Funding Support

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.

Other funding help available

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.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s Awards for All Programme Sets Priorities for Sports and Arts Projects

The Awards for All programme in Scotland offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to a wide range of not-for-profit groups and organisations.

The funding is for projects that involve communities in the design, development and delivery of projects that address the following three priorities:

• 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.

In addition, the programme has announced recently that it will give priority to: Arts projects that:

• Engage people from areas of high deprivation.

• Remove financial barriers to access creative activities.

• Address rural isolation and encourages activity in rural areas.

• Engage older people, people in care homes and carers.

• Engage care leavers.

• Support integration of refugees and asylum seekers.

Sports projects that:

• Engage young people from our most deprived areas.

• Engage girls and young women.

• Engage disabled young people.

The funding can be used for a wide range of items.

For further information please click here.


CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund - Open for Applications

Groups providing diversionary youth work activities for young people aged 10 to 24 in Scotland are invited to apply for funding for projects taking place in the financial year 2018/19.

A total pot of £700,000 is being made available to groups as part of the Youth Work Fund strand of the Cashback for Communities Fund.

The Fund is administered by youth work agency YouthLink Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government who set it up with the aim of tackling inequalities by focusing more on young people from deprived areas. Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects delivered between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019.

Initiatives must support young people (aged between 10 and 24 years) that face one or more of the following disadvantages:

• Living in areas of deprivation. (Priority will be given to projects working in communities within the top 20% SIMD.)

• Unemployed, not in education or training (NEET).

• Excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school.

• At risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending or re-offending.

Local groups and partnerships in Scotland can apply if they are providing diversionary youth work activities for young people that raises their attainment, ambition and aspirations. Projects must be accessible, sustainable, and supportive of the contribution of young people to the development, management and running of the project

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2017.

Please click here for further information 

Funding is available to support Scottish young people aged 14-20 to develop their talent in a range of creative areas.

The Creative Scotland Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund supports young people aged 14-20 who require financial assistance in developing their talent within the creative industry. Funding will be awarded to those young people who demonstrate enthusiasm, ambition and talent in their chosen field and who would benefit from financial assistance in order to develop this further.
Both individuals and groups may apply for funding ranging between £50 and £600.

Funding is available to young people aged between 14 and 20 who live in Scotland and wish to develop their talent in one or more of the following areas: Drama; Dance; Music; Film; Visual Arts; Literature; and Digital Arts.
Funding is particularly targeted at those who may not be able to develop their talent further due to the barriers of:
• Affordability – inability to afford costs related to arts activity.
• Geography – issues with accessing opportunity due to their location.
• Disability – issues with taking part due to cost or unsuitable infrastructure or support.
Applications are welcomed from individuals or groups.
Grants can be awarded to help support talent development through:
• Artistic development – eg auditioning, training, participating in workshops, work shadowing or mentoring.
• Promotion and showcasing – eg staging an exhibition, recording a demo, marketing a performance or publishing written work.
• Peer-to-peer delivery – eg hosting a workshop or setting up a local group.

The next deadline for applications is 9 October 2017.




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