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 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.

Comic Relief’s Children Survive and Thrive Fund Accepting Applications

Funding for charitable organisations in the UK, Kenya or Malawi to support community action for early childhood development that helps children have the best possible start in life and become happy, healthy and confident individuals.

Digital Participation Charter Fund Opens for New Round

Two of the UK’s largest grant makers have joined forces once again and renewed their commitment to supporting not-for-profit organisations that are using technology to deliver new ideas and make their services more effective. 

Applications invited for Small Grants Scheme Supported by Repsol Sinopec and Liam McArthur MSP Awards

Does your group need help to buy equipment; is there training you want to attend but don't have the funds?  The Small Grants Scheme could be what you're looking for.  Aimed specfically at small groups, the Small Grant Scheme is easy to apply to and can award grants of up to £500.  Projects must have local impact and priority will be given to groups that aim to address inequalities, e.g. geographical, social, health for an application pack please contact Ingrid Berry 

Agnes Hunter Trust’s Main Grants Programme Open to Applications

Grants of between £3,000 and £15,000 are available to support charities that deliver key services to, and remove barriers that restrict life choices for, disabled and disadvantaged people in Scotland.

Oral Health Community Challenge Fund

The Scottish Government has committed £2.5 million to reduce oral health inequalities in Scotland until March 2022.

Grants between £7,000 and £30,000 per annum for up to 2 years and 9 months are now available to small to medium-sized third sector organisations working in areas of multiple deprivation in Scotland.


Closing Date April 2019

Digital Participation Charter Fund Opens for New Round

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help a range of organisations tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality in society through embedding essential digital skills development work in day-to-day activity with their service users.

Funding to Promote Local Community Swimming in 2019

Funding for groups and individuals across the UK who provide and promote swimming in their local community.

Funding for Sports Facilities in Scotland 

Grants to provide or upgrade local sports facilities in order to increase opportunities for people to get involved in and participate in sport and physical activity.


Closing Date May 2019 

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge for Entrepreneurs Tackling Climate Change: 2019 Round Open

This international initiative aims to elicit creative ideas that will encourage the invention of new green products and services and combat CO2 emissions.


 Closing Date December 2019

2019 Round of Armed Forces Covenant Fund Local Grants Programme Now Open

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community in the UK and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant.



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

New Names for Lottery Funders

The  Big Lottery Fund, the UK’s largest community funder - which distributes 40% of the good cause money raised by National Lottery players - will now be called The National Lottery Community Fund.

Big Changes at the Heritage Lottery Fund

A fresh new identity and name – from Heritage Lottery Fund to The National Lottery Heritage Fund – is designed to thank National Lottery players and help people better understand the difference they make when they buy a ticket.

More than £3 million available for charities and good causes

Local charities and good causes are being encouraged to apply for funding of over £3 million that has been raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery

Launch of the Redesigned Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs for 2019

The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) help young, creative entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. Aspiring individuals who want to go into business in the creative industries and require practical and financial support are being targeted. Applicants will be able to explore, develop and establish their creative ideas into sustainable ventures - through business planning training, mentoring and capital funding for starting-up

Digital Participation Charter Fund

SCVO reports that over the past five years, the Digital Participation Charter Fund has provided funding to over 160 projects across Scotland, with over 16,000 people being supported to increase their essential digital skills. 




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.

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. 

ILF (Independent Living Fund) Scotland has opened an exciting new fund (totalling £5 million per year) for young people who need support in Scotland. The Transition Fund supports those aged between 16 and 21, offering short term grants to provide opportunities that facilitate their participation and inclusion within their communities. You can find out more about the fund here. 


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