Funding News

Community Development and Capacity Building Fund

The Scottish Government announced in 2014 additional resources to be made available to local health and social care partnerships to support the delivery of improved health and social care outcomes, focus on prevention and strengthen the approach to tackling inequalities.

Small grants from this fund are now being offered to communities/community groups in association with the Community Planning Partnership’s Positive Ageing Delivery Group.

Funding is being made available to support the establishment and, or development of new and innovative activities in local communities that will help to keep people with long term health conditions, including older people, active and socially engaged. 

Applicants will be asked to explain how they will sustain the activity following the period of ‘pilot’ funding; however it will be important to ensure that there are measurable outcomes at the end of the funding period.

Any organisation that is interested should contact Gail or Meghan  at VAO on 872897.


The ScottishPower Energy People Trust

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust funds registered charitable organisations across Britain that help people whose lives are affected by fuel poverty. Priority will be given to projects aimed at helping families with young children and young people.

The Trust will award grant funding at levels appropriate to the type of project and the number of people to be helped, from small sums up to a maximum of £50,000. Projects may be funded for a maximum of one year, but the maximum grant of £50,000 applies, regardless of the timescale of the project. The  application deadlines in 2017 are 24 May and 4 October.

Click here for more information.



Title Shared Care Scotland - Short Breaks Fund, Creative Breaks

The purpose of the Short Breaks Fund is to increase the range, availability and choice of short breaks for unpaid carers and those they care for across Scotland. The programme provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults (aged 21 years and over), carers of older people (aged 65 years and over), young carers (caring for children or adults), and those that they care for.

Next Deadline: 26 May 2017.

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Paths for All

Paths for all have grants of up to £1,500 available to improve and maintain community paths.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 5pm on 19 May 2017.

Click here for more information.


Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland distributes funds to recognised charities in Scotland which are focused on improving the quality of life for people in Scotland who are disadvantaged.

Henry Duncan Awards mainly fund small grassroots charities working in their own local communities with people facing disadvantage. Registered charities with an annual income of less than £500,000 can apply for one-off awards up to £7,000 through this programme.

Trustees hold six Board meetings a year to consider applications. The next closing date for applications is 22 May 2017. Click here for more information.


Great Place Scheme Welcomes Applications from Scotland

The Great Place Scheme has been designed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and its partners to ensure intelligent investment in place-based regeneration. It offers funding for greater collaboration between cultural, community and civic organisations in tackling issues such as poverty and inequality, employment, education and health.

This pilot scheme expects to invest in five to ten places across Scotland (both rural and urban).

There is a total of £2.5 million available for this round. Grants of between £100,000 and £1 million are available for activity to be delivered over a period of up to three years.

The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is 8 June 2017. Click here for more information.

Bupa UK Foundation - Healthy Futures

The programme focuses on young adults aged 18 to 25. They are specifically interested in projects that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of young adults who face ongoing health challenges, supporting and empowering them to live life to the full. They will fund practical projects designed to engage and support people directly. Projects must support young people aged 18 to 25 who face ongoing health challenges and focus on addressing, supporting or improving their health or wellbeing. Click here for more information.

Next Deadline: 19 May 2017


The People’s Postcode Trust’s Small Grants Programme is currently accepting expressions of interest to the first of two funding rounds in 2017 

The People’s Postcode Trust’s Small Grants Programme is currently accepting expressions of interest to the first of two funding rounds in 2017

The Trust wants to help organisations find real solutions to tackling the root causes of poverty and its long-term consequences by, for example, helping people gain the skills, knowledge and resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Poverty prevention can focus on relieving other needs, such as those associated with ethnicity, geography, gender and lack of educational and skills development. Click here for more information.

The deadline for Round 1 expressions of interest is 10 February 2017.

BBC Children in Need Main Grants Programme 2017 - Deadlines announced

BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is currently accepting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK that support children and young people who are 18 years and younger. The deadlines for applications are 1 June 2017 and 13 September 2017. Click here for more information.


Social Economy Growth Fund

The Fund is aimed at established organisations whose primary social purpose is to tackle disadvantage, poverty and social exclusion. For more information or to apply for funding, please click here. The closing date for applications is 17 February.


Transport Scotland's Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund

Transport Scotland’s Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund is now open for applications.  Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Transport Scotland to administer the Fund on their behalf. The deadline for all applications is Tuesday 28 February 2017. Click here for more details.


Highlands & Islands National Third Sector Fund

Circa £500,000 funds are still available from the Highlands & Islands National Third Sector Fund. Click here for more details.


Crowdfunder and Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund has teamed up with Crowdfunder UK to distribute £125,000 of funding to heritage crowdfunding projects in Scotland, the north-west of England and the south-west of England.

The crowdfunding programme will be used to increase grassroots support and raise funds for a range of heritage projects, large and small. If you have an idea for a project with a strong heritage focus, you could be eligible for up to £10,000 of extra funding.

To unlock your share head over to Crowdfunder and start creating your project.


Rosa launches Woman to Woman Fund

Rosa, the UK fund for Women and Girls, are delighted to announce the launch of the Woman to Woman fund. With grants of up to £25,000, no fewer than 100 local grassroots women’s organisations across the UK will be supported using funds from the ‘Tampon Tax.’

Grants are available for groups with an income of under £100,000 per year, to support a wide range of charitable work that benefits women: from building confidence and leadership skills, tackling harassment and violence, to training in financial literacy and increasing engagement in decision-making – and much more besides.

Rosa especially wants to support groups that work with disadvantaged communities or in disadvantaged areas. Grants can pay for core work, as well as mobilising volunteers, leadership development, communications and advocacy.

As well as grants, Rosa will provide additional support that women’s groups tell them they need, including mentoring, training and networking opportunities.

Click here for more information.

Digital Participation Charter Fund 

The Digital Participation Charter Fund, supported by the Scottish Government is now open for applications.

There is a particular focus on organisations working to tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality to embed basic digital skill development work into their day-to-day activity with service users.

The deadline for applications is 12 January 2017. Funds awarded range between £500 and £10,000.

Click here for further information or to make an application.  

Co-op Local Community Fund Opens

Small, locally based voluntary and community groups including registered charities, small charities registered with the HMRC for tax, CASCs, churches that are ‘excepted’ charities, scout and guide groups can apply for grants to support projects which benefit the local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes. No minimum or maximum amount of funding is specified but in the past applicants have received grants of up to £2,500.

The Co-op anticipates funding three projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK and Isle of Man.

Previous grants have been used to purchase vehicles and renovate a library’s young adult section to create a safe, vibrant space where isolated and disadvantaged young people can get together to study and learn new skills.

The deadline for applications is 16 December 2016.

Click here for more information.

Bank of Scotland fund announces 2017 deadlines 

The Bank of Scotland Foundation is an independent charity supporting local, regional and national charities working at the heart of communities across Scotland.
Charities registered in Scotland can apply to the small and medium grants programmes once every 12 months and to the large grants programme after a one-year gap or a two-year gap depending on whether or not they were successful in their bid.
Applications are currently being accepted to:
• The Medium Grants Programme which offers grants of between £10,000 and £25,000 for projects that address developing and improving local communities and financial literacy and financial inclusion.
• The Small Grants Programme which offers grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for projects that address social inclusion and life-long learning.
The Large Grants programme with grants of between £50,000 and £100,000 is expected to open again in 2017. Details will be provided when the programme opens.
The 2017 deadlines for all applications are 6 January 2017, 7 April 2017, 7 July 2017, and 6 October 2017.

Click here for more details.

Celebrate UK

Six Six out of ten people surveyed* say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this with our Celebrate programme. They are offering grants of between £500 and £5,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

You could also celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero. Or maybe it’s a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better. There is £575,000 for projects in Scotland. What will you celebrate?

The deadline for applications will be 12pm, Friday 21st October. Find out more here.

*YouGov poll on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund with 2,109 respondents, June 2016.


Orkney LEADER welcomes expressions of interest

All of Orkney's communities are eligible to participate in the Orkney LEADER programme. To apply you must be a:
• Constituted Community Group                                 • Voluntary Organisation
• Public Sector Body (with a community project)          • Social Enterprise

For further detail on eligible costs please contact the LEADER team.


Tesco Bags of Help Programme

Each month, an in-store vote will determine which projects will be funded. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month. In each region, the project that received the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. The second placed project receives up to £2,000 and third placed up to £1,000. Every year, over 7,000 projects will receive funding through this scheme.

The funding is for projects which deliver improvements to the physical environment and/or encourage the use and long term stability of outdoor spaces.

Applications are now open on a rolling basis and will be accepted at any time. For more information visit:


Big Bike Revival – funding available!

Do you have an interest in bicycles or enabling others the means and direction of where and how to fix/ride and enjoy their bikes?
We want to help and support the local community groups on the Orkney Islands and there is funding here especially for your local council area.

Transport Scotland have given Cycling UK Scotland funding to help deliver events that aim to enable community groups to acquire the resource and assets to promote sustainable travel and meaningful journeys through cycling.

For more information email Richard, call 07887567361, or visit 


Voluntary Action Fund announces Community Grant closing date

This grant is aimed at small, grassroots, volunteer-led community groups with an income of less than £25,000 per year. The grant’s focus is on supporting and building the capacity of Scotland’s smallest community and voluntary groups. Groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for a wide range of costs or activities that will help sustain or develop their activities.

Groups can apply for funding for a wide variety of activities or operational costs, depending on their greatest need. However, Voluntary Action Fund is particularly keen to fund activities that will help build and develop strong organisations. For example, your grant could pay for training for committee members and volunteers, visits to other organisations and conferences or professional support and consultancy. You could also apply for the cost of equipment, costumes or uniforms, classes or training, counselling, furniture, toys, safety equipment, field trips, upgraded facilities, or venue hire.

The funding must be spent by 31 march, 2017. For more information please email  


 The Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund has cancelled its November 2016 deadline, leaving one final opportunity to apply for funding in 2016.

The Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund (FiSCAF) is appealing for applications to its September 2016 round of funding in partnership with the STV Appeal. Click on the link below for more details.


 A new £8 million annual investment programme to support organisations in the UK to manage their heritage better has been launched by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has opened new £8 million annual investment programme, Resilient Heritage, to support UK based organisations to build their capacity or achieve strategic change in order to improve the management of heritage in the long term.

Not for profit organisations and partnerships led by not for profit organisations are invited to apply for grants of between £3,000 and £250,000. As Resilient Heritage is a flexible programme it has the ability to support a wide range of activities.

 Greggs Foundation’s Local Community Projects Fund Invites GB Applications.

The Greggs Foundation's Community Projects Fund provides grants of up to £2,000 to not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales for projects or for providing equipment for people in need at the heart of local communities.

Eligible projects should improve resilience within a community of interest and can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks.

 The Volant Charitable Trust has re-opened to applications for projects which alleviate social deprivation for women and children in Scotland.

The Volant Charitable Trust has re-opened to applications for projects which alleviate social deprivation for women and children in Scotland.

Grants of up to £10,000 per annum are available for up to three years. The funding can be used for one-off projects or multi-year applications and will help with project and administrative core costs.

The funding is intended to support charitable projects with a strong focus on supporting women and children affected by hardship or disad...vantage and on tackling the issues they face in order to make a lasting difference to their lives and life chances.


 Community Food and Health Capacity Building Fund

Community Health and Food (Scotland)'s Capacity Building Fund provides funding to support groups and agencies running food and health activities in Scotland to build the knowledge, skills and expertise they need to help them deliver their activities better. Grants of up to £500 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations or social enterprises working with people in a low-income community or already involved in running a food and health activity.

Applicants must be able to show how funding will build the knowledge, skills and expertise of volunteers, staff or management committee or board members, and demonstrate how this will make a positive difference to their food and health activities. For more information or to apply please visit the website.


Funders of Play

Funders of Play is a guide containing information on eligibility, priority and contact details of organisations funding not-for-profit and charitable organisations in Scotland. It has been compiled for Inspiring Scotland’s Go2Play programme and focusses on potential funders of play activities. Please follow this link to view the guide.

Women's Fund for Scotland - now open for applications

Funding is available for projects that promote women's development, self-sufficiency, and social and economic equality. The new programme will offer two levels of funding; small grants of between £500 and £2000 and larger grants of up to £30,000 over a 3 year period.
The Fund's vision is that Scotland is safe, healthy, prosperous and connected because women and girls have been encouraged and supported to reach their full potential.
The 2016/17 deadlines for applications are 28 September 2016 (4pm) and 6 January 2017 (4pm). For more information please visit the website.

 CashBack for Communities Facilities Fund
The CashBack for Communities Facilities Fund offers grants to not-for-profit community organisations working with young people (aged between 10 –24) within the sports and outdoor learning sector to upgrade equipment and improve facilities in areas where there is identified need.
Grants of up to £150,000 are available for the following:
 • Development of Sports/Physical Activity or Outdoor Learning Facilities.
• Refurbishment of Sports/Physical Activity or Outdoor Learning Facilities.
• Purchase of Sports/Physical Activity Equipment or Resources.
• Purchase of Outdoor Learning Equipment/Resources.
For more information please visit the website.

Community Capacity Building Fund

Funding is available to support the establishment and/or development of new and innovative activities in local communities that will help to keep local people with long term health conditions, including older people, active and socially engaged.
Please contact Meghan McEwen on 872897 for more information.

Tudor Trust Publishes 2016-17 Guidelines

The Trust offers grants to voluntary and community organisations who are trying to meet the many different needs of people at the margins of our society in the UK.
Charitable organisations working in any part of the UK are eligible to apply. There is no maximum or minimum level of grant, although it is unusual for a grant of less than £10,000 to be made. For more information please follow this link. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Supporting Families and Communities

Charities supporting children, families and adult learning will be invited to apply for a share of a new project fund that will award £2 million over the next two years. This new element of the fund is designed to enable charities to bid for project funding that will allow them to deliver fresh and innovative ideas, beyond their core work.
Applications will be invited in the summer for a share of £1 million that will be made available in 2017/18, with a further £1 million to be available in 2018/19. Find more information please visit the website.

Children In Need - Now accepting applications

BBC Children in Need is currently accepting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK that support children and young people who are 18 years and younger.
Applications can be made for either of the following:
•Main Grants of over £10,000 can support projects for up to three years. There is no upper limit but very few grants over £100,000 are made and most grants are for much less.
•Small Grants of up to £10,000 can support projects for one year.
The grants are to be used for costs that relate clearly and directly to a project. 
The deadline for Small Grant applications is 1 December 2016. Main Grant application deadline is 15 September 2016. For more information or to apply please visit the website.

The Scottish Land Fund

Communities looking to buy their own land have been given a major boost with the announcement of a new fund to help them. The Scottish Land Fund supports rural and urban communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets.
Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, it offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them, as well as practical support to develop their aspirations into viable projects. The Scottish Land Fund open on 1 April and will make £10 million available every year until 2020 for buy-outs. You can find more information here.

Funding for Rural Housing Projects

The Scottish Government is looking for project proposals that will focus on developing good quality and affordable housing in rural parts of Scotland.

This is a large scale initiative that intends to provide affordable and good quality homes in remote regions of Scotland, either through refurbishment of existing properties or through creating new builds. This scheme, known as the Rural Housing Fund, was launched in April 2016 and will be offering funding opportunities for suitable project proposals that aim to develop high quality, warm and affordable housing.

Prospective applicants are expected to send a letter of intent to after which they may be invited to submit a full application electronically, should they meet the relevant criteria.
There is no deadline and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. More details can be found here.


CashBack for Communities

Some of the country’s most disadvantaged young people will benefit from £17 million seized from criminals, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced recently.

The money will be used to provide activities and opportunities as part of the next phase of CashBack for Communities which will run from 1 April 1 2017 until 31 March 2020 - with applications for funding opening early in the summer.

For more information please click here.


 Santander Foundation is now The Discovery Foundation

In 2016, The Santander Foundation has become The Discovery Foundation to reflect its important role in Santander UK's new flagship community programme called The Discovery Project.

The aim of The Discovery Project is to help people have the confidence to make the most of their future. In this fast-paced world they know some find it hard to navigate the change and they want to help everyone have equal access to the best society has to offer.

The Discovery Foundation will provide grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people. For more information or if you are interested in applying, please visit the website.


The Care and Wellbeing Fund

The £12 million investment fund is looking to invest in ventures that are structured as social enterprises – either as CICs or limited companies - and that tackle the challenges faced by those with long-term health conditions. The Fund is looking to invest in projects that meet the following criteria:

• Community focus - community based health and social care services, from prevention to clinical services.
• Link to cancer - projects supporting people affected by cancer or generating learning that can benefit people affected by cancer.
• Financial criteria - Projects of between £500,000 and £2.4 million with the potential to repay capital with a financial surplus.

There is no formal application process or set funding rounds. For more information please visit the website.


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