact

Woodward Charitable Trust Accepting Applications for Main Grants 

UK registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £300,000 can apply now for funding for one-off projects that address the Trust’s current priorities.

OSCR publishes interim safeguarding guidance 

Safeguarding is the action that an organisation takes to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults to protect them from harm.  This includes making sure that the appropriate policies and procedures are put in place.  Safeguarding includes child protection but goes further and extends to all vulnerable beneficiaries

Small Grants to Support Capital Improvements for UK Theatres 

This capital fund awards grants of up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.

2019 Deadlines Announced for National Marine Aquarium Grants

Groups that are seeking funding to raise awareness of the oceans and the threats they face can start planning their applications for 2019.

New small grants fund: The Family Recovery Initiative Fund (FRIF)

Corra Foundation, in conjunction with partners the Scottish Government Substance Misuse Unit and Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) have launched a new small grants fund to support families affected by alcohol or drugs.

Funding for young people to take part in their communities.

ILF (Independent Living Fund) Scotland has opened an exciting new fund (totalling £5 million per year) for young people who need support in Scotland.

New small grants fund: The Family Recovery Initiative Fund (FRIF) 

Corra Foundation, in conjunction with partners the Scottish Government Substance Misuse Unit and Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) have launched a new small grants fund to support families affected by alcohol or drugs. 

Consultation on the Fundraising Code

The Code of Fundraising Practice outlines the standards expected of charitable fundraisers across the UK. It is a key part of maintaining public trust and confidence in the sector, providing reassurance for the public that charitable organisations hold themselves accountable and that they will handle complaints appropriately



The Community Transport Grant Scheme is to assist constituted community groups and trusts, with the objective of delivering transport services to improve connectivity and reduce isolation where or when there are no conventional public transport services available or accessible. Applications are now invited and the closing date for applications is 12:00 (noon) Friday 1 February 2019

More information is available from the Council website here.

If you would like more details or an informal chat please contact the OIC transportation service at or call 01856 873535.

Transport Scotland has made available up to £500,000 for Round 2 of the eBike Grant Fund, supporting local authorities, public sector agencies, colleges, universities and community groups to take the lead on the large-scale adoption of ebikes. They encourage applications that will achieve this through the creation of bike pools, hire or loan schemes, of pedal-assisted electric bikes to support sustainable and active travel as an alternative to higher carbon emitting forms of transport. The grant will cover the costs of ebikes / ecargo bikes and associated safety equipment.

Local authorities and public sector organisations can bid for up to £100,000 of funding, with 3rd sector and community organisations being eligible for up to £15,000 of funding per application.

Energy Saving Trust will work with grant recipients to create and showcase exemplar ebike projects demonstrating the benefits of ebikes, helping to popularise their uptake as an alternative to car use.

Futher information can be found here. The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 30 November.

 Historic Environment Scotland is making grants of up to £2 million available to support cohesive heritage-focused community and economic growth projects within Conservation Areas across Scotland.

Local Authorities, National Park Authorities, and not-for-profit organisations can apply.

Applicants are expected to achieve the following outcomes through their CARS programme:

  • Understand. Priority outcome: Communities are empowered to take an active role in understanding and enhancing the historic environment.
  • Protect. Priority outcome: Historic sites and properties will be conserved, regenerated and made sustainable and economic activity will be increased.
  • Value. Priority outcome: People and communities enjoy the historic environment.
  • Lead. Priority outcome: Economic activity undertaken in and around the Historic Environment will be increased.
  • The funding is for projects which are:
  • Located within a designated Conservation Area.
  • Informed by Conservation Accredited Professional Advisors.
  • Yet to begin.
  • Timetabled for five years or less.
  • Achieving the CARS priority outcomes.
  • The funding can support the following costs:
  • Historic fabric repairs for single property projects.
  • Third-party grants schemes for multiple properties.
  • Community engagement activities.
  • Training for professional craftspeople and construction workers – minimum of 5% of grant request.
  • Public realm conservation and restoration – maximum of 20% of grant request.
  • New staff costs.

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2018.

Further information here

The Tampon Tax Community Fund will be delivered locally across the UK through a partnership between the UK Community Foundations and its local Community Foundation members.

The purpose of the Tampon Tax Fund is to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to local projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls across the UK.

The Fund aims to support women and girls who are most marginalised to overcome barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential. The programme will invest in a wide variety of projects that meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Building skills and confidence, for example, supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace.
  • Improving health and well-being, for example, teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer.
  • Building social networks, for example, connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with, supporting them to feel less lonely, more valued, more able to pass on that support.Priority will be given to:
  • Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be available to support volunteer expenses, activity costs, and project staff/sessional staff costs.
  • Women and girl organisations.
  • Grassroots organisations offering localised support.
  • Organisations working with beneficiaries with multiple disadvantages.
  • User led organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs they are supporting.
  • Sustainable projects that provide long-term solutions to the people they are helping.
  • Registered UK charities, constituted community groups, companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims, community interest companies, co-operatives, credit unions and social enterprises can all apply. 

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