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Aberdeen Asset Management Charitable Foundation

Posted: 4-Jan-2017

The Fund concentrates on two main areas for grants:

Emerging Markets:

Funds focus on a small number of long term partnerships with an average duration of three years. Charities must meet the following criteria for an emerging market grant:

  • UK registered.
  • Small to medium in size, or if a larger charity, must have an identifiable project that Aberdeen can support.
  • Focus clearly on promoting education and providing wider opportunities for underprivileged young people.

Local Communities:

Local community grants have much the same criteria but charities must demonstrate and have:

  • A clear and meaningful impact on the community.
  • A clear connection to a community local to one of Aberdeen’s offices.
  • A governance structure in place to allow Aberdeen to monitor the impact of the investment.

There are no deadlines and applications can be made at any time. An application form can be downloaded from the website and submitted by email.

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Action Earth Scotland

Posted: 28-Mar-2017

Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2017 Grants offer easy-to-access grants of between £50 and £500 to volunteer groups whose work falls under any of the following:

  • Working in areas of significant social or economic deprivation
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of their local community
  • Encouraging and involving people under 26 years of age in practical outdoor conservation
  • Involving disabled or vulnerable people or those at risk of exclusion

The campaign is run by Volunteering Matters (formerly known as CSV) from April to December each year and is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage. Applicants can register for an action earth grants form here.

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Contact: Volunteering Matters, Tel: 0131 622 7766 [ e-mail | website ]

Agar Trust

Posted: 18-Apr-2017

The Agar Trust supports young people (8-21) resident in rural Scotland, who demonstrate exceptional musical ability and potential and wish to further their musical education.

Candidates can apply for a grant towards attendance at an educational opportunity which relates directly to their musical studies.  For example this might be: a short course; Saturday music schools; a concert, event or audition; further tuition at Junior departments of music schools etc.; rehearsals of a regional or national orchestra, or band, or choir; travel to any of the above.

The Agar Trust awards grants from £100 up to £1000. Applications are considered twice a year. The next deadline for applications will be at the end of September 2017.

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Contact: Agar Trust, [ e-mail | website ]

Aldi Scottish Sport Fund

Posted: 17-Oct-2016

The Aldi Scottish Sport Fund is a Scotland-wide community based sport programme which provides grants of up to £500 to sporting organisations based in Scotland with registered charity status such as rugby clubs and after school groups. Funds are aimed at making participation in sports in local communities easier and are available in regions where there is an Aldi store. Funds can be used to cover costs such as purchasing new strips and equipment or subsidising transport costs. Each region has a different deadline for applications.

An application form can be downloaded here.

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Allander Youth Activities Charitable Trust (Scotland only)

Posted: 13-Dec-2016

The Trust aims to support voluntary organisations in Scotland promoting the education and training of young people at a local level by providing small grants towards the cost of activities which extend their normal programme. These are usually in the region of £5 to £40 per head depending on the type of activity being undertaken. This would benefit groups:

  • Which are voluntary organisations.
  • Who want to try out a new activity in addition to their normal programme.

Further information on applications can be found on the website. Applications are now open for 2017 grants which will be considered at the Trustees meeting in January. From 1 January 2017 onwards applications must be received no later than four weeks before the activity commences. The guidelines on applying for a grant should be read before making an application. Please note that the Trust does not operate outside Scotland.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Posted: 11-Apr-2017

The Foundation aims to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit. As well as providing Musical Theatre scholarships and supporting projects through the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Trustees welcome applications to support projects that make a real and on-going differences to people's lives.

Priority is given to the area of performing arts (music, dance and drama) but other areas will be considered. Grant applications can be made online here.

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Contact: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, [ e-mail | website ]

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust

Posted: 3-Aug-2016

This Trust awards grants that give disadvantaged young people the opportunity to develop an existing interest in outdoor activities such as walking, climbing, cycling, sailing, kayaking, horse riding and residential courses at outdoor centres. Organisations such as schools or youth groups within the UK are usually funded rather than individuals, although individuals who can provide a referee may be considered. Applicants with some fund-raising experience are preferred.

Applications can be made any time via email or in writing.

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Ardoch Foundation

Posted: 21-Apr-2017

This Foundation offers grants to registered UK charities that use its unique location and facilities to deliver programmes for young people. Their work must benefit directly or indirectly young people. A grant application form can be downloaded here. Completed applications should be sent to Peter Cockhill.

Contact: Peter Cockill, Ardoch Foundation, Tel: 01389 71040 [ e-mail | website ]

ASDA Foundation

Posted: 20-May-2015

The ASDA Foundation supports a range of good causes around the UK. It exists primarily to give support to existing projects being run by ASDA colleagues, although applications are open to all registered charities, community groups and individuals in the UK, as long as they have the support and involvement of local ASDA colleagues.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and will be assessed at the quarterly trustee meeting. Eligible individuals/organisations must:

  • operate in the UK
  • be providing a clear benefit to their local community
  • be non-profit making
  • have direct support and involvement from one of the ASDA colleagues.

To apply visit your local ASDA branch and speak with a member of staff.

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Contact: The ASDA Foundation, [ website ]

Aspiring Communities Fund

Posted: 10-Apr-2017

This Fund supports the strengthening of disadvantaged communities across Scotland by helping community bodies and third sector organisations to find new, long-term community-led solutions to poverty and inequality, increasing economic activity or enhancing local service provision. The first funding round closed on 7 April 2017.

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Association of Charitable Foundations

Posted: 19-Apr-2016

The Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) is the UK's premier support organisation for grant-making trusts and foundations of all types. The ACF does not provide funding. However, guidance for applying to trusts and foundations can be found on their website.

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Tel: 020 7255 4499 [ e-mail | website ]

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Posted: 2-Feb-2017

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to UK registered charities for projects undertaken in the UK. In response to increased demand, the Trust has restructured its Grants programme for 2017 and now offers four application rounds a year. The deadline for applications to the first round is 28 February 2017. Information on all the funding rounds for 2017 as well as the categories for 2018 and 2019 can be found here. Categories change yearly and usually run on a three year rolling programme.

The categories for 2017 are:

  • Music and the Arts
  • The Elderly


  • £1,000 grant for Round 1 applications running from 1 to 28 February 2017.
  • £5,000 grant for Round 4 applications running from 1 September to 31 October.

Music and the Arts:

  • £1,000 grant for Round 3 applications running from 1 to 31 July 2017
  • £5,000 grant for Round 2 applications running from 1 April to 31 May 2017

All applications must fall within the categories below:

  • homelessness
  • domestic abuse
  • prisoners/offenders
  • training and education
  • counselling and support
  • activities for those who have limited access or opportunities

Please note that this fund does not support individuals under any circumstances.

Contact: Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, [ e-mail | website ]

Aviva Community Fund

Posted: 18-Oct-2016

The Aviva Community Fund offers funding to voluntary and community organisations for projects that will make a real difference to local communities. To be eligible to apply, groups must be a not-for-profit organisation or group for community good, and have been in existence for at least six months. Projects must make a positive difference to people's lives in one of the following categories:

  • Health, disability and well-being.
  • Supporting the younger generation.
  • Supporting the older generation.
  • Community support.

The Fund operates like a competition, and all projects will be put forward to a public vote. Applicants are therefore encouraged to widely promote their projects and gather as much support from their local community as possible. Projects can be entered under four levels of funding:

  • Up to £1,000
  • Up to £5,000
  • Up to £10,000
  • Up to £25,000

There is a project submission guide available on the website. The deadline for project submissions has now passed.

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Awards for Young Musicians 2017

Posted: 27-Mar-2017

Awards for Young Musicians supports outstanding young instrumentalists making music in any genre. If you can clearly show that you are talented and committed and that you need financial help with your music costs then you can apply for an Award of between £200 and £2000. Young musicians aged between 5 and 17 years of age are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications for the 2017 Awards has now passed. Applications for the 2018 Awards will open from November 2017.

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Tel: 0117 904 9906 [ e-mail | website ]

BAA Communities Trust

Posted: 17-Nov-2010

The BAA Communities Trust funds a wide range of community organisations and charitable groups and charities. These include:

  • National/international charities, delivering projects in or involving people from the communities local to Aberdeen and Glasgow Airports;
  • Locally-based charitable organisations;
  • Schools and local authorities delivering community projects;
  • Grassroots and community groups and organisations;
  • Local grant makers;
  • National/international charities in support of staff fundraising activity.

The Trust place a priority on funding projects linked to education, the environment and economic regeneration. Through their grant they aim to:

  • Create learning opportunities for young people and so raise their aspirations;
  • Break down barriers to employment through skills development;
  • Help protect the environment;
  • Support airport staff active in the community.

The Trust has set up new community funds for each of the airports, with locally based people helping Trustees with grant-making decisions. The panels each meet at least four times a year to consider applications.

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Bairdwatson Charitable Trust

Posted: 1-Feb-2017

The Bairdwatson Charitable Trust provides grants to registered charities and social enterprises in North Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and across Scotland that work in employment and vocational skills training that specifically target young people who are unemployed and undergoing re-training to help them back into work.

The next deadline for applications is 31 March 2017. Grantmaking Trustee meetings take place in January, May and September each year.

Contact: Linda Anderson, Assessor, Bairdwatson Charitable Trust, Tel: 07982915666 [ e-mail | website ]

Bank of Scotland Foundation

Posted: 6-Apr-2017

With any community, there will be a diverse collection of individuals and charities tackling local issues. Some issues will be unique to the local area, others will be replicated across the country or parts of it. This programme feels it is important to help individuals and groups work together to ensure a better quality of life within their community.

Small Grants Programme

The Bank of Scotland Foundation Small Grants Programme accepts applications between £1,000 and £10,000 from charities registered in Scotland. They particularly wish to help with developing and improving communities. Practical ways of making this happen include:

  • Initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded.
  • Working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation.
  • Improving the standard of local facilities.

Medium Grants Programme

The Bank of Scotland Foundation Medium Grants Programme accepts applications between £10,001 and £25,000 from charities registered in Scotland. They particularly wish to help with:

Developing and improving local communities

  • Initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded.
  • Working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation.
  • Improving the standard of local facilities.

Financial literacy and financial inclusion

  • Promoting financial awareness and money advice.
  • Enhancing debt counselling services within the community.
  • Supporting life-skills in all age group and sections of the community.

The closing dates for applications for small and medium grants for 2017 are:

  • 6 January 2017
  • 7 April 2017
  • 7 July 2017
  • 6 October 2017

Large Grants Programme

The Bank of Scotland Foundation Large Grants Programme for 2017 is now open and accepting applications between £50,000 and £100,000 from charities registered in Scotland. They particularly wish to help with two key themes:

  • Developing and improving local communities
  • Financial literacy and financial inclusion

The 2017 programme is now closed and will open again in 2018.

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Barcapel Foundation

Posted: 4-Jan-2017

The Barcapel Foundation has been supporting charitable work and endeavours in Scotland for over 40 years. The three priority areas of interest for funding are health, heritage and youth. The Board meets in the summer and autumn each year to review applications. The next deadline for applications for the May meeting is 31 March 2017.

Contact: Barcapel Foundation, Tel: 01475 521616 [ e-mail | website ]

BBC Children in Need

Posted: 2-Mar-2017

BBC Children in Need's focus is firmly on those children and young people who are experiencing disadvantage. They seek to fund organisations working to combat or alleviate this disadvantage and to make a real difference to the quality of children and young people's lives. Applicants should be very specific in helping BBC Children in Need to understand the nature of the disadvantage they are seeking to address: Such disadvantages include:

  • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
  • Disability.
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.

The work they fund will take place within the UK and will be for the benefit of children and young people provided they are aged 18 years or younger. Applicants should be constituted, not-for-profit organisations and charities from any part of the UK. Their grants reach local communities throughout the UK - from Shetland to the Scillies; from Belfast to Barry Island.

Grants range widely in size and there are two grant programmes, depending on how much you are requesting. The small grants programme is now open for applications of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years - a total request of £30,000. The remaining deadlines for 2017 are as follows:

  • 1 June 2017 - Decision by early August
  • 1 September 2017 - Decision by early November
  • 1 December 2017 - Decision by early March

If the application is eligible you will need to be available in the month after the deadline for a telephone assessment. Your referee will also need to be available to provide a reference.

Applications for more than this are eligible to apply into the Main Grants Programme. This is for applications of over £10,000 a year for up to three years. Remaining main Grant application deadlines for 2017 are as follows:

  • 1 June 2017 - Decision by mid October
  • 13 September 2017 - Decision by mid February

If your initial application is invited to the next stage you will need to complete a full application form. You will hear whether you have been invited to do this a couple of weeks after you have submitted your initial application and you will have a month to complete a full application to be considered in the next round. You will need to be available in the month after you submit your full application for a telephone assessment. Your referee will also need to be available during this time to provide a reference.

All application forms, guidance and further information is available on the BBC Children in Need website.

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Contact: BBC Children in Need, Tel: 0345 609 0015 [ e-mail | website ]

Big Lottery Fund

International Communities Programme

Posted: 12-May-2016

The programme is now closed. A new international programme is unlikely to open before late 2016. Keep an eye on the website for more information.

Contact: Big Lottery Fund, Tel: 0121 345 7777 [ e-mail | website ]

Big Lottery Fund Scotland

Awards for All Scotland

Posted: 9-Aug-2016

Awards for All Scotland is an easy way for smaller organisations to get small amounts of funding.

It is focussed on organisations who have not received a grant from the programme in the last three years.

Awards for All Scotland gives groups a chance to apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000 for projects that aim to help local communities and the lives of people in most need.

You can apply to Awards for All Scotland if you are a not for profit/voluntary or community groups. social enterprise, community council, school or statutory body.

Funding is available for a range of projects which involve bringing local people together, helping people learn, improving local spaces and getting people more active.

The programme is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund Scotland and sportscotland.

Please note that this fund is unable to fund or support individuals.

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Contact: Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Tel: 0300 123 7110 [ e-mail | website ]

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Young Start Fund

Posted: 26-Nov-2015

Young Start is a grants programme that distributes money from dormant bank accounts. It aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24 to help them realise their potential.

Young Start can support projects that meet one or more of these outcomes:

  • Confident - Children and young people have more confidence and skills.
  • Healthy - Children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional health.
  • Connected - Younger and older generations are better connected and have more understanding and respect for each other.
  • Enterprising - Young people are better prepared for getting a job or starting a business.

Young Start will award grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. The fund is aimed at third sector organisations including voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, housing associations, sports organisations, cooperatives and charities.

The Big Lottery expect to fund a wide range of projects for up to 2 years that will make children and young people aged 8 to 24 confident, healthy, connected or enterprising. They are keen to see projects involve young people in their development, design and delivery, as well as projects that make the most of existing resources and potential within the community.

Application forms and guidance materials are available here. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time. Applicants will hear if they have been successful within 8 weeks of submitting an application form.

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Big Lottery Fund Scotland

Celebrate Scotland

Posted: 25-Apr-2017

Celebrate Scotland is now awarding small grants of between £500 and £5,000 to community groups across Scotland to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community and help bring people together locally. Applications for grants opened on 6 July 2016 and are open to:

  • Voluntary or community organisations with a constitution and bank account
  • Schools
  • Statutory bodies

Projects must be open to everyone in their local community. Priority is given to organisations who have not already received a grant before and whose projects bring communities from diverse cultures and different generations together.

Applicants must fill in an online survey and if they are found eligible at the end of the survey will be able to download an application form. Applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis until all funds are allocated. This programme has now closed.

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Contact: Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Tel: 0300 123 7110 [ e-mail | website ]

Big Lottery Fund Scotland

Community Led Activity

Posted: 24-Aug-2016

The Big Lottery Fund provides funding to support communities to improve to the places they live and the wellbeing of those most in need. Eligible organisations should have a social purpose and open membership and be based in Scotland in the local area they serve and be run by local people. Their work should allow everyone in the community to have the opportunity to influence and participate in the community-led activity, to be better connected and to improve their wellbeing. Activity funded must be people-led, connected and strengths-based, called the three approaches to funding. Funding for between three and five years is available to develop existing or new activities.

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Contact: Scotland Advice Team , Tel: 0300 123 7110 [ e-mail | website ]

Big Lottery Fund Scotland

Community Assets

Posted: 24-Aug-2016

Community Asset grants are aimed at empowering people to create strong and resilient communities by helping them acquire, manage or develop assets such as buildings or land. Eligible organisations should be community-led, have a social purpose and have open membership and be based in Scotland in the local area they serve and be run by local people. Priority will be given to organisations that tackle disadvantage and inequality. Activity that is funded must be people-led, connected and strengths-based, called the three approaches to funding. Funding up to five years is available in the form of capital funding (building or refurbishment costs), revenue funding (salaries and running costs) and the cost of acquiring an asset. As this is a rolling programme, there is no deadline or application form and applicants must first discuss their project with the Big Lottery Fund. A visit will then be made to organisations whose applications potentially meet the criteria to consider further if their project is a good fit with Community Assets.

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Contact: Scotland Advice Team , Tel: 0300 123 7110 [ e-mail | website ]

Big Lottery Fund Scotland

Improving Lives Fund

Posted: 28-Nov-2016

Grants from £10,000 to £1 million are available to support young people, children and families currently facing challenging circumstances to improve their lives. The Fund is keen to see applications from smaller organisations in Scotland that have not been funded before and also organisations working at a local level. Grants are available for up to five years with two levels of funding:

  • Medium grants of between £10,000 and £150,000
  • Large grants of between £150,000 and £1 million

Activity funded must be people-led, connected and strengths-based, called the three approaches to funding.

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Contact: Scotland Advice Team, Tel: 0300 123 7110 [ e-mail | website ]

Bridges Ventures

Bridges Social Impact Bond Fund

Posted: 8-Jul-2016

This Fund was launched in April 2013 and provides capital investment and support to UK charities and enterprises with the aim of improving social and life outcomes for young people, children and the elderly in society.

Eligible organisations must demonstrate:

  • A clear social mission;
  • A strong management team;
  • The ability to deliver highly impactful and social interventions;
  • The ability to robustly monitor and proactively manage the social outcomes delivered by these programmes.

Proposals can be submitted any time by emailing Bridges Ventures. Further information on the Fund can be found here.

Contact: Bridges Ventures, Tel: 020 3780 8000 [ e-mail | website ]

British Council

The Lefevre Trust

Posted: 8-Feb-2017

The Lefevre Trust provides funding to support innovative projects between young people in France and the UK. It aims to improve understanding between the UK and France by enabling young people aged 11-19 to visit partner groups and further develop a joint venture. Funding grants up to £5,000 are available for groups of young people from the formal and non-formal education sector across the UK and France. Projects funded may include language learning, culture and the arts, energy and the environment, citizenship, science and technology, business and enterprise, multimedia and ICT, sports, vocational skills and cross-curricular themes. Successful projects will receive grants to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence.

The next deadline for applications is 15 May 2017.

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Contact: British Council, Tel: 0161 957 7755 [ e-mail | website ]

British Council - Erasmus+

Posted: 3-Feb-2017

There are a number of different education, training, youth and sport funding opportunities for UK organisations under Erasmus+:

Key application deadlines:

  • Key Action 1 (Youth) - 26 April 2017
  • Key Action 2 (Youth) - 26 April 2017
  • Key Action 3 (Youth) - 26 April 2017

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British Record Industry Trust (BRIT Trust)

Posted: 12-Dec-2016

The Trust provides grants to UK charitable organisations that encourage young people to become involved in music by exploring and pursuing the educational, cultural or therapeutic benefits that emanate from music. Those with a relevant project who are interested in applying for funding should print, complete and post the application form available on the website.

Contact: Maggie Crowe, [ e-mail | website ]

Building a Stronger Britain Together

Posted: 15-Feb-2017

Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) is a four-year programme launched by the Home Office on 16 September 2016 to offer grants and in-kind support to projects that tackle all forms of extremism in their communities and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative. Eligible proposals must meet one or more of the Government’s Counter-Extremism Strategy aims:

  • Fewer people holding attitudes, beliefs and feelings that oppose shared values
  • An increased sense of belonging and civic participation at the local level
  • More resilient communities

The following organisations in the UK established for more than 12 months are eligible to apply:

  • Charitable organisations
  • Not for profit registered Community Interest Companies
  • Community and voluntary sector organisations

Applications can be made for both in-kind and grant funding. An example of in-kind support could be social media training or help setting up or improving a website designed to combat extremism. An eligible project could be for example a youth organisation working to prevent vulnerable, disillusioned and out-of-work young adults in their area being recruited by extremist groups by helping them find an alternative through full-time employment or training.

Calls for grant funding closed on 10 February 2017. The call for in-kind support applications will remain open all year. The guidance for applicants is available here.

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Buttle UK

Funding for Estranged Young People

Posted: 10-Mar-2017

The challenges facing disadvantaged young people in the UK today are enormous, especially for those aged 16+. Cuts to government funding for services, reduced access to support and the squeezed economic climate have all taken their toll.

These challenges are particularly daunting for young people who receive no support from parents or guardians. Buttle UK refer to them as being ‘estranged’.

Buttle UK can help address the needs of these young people by providing funding to enable them to fully access and participate in education, employment or training opportunities. We also help settle them in secure accommodation by contributing to setting up home costs. Through this funding, we are offering a more personalised package of support created in collaboration with the young person and their support worker. This project offers an ‘enhanced’ level of grant award, with a maximum allocation of £2,000 per case.

This package of support will particularly focus on three key areas of need:

  1. Support in accessing education, employment and training.
  2. Safe and comfortable accommodation.
  3. Maintaining positive emotional and physical wellbeing.

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Contact: Buttle UK (Scotland), Tel: 0141 778 2839 [ e-mail | website ]

CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund 2017-18

Posted: 5-Apr-2017

This programme is administered by YouthLink Scotland to support the Scottish Government’s 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 July 2017 and March 2018. A total of £700,000 is available to target the delivery of youth work activity programmes which provide diversionary youth work activities for young people aged 10 to 24 who face one or more of the following disadvantages:

  • Living in areas of deprivation with priority given to projects working in communities within the top 20% SIMD (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation)
  • Being unemployed, not in education or training
  • Exclusion or risk of exclusion from school
  • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending or re-offending

The closing date for applications is 28 April 2017. Applications can be made online via the YouthLink Scotland link here.

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Contact: CashBack for Communities Team, YouthLink Scotland, Tel: 0131 313 2488 [ e-mail | website ]

CashBack for Creativity Phase 4

Posted: 24-Apr-2017

CashBack for Creativity is a programme funded by the Scottish Government's CashBack for Communities programme and aims to tackle inequalities in the arts among Scotland's most disadvantaged young people. It offers disadvantaged young people aged 10 to 24 across Scotland the opportunity to engage in creative and cultural activity. By providing high quality learning and developmental arts activities, the skills and confidence of young people will be improved, their attainment and aspirations raised and new pathways for their further learning, training, education and employment provided. Phase 4 of the programme will run from April 2017 to March 2020 and will be supported by two funds in 2017:

The CashBack for Creativity Open Fund has now launched and invites applications for funding up to £10,000 from a range of organisations that work with artists across the country to deliver high quality arts, screen or creative industries activities lasting up to 12 months for young people aged 10 to 24 years old who face on or more of the following disadvantages:

  • Living in deprived areas (priority will be given to projects working in communities within the top 20% SIMD - Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation)
  • Being unemployed, not in education or training; and/or
  • Being excluded, or at risk of exclusion from school; and/or
  • Being at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending/re-offending

The fund is administered by YouthLink Scotland, working on behalf of Creative Scotland. There is one deadline for this fund which is 2 June 2017.

The CashBack for Creativity Targeted Fund provides funding up to £120,000 to Scotland based organisations in the arts, screen and creative industries to undertake work lasting up to three years that deliver life-changing creative and cultural activities for disadvantaged young people aged 10 to 24 in deprived areas of the country. The fund targets young people who are unemployed, not in education or training, excluded or at risk of exclusion from school, young offenders and young people prone to antisocial behaviour. This fund has now closed to applications.

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Contact: Laura Black at Creative Scotland, Tel: 0845 603 6000 [ e-mail | website ]

Central Scotland Green Network Community Project Fund 2017

Posted: 3-Apr-2017

The CSGN Community Project Fund provides one-off grants of up to £1,000 to support small community groups that increase community involvement in maintaining and enhancing the environment for local communities and promote the enhancement, engagement and enjoyment of community green spaces.

 These include activities such as:

  • conservation and education projects, like developing a safe, natural learning space
  • biodiversity activities, such as planting and improvements to ponds and wetlands for local wildlife
  • community events, such as a park improvement day
  • developing a community growing area
  • woodland arts activities, such as carved log seating or mosaics

Projects which in particular increase community use of local greenspace, benefit disadvantaged communities in Central Scotland and demonstrate a positive impact on the quality of life for local residents will be considered. Community groups that represent a community within the CSGN area can apply provided they are open membership and have a bank account in their own name.

The deadline for applications is 1 May 2017. More information on how to apply can be found here.

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Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund

Posted: 9-Nov-2016

Two Funds support the third sector to deliver services and activities that focus on prevention and early intervention. The Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and the Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund (ALEC) were set up following discussions with national voluntary sector organisations to build opportunities and improve outcomes for children, young people, families, adults and communities.

Charities supporting children, families and adult learning are now invited to apply for a new £2 million project fund, a new element of the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and the Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund. £1 million is available in 2017/18, with a further £1 million in 2018/19. The Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to administer and manage these funds. The deadline for applications has now closed with funding announcements to be made in early 2017.

The Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and ALEC Funds replaced both the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund and Strategic Funding Partnerships from 2016-17. Through these two funds, a total of £45 million was allocated from 2013-14 to 2015-16 to over 140 national voluntary organisations to support their work with children, young people, families, adults and communities.

Contact: Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, Tel: 0131 444 4020 [ e-mail | website ]

City Charitable Trust

Posted: 7-Dec-2011

The City Charitable Trust distributed over 100 grants totalling £1,139,955 in 2010. Its main objectives are to support cultural, education, religious and welfare funds, societies and organisations and to support in the relief of poverty, primarily in Scotland and other parts of the UK.

Apply in writing at any time to: The Trustees, City Charitable Trust, c/o Caledonia House, Lawmoor Street, Glasgow G5 0US. Applications are reviewed at least monthly.

City of Edinburgh Council

OneCity Trust Main Grants Programme 2017/18

Posted: 28-Mar-2017

The OneCity Trust main grant programme is now open for applications. Registered charities and constituted groups based in Edinburgh that focus their work in Edinburgh and have an annual income of less than £200,000 can apply for funding for social inclusion projects which meet one or more of the themes below:

  • Community Connectedness
  • Cultural Bridging
  • Civic Inclusion

New this year is a partnership with Travis Perkins Managed Services and the City of Edinburgh Council. A Community Benefit fund offered to the Council by Travis Perkins as part of a major contract will be allocated through the OneCity Trust. Applications for this funding will be considered from organisations that involve City of Edinburgh Council tenants or from other organisations aiming to benefit geographical areas with a high proportion of Council homes.

Overall, the Trust intends to award up to fifteen grants of between £5,000 and £10,000.

More information on how to apply can be found here. Please note that the Trust is supported by the council on a part-time basis.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2017.

Contact: OneCity Trust, Tel: 0131 469 3856 [ e-mail | website ]

City of Edinburgh Council

Neighbourhood Partnership Community Grants Fund

Posted: 19-Apr-2017

The Neighbourhood Community Grants Fund is provided by the City of Edinburgh Council and awards grants of up to £5,000 to voluntary and community groups to encourage small scale activity that benefits local communities and supports the work of Neighbourhood Partnerships and their Local Community Plans. Grants can be applied for throughout the year. Eligible voluntary and community groups must operate in and run projects that benefit the residents of the City of Edinburgh Neighbourhood Partnership areas. Examples of projects that could be funded include providing community group activities for young people such as making improvements to a youth theatre’s rehearsal space or running a project for a scout group. Signed and completed application forms should be submitted to your local Neighbourhood Team, for the attention of the Partnership & Information Manager or Partnership Development Officer.

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Climate Challenge Fund Grants 2017-18

Posted: 4-Apr-2017

The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund focuses on reducing carbon emissions and the many benefits this brings to communities and vulnerable people. The 2017-18 Climate Challenge Fund will provide grants of up to £150,00 that focus on funding projects that deliver the greatest reduction in carbon emissions and support Scotland's most deprived communities. Organisations with project ideas must be community-led, based in Scotland and not-for-profit to meet the criteria to be eligible for funding. The Fund is currently closed. However, new application deadlines will be confirmed in due course.

Contact: Keep Scotland Beautiful, [ e-mail | website ]

Clothworker’s Foundation

Posted: 4-Apr-2016

The Clothworker’s Foundation provides Main and Small grants to registered charities in the UK whose work fits exclusively or mostly within one or more of the following programme areas:

  • Disadvantaged young people
  • Alcohol and substance misuse
  • Disabled people
  • Disadvantaged minority communities
  • Homelessness
  • Domestic and sexual violence
  • Elderly people
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders
  • Visual impairment

Projects that support disadvantaged young people refer particularly, but are not restricted to, those in or leaving care or who are not in employment, education or training (NEET).

Applications can be submitted at any time. An online eligibility quiz must first be completed before accessing the online application form for Main and Small grants.

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Coalfields Community Investment Programme (Scotland)

Posted: 18-Aug-2016

New or existing community and voluntary groups can apply for capital and revenue grants of £500 to £5,000 from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, for projects that provide significant benefit to eligible coalfields communities.

To be eligible for funding, projects must address the following themes:

  • Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities.
  • Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work.
  • Health: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups.

Projects must deliver a tangible benefit to the community and it into one or more of the above themes. Awards must be spent within one year of receipt of funds.

The remaining deadline for applications for the 2016-17 Community Investment Programme is 23 November 2016.

Contact: The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Tel: 01259 272127 [ e-mail | website ]

Comic Relief Community Cash

Posted: 27-Mar-2017

Comic Relief Community Cash Grants have now begun opening in the UK.

Comic Relief is working with Foundation Scotland to distribute £100,000 to support community groups across Scotland.

The funding is aimed at small organisations that are working to help local people living disadvantaged or deprived areas in Scotland.

Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available for projects that help people of all ages feel more included in their community, builds their skills and increases their sense of achievement.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Parent and toddler groups.
  • Dad and lads groups.
  • Youth groups.
  • Elderly groups.
  • Community garden/in bloom groups.

Grants can support a wide range of costs, including running costs, project costs, or equipment. Only groups with an income of £100,000 or less in the previous financial year are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is 5 May 2017. Applicants should read the guidelines before submitting an online application.

Contact: Grant Programmes Administrator, Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0141 341 4960 [ e-mail | website ]

Comic Relief UK

Posted: 10-Apr-2017

Comic Relief works towards a just world, free from poverty. The new strategy has now been announced on the website with a focus on ensuring everyone is safe, healthy, educated and empowered. It is open to the voluntary and community sector throughout the UK including constituted voluntary and community groups, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives, faith organisations, and community interest companies.

Applications should address one of Comic Relief's four programme areas:

Charities registered in the UK and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for a range of grants. Each funding initiative has a different opening date and deadline which can be checked here.

The #iwill Youth Social Action Fund is one initiative currently open for applications in the UK from 10 April to 12 May 2017. This Fund targets young people from less affluent and disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in and lead youth social action. Grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 are available per year for up to three years (with a maximum of £150,000 in total). Applicants will be notified of final decisions on applications in early October 2017.

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Contact: Comic Relief, Tel: 0207 820 2000 [ e-mail | website ]

Communities and Families Youth Work Grant Programme 2017-18

Posted: 15-Feb-2017

This grant programme is aimed at those interested in delivering open access youth work with young people aged 11 and above. Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available to fund work which benefits young people in Edinburgh and is locally based and citywide. The deadline for applications is 24 February 2017 and an application form can be downloaded here.

For further background to the grants programme please read the Youth Work Funding 2017-2019. Completed forms should be submitted by email. Guidance to completing the application form can be found here.

Contact: David Hoy, City of Edinburgh Council, Tel: 0131 469 3457 [ e-mail | website ]

Community Capacity & Resilience Fund

Posted: 8-Mar-2017

This Scottish Government is offering a new round of grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to smaller grassroots, third sector organisations to enable them to tackle the effects of welfare reform and poverty in communities throughout Scotland. Eligible projects must start and finish between January 2017 and August 2017. It supports projects in Scotland that achieve one or more of the following criteria:

  • Expanding/developing the organisation's capacity in order to meet demand relating to welfare reform
  • Developing a pilot project which focuses on tackling the impact of welfare reform and inequality
  • Helping bring organisations together in partnership to support people
  • Developing people's ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point

The following third sector organisations with an income of £200,000 or less are eligible to apply for funding:

  • Charities
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Social enterprises
  • Community organisations
  • Volunteering bodies
  • Co-operatives
  • Housing associations
  • Credit unions
  • Community interest companies (if no profit distribution)
  • Independent charitable trusts
  • Community enterprise trusts
  • trade unions

Phase three of the Fund is expected to open to applications in the autumn of 2017 with further funding from this round distributed between 2017 and 2020. More information on the fund and how to submit an application can be found here.

Contact: Irene Connelly, SCVO, Tel: 0141 465 7537 [ e-mail | website ]

Community Grant Fund 2016-17

Posted: 31-Aug-2016

The Community Grant Fund is aimed at Scotland's small and often volunteer-led groups that make a vital difference to their communities. Their activities keep communities vibrant and encourage community empowerment and participation, providing essential local services whilst contributing to social capital, resilience and wellbeing.

Groups with less than £25,000 income per annum can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 for a wide range of activities or operational costs. It is expected that there will around 40 grant awards. The grant must be spent before 31 March 2017.

Priority will be given to groups that work:

  • With health or disability issues.
  • For the benefit of people protected under the 2010 Equality Act (age; Disability; Race; Faith; Sex or Sexual Orientation etc).
  • With families and young people
  • With older people.

VAF is also particularly interested in funding activities that will help build and develop strong organisations, for example; training for committee members and volunteers; visits to other organisations and conferences or professional support and consultancy.

Applications for the Community Grant Fund are now closed.

Contact: Volunteering Team, Tel: 01383 620 780 [ e-mail | website ]

Community Radio Fund 2017 – 2018

Posted: 2-Mar-2017

The Community Radio Fund operates two funding rounds each year aimed at not-for-profit community radio stations with a social purpose. Community radio stations in the UK are invited to apply to round one of the Community Radio Fund which is open from 12 April 2017 until 10 May 2017. Single lump sum grants cover a period of one year for community radio licenses broadcasting under a community radio licence in the UK to help fund the following activities:

  • Community outreach
  • Volunteer organisation and support
  • Fundraising to support the station
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Financial management and reporting

Priority will be given to newly licensed stations or radio license holders that have not received a grant in previous funding rounds. Guidance and information on the application process can be found here.

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Community RePaint

Posted: 10-May-2016

Community RePaint, is a UK-wide network of paint re-use schemes aimed at those looking to source paint for their community projects.  It helps make Britain a brighter place by helping community groups and individuals to transform their local environment. The network re-distributed more than 337,000 litres of leftover, reusable paint across the country in 2015 to community groups, charities, voluntary organisations and those in social need.

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Contact: Community RePaint , Tel: 0845 180 0501 [ e-mail | website ]

Co-op Local Community Fund

Posted: 15-Feb-2017

Applications are now open to UK charities to apply to the Local Community Fund for the next round of funding which runs from April to September 2017. Preference is given to organisations with an income of less than £1 million a year. Projects will be supported that are led by small, locally based organisations that:

  • Benefit the local community centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes.
  • Bring maximum benefit to their community.
  • Make maximum use of funding available.

To qualify, the main activity of the project must take place in the UK or Isle of Man and not finish before October 2017. It should also meet the Co-op's values. Applications for this round have now closed and will open again for the next round later in the year.

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Cray Trust

Posted: 2-Dec-2010

This trust mainly supports charities and community groups benefiting young people in the east of Scotland and can award grants of up to £5000.

Apply in writing to Cray Trust, c/o Springfords, Dundas House, Westfield Park, Eskbank EH22 3FB.

Creative Breaks

Posted: 12-Apr-2017

The 2017 round of the Creative Breaks funding programme is now open and provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks for carers of adults aged 21 years and above as well as young carers and carers of older people and those that they care for. One year grants will be awarded in October 2017. The maximum award is £50,000. To be eligible, applicant organisations must comply with all of the following requirements:

  • Third sector (voluntary organisation) operating in Scotland
  • Registered charity OR our organisation’s constitution meets the OSCR charity test
  • Possess all of the relevant registrations, policies and procedures required for our work in place (e.g. PVG checks, safeguarding, Care Inspectorate requirements etc.)
  • Have appropriate and effective governance and financial management arrangements in place
  • Projects will enable unpaid carers of adults (21+) and/or carers of older people (65+) and/or young carers, and/or those that they care for to access short breaks

The deadline for applications is 26 May 2017. Guidance and an application form for 2017 are now available on the website.

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Contact: Shared Care Scotland, Tel: 01383 622462 [ e-mail | website ]

Creative Scotland

Open Project Funding

Posted: 18-Oct-2016

This fund supports the arts, screen and creative industries with projects that help people explore, realise and develop their creative potential.

Open Project Funding will support:

  • Projects that develop skills or artistic practice.
  • Projects that create something new and of high quality.
  • Projects which either present work to audiences, or which try to develop and reach new audiences (including hard to reach).
  • Projects which encourage more people to get involved in artistic and creative activity.

The funding is open to both individuals and organisations, including registered charities and non-profit organisations, and you can apply for funding from £1,000 to £100,000.

As this is a continuous programme, applications can be made at any time of the year and there are no deadlines.

Contact: Creative Scotland, Tel: 0845 603 6000 [ e-mail | website ]

Dewar Arts Awards

Posted: 7-Sep-2016

The Dewar Arts Awards were set up in 2002 as a fitting memorial to Scotland's first First Minister, Donald Dewar.

They disperse the income from a trust fund to support talented young artists in Scotland, who do not have the financial means to pursue their ambitions.

To be considered for a Dewar Arts Award, an applicant must:

  • Be under the age of 30.
  • Live or work in Scotland.
  • Demonstrate outstanding talent in any art form.
  • Be without the financial means to achieve their full potential.

The Trustees look for candidates who have strong ambition and a real passion for their chosen art form. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a clear view of their future development (or that of a particular project), and how receiving a Dewar Award would help them to achieve their goals.

Nominations for the Award are accepted year-round.

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Contact: Dewar Arts Fund, [ e-mail | website ]

Digital Participation Charter Fund

Posted: 8-Dec-2016

This fund is now open for applications with support from the Scottish Government and focuses on supporting organisations currently working to tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality to embed basic digital skills development work into their day-to-day activity with service users. The Charter Fund is open to all sectors but is especially interested in supporting groups that work closely with their local community and run projects with a track record of working with individuals affected by poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality. Eligible applicants must operate in Scotland, spend funding received entirely in Scotland and have already joined Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter at the time of their first payment.

The Fund is aimed at three target groups:

  • Older People
  • People with disabilities
  • Job Seekers

The deadline for applications is 12 January 2017 with awards ranging from £500 to £10,000. Projects are expected to take place from 1 March 2017 to 31 March 2018.

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Directory of Social Change

Directory of Social Change

Posted: 30-Jan-2017

Directory of Social Change is an independent charity with a vision of an independent voluntary sector at the heart of social change. We are in touch with over 20,000 charities annually through our conferences and training events. We also publish a variety of resources for charities, including UK fundraising guides, directories, online funding databases, research, policy and lots of free resources on our website such as top tips and best-practice articles. If you work for a charity we aim to support you in everything you do.

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Tel: 08450 77 77 07 [ e-mail | website ]

Discovery Foundation

Discovery Grants

Posted: 7-Mar-2017

In March 2016, the Santander Foundation was renamed the Discovery Foundation to reflect Santander UK's new flagship community programme the Discovery Project.

The previous grant programmes Community Plus, Money Skills and Learn and Grow have been streamlined into one single grant scheme called Discovery Grants to simplify the application process. Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions can now apply alongside registered UK charities for Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people. Activities supporting one or more of the following three priority themes are funded:

  • Explorer - improving knowledge and insight: examples include a series of Money Management workshops to help people understand how to budget and identify the affordable credit choices available to them; a Freedom Training course giving abused women knowledge of how to regain control over their lives.
  • Transformer - developing skills and experience: examples include work-based training and mentors to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work; sign language training for parents with hearing impaired children; teaching young people with autism vocational skills.
  • Changemaker - innovative solutions to social challenges: examples include a new social networking program for visually impaired young people which uses specially developed braille laptops to access the internet; an inclusive cycling social enterprise which adapts bicycles to enable people with disabilities to enjoy the outdoors.

It operates a rolling programme so there are no deadlines for applications.

Contact: Amy Slack, Foundation Manager, Santander UK Foundation, [ e-mail | website ]

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People


Posted: 8-Feb-2017

The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People (DMTFYP), formerly known as the Hilton in the Community Foundation, is a registered charity in England, Wales and Scotland. Its central grants focus on providing equipment, training and support to young people. Generally the Foundation's central grants do not make awards of more than £30,000 a year.

The Foundation funds projects that help disadvantaged children and young people under 25 with the overall aim of enhancing access to formal and informal education and ensuring they receive appropriate health interventions. It considers applications focusing on one of four groups:

  • Children and young people with disabilities;
  • Children and young people in need of hospital care;
  • Children and young people who are homeless or in care;
  • Children and young people in need of hospice and palliative care.

For full guidelines and eligibility criteria please refer to the website. 

Quarterly deadline rounds have now been introduced due to high demand for limited grants. 

The remaining deadlines for applications for 2017 are:

  • 9 May 2017
  • 25 July 2017
  • 10 October 2017

Applications should be sent by email.

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Contact: DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, Tel: 020 7605 7733 [ e-mail | website ]

Dr Guthrie’s Association (Scotland)

Posted: 29-Nov-2016

Funding is available for not-for-profit organisations that support economically and socially disadvantaged children and young people aged 10-21 in Scotland. Priority will be given to small local organisations that:

  • provide creative and outdoor pursuits for disadvantaged children and young people.
  • support young unemployed people.
  • reside in the Edinburgh area.

Grants are generally one-off and range from £250-£2000. Applications are considered three times a year (roughly March, July and November) and must be submitted at least two months before a Trustee meeting takes place. An application form is available to download from the website.

Contact: The Grant Administrator, [ e-mail | website ]

Edinburgh Trust Community Programme

Posted: 22-Mar-2017

The Edinburgh Trust Community Programme provides grants to support new and innovative community projects that have a lasting and longer term positive impact to help improve lives, reduce poverty and get the best out of the people and resources in Edinburgh communities. Grants in the region of £1,000 and £10,000 will support projects for up to two years and must fit within one of the following categories:

  • Pockets – helping people increase the money/resources they have in their pockets
  • Prospects – helping people to improve their life chances and find ways to move out of poverty
  • Prevention – helping to reduce risks of falling into poverty
  • Places – helping to create vibrant, supportive and strong communities.

Those interested in applying should know their community and have a project that benefits people living in Edinburgh. The project should be a new idea which has not been tried before in the area and offer a route out of poverty. The deadline for applications is 21 April 2017.

Contact: Edinburgh Trust, [ e-mail | website ]

Ernest Cook Trust

Posted: 6-Feb-2017

Aimed at assisting registered charities which educate children and young people. All applicant organisations must be based and working in the UK and should be either schools, registered charities or other recognised not-for-profit organisations.

The small grants programme is for awards under £4,000. The average award is in the region of £2,000-£2,500 and grants are usually awarded for one year only. The small grant programme supports schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake education projects which meet the Trusts' objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place.

Applications can be at any time throughout the year. Trustees meetings take place bi-monthly to consider applications.

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Contact: Ernest Cook Trust, Tel: 01285 712492 [ e-mail | website ]

Esh Communities

Posted: 17-Feb-2017

Community groups, local charities and social enterprises can apply to Esh Communities for funding up to £1,000 for community projects which clearly have a positive impact on their community and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Improve the quality of life for local residents.
  • Support disadvantaged or vulnerable communities.
  • Increase prospects of becoming employed.
  • Promote equality by engaging minority and hard to reach groups.

Esh Communities will be open again to applications in October 2017.

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Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Posted: 7-Nov-2016

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. The Foundation provides funding across five main sectors:

It also has a strand for food funding.

The Foundation aims to commit £30 million annually towards a wide range of work and takes pride in supporting work that might otherwise be considered difficult to fund. Applications are accepted all year round.


Contact: Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Tel: 0207 812 3700 [ e-mail | website ]



Posted: 25-Mar-2015

Search for European funding for young people, people who work with young people and youth organisations. You can search by theme or by promoter, or use the alphabetical index.

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European Youth Foundation (EYF)

Council of Europe

Posted: 3-May-2016

The European Youth Foundation (EYF) was set up in 1972 by the Council of Europe to provide grants for European youth activities. The Fund aims to encourage youth activities that promote understanding, co-operation and peace among young people in Europe.

Financial support is given to non-governmental youth organisations or networks involved in youth work and operating in a signatory state of the European Cultural Convention. The following types of organisations and/or networks are eligible:

  • international youth NGOs;
  • international network of youth NGOs;
  • regional network of youth NGOs;
  • national youth NGOs;
  • local youth NGOs.

There are two deadlines each year: 1 April for international activities and work plans; 1 October for international activities, work plans and structural grants (regional networks).

Applications are submitted online. There is guidance on how to apply online if you are not already registered or if you are already registered.

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Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund

Posted: 10-Apr-2017

Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund is delighted to announce the next rounds of funding in partnership with the STV Appeal, which will result in more funding being awarded to develop the work of faith groups tackling poverty amongst children, young people and families living in poverty.

FiSCAF awards two types of grants. Faith projects who are tackling poverty can apply for either a major grant of up to £15,000 over two to three years or for a small grant between £500 and £2,000 to be used within a year. Major grants are accepted four times a year.

The first deadline of 10 February 2017 for decisions by start of April focuses exclusively on groups working with children and young adults. Remaining applications dates are as follows:

  • 29 September 2017 (decisions by start of December)

Eligible projects must meet the normal FiSCAF criteria here; identify a particular need of children and/or young people up to the age of 18 and/or their families; encourage the widest possible participation; and build real and meaningful relationships with the wider community.

To register interest in this new round of grants focusing on children, young people and families, please email FiSCAF with the name of your organisation, contact details and a description in no more than 100 words of what you want to apply for, how much you think you will need, and what a difference it will make in your community. They will be in touch thereafter with details of how to make a formal application.

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Contact: Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund, Tel: 0141 221 4576 [ e-mail | website ]

Forestry Commission Scotland – Community Fund

Posted: 12-Apr-2017

The FCS Community Fund supports community groups and organisations to encourage and support people to use woods more in order to improve the health and well-being of people and their communities. Those eligible to apply include:

  • Community groups
  • Voluntary groups
  • Development trusts
  • Social enterprises
  • Charities
  • Local authorities

Two separate applications can be made for £1,000 via an application letter and above £1,000 via an application form. Applicants should contact their local FCS Conservancy office for more information. Applications can be made for activities taking place up until 31 March 2018.

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Foundation Scotland Express Grants

Posted: 30-Jan-2017

Express Grants are for community and youth groups based in Scotland looking for funding of up to £2,000. Eligible groups should have an annual income below £250,000. As the name suggests, Express Grants have a straightforward application process with a turnaround time of ten weeks. For those familiar with the Foundation's grants programme, Express Grants replace the Small Grants programme. Small Grants were introduced in 1998 to support small community groups who only needed small amounts to make differences in their communities. In order to maintain this support, the Foundation has increased the value of grants to £2,000 to reflect the increased cost of living. Grant applications can be made through an online application form. The guidelines should be read first before starting an application.

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Contact: Linda Phillips, Grant Programmes Administrator, Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0141 341 4960 [ e-mail | website ]

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme

Posted: 21-Apr-2017

The small grants scheme supports smaller UK charities with an annual turnover of less than £100,000 a year, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.  One year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are made to cover core costs, equipment or project funding provided charities can demonstrate this makes a significant difference to their work. There are no deadline dates for submitting an application which can be made at any time.

Contact: Foyle Foundation, Tel: 020 7430 9119 [ e-mail | website ]

Funding Scotland

Signposting funding opportunities for charities, community groups and social enterprises across Scotland

Posted: 29-Nov-2016

This free online search engine can be used to find funding for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Funding Scotland lists small and large grants that support big capital projects, communities and projects in Scotland.  Users can search by geographical area, main activities and main beneficiaries. Funding opportunities for individuals or businesses are not listed. The most recently updated funds appear on the search page. This website is owned and maintained by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the umbrella body for Scotland's third sector.

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Contact: Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Tel: 0800 169 0022 [ e-mail | website ]

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund 2016/17

Posted: 27-Feb-2017

Small one-off grants of £300 are available to support a number of “warm-hearted” projects run by local community and school groups throughout the UK and Ireland. The Fund aims to help local community groups and charities whose activities improve and benefit the local community. The fund for 2016/17 has now closed.

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Gannett Foundation

Posted: 29-Aug-2016

The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc, owner of the Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK's largest publishers. It is inviting applications from registered charities to support projects that benefit the local community. This includes schemes for:

  • Neighbourhood improvement and local problem-solving.
  • Youth development.
  • Education and cultural enrichment.
  • Care of the elderly or infirm.
  • Help for the disadvantaged or disabled.
  • Environmental conservation.

Each year the Foundation picks a special theme to attract relevant applications. The chosen theme for 2016 is the needs of rural communities.

Typically, grants are made for substantial projects which require and merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000. The closing date for applications is 14 October 2016. Applications must be submitted through the local Newsquest Media Group papers which can be found here.

Contact: Elaine Young, Herald and Times, [ e-mail | website ]

Garfield Weston Foundation

Posted: 29-May-2015

Over the past fifty years the Garfield Weston Foundation has supported a wide range of organisations with grants of varying sizes.

Grants are made across the UK to organisations in the following categories:

  • Youth
  • Community
  • Arts
  • Religion
  • Education
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Welfare

There are no formal deadlines for submitting applications and organisations should allow approximately four months for a final outcome. All applications should be sent by post.

Contact: Garfield Weston Foundation, Tel: 0207 399 6565 [ website ]

Give Us A Break: A Funded Youth Development Programme

Posted: 30-Nov-2016

SYHA Hostelling Scotland are delighted to welcome applications for 2017 Give Us A Break an SYHA residential youth programme.  Places are offered to young people in Scotland who are at risk of exclusion for whatever the reason and who would benefit from time away to experience an activity break. 

The programme has welcomed over 3700 participants since its launch 12 years ago and are delighted to have received funding again from Provident Financial Good Neighbour programme to continue into our 13th year.  Previous outcomes from the trips have shown that the majority of participants improve their confidence, resilience, teamwork, self-esteem and also gained an appreciation of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.  An application form and full details can be found here.

Contact: SYHA Hostelling Scotland, Tel: 0345 293 7373 [ e-mail | website ]

Go For It

Posted: 27-Feb-2017

The Go For It Fund's next Main and Continuation Grant application deadline is:

  • Friday 22 September 2017
  • Friday 23 February 2018

Applications should:

  • Have a clear association with at least one Church of Scotland congregation.
  • Demonstrate a commitment of good partnership working.
  • Provide strong evidence of meeting at least two of the five funding criteria.
  • Be really clear about the difference they will make.

The maximum award for a Main Grant is £90,000 over a three year period and Continuation Grants are awarded after a Main Grant has ceased at a maximum of £40,000 over a further two years.

If you would like to find out more:

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Contact: Church of Scotland, Tel: 0131 225 5722 [ e-mail | website ]

Google Grants

Google Grants

Posted: 13-Aug-2009

The Google Grants programme supports organisations sharing Google's philosophy of community service to help the word in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy and the arts. Designed for registered charities, the grants provide free advertising on Google AdWords to charities seeking to inform and engage people online. Grants have been given to hundreds of charitable groups whose missions range from animal welfare to literacy, from supporting homeless children to promoting HIV education. As a result of this free advertising, many charities have experienced an increase in the recruitment of volunteers and sponsorship. Applications can be made at any time.

Contact: Google Grants, [ website ]

Great Place Scheme Scotland

Posted: 18-Apr-2017

The Great Place Scheme in Scotland is an innovative scheme which works to enable cultural and community groups to work more closely together and place heritage at the heart of communities. Applicants can apply for grants of £100,000 to £1 million to pilot new, more effective ways of collaborating which can include anything from city-wide initiatives to smaller, rural schemes. These activities will be delivered over a period of up to three years. The scheme will fund projects which boost access to heritage, increase equality and improve life chances across Scotland. Partnerships led by a not-for-profit organisation are eligible to apply.

There is only one application round. An Expression of interest must first be submitted by 8 June 2017 before completing an application form. Those with a successful proposal will then be invited by 7 July 2017 to submit a full application by 26 September 2017. The online application form will be available from 17 July 2017. A decision on applications will be communicated by 31 December 2017 and activities must commence no earlier than 1 January 2018 and end no later than 31 December 2020. Guidance for applicants in Scotland can downloaded here.

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Contact: Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, Tel: 0131 225 9450 [ e-mail | website ]

Greggs Foundation

Posted: 7-Mar-2017

Local not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £2,000 through the Greggs Foundation regional grants programme.

The programme is administered by committees of volunteers from Greggs shops, bakeries and offices who are based in England, Scotland and Wales. They use their knowledge of the local area to make small grants to local organisations, in particular those that make a difference to people in need in the heart of Gregg's local communities.

The Greggs Foundation prioritises local organisations that help people in their local area, with previous funding helping towards trips, activities and equipment.

The next deadline for applications for the Local Community Projects Fund for Round 1 (2017) has now passed. Results will be announced no later than 28 April 2017. Round 2 is open from 7 March until 24 June with decisions being announced no later than 18 August 2017. Applications for the Local Community Projects Fund can be made online here.

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Contact: Greggs Foundation, Tel: 0191 212 7626 [ e-mail | website ]

Grow For It 2017

Grow Wild

Posted: 2-Mar-2017

Grow Wild is awarding £500 to young people aged 12–25 to lead projects that will raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants.

Applicants can create and submit a short video application under two funding steams known as Get Creative and Transform a Space.

Grow for it Get Creative 2017 is looking for project ideas from young people that raise awareness about the importance of native wild flowers and plants by using visual art, music poetry, dance and theatre. Get Creative projects will be showcased at a weekend event in Edinburgh from 23 to 25 June at the Summerhall arts centre. In addition to the £500 grant, travel and accommodation costs will be met. The deadline for submitting a video application has now passed.

Grow for it Transform a Space 2017 is looking for project ideas from young people that transform a space in their local community using native wild flowers and plants. Projects should involve another group of people from their local area in the project. The deadline for submitting a video application has now passed.

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Contact: Grow Wild, Tel: 020 8332 5445 / 5444 [ e-mail | website ]

GSK Impact Awards

Posted: 26-Sep-2016

Running since 1997, this annual competition offers cash prizes to registered charities that work in the fields of health and social care. The awards are designed to recognise and reward small to medium sized charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health in the UK.

Charities that are registered and located in the UK, that have been in existence for at least three years, have a total annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million, and target community health needs in the UK may enter this competition which is run in partnership with the King's Fund.

The 2017 GSK IMPACT Awards are now closed. Applicants will be shortlisted in October and all applicants will be notified in the middle of November. The 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards will open for applications in July 2017. In the meantime, the guidelines and online application form can be viewed here.

Contact: The King's Fund, Tel: 020 7307 2400 [ e-mail | website ]

Healthy Futures: Empowering young adults

Posted: 18-Apr-2017

The Healthy Futures funding programme focuses on young adults aged 18 to 25 and supports in particular projects throughout the UK that have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of young people faced with ongoing health challenges. The programme is expected to award around 12 to 15 grants, the majority for £20,000 or under, to UK based social enterprises, community interest companies and organisations delivering a charitable project. Only one application will be considered per organisation. Applications must be submitted online through the Bupa UK Foundation’s online grant management system. Information on how to apply can be found here. The deadline for applications is 19 may 2017.

Contact: Bupa UK Foundation, [ website ]

Healthy Hearts Grants

Posted: 21-Sep-2016

Medical charity Heart Research UK provides the Healthy Heart Grants scheme to enable community organisations to carry out new, original and innovative projects that actively promote heart health and help to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

Applications are accepted twice a year (January through February and July through August) for projects that run for about a year and which focus on an actively promote heart health. Funding will not be awarded to general healthy lifestyle projects.

Community and voluntary organisations, registered charities, and other not-for-profit organisations based and working in the UK may apply for grants of up to £5,000 and up to £10,000.

The grants programme is now closed to applications for 2016. Applicants can sign up to the community grant alerts to be notified of application deadlines for 2017.

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Contact: Heart Research UK, Tel: 0113 234 7474 [ e-mail | website ]

Hedley Foundation

Posted: 7-Apr-2017

The Hedley Foundation's main objective is young people - their education, recreation, support, training, health and welfare. There are also two subsidiary objectives - disabled people and the terminally ill. Grants are for specific projects only and are usually up to a maximum of £5,000.

Trustees meet six times a year and the closing date for applications is three weeks beforehand.  You must be a registered charity to apply.

In 2017, the Trustees meet on the following dates:

  • 1 February
  • 22 March
  • 25 May
  • 19 July
  • 20 September
  • 22 November

Please note that this fund does not support individuals under any circumstances.

Contact: Hedley Foundation, [ e-mail | website ]

Heritage Lottery Fund

Posted: 8-Mar-2017

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK thanks to money raised by National Lottery players. The Heritage Lottery Fund supports all kinds of projects which make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities and help young people to explore their heritage from green spaces, museums and historic sites to language, local memories and youth culture.

It runs a number of different grant programmes which fund various heritage projects, among them:

Young Roots (grants from £10,000 to £50,000)

Young Roots is a grant programme for organisations that are looking to provide young people aged 11 to 25 with active roles in planning and delivering a heritage project. Through the programme, young people will be supported along the way by heritage and youth organisations. Projects celebrate the young people’s achievements and share what they're learning with the wider community.

Sharing Heritage (grants from £3,000 to £10,000)

Sharing Heritage is a grant programme for celebrating and sharing your community’s heritage. Applying to the Sharing Heritage is straightforward with a short application form.

First World War (grants from £3,000 to £10,000)

First World War: Then and Now programme is for communities to mark the Centenary of the First World War. The Centenary is a chance to understand the war better, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today. The programme has a short application form and you can apply at any time up to 2019.

Heritage Grants (grants of over £100,000)

Heritage Grants programme is for larger heritage projects of any kind. With our help you could set up an archaeological dig, help people learn long-lost traditional skills, look after rare species and habitats, and much more. Applications go through a two-round process.

For further guidance and advice before you apply please contact the Development team in the Scotland office via email scotland@hlf.org.uk or by phone 0131 225 9450. You can also visit www.hlf.org.uk to see the types of project the Heritage Lottery Fund supports, and to fill in a project enquiry form before you apply for feedback on your project.

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Contact: Development Team, Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland Office, Tel: 0131 225 9450 (Scotland Office) [ e-mail | website ]

Hilden Charitable Fund

Posted: 27-Jan-2017

The Hilden Charitable Fund awards grants to projects both in the UK and in developing countries. The aim of the Fund is to address disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less likely to raise funds from public subscriptions. Both the UK and overseas fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at community level.

In the UK grant making priorities are:

  • Homelessness
  • Penal Affairs
  • Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • Community-based Initiatives for disadvantaged young people aged 16-25.
  • Overseas Development

Applications are accepted anytime but the next deadline for applications to the grant programme for the Spring meeting is 16 March 2017.

Contact: Hilden Charitable Fund , Tel: 0207 603 1525 [ e-mail | website ]

Historic Environment Scotland

Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) Round 7 (2017-2022)

Posted: 24-May-2016

Communities throughout Scotland can now benefit from a £10 million funding boost from Historic Environment Scotland which encourages local authorities to invest in economic regeneration and provide employment opportunities. Historic Environment Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) provides a seventh round of funding over a five-year period to support the regeneration and conservation of Scotland’s towns, city centres and places of historic interest. Funding is open to the following:

  • Local authorities
  • Community groups
  • National Park authorities
  • Other voluntary third sector organisations with experience in multi-funded projects

Among the activities that can benefit is the fostering of community engagement through training opportunities in traditional skills and through education programmes.

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2016. An application form can be submitted by post or email.

Contact: Investment Team, Tel: 0131 668 8815 [ e-mail | website ]

Inter Faith Youth Trust

Grant Programme for Inter Faith Week 2016

Posted: 12-Sep-2016

Small Grants Programme for events organised by and for young people focus around Inter Faith Week 13-20 November 2016.

The Trust will be awarding small grants up to £500 for organisations running events or projects connected with Inter Faith Week 2016

Grants are awarded for proposals for inter-faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation. The age range for young people is 11-25 years.

Priority will be given to projects which:

  • Actively involve young people in planning, running, and evaluation of the project.
  • Promote positive action i.e. young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems like improving green spaces.
  • Are run by non-statutory organisations, such as youth clubs, scout/guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations.

Grants can provide part-funding. Grants are not available for converting young people to a different faith. Grants are given only to UK based organisations and are given for the agreed purposes set out in the completed grant application form. Grants are for use in accordance with the Trust’s charitable objectives. The Inter Faith Youth Trust as funder takes no responsibility for carrying out the work.

The programme for 2016 is now closed.

Contact: Inter Faith Youth Trust, [ e-mail | website ]

JMA Trust

Posted: 22-Sep-2016

The JMA Trust is a small charity whose main aim is to support or provide opportunities for individual young people or organisations working with young people to realise their potential in the following areas:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Public participation in sport
  • Relieving long term unemployment
  • Prevention or relief of poverty
  • Relief to those disadvantaged by ill-health, disability and financial hardship

Applications for grants are invited from the following groups:

  • Charitable organisations in Scotland
  • Young people aged 15-25 years
  • Sports clubs/groups or schools in Dumfries and Galloway only

The typical size of grants vary from up to £1,000 for individuals, no more than £2000 for groups and organisations and £1,000 for sports clubs and schools in Dumfries and Galloway. The Trust meets four times a year to consider applications and award grants with four deadlines set a year. An application form for individuals or groups can be found on the website.

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Contact: JMA Trust, Tel: 0141 248 1200 [ e-mail | website ]

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Posted: 2-Feb-2017

A Quaker Trust which supports people who address the root causes of conflict and injustice.

JRCT makes grants within its priority areas to organisations and individuals, and primarily supports work undertaken in the UK.

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Tel: 01904 627810 [ e-mail | website ]

Kelly Family Charitable Trust

Posted: 2-Mar-2017

Interested in funding charities whose activities involve the whole family, in initiatives that seek to tackle issues that face one or more of its members, and whose aims include the strengthening of family bonds by helping all elements of the family unit to grow together and support each other. We are also interested in charities that support families which have been the subject of domestic abuse and violence and families of prisoners.

The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants. The Trust is happy to support requests for core funding as well as project-based grants, and actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. Grants will generally be in the range of £1,000 to £5,000, but Trustees will consider requests for higher amounts.

Applications must be submitted by 1 March and 1 September to be considered for the next meeting. The next deadline for applications is 1 September 2017.

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Lawrence Atwell's Charity

Posted: 5-Jun-2015

Aims to help young people free themselves from poverty and disadvantage by heading into the job they want. Through tailored grant-making to those people who are most in need, the charity will invest in their talents and aspirations to help them find their way - either straight away or through a series of steps - into satisfying work.

Grants are available towards:

  • Vocational training up to and including Level 3 accredited courses
  • First step qualifications that help people to become qualified for work

The charity will consider courses that take place over a number of years as well as shorter training courses.

Applications welcome from individuals aged between 16 and 26 who come from low-waged families (total gross income less than £26,000 per year), refugees and asylum seekers. Further information and access to the online eligibility quiz and application form can be found on the website.

Contact: Lawrence Atwell’s Charity (The Skinners’ Company) , Tel: 0207 213 0561 [ e-mail | website ]

Life Changes Trust

Care Experienced Young People Programme Funding

Posted: 24-Aug-2016

Funding of up to £225,000 over three years is now available from the Life Changes Trust for the development of Champions Boards across Scotland, set up to transform the quality of life and well-being of young people in care by helping them influence decisions affecting them. The Boards aim to ensure children and young people in care are confident enough to take their views directly to senior council leaders.

The following Third Sector organisations are eligible to apply:

  • Registered charities
  • Constituted community groups
  • Scottish Charitable incorporated Organisations
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee
  • Educational bodies
  • Trusts

The programme is now open to applications and information days and funding surgeries are being held between July and September 2016. Final applications must be submitted by 30 September 2016 and applicants are expected to have match funding in place. The outcome of funding bids will be made known by November 2016 with funding released in March 2017. Guidance notes can be found here.

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Contact: Catriona Kelly, Programme Director, Life Changes Trust, Tel: 0141 212 9611 [ e-mail | website ]

Lloyds Register Foundation

Posted: 18-May-2015

LR Foundation helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.

Through our grant making we aim to connect science, safety and society.

We are funded partly by the profits of our trading arm, Lloyd's Register Group Limited, a global engineering, technical and business services organisation.

Read our Strategy 2014-2020 here.

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Contact: Lloyds Register Foundation, Tel: 020 7709 9166 [ e-mail | website ]

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland

Posted: 28-Mar-2017

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, especially among the following groups:

  • Vulnerable children and young people.
  • Isolated older people.
  • Carers.
  • Families in poverty.
  • People affected by disability or mental health issues.

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 for a Board meeting in August. Applications can be made online here. Applicants should read the HDA Criteria and Principles 2017 document before making an application.

Partnership Drugs Initiative - Promotes voluntary sector work with vulnerable children and young people affected by substance misuse. Its specific aims are to increase the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland up to 25 years of age and are affected by alcohol and drugs and help develop and influence both local and national policy. Groups targeted are:

  • Children and young people in families in which parents misuse drugs or alcohol;
  • Pre-teen children who are at risk of developing problems with alcohol and other drugs;
  • Young people in need of support due to their own issues with alcohol and drugs.

The PDI has a two-stage application process with two rounds of support each year.

Contact: Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, Tel: 0131 444 4020 [ e-mail | website ]

M&S Energy Community Energy Fund

Posted: 1-Jun-2016

Applications opened on 3 May for the 2016 Community Energy Fund competition. Not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply for funding to enable communities to generate renewable energy projects. Funding is available for community groups that require a maximum of £12,500 for their project.

Applications for 2016 have now closed.

Tel: 01637817417 [ e-mail | website ]

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation

Posted: 24-Apr-2017

Funding of between £500 and £4,000 is available for the development of group music making, especially involving young people.

Trustees wish to see composition as central to projects put forward for support. Priority is given to projects which have composition at their centre.

Grants will focus on creative musical activity and not instruments or equipment. The Trustees will consider applications for first-time initiatives as well as the development of existing projects based in the UK.

Trustees generally hold one meeting a year in the autumn, and the closing date for applications is 30 September 2017. It is essential to read the guidelines thoroughly before applying.

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Misses Barrie Charitable Trust

Posted: 5-Sep-2016

The Trust awards grants to registered charities which run education, welfare or community projects in the UK and is especially keen to fund work in the following areas:

  • Young people and children
  • People with disabilities or special needs
  • Older people

Most grants awarded are between £1,000 and £4,000 and do not have match funding restrictions. Grants are open to small to medium sized charities undertaking projects in Scotland, Croydon, Surrey, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Applications can be submitted at any time. The Trust can be contacted by telephone or email.

Tel: 01737 248065 [ e-mail ]

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Funding

Posted: 13-Apr-2017

The MSE Charity awards grants aimed at educating and informing people in the areas of financial literacy, consumer or debt issues. The Charity is now launching two funding rounds each year and applications are invited that address the following themes in 2017 and 2018:

  • Life Changing Transitions projects focused on bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders and resettlement. Applications should be made between 1 September 2017 and 29 September 2017.
  • Living with Long Term Challenges with projects focused on dementia, autism, learning difficulties, disabilities, caring responsibilities, mental illness, brain injury, stroke. Applications should be made between 1 February 2018 and 2 March 2018.
  • Building and Developing Resilience projects focused on mental health, well-being, cook well for less, training others, independent living skills, peer mentoring. Applications should be made between 1 September and 28 September 2018.

Most grants are below £5,000 and are aimed at small to medium-sized non-profit organisations such as UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions. Early applications are advised as each round is limited to the first 40 applications.

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Morrisons Foundation

Posted: 24-Aug-2016

The Morrisons Foundation was set up to make a difference in the communities it serves.

Its aim is to support good causes throughout the UK that really make a difference to people's lives. Projects should benefit the local community and cover themes such as:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Arts and culture
  • Community
  • Other

If your charity is looking for funding on a particular project, visit the website to make an online application. Applicants must be from a registered charity.

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Moto in the Community Trust

Posted: 27-Jan-2017

The Trust, which in 2015 celebrated its Tenth birthday, looks to support a wide variety of local charity and community projects. They will consider grants for projects that benefit communities within a 15 mile radius of a Moto site. The Trustees consider grants on a monthly basis, but you could wait for up to 6 weeks for a response. Grants are now available to apply for through the website – grant process.

Contact: Moto in the Community Trust, Tel: 01525 878500 [ e-mail | website ]

Museums Galleries Scotland

Posted: 2-Aug-2016

All Accredited museums in Scotland are eligible to apply for Museums Galleries Scotland funding streams. Museums working towards Accreditation may apply for the Gateway Fund.

Applicants can apply for between £500 and £60,000 depending on fund – there is usually a minimum of 25% match funding, although this varies across the funds. There are multiple deadlines throughout the year for the many funding streams. If more information is required about all of the funds, please see the Museums Galleries Scotland funding page on their website.  Applications should only be made using their online application system.

Contact: Investment Manager, Tel: 0131 550 4115 [ e-mail | website ]

National Lottery Good Causes Portal

National Lottery Good Causes Portal

Posted: 10-Apr-2017

Users can search for a list of compatible funding programmes here.

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NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts)

Posted: 1-Feb-2016

NESTA is the largest single endowment devoted exclusively to supporting talent, innovation and creativity in the UK. Their mission is to transform the UK's capacity for innovation and invest in early stage companies, inform innovation policy and encourage a culture that helps innovation to flourish. NESTA uses its resources to build and test new models of innovation, often working in partnership with other organisations. 

It focuses on the following areas of work:

  • Opportunities for young people
  • Citizen engagement in public services
  • Digital arts and media
  • Future thinking
  • Government innovation
  • Health and ageing
  • Impact investment
  • Innovation policy
  • New models for inclusive economic growth

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Tel: 020 7438 2500 [ e-mail | website ]

New Park Educational Trust

Posted: 8-Dec-2014

The Trust gives grants to individuals and organisations in order to help other charities and organisations promote the education and development of young people and individuals needing assistance with courses.  Grants are usually awarded for equipment and project costs with priority given to North East Fife and surrounding areas, although projects have been helped throughout Scotland.

Meetings of Trustees are held quarterly in February, May, August and November. Applications should be sent by the 14th of the month before the Trustees meeting which considers the application. An application form can be downloaded here and should be returned to Henderson Black & Co.

Tel: 01334 656666 [ e-mail | website ]

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

Posted: 26-Apr-2017

The Trust provides funding for projects and initiatives which have a significant impact on the rural community and is especially interested in those that educate young people and relieve poverty in rural areas. Each year there are two funding rounds with Trustee meetings currently held in June and November. Applications are accepted from charitable organisations from all areas of the UK that carry out charitable work in the areas of education, research, social welfare and poverty relief. The next deadline for applications is 26 May 2017 for the June meeting and 27 October 2017 for the Trustee meeting.

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O2 Think Big

The Environment Now

Posted: 21-Apr-2017

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to fund and support young people to use digital technology in order to solve environmental issues. The programme will also offer mentoring, work experience, and insight sessions with industry professionals to help bring projects to life. The Environment Now project must have a designated project leader aged 17 to 24 and have a positive and measurable impact on the environment in areas such as energy efficiency or waste and recycling. Online applications can be submitted here.

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One Stop Carriers for Causes Grants

Posted: 12-Apr-2017

One Stop Carriers for Causes is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores in England, Wales and Scotland. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop. Supported projects must benefit local communities by helping to improve lives and local places. This could be a one-off community event such as a summer youth camp, community group day trip or sports event. Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations and groups only and include:

  • Voluntary/community organisations
  • Registered charities
  • Schools
  • Health bodies
  • Hospices
  • Sports clubs
  • Community day centres
  • Parish/Town Councils
  • Social enterprises
  • Community interest companies
  • Community councils (Scotland)
  • Local authorities
  • Social Housing providers

Applications for funding can be made all year round on a rolling programme basis. Panel decisions are made every three months to consider shortlisted applications and applicants are notified of the outcome within 16 weeks of applying. More information on applying can be found here.

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Contact: Groundwork UK, Tel: 0121 236 8565 [ e-mail | website ]

OneFamily Foundation

OneFamily Foundation Community Awards 2016

Posted: 3-Aug-2016

The Foundation runs a national funding competition for community projects across the UK that is nominated by OneFamily customers. The 2016 Award Categories are as follows:

  • Health, Disability and Social Care
  • Schools and Centres of Education
  • Sports and Social Groups
  • Youth and Affiliated Organisations

In each of the four categories, the Foundation awards one £25,000 Community Award during each round and up to five £5,000 Community Awards during each round for projects put forward by customers to improve their community and make a difference in their local area. There are two nomination rounds each year. Nominations for the first round closed on 29 June 2016. A public vote ran from 4 July to 20 July 2016. The winners for 2016 and previous years can now be viewed here.

Applicants must first register on the website before applying online.

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Contact: OneFamily, Tel: 0800 373 010 [ e-mail | website ]

Parental Engagement Fund

Posted: 30-Nov-2016

The £1 million Fund is looking to support the growth, increased effectiveness and measurement of impact of projects, led by not-for-profit organisations, aimed at improving children’s cognitive development through actively engaging parents in their children’s learning. It will be looking for projects primarily targeted at children from disadvantaged backgrounds aged between 2-6.

Funding for the projects range from £50,000-£200,000 over a funding period of two to three years. Example uses of the grant money might include employment of a new member of staff to provide strategic or administrative support, covering the costs of setting up an additional delivery setting, or expanding provision at an existing setting.

An expert evaluation team will be supporting the projects throughout in order to help them develop evidence of impact and, more generally, in order to identify and implement the active ingredients in successful parental engagement interventions.

Projects are being funded until late 2017.  

Contact: Maisie Monroe, Parental Engagement Fund Programme Officer, The Sutton Trust, Tel: 020 7802 1660 [ e-mail | website ]

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Posted: 29-Jun-2015

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is a grant-giving charity that seeks to fund projects in the UK that help individuals overcome disadvantage, social exclusion and lack of opportunity and so realise their full potential. It focuses particularly on supporting young people and has a strong belief in the importance of the arts. In June 2015 it launched a new strategic plan running from 2015 to 2021 and will now focus on the following six priorities:

The Foundation runs a number of funds such as the Youth Fund and the Arts-based Learning Fund which are aimed at not-for-profit organisations. An online application form for these programmes is now available on the website.

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Contact: Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Tel: 020 7812 3300 [ e-mail | website ]

People and Communities Fund

Posted: 19-Apr-2016

The £15 million People and Communities Fund, which promotes and supports community-led regeneration initiatives across Scotland.

The budget for the overarching fund has been increased by £5.6 million, raising the fund from £9.4 million to £15 million and has a refreshed focus on the promotion of social inclusion and tackling poverty, including the mitigation of welfare reform.

The Fund will continue to invest in community anchor organisations that deliver local regeneration activity and promote change in our most disadvantaged communities.

The Fund also supports a wide range of initiatives including improving financial capability, reducing the number of workless households, increasing the range of services delivered from local facilities, increasing the number of people taking up volunteering opportunities and healthy eating initiatives.

The Fund is no longer currently accepting applications.

Contact: People and Communities Fund, [ e-mail | website ]

People’s Postcode Trust

Posted: 16-Feb-2017

The People’s Postcode Trust aims to ensure people have the skills, opportunities and rights to improve their lives.

The Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on preventing poverty, promote human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of the most vulnerable groups in society. Registered charities in Scotland and England can apply for grants ranging from £500 to £20,000 and up to £10,000 for those in Wales. Only registered charities may apply for over £2,000. During 2017 there will be two funding rounds; each round will have a two-stage application process:

Round One

  1. Round One is now closed to expressions of interest.
  2. Full applications invited between 6 March and 31 March 2017.

Round Two

  1. Expression of Interest form (EOI) for applications between 1 August and 18 August 2017.
  2. Full applications invited between 4 September and 22 September 2017.

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Contact: Trust Helpdesk, Tel: 0131 555 7287 [ e-mail | website ]

People's Health Trust

Active Communities Fund

Posted: 29-Mar-2017

People's Health Trust is looking for great ideas to make local neighbourhoods even better.

The Active Communities funding programme is open in different areas at different times. To register to receive alerts for funding, visit the website below.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

It's for projects seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. The Trust is seeking to fund projects which:

  • Last between nine months and two years
  • Are small and local (for example, a few streets or a small village)
  • Are designed and led by local people
  • Create stronger connections between people
  • Enable people to feel they are doing something positive in their area, making a difference and feeling good about it.

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Tel: 020 7749 9100 [ e-mail | website ]

People's Postcode Lottery - Dream Fund

Posted: 2-Feb-2017

The Dream Fund has already helped to transform communities across the country. A total award fund of over £2.5 million offers charities and community organisations the chance to work together and deliver a new and innovative 24 month project that will enhance the local community.

Registered charities and communities in Scotland, England or Wales can apply. This year, they are accepting applications from projects which fit one or more of the following five funding themes:

  • Early child development
  • Helping refugees in the community
  • Conserving the marine environment
  • Reconnecting with the natural world
  • Engaging people with arts' culture and heritage

All applications must come from at least two organisations; one from a registered charity and the lead organisation for the project; the other partners should be charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations.

Applications to the Dream Fund are now closed. Successful projects will be announced in January 2017. Applications will open again next year in August.

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Contact: People's Postcode Lottery, Tel: 0131 603 8611 [ e-mail | website ]

People's Postcode Lottery - Small Grants Programme

Posted: 29-Nov-2016

The People's Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme aims to make the UK a better place for both people and the planet. They want to make a real difference to small organisations and community groups through grants ranging from £500 to £20,000 in Scotland and England and up to £10,000 in Wales.

Applications will now only be invited for applications that focus on the themes below:

  • Poverty prevention
  • Healthy living initiatives
  • Upholding human rights
  • Facilitating reconciliation projects which help disadvantaged or at-risk groups.

Applications for grants of £2,000 or under are open to organisations that are not registered charities.

Applications for grants of over £2,000 are open to organisations that are registered charities only.

The 2016 Small Projects Grants Programme is now closed to applications for this year. Applicants who submitted an application in September will be emailed feedback during the middle of December.

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Contact: Trust Helpdesk, Tel: 0131 555 7287 [ e-mail | website ]

Peter De Haan Charitable Trust

Posted: 29-Jan-2016

The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust was constituted in 1999 and will operate as a generalist grant-making charity across the UK for the next 20 years. Their current grant-making policy focuses on social welfare, the environment and the arts. The Trust's Arts Programme focuses on projects and organisations which:

  • Are partnership-based with young people as the protagonists of the creative process
  • Have an emphasis on community cohesion and under-represented groups
  • Support confidence-building, collaboration and the incubation of ideas amongst young people
  • Are innovative, wide-reaching and based on tangible outcomes.

Applications are considered on a continuing basis throughout the year, with major grants being awarded at the trustee meeting held quarterly in March, June, September and December.

Tel: 020 7232 5477 [ website ]

Ponton House Trust

Posted: 8-Jul-2016

The Trust looks after a charitable fund from which grants to organisations working with young people in the Edinburgh and Lothian area are distributed. Grants are usually in the region of £1,000 to £2,000 maximum.

Grants are designed to help improve the lives of vulnerable, disabled and disadvantaged young people in the Edinburgh and Lothians area and provide a general benefit for a defined community or group of young people in the population.

The pattern of aid has been as follows:

  • 25 to 30 % on disability, health and terminal illness projects;
  • 45 to 50 % on youth work, diversionary projects for young people, anti-poverty initiatives, and support of young carers; and
  • 25% to Edinburgh and Lothian Trust Fund, a trust making grants to individual young people in need.

Grants are distributed to a mix of established national or regional voluntary organisations and small local organisations. There is no deadline date and organisations can apply once a year. The Trust meets quarterly in January, April, July and October. Applications must be submitted on the Trust’s standard application form which also includes guidance notes.

Contact: Ponton House Trust, Tel: 0131 656 5658 [ e-mail | website ]

Porticus UK

Posted: 14-Jan-2016

Funds charities that are working to strengthen family relationships, enrich education and support transformation through faith. The trust also has its own programme to promote ethics among professionals. While the Catholic faith is central to its work, funding is also available to non-faith-based organisations. The trust puts a particular emphasis on organisations that have a proven model and want to expand. Funds may be sought not only for service delivery but also for the development of policy, advocacy and research. Applicants are asked to carefully review the funding guidelines which are set out on the website. If the project falls within the guidelines, an application form can be downloaded from the website and should be sent to Porticus UK, together with the other information requested, including a break down of project costs and a signed set of their most recent audited accounts.

There is no deadline for funding decisions which are made throughout the year. Grants are usually between £10,000 and £25,000.

Grants are awarded at a variety of levels, proportionate to the organisation, project budget and other salient factors.

Tel: 020 7024 3503 [ e-mail | website ]

Postcode Community Trust

Posted: 29-Nov-2016

The Postcode Community Trust aims to empower groups of people to regenerate and improve their own communities by enabling them to overcome barriers such as isolation, disability or age that prevent them from participating fully in activities within their community.

The Trust is open to charities that provide a positive impact on their local community. Funding is aimed at projects that promote community development and support community cohesion through grass-roots sports, arts and recreation programmes and healthy living initiatives that improve physical and mental health.

Registered charities in Scotland and England can apply for grants ranging from £500 to £20,000 and up to £10,000 for those in Wales. Only registered charities may apply for over £2,000. During 2017 there will be two funding rounds; each round will have a two-stage application process:

Round One

  1. Expression of Interest form (EOI) for applications between 23 January and 10 February 2017.
  2. Full applications invited between 6 March and 31 March 2017.

Round Two

  1. Expression of Interest form (EOI) for applications between 1 August and 18 August 2017.
  2. Full applications invited between 4 September and 22 September 2017.

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Contact: Trust Helpdesk, Tel: 0131 555 7287 [ e-mail | website ]

Postcode Local Trust

Posted: 13-Feb-2017

The Postcode Local Trust was established in 2015 to provide financial support for charities and good causes which help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community.

In 2017 the Postcode Local Trust will fund local volunteering projects across the UK such as wildlife areas, sustainability initiatives, local indoor and outdoor spaces and citizenship. Registered charities in Scotland and England can apply for grants ranging from £500 to £20,000 and up to £10,000 for those in Wales. Only registered charities may apply for over £2,000. During 2017 there will be two funding rounds; each round will have a two-stage application process:

Round One

  1. Round One is now closed to expressions of interest.
  2. Full applications invited between 6 March and 31 March 2017.

Round Two

  1. Expression of Interest form (EOI) for applications between 1 August and 18 August 2017.
  2. Full applications invited between 4 September and 22 September 2017.

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Contact: Trust Helpdesk, Tel: 0131 555 7287 [ e-mail | website ]

Ragdoll Foundation

Posted: 18-Apr-2017

The Ragdoll Foundation supports the cultural sector’s work with children and young people. Its Open Grants Scheme provides funding to not-for-profit organisations in the UK that work with children and young people using the arts and creative media.

Applications are considered for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Most grants awarded will be between £5,000 and £20,000, but no more than £50,000, and should be for 20% to 80% of the total project costs. Applications can be made at any time. An Open Grants application form is available online and should be submitted by email.  Applicants are advised to read the guidance notes carefully before making an application.

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Rank Foundation

Rank Foundation

Posted: 25-May-2016

The Foundation invests in organisations that work with young people, broadly in the 10 to 25 age group, and have a longer term vision for the development of their youth work that involves the education and training of a person via Distance Learning at the YMCA George Williams College as the educator/leader to pioneer the initiative. This will be for a three year period (combining practical skills and qualifications with a level 3 Diploma in Youth Work) but can be extended for up to a further 3 years in order to qualify the worker to Honours Degree level in Informal and Community Education. This Scheme is called the Youth-worker Apprenticeship Programme (YAP).

There is a small grants programme open to any charity in the UK and details of how to apply are listed on their website. Helen Stockdale is the first point of contact for two Rank Flagship Programmes: the Time to Shine Internship Programme and the GAP Apprenticeship Programme.

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Contact: Helen Stockdale, Partnership and Events Manager, Rank Foundation, Tel: 01768 210722 [ e-mail | website ]

Resilient Scotland

Start & Grow

Posted: 27-May-2015

Start & Grow offers investment packages of between £10,000 and £60,000 to enable organisations with social and environmental objectives to start-up, develop and expand. One third of the investment is made up by a grant with the remainder available as a loan. Organisations applying must demonstrate that they can benefit their area through various forms of enterprise activity.

Benefits include:

  • Supporting the community to reach its full economic potential with more and better employment opportunities for local people;
  • Contributing to well-designed, sustainable places where people are able to access
  • the amenities and services they need;
  • Improving the life chances for children, young people and families at risk; 
  • Reducing the environmental impact of our consumption and production;
  • Helping people to live longer, healthier lives;
  • Contributing to building strong, resilient and supportive communities; 
  • Helping tackle the significant inequalities in Scottish society.

Organisations must be based in one of the 13 local authority areas listed below or create or sustain employment there.

Eligible areas are:

  • Clackmannanshire;
  • Dundee City;
  • East Ayrshire;
  • City of Edinburgh;
  • Fife;
  • Glasgow City;
  • North Ayrshire;
  • North Lanarkshire;
  • Renfrewshire;
  • South Lanarkshire;
  • West Dunbartonshire;
  • West Lothian;
  • Inverclyde.

This is an open rolling programme and so applications can be made any time.

Contact: Resilient Scotland, Tel: 0131 524 0300 [ e-mail | website ]

Ross & Liddell Community Bursary

Posted: 18-Jul-2016

Applications are now open to Ross and Liddell's fifth community bursary scheme. This fund has been developed to provide financial backing and support to vital and valuable community initiatives. Community groups, clubs and charities can apply for up to £500 of funding in order to buy equipment and kit or to fulfil projects. To qualify for funding support, you must be based in Scotland and be a community group, charity or not-for-profit organisation. Sports teams and voluntary groups are also eligible.

Applications for the 2016 Bursary are currently being processed. The Fund is expected to be open until around mid August. Those interested can apply online here.

For further information, please contact Claire Amber Young.

Contact: Ross & Liddell Community Bursary, Tel: 0141 204 7350 [ e-mail | website ]

Rowan Boland Memorial Trust

Posted: 18-Apr-2017

Local sports groups, clubs, schools or associations within the Scottish Borders TD1 postcode area can apply to the Trust for financial assistance to develop youth sport. The Trust runs a Revenue Grant Scheme which aims to encourage, develop, support and increase involvement in youth sport for sports clubs, groups, schools or associations. An application form and guidance notes can be found on their website.

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Contact: David Boland, Chairperson, Rowan Boland Memorial Trust, Tel: 01896 753862 [ e-mail | website ]

Royal Caledonian Education Trust

Posted: 23-Nov-2016

The RCET provides grants to organisations that provide for the education of children and young people from British Armed Forces families living in Scotland who find it difficult to cope in school when their parent is away from home on active service or if a family is facing financial problems, health issues or other challenges at home. The Trust also works with schools, local authorities, Armed Forces charities and in communities by providing advice, educational resources and training to help professionals recognise and support children and young people in the school environment. Around 300 individual grants a year are made to children. Support is provided in the following ways:

  • Providing educational grants for school clothing, school trips and after school activities for those families who find it difficult to fund it themselves.
  • Supporting those who want to continue their education beyond school by assisting with their living expenses while in higher education or vocational training, especially for those families who find it difficult to fund it themselves
  • Providing charitable funds and resources to selected schools and local authorities in Scotland to improve support for Armed Forces children and their families particularly prior to, during and after the deployment of a close family member. The Trust actively promotes best practice in this area through its Education Programme in Scotland.

Applications for financial assistance can be made at any time.

Contact: Moira Leslie, RCET Education Programme Officer, Royal Caledonian Education Trust, Tel: 01381 620412 [ e-mail | website ]

Rozelle Trust

Posted: 1-Jun-2015

The Rozelle Trust aims to help charities who activities are primarily based in Scotland, or overseas in developing countries. Priority is given to projects that support the very poorest in their community. Please note that only registered charities can be funded.

Their main priorities are:

  • Children and young people.
  • People living in poverty (particularly self-sustaining work).
  • People with disabilities.

There are no deadlines for submission and no minimum or maximum grant. Applications may be sent at any time, but please note that it may take up to two months to obtain a decision.

Contact: The Rozelle Trust, [ e-mail | website ]

Scotch Whisky Action Fund

Posted: 3-Feb-2017

The Scotch Whisky Action Fund launched by the Scotch Whisky Association invests in groups and organisations that wish to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm in Scotland's communities. The Association is looking to support and develop projects which deliver targeted interventions designed to tackle alcohol-related harms across three themes:

  • Young people (aged under 18)
  • Families
  • Communities

The fund would particularly welcome applications from new/innovative or pilot initiatives which aim to test new approaches within these themes and which will offer learning that others can use. Applications from existing projects which can demonstrate success in reducing harm are also welcome.

The next deadline for applications is 30 June 2017. Applicants should read the guidelines before applying online.

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Scotland Funders' Forum

Posted: 12-Sep-2014

The Scotland Funders' Forum (SFF) is a gathering of funders in Scotland, including statutory bodies and independent grant making trusts, who are committed to best practice in funding the voluntary and community sector and to maximising the impact of funding for the benefit of Scotland. They come together to share information, to identify and address common interest and to share best practice and learning.

The new SSF website went live on October 25 October. The site will provide information on the ongoing work of the Scottish Funders' Forum and Funders' Forum Frontline, as well as links to helpful resources for funders, funded organisations and the voluntary sector more broadly.

Tel: 0141 242 1400 [ e-mail | website ]

Scotmid Community Grants

Posted: 9-Apr-2015

Scotmid's Community Grant Scheme helps deserving causes across Scotland. In the last four years, they have supported hundreds of projects which have touched the lives of people living in the communities they serve.

Applications are welcomed from local community, self-help or voluntary groups and charities (including local branches of national charities) or individuals acting for the benefit of the local community, whose primary focus falls easily into one of the following categories:

  • Children and education
  • Community Groups
  • Active Lifestyles
  • Environment
  • Health Promotion
  • Elderly
  • Homelessness
  • Fairtrade
  • Arts and Culture
  • Charity

The group or project must be based in or benefit a community served by one of their stores and within the geographic boundaries of one of Scotmid's Regional Committees.

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Scotrail's Community Grants Fund

Posted: 5-Apr-2017

The ScotRail Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £2,000 to grass roots community groups and charities in Scotland to empower them to make a positive difference in local neighbourhoods and enhance the connection between people and communities.

Applications must fit within at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for funding:

  • Promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Targeting improvements in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in primary schools
  • Improving the community’s environmental impact at a local level, encourage recycling or upcycling, or run environmental information or outreach programmes.

The next two funding rounds have a deadline date of 25 September 2017 and 26 March 2018. Guidelines to applying can be found here.

Contact: Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0131 524 0340 [ e-mail | website ]

Scotrail's Cultural and Arts Fund

Posted: 3-Apr-2017

Scotrail is inviting applications from groups across Scotland looking to fund arts, community recreation, and sports activities and projects in the vicinity of a train station or with a travel or safety theme.

Applications must fit within at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for funding:

  • Promotion of performing arts, visual arts, literature, community arts, and cultural traditions.
  • Support for artists and artistic organisations.
  • Public art e.g. sculptures in open spaces.
  • Play areas for children.
  • Provision of local activity programmes (including local festivals, civic weeks and galas).
  • Increasing participation in sport and physical activity.
  • Sports events.
  • Sport outreach programmes.

The fund welcomes applications from charities, individuals or community groups such as Brownies, Scouts, PTAs, Friends of Groups and playgroups with an income no more than £100,000 per year.

Local community groups or an individual may apply for grants from £500 up to a maximum of £5,000 (inclusive of any VAT that may be applicable) to help with development projects. However, applicants requesting upwards of £2,000 will be required to demonstrate significant contribution to local needs and the criteria above.

The next deadline for applications is 30 June 2017. Applicants should read the accompanying guidelines before making an online application.

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Contact: Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0131 524 0340 [ e-mail | website ]

Scottish and Southern Energy Community Funds

Posted: 27-May-2013

SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) provides local community funds for each new onshore wind farm it builds.

Panels made up of members of the local community review funding applications and decide which projects to support. The fund generally supports projects which:

  • enhance quality of life for local residents;
  • contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities;
  • promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

There are funds in the Highlands, Argyll & Bute, Perth & Kinross, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Borders, South Lanarkshire and Stirling.

Grant amounts and deadlines vary, but fall mainly between £250 and £10,000.

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Scottish International Education Trust

Posted: 10-Nov-2015

The Trust gives financial help to Scots who show ability and promise and wish to take their studies or professional training further with priority given to postgraduate students who do not qualify for public funds. The Fund also supports projects that contribute to the cultural, social or economic well-being of Scotland or improve the Scottish environment. Grants of up to £2,000 are made to individual students and usually between £1,000 and £3,000 are made to organisations or corporate projects with a charitable purpose. Individual students should have a good first degree (first close honours or close) or an equivalent qualification and be working towards a higher degree. Applications can be submitted any time.

Contact: The Director, Scottish International Education Trust, [ e-mail | website ]

Scottish Schools Pipe and Drums Trust – Open Grant Fund

Posted: 6-Sep-2016

The SSPDT supports young people in Scotland to broaden their education, especially their musical and social skills, by encouraging them to take up and play the chanter, pipes and drums; and by supporting the development of school pipe bands. The Open Grant Fund provides one-off cash awards of between £250 and £5,000 to the following eligible organisations to achieve this:

  • State school
  • Local authority
  • Pipe band, voluntary or charitable organisation
  • Independent schools, especially those that collaborate with state schools by creating additional workshop places, tuition or by sharing resources.

Priority is given to rural areas and areas of socio-economic deprivation where there is limited or no tuition. The grant will fund up to half of the project’s total cost as the organisation is required to have additional project funding in place. Applications can be made any time but should be received at least 3 months before the beginning of the project. The grant application form can be found here.

Contact: Alex Duncan, The Scottish Schools Pipe and Drums Trust, [ e-mail | website ]

Scottish Young EDGE Loans

Posted: 9-Mar-2017

Young EDGE loans are a special category of the Scottish EDGE funding competition intended to give a further boost to Scotland’s youngest entrepreneurs. Young entrepreneurs aged 18-30 who are keen to grow their business but lack the finance can apply for grant only awards of up to £10,000. Young entrepreneurs should have their headquarters in Scotland. Applications for Round 10 have now closed and applications for Round 11 will open towards the end of July 2017. Information on applying can be found here.

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Contact: Richard Gibson, Young EDGE Loans Manager, Scottish EDGE, [ e-mail | website ]



Posted: 2-Jul-2009

Funding information and advice for voluntary sector organisations is available from SCVO.

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Shackleton Foundation

Posted: 26-Nov-2015

The Shackleton Foundation provides support to social leaders and entrepreneurs as well as early-stage social enterprises who work to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people in challenging circumstances. A single grant of up to £10,000 to support leaders with innovative social ideas aimed at generating positive social change for disadvantaged and socially marginalised young people. The projects should be long-lasting and far-reaching with a clear social purpose and not soley reliant on grants and donations.

Eligible ideas must:

  • Be innovative and fresh
  • Fulfil a clear need and demand
  • Be in the first two years of development
  • Have a real social impact
  • Have well-defined outputs and goals
  • Have the potential for real growth and sustainability
  • The beneficiaries of the work must be young people predominantly based in the UK

Grants are made to individual leaders, preferably those running charities, social enterprises or not-for-profit organisations and not to teams or organisations. Applications can be sent via post or email.

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Contact: Shackleton Foundation, [ e-mail | website ]

Shetland Arts Fund

Posted: 3-Aug-2016

The Shetland Arts Fund is designed to support not for profit voluntary organisations and individuals to develop their art form and/or to deliver arts related projects and events that meet local community needs and make a lasting difference in the community.

The scheme can support all forms of arts genres including the visual arts, crafts, dance, drama, dialect, film, literature, music, theatre and combined arts.

You can apply at any time.

Contact: Shetland Arts Trust, Tel: 01595 743 843 [ e-mail | website ]

Shetland Islands Council

Community Development Fund 2017-18

Posted: 24-Apr-2017

This grant scheme supports Community Councils and Community Development Organisations within the Shetlands to deliver services, activities and initiatives in the following priority areas:

  • Children and young people
  • Families at risk
  • Older people
  • Transport
  • Safer and stronger communities
  • Reducing offending
  • Health inequalities and physical activity
  • Employment and economic recovery and growth

The remaining deadline for 2017-18 is 19 May 2017 for round three. The deadline for round one has now passed. Applications should be made as early as possible due the competitive nature of the application process and limited funds.

Tel: 01595 743 828 [ e-mail | website ]

Sir James Robertson Charitable Trust

Grants for Recruitment and Training of Leaders

Posted: 17-Feb-2015

The Sir James Robertson Charitable Trust awards grants to voluntary youth organisations in Glasgow which have charitable recognition and are formed for the purposes of promoting the spiritual, mental and physical welfare of young people without attachment to any political party.

Priority consideration is given to applications relating to the recruitment and training of leaders, but applications for funding the general development of the applicant organisation can also be considered.

Organisations can view the criteria for applications, and if met, guidance notes for grants along with applications forms here.

More information from James McVean, Secretary, The Sir James Robertson Charitable Trust, c/o Glasgow Battalion, The Boys' Brigade, Clifford Street,. Glasgow G51 1QL.

Contact: Sir James Robertson Charitable Trust, [ e-mail | website ]

Skills and Opportunities Fund


Posted: 25-Apr-2017

Not-for-profit organisations, registered charities, social enterprises, community groups or state-funded schools or colleges in the UK and Ireland can apply for funding of up to £35,000 to run projects that help people in disadvantaged communities by focusing specifically on projects that help them start or develop a new business as well as on projects that help them become financially capable.

The Fund is split into seven regions with its own decision making board in order to focus on each local region’s specific needs.

The deadline for applications for Round 1 has now closed. Winners for ths Round will be announced on 6 June 2017. There will be another opportunity to apply in August 2017.

Applications can be made via the online portal and applicants can find out more by contacting the Skills & Opportunities Fund.

Tel: 0191 438 7999 [ e-mail | website ]

Skills Development Scotland

SERI Scotland's Employer Recruitment Incentive

Posted: 12-Apr-2017

Scotland's Employer Recruitment Incentive offers funding to employers to support young people experiencing barriers to employment to obtain and remain in employment (including Modern Apprentices) for young people aged 16-29. Employers who commit to a new job or new Modern Apprentice can receive up to £4,000 and an additional £500 if they pay the living wage. Funding is available from 1 April 2017 to 31 January 2018 to third sector or private organisations of any size. More information is available here.

Adopt an Apprentice

Employers recruiting a Modern Apprentice who was made redundant before completing the MA and who agrees the young person can continue the MA and agrees to employ the young person for one year will receive a grant of £2,000 or £5,000 if their business is in the oil and gas industry. Guidelines and an application form are available on the website.

Contact: Skills Development Scotland, Tel: 0141 285 6000 [ e-mail | website ]

Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving 2017

Posted: 13-Mar-2017

Skipton Building Society is providing its Grassroots Giving programme for a third year in a row to local community groups in the UK.

The programme offers grants of £500 to grassroots groups to help make life better for their local community. Priority is given to projects which receive very little support elsewhere. In 2016 a total fund of £81,500 was available to help 163 community groups across the UK.

Statistics recently released by Skipton Building Society show the support offered to groups around the UK was greatly valued in many more ways than just the cash donations. The Building Society attributes this to its multi-faceted approach to provide greater support for local groups.

Free resources were also created on the Skipton Building Society website aimed at helping groups become more efficient. Shortlisted groups received their own profiles on the website, as well as free promotion on twitter and press exposure carried out by the Society.

Funding applications for Grassroots Giving in 2017 will open in May.

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Small Grants Fund for Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design, and Scottish Winter Festivals

Posted: 4-Oct-2016

BEMIS Scotland in collaboration with the Scottish Government are delighted to announce the commencement of a new programme which invites multicultural communities across Scotland to join the celebration of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and the 2016/17 Winter Festivals.

The new programme, which is being supported by a £54,000 funding contribution from the Scottish Government, builds on the success of earlier similar activity led by BEMIS Scotland in 2014 and 2015 and esteems to practically enable Scotland’s ethnic and cultural minority communities to participate in and enhance the dynamic celebrations which are taking place across Scotland.

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Contact: BEMIS, Tel: on 0141 548 8047 [ e-mail | website ]

Social Enterprise UK (SEUK)

Inspiring Youth Enterprise Award

Posted: 8-Aug-2016

The Inspiring Youth Enterprise Award is one of twelve social enterprise awards now open to applications in 2016 from social enterprises across the UK. The awards recognise social enterprises for their business excellence and contribution to society and reward the achievements of individuals working within the social enterprise sector. The Inspiring Youth Enterprise Award celebrates youth-led social enterprises or socially enterprising projects that have been supported by a school, university, funding body or other organisation with recognition given o both the enterprise and supporting organisation.

The enterprise or project should demonstrate a clear understanding of business principles and have a clear social mission. It must be led by young people aged 8 to 24 who are involved in key decision making. The supporting organisation must be clearly committed to educating young people about social enterprise and have social aims in its wider work. Guidelines and further information on applying can be found here.

Applications for the 2016 Social Enterprise Awards are now closed.

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Contact: Social Enterprise UK Events Office, Tel: 01543 439698 [ e-mail | website ]

Social Investment Scotland

Community Capital Fund

Posted: 5-Apr-2016

The Community Capital Fund provides unsecured loans of between £25,000 and £50,000 over six years and is aimed at supporting social enterprises, charities and community organisations in the third sector that operate and have a social impact in Scotland. Among beneficiary groups that can be supported are:

  • Vulnerable young people and NEETS
  • Long term unemployed
  • The homeless
  • People with physical, mental or learning disabilities

Applications for the fund have been open since 1 February 2016 and will remain open throughout the year as funds allow.

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Contact: Social Investment Scotland, Tel: 0131 558 7706 [ e-mail | website ]


Posted: 1-Dec-2016

Sported is a UK-wide charity that provides business support and funding to community sport clubs and youth groups across the UK that use sport to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people aged 11-25 through:

  • Improving young people’s health and well-being.
  • Teaching life-skills.
  • Tackling social problems such as crime, anti-social behaviour and substance abuse.

The Scotland Regional Manager can advise on applications and deadlines for large grants in Scotland.

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Contact: Scotland Country Manager, Campbell Roy, Sported, Tel: 07917 764117 [ e-mail | website ]

St James Place Foundation

Posted: 2-Feb-2016

The St James Place Foundation is the charitable arm of the St James's Place Wealth Management Group which aims to improve the quality of life for children and young people in need as a result of disability or disadvantage. Small grants of up to £10,000 is available to UK Registered Charities with an annual income of up to £750,000. A small number of major grants are also available to UK Registered Charities with an annual income of up to £8m. The foundation will support projects that provide directly for under-25s in the UK who suffer from physical or mental health difficulties or conditions, or a life-threatening or degenerative illness. This includes young people under 25 caring for others. There are no deadlines or closing dates for applications. Applications for funding can be made via an online application form.

Contact: St James Place Foundation, [ website ]

Stafford Trust

Posted: 30-Jan-2017

A Scottish charitable trust which provides financial support to charities registered in the UK, with a preference towards charitable organisations in Scotland.

Their areas of interest are: local community projects; child welfare; adult welfare; sea rescue; overseas appeals; and HM services personnel. Grants vary, but most lie between £500 and £5,000.

The deadline for applications for the Autumn 2017 meeting will close on 30 June 2017.

Contact: Stafford Trust, Tel: 01786 474718 [ e-mail | website ]

Stand Up to Sectarianism Small Grants Scheme

Posted: 24-May-2016

The fund aims to help combat sectarianism and increase understanding within communities by supporting existing local youth groups to meet the costs (or part of the costs) of a particular project or programme of anti-sectarian activity (up to £1,000). Funds a range of projects from one-off awareness raising events to a longer-term programme of activities.

The small grants scheme is being managed by a partnership of six national, volunteer-led youth organisations; The Scout Association, Girlguiding Scotland, The Boys' Brigade, The Girls' Brigade in Scotland, Clubs for Young People (Scotland) and Youth Scotland.

Local units or youth groups which meet the following criteria can apply:

  • Have members which include young people 10 or over.
  • Based in Scotland.
  • A member of one of the six partnership organisations listed above.

The deadline for applications are 17 June 2016 and 9 September 2016.

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Start Up: Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Posted: 20-Mar-2017

Start Up: Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Start Up participants can receive a fully funded 14 day learning programme, a £3,000 grant and mentoring from Lloyds Bank or Bank of Scotland to start up an organisation whose purpose is to tackle social or environmental issues or improving a community. Projects for Start Up must also meet the following criteria:

 Projects must be in the planning stages but ready to start, or less than two years old.

  • Projects must have an income of less than £15,000 a year (or no income at all).
  • Applicants must be over 16 years of age.
  • Projects based in and impacting in the UK.
  • All backgrounds are welcome including ex-offenders.

The programme runs from October 2017 to October 2018 in Scotland (Edinburgh) as well as other cities and areas in England. The deadline for applications is 26 April 2017.

Contact: 020 7089 9120, [ e-mail | website ]

Stations Community Regeneration Fund

Posted: 14-Sep-2015

The Stations Community Regeneration Fund (SCRF) is now open to applications.

The aim of this fund is to make use of disused railway station buildings by turning them into either a business meeting passenger or community needs, or a project which contributes to the local community.

The Fund can be used to carry out structural repairs to buildings over and above normal railway works or to meet up to 50% of fit-out costs of the building for its intended use. No funding limit exists, however, any application seeking funding of £75,000 or more must be supported by a feasibility study.

Contact: SCRF, Tel: 0845 601 5929 [ e-mail | website ]

Staying Alive Foundation (SAF)

MTV Staying Alive Foundation Grants

Posted: 14-Dec-2016

The Staying Alive Foundation provides funding up to US$12,000 to community-based start-up organisations led entirely by young people between the ages of 15 and 27 that work in HIV prevention. Eligible projects should also:

  • Educate and/or give out responsible and accurate information about HIV and AIDS targeted at young people in their communities
  • Eliminate or alleviate the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS
  • Encourage young people to take concrete action to protect themselves from HIV infection
  • Demonstrate innovation and creativity in their activities
  • Reflect and honour the culture in which the project operates

Projects can be supported from anywhere in the world.

Applications for 2016 grants are now closed. Those interested in applying for grants in 2017 should check back in July.

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SUEZ Communities Trust

Scottish Landfill Communities Fund

Posted: 16-Feb-2017

Under the SUEZ Trusts' Landfill Communities Primary Fund, grants of up to £50,000 are available to not for profit organisations, community groups, parish councils, local authorities and charities for projects that make physical improvements to community facilities and historic buildings/structures that benefit the general public. The Trust will accept applications from projects which must be in Scotland and within the vicinity of a landfill site or transfer station. Grants of up to £20,000 are also available through the Smaller Project Fund for projects with an overall cost of less than £20,000 for organisations with a shorter delivery timeframe. For further information, please visit the Trust's website.

Deadline for the Primary Fund - 24 April 2017.
Deadline for the Smaller Project Fund - 24 April 2017.

Contact: SUEZ Communities Trust, Tel: 01454 262910 [ e-mail | website ]

SYHA Youth Active Grants

Posted: 29-Feb-2016

SYHA Youth Active Grants are provided by SYHA Hostelling Scotland to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in a school or youth group residential trip.

The SYHA Youth Active Grants are available (subject to sufficient funds) to young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a residential trip due to their particular circumstances which result in social exclusion, deprivation or other disadvantage.

Teachers and Youth Leaders can apply for up to 40% support for each eligible individual. Grants may be available to groups who have a provisional booking with a Scottish Youth Hostel in Scotland who have yet to pay the balance on their stay. Applications must be received at least ten weeks prior to arrival and grants are deducted from the final bill.

At SYHA we believe that every young person should have the opportunity to experience time away to build confidence, resilience, social and employability skills and have fun discovering new places.

2016 will be the first year to offer partial funding towards trips, allowing for the extension of the SYHA youth programmes, which have been operating since 2004 to include even more young people. Whether it is an educational or an experiential residential to the city or rural location we will welcome all applications for this funding.

Key outcomes from an SYHA Residential Trip

  • Improved confidence, resilience and self-esteem
  • Improved collaboration back in the classroom or group meetings
  • Opportunity of new experiences
  • Curriculum for Excellence learning
  • Improved Life & Employability Skills
  • Improved personal independence

To apply, please complete the application form here.

Contact: SYHA, [ website ]

T in the Park Community Fund

Posted: 28-Jan-2016

The T in the Park Community Fund is a local grant programme which is open to voluntary groups and charities working in eight community council areas surrounding Strathallan Castle, T in the Park’s new home. The Community Council areas are: Crieff; East Strathearn; Methven; Auchterarder; Blackford; Braco and Greenloaning; Muthill and Tullibardine and Dunning

The T in the Park Community Trust wants to support and develop a wide range of projects which bring communities together. In addition to general charitable purposes applications for the following would be welcomed: 

  • Projects supporting those at a disadvantage because of their age, disability, financial position or health.
  • Projects promoting community development or social inclusion
  • Projects improving the local environment
  • Arts, heritage or culture projects.

If you can answer “Yes” to all of the questions below, your group is eligible to apply.

  • Will the project you are applying for benefit people in at least one of the eight Community Council areas outline above? 
  • Are you a constituted group?
  • Do you have at least 3 members on your management committee/board?
  • Do you have independently examined annual accounts or a projection of income and expenditure if you are in your first year of operation?
  • Is your income less than £250,000 in your most recent annual accounts?
  • Do you have a bank account in the name of the group?
  • Do you have at least 2 unrelated cheque signatories?
  • If you work with vulnerable adults/children – do you have a policy?

You can apply for between £250 and £2,000.

The deadline for applications is 12pm  Friday 11 December 2015. The decisions will be made and communicated in writing by the end of March 2016. Please ensure that the project you are applying for starts on or after 15 April 2016.

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Contact: Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0131 524 0340 [ e-mail | website ]

Tampon Tax Fund 2017/18

Posted: 5-Dec-2016

The Tampon Tax Fund is now funding non-profit organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector that combat violence against women or work with disadvantaged women and girls in the UK. Eligible projects must demonstrate that they adhere to the Government’s Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.

The deadline for applications is 27 January 2017 and decisions will be communicated in spring 2017. A copy of the Tampon Tax Fund criteria and guidance, and application form, can be obtained by emailing the cabinet office.

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Tesco Bags of Help Grants

Posted: 15-Feb-2017

Community groups, schools and local authorities can now apply at any time for funding between from £2,000 to £5,000 to run community projects that deliver physical improvements or activities on outdoor spaces, greenspaces and parks. Community greenspace grants use money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in Scotland, England and Wales to support thousands of community projects across the UK.

Each month three local community projects in each region across England, Scotland and Wales will be awarded a grant based on the number votes received in Tesco stores. The project that receives the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant of up to £5,000. Projects coming second place receive up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

Support is given to projects that include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events, sports and leisure activities. No match funding is required as bags of help can fund the entire project costs. Projects should promote community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces and/or deliver a physical environmental improvement to quality for funding.

Contact: Greenspace Scotland, Tel: 01786 849757 [ e-mail | website ]


Community Champions

Posted: 23-Feb-2016

In addition to their national charity partnerships, Tesco is really proud to work with hundreds of charities and local community organisations every year through relationships at a local level, with the help of their Community Champions.

Tesco Community Champions act as ambassadors within their area and work with their Store Manager and other shops in the region to shape how they can get involved in local community events, providing support where it is most needed, and help keep customers and colleagues up to date with the most recent activity.

There are over 500 Champions across the business, primarily in the large format stores. If customers or colleagues would like to meet their local Community Champion to discuss how they can get involved with supporting a local event they can email or pop in to their local store.

Community Champions contact list

If your local store does not have a Community Champion, speak to your store manager or enquire at the Customer Service Desk.

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The Alec Dickson Trust

Posted: 2-Feb-2017

The Alec Dickson Trust supports young people who are able to demonstrate that through volunteering or community service they can enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society. They especially welcome the opportunity to support projects which promote youth volunteering in innovative ways. Applications for grants, not normally in excess of £500, are invited from individuals aged 30 or under or from small groups of young people who believe their actions meet the aims of the Trust. Trustees meet four times a year to consider applications.

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Contact: The Alec Dickson Trust, [ e-mail | website ]

The Archer Trust

Posted: 29-Jul-2010

The Archer Trust is a UK Christian charitable grant-making trust which supports small UK charities for whom a grant of between £250 and £3,000 will make a big difference. To meet their criteria, you should provide aid or support to a defined group of 'needy and deserving people', for example those with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged.

The Trust prefers to support organisations working in areas of high unemployment and deprivation and favour charities which make good use of volunteers. They support projects both in the UK and overseas (overseas projects via UK charities only).

Trustees meet twice a year, normally in March and September. Applications by post to: The Secretary, The Archer Trust, Bourne House, Wadesmill, Ware, Herts SG12 0TT.

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The Ashden Trust

The Ashden Trust

Posted: 21-Jul-2009

This trust awards grants to organisations working with disadvantaged communities and with groups of people who are considered to be at risk, including young people. Funding is also available for environmental projects, community arts and sustainable regeneration.

Tel: 020 7410 0330 [ e-mail | website ]

The Baring Foundation

Strengthening the Voluntary Sector

Posted: 27-Jan-2017

The Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme supports effective use of the law and human rights based approaches by the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom.

Two separate funds under the programme have reopened to applications from registered charities in the UK:

  • Training, education and capacity building – seed funding of up to £30,000 over six months to two years that support organisations to understand how their objectives can be achieved through use of the law or human rights based approaches.
  • Applied projects – grants of up to £150,000 over around three years to create new capacity for work that addresses specific discrimination or disadvantage and safeguards the freedom of purpose, action and voice of the sector.

The deadline for applications closed on 23 January 2017.

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Tel: 020 7767 1348 [ e-mail | website ]

The Castansa Trust

Posted: 26-Apr-2017

The Castansa Trust makes grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to charities, preferably in Scotland, which work in the following fields:

  • Education
  • Children/Teenagers
  • The Elderly
  • Social Inclusion/The Community
  • Culture and The Arts
  • Health
  • Environment

Applications should be made using the online application form.  Applications are considered on a quarterly basis. The remaining application deadlines for 2017 are 31 May, 31 August and 30 November.

Tel: 0131 228 8111 [ e-mail | website ]

The Cattanach Charitable Trust

Posted: 10-Jun-2016

The Cattanach Trust seeks applications for projects which support children from pre-birth to three years old, who are affected by levels of relative deprivation. There is good evidence that supporting children during the first years of a child’s life has the greatest positive impact on their developmental progress. Good quality services improve not only a child’s life during these years, but also have substantial benefits into adolescence and adulthood. Projects should be working from a strengths based model; the existing and potential strengths of the child, the family and the community should be recognised and should form the basis of the work. Projects must actively involve the parent(s)/main carers of the children. The Trust’s view is that prioritising this age group values children in Scotland appropriately, and will make a significant contribution to Scotland's National Outcome - ‘Our children have the best start in life and are ready to succeed.’

If you wish to make an application you must first register on the website, with the charity number of your organisation. The work you want to do must be in Scotland. You must be working with young children (under 3) and their families, or with families expecting a baby, either in an urban or rural setting. Families experiencing deprivation or in crisis will be given priority. “Deprivation” can mean low income, poor housing, unemployment, isolation, disability or health problems, lack of family support, young parenthood, contact with the justice system etc. The Trust is particularly interested in parenting, attachment, family support, and the healthy emotional and physical development of young children. The Trust wishes to encourage training for staff and volunteers, and may recommend training or evaluation help.

All details are on the website and should be read carefully. In particular, please read "Frequently asked question" for guidance on applying.

Contact: The Cattanach Charitable Trust, Tel: 0131 281 0369 [ e-mail | website ]

The Coram Trust

Posted: 27-Mar-2017

The Coram Trust funds activities that focus on particular communities in Scotland and undertake one or more of the following:

  • Support urban or rural regeneration as part of a community development project.
  • Have a housing component that supports the local community where the regeneration project takes place.
  • Seek to alleviate poverty, disadvantage and/or lack of access to good housing in local communities.

Applicants should be one of the following:

  • Registered charities.
  • Social enterprises.
  • Community interest companies and/or other charitable entities that have a social impact.

Those wishing to apply should complete an enquiry form and return it to Annabel Bath at Foundation Scotland.

Contact: Annabel Bath, Foundation Scotland, [ e-mail | website ]

The Cross Trust

Posted: 3-Mar-2017

This charity gives grants to Young Scots in financial need.  Awards are made to individuals or organisations in Scotland with the vast majority made to individuals.

Qualifying individuals must be of Scottish birth or heritage.

Individuals can submit an application under the following categories:

Other specific awards:

Qualifying organisations must have a base in Scotland and seek funding for projects that benefit Scottish people.

Awards to organisations may be made for two particular purposes:

  1. The promotion amongst the youth of Scotland of a love of nature and Scottish scenery.  (Awards are made to Organisations which provide opportunities for the education or advancement of their members including assistance with expeditions in furtherance of their objects, and for building and other renovation works for their premises).
  2. The promotion of drama, opera and similar works (in particular, the works of Shakespeare, and of Gilbert and Sullivan).

The next deadlines are as follows:

Awards for University or College Courses and Awards for Projects or Studies:

16 February 2017, 7 June 2017, 23 August 2017

Vacation Studies in the Arts:

1 April

Medical Elective Studies Abroad:

1 April, 30 September, 31 December

John Fife Travel Awards:

31 March


2 February 2017, 9 August 2017

Contact: The Cross Trust, Tel: 01738 620451 [ e-mail | website ]

The Drapers Fund

Posted: 15-Apr-2016

Who can apply?
Individuals and organisations supporting young people in Glasgow

What is available? The total annual fund is £50,000

The Fund can offer direct and essential help to families of children up to 17 years which find themselves in financial hardship and difficulty.

Contact: Emma Jamieson, The Trades House of Glasgow, Tel: 0141 553 1605 [ e-mail | website ]

The Dulverton Trust

Posted: 12-Aug-2016

The Trust awards grants to UK charities registered in Scotland, England and Wales. Single year grants range from £25,000 to £35,000 with preference given to medium sized charities. The Trust’s current priority areas are:

  • Youth Opportunities
  • General Welfare
  • Conservation
  • Preservation
  • Peace and Humanitarian support

Youth Opportunities is the largest category and aims to support charities that help disadvantaged children and young people realise their full potential. The Trust encourages charities to intervene in different aspects of youth disadvantage such as homelessness, character building, mentoring and employability skills. General Welfare can also support activities that help young homeless people. Trustees meet three times a year to consider grant proposals in February, June and October. There are no deadlines or closing dates. Guidelines and information on how to apply can be found on the website.

Tel: 020 7495 7852 [ e-mail | website ]

The Ebico Trust

Posted: 2-Sep-2016

The Ebico Trust provides funding to support projects tackling fuel poverty in fuel-poor neighbourhoods across the UK. It invites applications for funding for any of the following:

  • Offering advice, guidance or education to communities where fuel poverty is endemic.
  • Organisations that make practical and sustainable improvements to the energy efficiency of local housing stock
  • Research undertaken into fuel poverty, its incidence and the methods used to tackle it in society

Grants range between £20,000 and £60,0000 and applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis, usually in February, May, August and November. The next deadline for applications is 16 December 2016 for a trustees meeting to be held on 18 January 2017. An application form can be downloaded here and can be submitted by e-mail or post.

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The Endrick Trust

Posted: 27-Mar-2017

This Trust considers applications from charities based and working in the Greater Glasgow postcode area with an income of less than £2 million per annum. The Trust supports a range of charitable causes under the general themes of:

  • Prevention or relief of poverty;
  • Advancement of citizenship or community development;
  • Any other purpose which may reasonably be considered analogous to any other preceding purposes.

The next meeting of Trustees will take place on 31 October 2017 with a deadline of applications for that meeting for 29 September 2017. The distribution policy or application form can be downloaded here.

Contact: Alison Hempsey, tc young solicitors, Tel: 0141 225 2573 [ e-mail | website ]

The Eridge Trust

Posted: 4-Oct-2016

The Eridge Trust is a charitable trust whose purpose is to encourage young people to enjoy and appreciate visual art, especially painting. Please note that due to the increase in the number of applications each year, the Trust has now only been able to award grants to a small proportion of applications. As a result, the Trust will no longer be able to issue a general invitation to schools, colleges, museums and others to apply for grants with effect from September 2016. Instead it will itself take a number of initiatives to continue to encourage and allow young people to enjoy and appreciate visual art.

Tel: 01223 207549 [ e-mail | website ]

The Fore

Posted: 25-Apr-2017

The Bulldog Trust has now launched a major expansion to its funding programme and all grant-making for the Trust will be done through the Fore. The Fore will elevate dynamic small charities with funding and expertise to increase connections, share skills and strengthen society as a whole. For the next three years until 2020, the Fore will develop, scale or improve the highest quality early-stage charities and social enterprises. It will run three funding rounds a year and provide grants of up to £30,000 over one to three years to foster charitable causes; it will also provide access to business expertise to help grantees achieve their goals. Eligible applicants must be a UK registered small charitable organisation with an annual income of less than £1 million such as charities, social enterprises or community interest companies.

The next deadline for applications is 29 August 2017 for the Autumn Round. Application guidelines can be found here.

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Contact: Reena Gudka, The Fore, Tel: 020 7240 6192 [ e-mail | website ]

The Gannochy Trust

Posted: 30-Jun-2015

The Gannochy Trust is an independent grant-making charitable trust which supports registered charities in Scotland and Perth and Kinross in particular. In June 2015 the Trust announced a new funding strategy for 2015 to 2018 which will target its funds at smaller, community-led groups that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people under two themes:

Inspiring Young People (Scotland-wide) is aimed at projects working with children and young people under 25 which promote:

  • Positive change in the lives of young people
  • Raising aspirations and realising full potential
  • Developing talent
  • Enhancing social, personal and leadership skills
  • Developing training, skills and knowledge to increase employability
  • Developing young leaders
  • Increased participation as active citizens

Improving the quality of life for people in Perth and Kinross for projects that:

  • Support the disadvantaged and vulnerable
  • Make Perth and Kinross a better place to live and work
  • Increase the availability or quality of facilities for community-wide use

Evidence of potential match funding should be provided in applications for funding. There are no deadlines for applications and applications can be made at any time of year.

Tel: 01738 620653 [ e-mail | website ]

The Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation

Posted: 1-Dec-2016

The Foundation funds activity-based projects that demonstrate a clear benefit to communities in Moray, the Highlands and the North East of Scotland. Financial assistance is provided to causes, projects and charitable organisations that make a positive contribution to the lives of people living in their local communities.

Community projects should fall under one or more of the following areas:

  • Education and training initiatives that increase access or opportunity for young people.
  • Health
  • Care to promote good citizenship and foster social and community welfare.
  • Sports activities, especially those that encourage positive youth development.
  • Arts and heritage.
  • Conservation and the environment.

Financial awards vary from £100 to £25,000. An application form can be downloaded here. Meetings are usually held in March and October each year to consider applications and the Foundation Manager should be contacted for information on closing dates for applications.

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Contact: Kay P Jackson, Foundation Manager, The Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation, Tel: 01343 822599 [ e-mail | website ]

The Henry Smith Charity

Henry Smith Charity

Posted: 20-Mar-2017

A large grant making charity, which make grants totalling approximately £25 million each year to up to 1,000 organisations and charities, for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage.

The Main Grants Programme is for grants of £10,000 per year or over:

  • Capital Grants - one off grants for purchase or refurbishment of a building or purchase of specialist equipment.
  • Revenue Grants - Grants of up to three years for things like core costs (including salaries and overheads), or the running costs of a specific project (including staffing costs).

The Small Grants Programme offers grants of £5,000 and £20,000 for small UK registered charities working anywhere in the UK. To be eligible to apply your annual income must be below £150,000.

There are no deadlines. Trustees meet four times a year.

Holidays Grants for Children are one-off grants of between £500 and £2,500 for organisations, youth groups, schools etc specifically for holidays or outings for children under the age of 13 who are disabled or who live in areas of high deprivation. Applications are accepted from 1 March 2017 to 19 May 2017 for trips taking place from 1 May to 30 June 2017.

Contact: The Henry Smith Charity, Tel: 020 7264 4970 [ website ]

The Hilden Charitable Fund Summer Play Schemes Grants 2017

Posted: 20-Mar-2017

The Fund has allocated a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for the benefit of disadvantaged children. Some priority will be given to projects that include children from refugee families, and show BME involvement.

Trustees look to fund:

  • Projects for children aged 5 to 18 years.
  • Locally based schemes lasting from 2 to 6 weeks.
  • Schemes with strong volunteer support.

Applications are accepted from voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000.

Trustees will not support:

  • Play schemes with a budget of over £12,000.
  • Club or family holidays.
  • Day care costs.
  • Agencies with an income of over £150,000.

Grants ranging from £500 to £1,500 are awarded to successful applications.

Applications to the summer play schemes are open and must be submitted by 24 May 2017. Applications can be submitted online here.

Contact: The Hilden Charitable Fund, [ e-mail | website ]

The Holywood Trust

Posted: 1-Dec-2016

The Holywood Trust is a charitable organisation which aims to create opportunities for young people in Dumfries and Galloway. It aims to help young people primarily aged 15 to 25 years fulfil their potential in cultural, educational and social aspects of their lives. To achieve this, the Trust provides funding for individual young people and funding for organisations that work with young people across Dumfries and Galloway. Organisations can find more information on how to apply here.

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Tel: 01387 269176 [ e-mail | website ]

The Idlewild Trust

Posted: 17-Feb-2017

A grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of excellence in the performing arts, and the preservation of buildings and sites of historical interest for the benefits of the public or national importance.

Occasionally it also supports projects that conserve the natural environment. The total funding available each year is approximately £120,000 and registered charities can apply for grants of up to £5,000.

Applications are considered twice a year.

The next deadline for applications is 7 September 2017. Applicants should read the funding guidelines before applying.

Contact: The Idlewild Trust, Tel: 020 8772 3155 [ e-mail | website ]

The Ironmongers’ Company

Posted: 19-Aug-2015

The Ironmongers’ Company wishes to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential.

Grants are only given to registered charities. Projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged.
  • Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills.
  • Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale.
  • Are within the UK.

The Company is looking for projects that deliver clearly defined educational benefits to a specific group of children or young people. Items of equipment will be considered only where a full explanation is given of how they will support this activity.

The Company is particularly interested in enabling primary age children to develop a strong foundation for the future. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs, address behavioural problems or promote citizenship, parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience.

The deadlines for receipt of applications are 31 December and 31 July respectively. 

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The John Watson Trust

Posted: 11-Apr-2017

The Trust awards educational grants to under 21 year olds who are in a situation of disadvantage and/or have additional support needs. Grants have previously been awarded for dyslexia tuition; school trips; Bus passes; books and equipment; equipment for a special education need; and a wide range of other activities.

Grants are also available for organisations and groups working with eligible young people. Grants can also be awarded for relevant research projects. Strong preference for Edinburgh and the Lothians but grants are awarded Scotland wide.

Application deadlines for 2017 are as follows.

  • 27 January
  • 18 March
  • 26 May
  • 4 August
  • 3 November

Tel: 0131 220 3249 [ e-mail | website ]

The LankellyChase Foundation

Posted: 13-Sep-2016

Lankelly Chase aims to bring about lasting change in the lives of people currently most disadvantaged in our society.

Our vision is of a society where everyone can live a rewarding life, where government and civic institutions respond with urgency and compassion to social harms, and where attitudes to those most disadvantaged are rooted in understanding and humanity.

We focus on the way disadvantage clusters and accumulates, particularly homelessness, substance misuse, mental health issues, violence, abuse and chronic poverty. We do this by supporting pioneering people to grow the ideas, relationships and evidence that can help reshape the way we all approach social disadvantage.

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Tel: 020 3747 9930 [ e-mail | website ]

The Lintel Trust

Posted: 29-Mar-2017

Our emphasis has been to support projects that help those recognised as being most disadvantaged in social housing today. This can include housing associations and co-operatives, as well as local projects.

Our aims are: 

  • To promote equality and diversity through the funding of housing and community projects focussed on assisting ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities and single homeless people.
  • To support projects which help older people maintain their independence for longer.
  • To support projects promoting social inclusion in communities.
  • To provide area/issue specific redistribution of charitable funds at the request of donors.
  • To promote the work of Social Enterprise Projects through the provision of repayable grants.

Lintel Trust has a General Grant Programme which eligible organisations can apply to for funding. Grants are one off and normally a maximum of £2,000.

Who can apply? 

Housing associations and co-operatives based or working in Scotland can apply. We do not accept applications from individuals.
We will accept applications from other organisations with charitable purposes, and we particularly welcome applications from organisations which can demonstrate a working relationship with a housing association or co-operative for example: 

  • A social enterprise, voluntary or community group working with a housing association or housing association subsidiary to deliver a joint initiative.
  • A voluntary or community group that is known by a housing association or co-operative and can provide evidence of their support
  • You do not have to be registered as a charity with OSCR to apply, but you have to be able to demonstrate your organisation’s aims, and the aims of the proposed project, are charitable.

Trustees meet quarterly in February, May, August and November. The deadline for applications for 2017 are 21 April 2017, 21 July 2017 and 20 October 2017. Guidance for applicants, a grant application form and the latest deadlines for applications can be found here.

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Contact: The Lintel Trust, Tel: 01324 417117 [ e-mail | website ]

The Livingstone Volunteers Scheme 2017

Posted: 16-Feb-2017

Livingstone Volunteers is a scheme established by the McConnell Foundation to help provide Scottish young people from disadvantaged or vulnerable backgrounds with the funds to partake in a volunteering placement abroad.

The Scheme was set up in the memory of Dr David Livingstone, and provides a grant of up to £500 to individual young Scots between 15-19 years old who have secured volunteering opportunities in one of the four countries Dr David Livingstone explored - Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. 

Livingstone Volunteers 2017 has been launched and details on this and previous years'  schemes can be found on our website.

The deadline for applications closed on 23 December 2016. Successful applicants will be announced at a Livingstone Volunteers event in March 2017.

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Contact: McConnell International Foundation, [ website ]

The MacRobert Trust

Posted: 9-Jun-2016

The Trust's annual monetary donations are only awarded to registered charities and are always dependent upon funding availability. Donations are given to activities defined by a set of themes and sub-themes - see the Trust's website.

  • Services and Sea
  • Education and Training
  • Children and Youth
  • Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Agriculture and Horticulture
  • Tarland and Local Area

Grants vary but most lie between £5,000 and £25,000.

The deadline for applications is 31 May and 31 October each year.

Contact: The MacRobert Trust, Tel: 01339 881444 [ e-mail | website ]

The Mary Salmond Trust

Posted: 19-Nov-2015

The objective of this Trust is to provide financial assistance to individuals and organisations in North East Scotland, which is defined as the local government area of Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and Moray for:

  • The advancement of community development, in particular rural or urban regeneration.
  • Organisations and young people by supporting, promoting and developing children and young people's health, welfare, training, education, civic responsibility and volunteering for the public benefit.
  • Any other purpose that may reasonably be regarded as analogous to either of the preceding purposes.

The maximum grant available is £500.

The Trust does not support:

  • Projects which are exclusively or primarily intended to promote political beliefs or political parties.
  • General appeals and circulars.
  • Retrospective grants.

Trustees meet every three months and applications should be submitted by the end of February, May, August or November. You are advised to submit your application as soon as it is ready and it would be unusual to wait more than three months for a decision.

Contact: The Mary Salmond Trust, Tel: 01224 313473 [ e-mail | website ]

The Mickel Fund

Posted: 10-Apr-2015

The Mickel Fund is a registered Scottish Charitable Trust with the sole aim of improving the lives of others through charitable donations mainly in Scotland. Its aims are to:

  • Promote education;
  • Prevent or relieve poverty among those in need by reason of age, ill-health, disability or financial hardship;
  • Promote health and save lives;
  • Promote the arts, heritage, culture and science;
  • Promote public participation in sports.

Among eligible charities are those working in the field of Children and Youth Support as well as Housing and Homelessness.

The Fund meets twice a year when funding applications are considered.

Contact: The Mickel Fund, Tel: 0141 242 7528 [ e-mail | website ]

The Novum Trust

Posted: 13-Feb-2017

The Novum Trust provides small, short-term, one-off grants generally of between £500 and £2,500 to support distinctively new and Scottish projects in Christian action and research. The projects should not be readily able to be financed from other sources and should focus on the welfare of young people, the training of lay people or new ways of communicating the Christian faith. The Trustees are drawn from a wide spectrum of backgrounds including youth work.

Trustee meetings are held twice a year in May and November to consider applications.

The next deadlines for applications are 15 April 2017 for the May meeting and 15 October 2017 for the November meeting.

Applicants can download an application form and guidance notes.

Contact: Mrs Susan Masterton, Applications Secretary, The Novum Trust, Tel: 0131 555 5800 [ e-mail | website ]

The Percy Bilton Charity

Posted: 20-Sep-2016

The Percy Bilton Charity is a grant-making trust open to registered charities in the UK, whose primary objectives are to assist one or more of the following groups:

  • disadvantaged/underprivileged young people
  • people with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems)
  • older people

The Charity has two types of fund: Large grants (one-off payments for capital expenditure of approximately £2,000 and over, but rarely more than £5,000) and Small grants (donations of up to £500 towards furnishing and equipment for small projects),

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered at the next appropriate Board meeting. Applications for Small Grants are considered monthly.

Contact: The Percy Bilton Charity, Tel: 020 8579 2829 [ website ]

The Peter Vardy Charitable Fund

Posted: 23-Aug-2016

The Peter Vardy Charitable Fund was launched operating as a means of distributing 10% of their annual profits to worthwhile causes in the communities where they operate across Scotland (Aberdeen, Motherwell, Perth, Kirkcaldy and Edinburgh). The grants are aimed at supporting youth-focused charities that could use some additional help.

There is no set limit on the amount of funding you can apply for. The fund aims to get back to any application within a maximum of one month.

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The Prince's Trust

Development Awards

Posted: 25-Feb-2015

Cash grants in Scotland up to £300 for course fees, equipment, work clothing etc are available to help young people move into education, training or employment.

Eligible applicants must be:

  • Aged 14-16 in compulsory education and not expecting to achieve five Standard Grades at Credit Level including English and Maths.
  • Aged 16-25 and not in education, training or employment (or working less than 16 hours a week).

Young people who fall under the following categories are prioritised:

  • Educational underachievers
  • Long term unemployed
  • Offenders and ex-offenders
  • In or leaving care
  • Asylum seeker, refugee or from black and minority ethnic groups.

Contact: The Prince's Trust, Tel: 0800 842 842 [ e-mail | website ]

The Rayne Foundation

Posted: 21-Apr-2017

This Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK that work in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education and social issues and undertake projects that directly benefit marginalised groups. The Foundation considers applications that meet a broad range of criteria but also welcomes especially applications that address the following issues:

  • Young people's improved mental health
  • Arts as a tool to achieve mental health
  • Improved quality of life for carers and for older people

Grants target issues and organisations which do not enjoy widespread public support and typically fall in the range of £10,000 to £20,000 per annum for up to three years. Applicants should note that projects are unlikely to be funded in full. There is a two-stage application process and applications can be made at any time.  Application guidelines can be downloaded here.

Contact: The Rayne Foundation, Tel: 020 7487 9656 [ e-mail | website ]

The Robertson Trust

Posted: 18-Apr-2017

The Robertson Trust is an independent Scottish grant-making trust which exists to provide funding to third sector organisations in Scotland through its Open Grants awards. In practice, this enables the Trustees to donate to a wide range of charitable objectives where the work takes place in, or has an impact on Scotland. The Trust aims to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities across Scotland by tackling disadvantage and supporting Scottish charitable organisations.

The Giving Strategy 2016-19 can be downloaded here and has three funding strands:

  • Care & Wellbeing focuses on the need to improve people's physical and mental health and address health inequalities in Scotland.
  • Realising Potential seeks to address social and educational inequalities among children and young people in Scotland and supports more young people to reach positive destinations.
  • Strengthening Communities has been designed to respond to social inequalities in Scotland and looks for solutions that address local need.

The Grant Programme offers:

Trustees meet every two months, usually in May, July, September, November, January and March. The Trust does not publish deadlines for each meeting and you are advised to submit your applications when it is ready. The Giving Strategy 2016-19 is now live and applicants can now view the updated guidelines here.

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Contact: The Robertson Trust, Tel: 0141 353 7300 [ e-mail | website ]

The Russell Investments Fund

Posted: 24-Aug-2016

The Russell Investments Fund is keen to support charities and community groups in the areas that their staff live and work.

The aim of the fund is to support registered charities and constituted community projects with a focus on:

  • Financial literacy - for adults as well as children and young people;
  • Children and young people;
  • Further education - working with people (all age groups) on 'soft skills'/confidence building to help individuals move into further education.

Priorities: Groups based and operating in Edinburgh and within 30 miles of the city; Projects that are responsive to local issues.

The Fund is part of Foundation Scotland's Express Grants programme: applicants can apply for up to £2,000 and will know within eight weeks if they are successful.

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Contact: Foundation Scotland, [ website ]

The Ryvoan Trust

Posted: 12-Apr-2017

The Ryvoan Charitable Trust awards around 20 grants a year to support projects mostly in Scotland. The reward parameters have deliberately been kept wide to remain open to a variety of projects that focus on children and young people and supporting people with either physical or mental health challenges. Grants are generally issued to charitable organisations and not individuals. The Trustees generally meet 2 or 3 times a year to consider applications. Applications can now be made and must be submitted by 11 August 2017 for the next Trustee's meeting on 25 August 2017. Applications can be submitted online.

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The ScottishPower Energy People Trust

Posted: 25-Jan-2017

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. Application deadlines are seven weeks prior to the Trustees' meeting. 

There are three application deadlines in 2017:

  • 25 January 2017
  • 24 May 2017
  • 4 October 2017

Contact: The ScottishPower Energy People Trust, Tel: 0141 614 4480 or 0141 614 8199 [ e-mail | website ]

The Screwfix Foundation

Posted: 3-Jun-2015

The Screwfix Foundation has the clear purpose of raising funds to support projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities. The Foundation raises funds throughout the year to support good causes that will change people's lives. They work with both national and local charities, donating much needed funding to help all sorts of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating homes of people living with sickness or disability. Registered charities can apply for funding here.

Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis.  Reviews in 2015 will be in January, April, July and October.

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The Steel Charitable Trust

Posted: 10-Jun-2016

The Steel Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust supporting general charitable purposes. Grants are made primarily to registered charities in the UK within the following funding areas:

  • Arts and Heritage
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Social or economic disadvantage

Applications from Bedfordshire generally, and Luton in particular, are welcomed. Grants are generally made as single payments between £2,500 and £25,000.

There is no deadline for applications and all will be acknowledged. The Trustees generally meet in March, June, September and November.

Contact: The Steel Charitable Trust, [ e-mail | website ]

The Stevenston Charitable Trust

Posted: 2-Sep-2016

The Stevenston Charitable Trust was established in 2000 with the particular aim of supporting the arts, and especially the art of music in the Lothians and Borders regions of Scotland.  The Trust awards grants usually between £1,000 and £3,000 in the majority of cases to charities which work towards the advancement of arts, culture and heritage. Trustees favour musical and visual arts within the area of arts and culture with a particular emphasis on charities which promote access to the arts by young people. Applications should be made via the online application form and reach the Trust by 15 December. The Trustees hold their annual meeting in January to consider applications and release grants normally before 31 March each year.

Tel: 0131 228 8111 [ e-mail | website ]

The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK

Posted: 11-Nov-2010

Provides grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to charitable organisations for new projects relating to:

  • Education
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Medical research
  • Relief of disability and severe illness
  • Preservation of buildings of architectural or historical significance
  • Accommodation of those in need
  • The skills based training of young people

Grants are only given to organisations with a turnover less than £500,000 and who fulfil the criteria of the Trustees.

The Trustees aim to meet in January, April, July and October each year.

The Trustees receive a large number of applications and can only open the application dates for a short time. They aim to give notice of at least 48 hours before closing applications.

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The Weavers Company Benevolent Fund

Posted: 3-Apr-2017

Who can apply? - Registered charities with an annual income of less than £250,000.

What is available? - Up to £15,000

The Benevolent Fund helps young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. The Fund prefers to help new projects in the early stages and, in particular, innovatory projects which could act as a model for similar work elsewhere. The priorities of the fund are to help 1.Offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age and 2.Disadvantaged young people.

Small organisations and charities that offer direct services are preferred.

The next deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.

Tel: 020 7606 1155 [ e-mail | website ]

The Weir Charitable Trust

Posted: 2-Mar-2017

The Trust aims to support small community groups of charities with an income of £100,000 or less per annum based in Scotland and providing services across Scotland.

The Trust will consider a maximum award of £25,000. However, the average award is in the region of £3,500. It will consider funding specific activities and services in sport, recreational facilities, animal welfare, health and cultural projects to improve the quality of life for people, either through a particular field of expertise or via a local community. The closing date for applications falls twice a year at the end of February and the end of August. The next deadline for applications is 31 August 2017.

Contact: The Weir Charitable Trust, Tel: 0131 554 7806 [ e-mail | website ]

The Wheelsforgood Community Fund

Posted: 12-Apr-2017

This Fund aims to give something back to the community by helping other causes related to wheels, transport or the motor industry around the country. Applicants must be a registered charity with a charity number and have a cause related to motor, transport or wheels to be eligible to apply. Applications can be submitted anytime online here.

Contact: Becky Donovan, EDAM, [ e-mail | website ]

The Wood Foundation (TWF)

The Wood Foundation (TWF)

Posted: 6-May-2015

A charitable trust launched by Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of the Wood Group plc on the 14th September 2007. It operates as a Scottish based Trust with a Global Outlook investing over £50m into economic, community and enterprise activities in the UK and Sub Saharan Africa over the next 5-10 years. The trust focuses on these investment areas:

Tel: 01224 619831 [ e-mail | website ]

Think Big

Posted: 19-Jan-2016

Think Big is an innovative £5m programme designed to back young people aged 13 to 25 across the UK and help them harness their ideas to run projects and campaigns in their local communities.

Grants of £300 are available to get first projects running under Think Big (Level 1). If the project is completed and has gone well applicants may be invited to Think Bigger (Level 2) - which can provide up to £2,500 in funding.

Online applications can be made here.

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Together Young & Old: The Crerar Hotels Trust Community Prize

Posted: 1-Aug-2016

Crerar Hotels Trust is a charitable trust funded by the Crerar Hotel Group.

Giving back to local communities to improve the quality of everyday lives is at the heart of Crerar Hotels – their motto is “Hotels with Heart and Soul” – each year almost half of the hotel profits are entrusted to the Crerar Hotels Trust for distribution to charities and community projects local to Crerar Hotels throughout Scotland and Yorkshire. This year, following the success of the pilot scheme last year, Crerar Hotels have re-launched the Community Prize. This fund will again be awarded to a local community project which brings together young and old people in a meaningful way.

Consideration will be given to any proposal which will result in ongoing interaction between the generations in a community within one hour’s drive of any Crerar Hotel. The criteria are intentionally loose to allow communities to develop creative ideas which will work for them. Preference may be given to applications which aim to match funding provided and where there will be a lasting impact in the community. Each Crerar Hotel will have a community volunteer team who will act as the initial co-ordinators. Please contact your local Crerar Hotel should you have any questions about the Community Prize or see here.

Contact: Crerar Hotels, [ website ]

Torch Trophy Trust

Posted: 17-Oct-2016

The Torch Trophy Trust is a charitable organisation, whose main aim is to encourage voluntary work in sport and other related outdoor activities within local communities.

Bursaries are intended to support grassroots sport and recreation by enabling sports volunteers and groups to enhance their skills, talent and improve their knowledge. A limited number of bursaries are available each year, ranging from £100 to £1,000. They are not usually awarded for more than 50% of a projects total costs, but exceptional circumstances are considered.

Bursary applications are now closed.

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Contact: Hayley Morris, Torch Trophy Trust, Tel: 020 7976 3900 [ e-mail | website ]

Transform Foundation

Website Grants for Charities

Posted: 23-Feb-2017

Following a successful pilot funding round in 2016, the Transform Foundation has now launched the 2017 funding round of its Charity Website Grant Programme which provides £18,000 in grants to UK charities to fund the redevelopment of their website. Charities or other non-profit organisations in the UK can apply to receive funding to redevelop their website. The grant is mainly aimed at charities with annual incomes between £500,000 and £30 million, although smaller charities with ambitious plans for digital can also apply. Larger charities will also be considered for specific project or fundraising sites. Any type of non-profit organisation may apply, with successful applicants in the past including causes as diverse as community development, physical illness, education, theatre, mental health, hospices, national heritage, volunteering, family, children & youth, addiction, homelessness, international aid, and arts. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications for a website grant can be made online here.

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Contact: Transform Foundation, Tel: 020 7965 7132 [ website ]

Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

Posted: 9-Mar-2017

This trust offers funding for specialist community and voluntary organisations working with carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders within the UK.

The Triangle Trust recognises in the current economic climate, building a solid foundation for long-term sustainability for your organisation can be of higher importance than starting a new project. They therefore offer Development Grants to provide funds towards your organisation's core costs.

The trust would like to see applicants use these grants to develop sustainable income sources, so that when your grant comes to an end your organisation's income will not be reduced.

Funding is available for up to £80,000 over 3 years.

Submission of online application forms for organisations working with unpaid carers opened on 9 March 2017 with a deadline of 4 May 2017. For organisations working with the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders, submission of online applications will open on 7 September 2017 with a deadline of 2 November 2017.

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Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Posted: 3-Jun-2015

This grants programme supports projects in the UK which address issues in rural communities and/or areas of urban deprivation. Within these two main headings the Foundation are interested in helping established projects which work in the field of:

  • Community support
  • Arts
  • Education and heritage
  • Disability and health care

The Foundation also have a small budget for UK charities working on projects in developing countries.

The Grants Committee meets quarterly to consider applications.

Contact: Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, Tel: 0207 264 4990 [ website ]

tt-exchange Programme

Posted: 6-Apr-2016

The tt-exchange Programme offers donated technology products from partners such as Microsoft, Symantec and Cisco to eligible UK Registered Charities.

Through the programme eligible charities are able to request donated technology products. These products include operating system software and server software, security software and hardware such as switches, routers, wireless equipment and firewalls.

Charities are required to pay a small administration fee to cover the costs of the programme. Whilst the fees vary, charities will still make savings of between 92-96% on typical retail prices.

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Contact: tt-exchange, Tel: 0845 456 8305 [ e-mail | website ]

Tudor Trust

Posted: 3-Jun-2015

Tudor makes grants, and provides other type of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations which work directly with people who are at the margins of society; organisations which support positive changes in people's lives and in their communities.

As an independent grant maker an important part of their role is to support work which has uncertain outcomes. However, innovation is not the be all and end all: they also recognise the need for sound, practical work which seeks to bring stability and wellbeing into difficult places and situations. They seek to give you the opportunity and practical tools to do the work that you know is needed and they try to offer high levels of support and engagement when this is helpful and appropriate.

Their two-stage application process provides more time to work creatively with applicants who reach the second stage. Through careful listening and constructive dialogue they hope to give you the opportunity to think about your options and develop a proposal which focuses on the real needs of your organisation and the people you are working with.

Tudor doesn't have specific funding programmes. Their focus is on smaller forward-looking groups, led by capable and committed people.

Groups with an annual turnover of less than £1 million are more likely to be funded. However, they sometimes make grants to larger groups, particularly for work which could be influential or which a smaller organisation would not have the capacity to deliver.

You can apply at any time - Tudor makes grants on a rolling programme and there are no deadlines.

Contact: Tudor Trust, Tel: 0207 727 8522 [ website ]

UK Youth

Starbucks Youth Action Grants

Posted: 27-Mar-2017

UK Youth and Starbucks Coffee Company have launched a funding programme to empower young people to get involved in their local community and make a positive difference. It is open to young people aged 16 to 24 in Scotland, England and Wales who are not in education or employment and have a youth worker/training organisation to back them during the course of the project.

Eligible projects require two young people to lead it and engage a further 50 young people throughout the project. As well as making a positive contribution to the local community the projects should enhance the young leaders employability and leadership skills.

Grants are available up to £1,000 and applications are considered monthly on a rolling basis. 

Applications are currently closed but potential applicants should check back later for the 2017 launch.

Tel: 07720 339 221 [ e-mail | website ]

UK-German Connection

Posted: 10-Apr-2017

Funding for youth groups

UK-German Connection offers three grants which support joint activities and visits between youth groups in the UK and Germany.

Youth Challenge Fund

The Youth Challenge Fund is designed to give young people the opportunity to:

  • Enhance their international experience and intercultural awareness.
  • Develop skills in a UK-German context by engaging with young people.
  • Engage in creative, bilateral activities around a selected youth topic, with or without a language element.

Instant Impact

The Instant Impact programme supports first-time visits for youth groups who have not previously met their partner youth group in Germany and would like to work on future projects together.

Both grants can support costs such as travel, accommodation and project resources. The Youth Challenge Fund has three deadlines per year: 31 January, 31 May, and 31 October. The Instant Impact programme has a rolling deadline, and applications can be submitted at any time (at least six weeks before the start of the trip/activity).

Flexible Funding Scheme

This scheme aims to bring young people from the UK and Germany together to facilitate an exchange of ideas, joint learning and open discussions on special topics and current issues. Schools and youth groups in both countries can apply for funding for grants of between £500 and £5,000 for joint and bilateral UK-German activities. This programme has a rolling deadline and applications can be submitted at any time.



Tel: 0207 824 1573 [ e-mail | website ]

vInspired Cashpoint

Posted: 14-Apr-2016

Aimed at young people aged 14-25 who have a great idea for solving a problem in their community, vInspired cashpoint provides the opportunity to bring social action ideas to life.

Grants of up to £500 are on offer to give young people the chance to change their community for the better. Due to the popularity of the programme, which has been running for five years, the age range has been extended to enable the youngest social entrepreneurs to get involved and make a difference to the causes they care about.

Over the past five years, in excess of 800 grants have been awarded to young people who have used their creativity and passions to develop projects including stand-up comedy sessions to help young people build their confidence, cycling lessons to give young women from Bangladeshi communities independence, and a community 'earth ship' to educate local people about eco-friendly living.

The grants won't just benefit the community. Through applying for and running their projects young people learn vital skills and confidence, which will help them in their future careers, and perhaps even inspire them to set up their own full-scale social enterprises. Grant recipients will also be able to work towards their vInspired Awards, which officially record hours of volunteering and social action to be added to CVs or job applications. All of which will help young people build experience, develop relationship and stand out in an increasingly competitive world.

Grants will be awarded for not-for-profit projects that show a clear positive benefit to a community, group or the planet.

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Contact: vInspired, Tel: 0207 960 7000 [ e-mail | website ]

Volant Charitable Trust

Posted: 29-Mar-2017

This trust was set up by the author J K Rowling to support charitable causes. Foundation Scotland works with the Volant charitable Trust to make awards of up to £10,000 per annum on its behalf to charities and community groups in Scotland. The fund's primary focus is to support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation.

Projects must tackle serious issues and help people to turn their lives around are given priority. Trustees meet twice a year, in March and September.

After reading the guidelines, applicants should send an outline of their project using the online enquiry form and return by email to Foundation Scotland. After being reviewed, applicants may be invited to submit a full application.

Enquiry forms must be submitted between 1 January and 28 April 2017 for a decision by October 2017 and also submitted between 1 July and 31 October 2017 for a decision by April 2018.

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Contact: Jennifer McPhail, Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0141 341 4964 [ e-mail | website ]

Volunteering Support Grants 2016-17

Scottish Government

Posted: 3-Jun-2016

Small to medium-sized not-for-profit organisations in Scotland are invited to apply for volunteering support grants of up to £10,000 to create a new or enhance an existing volunteering project with additional volunteers, especially volunteers from a disadvantaged background. Funded projects will be expected to recruit a minimum of 15 additional volunteers, including at least 10 from disadvantaged backgrounds. Among the target volunteers who may experience disadvantage are young people and young people at risk of offending. The grant also aims to support third sector organisations to enhance their services and improve their capacity to deploy, support and train volunteers. The Voluntary Action Fund especially welcomes applications from organisations who are involving volunteers in their work for the first time. Voluntary and community organisations in Scotland with an annual income of less than £250,000 or less than £100,000 if the fund is oversubscribed are eligible to apply.

This fund is now closed to applications. Information on which organisations were funded can be found here.

Contact: Voluntary Action Fund, Tel: 01383 620780 [ e-mail | website ]

Watkin Jones Community Fund

Posted: 13-Apr-2017

The Watkin Jones Community Fund offers grants of up to £1,000 to support projects aimed at promoting communities throughout the UK, especially those that enhance the physical environment and improve the quality of life for local people. Examples of projects include regeneration, environmental/sustainability, educational, capacity-building and skills development, renovation, arts, culture and sports projects. The Fund is open to applications from not-for-profit groups or organisations that run projects aimed at improving the quality of life for local people.

Applications are considered every 3 months. The remaining application deadlines for 2017 are as follows:

  • 30 June 2017
  • 30 September 2017
  • 31 December 2017

 An application pack is available to download here.

Contact: Watkin Jones Community Fund, [ e-mail | website ]

Weatherseal Community Heroes Bursary

Posted: 1-Dec-2016

Local community groups that work with children, young people, the elderly or vulnerable members of society can apply for supportive funding up to £500 from the Weatherseal Community Heroes Bursary. Applications can be made online here.

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Tel: 0800 041 041 [ website ]

Wessex Youth Trust

Posted: 2-Nov-2016

The Wessex Youth Trust is a regular grant-making trust established to help, support and advance registered charities in the UK and internationally which provide opportunities specifically for children and young people up to the age of 12 years. A range of youth-orientated causes and needs can be supported such as:

  • Holiday clubs
  • Sports organisations and outreach programmes
  • Inner city drop-in centres
  • Drug prevention schemes
  • Theatre, dance and music-related groups

There are two deadlines for applications each year on 1 May and 1 November. The next deadline for applications is 1 May 2017. An application form can be downloaded here.

Tel: 01508 571 230 [ website ]

West Lothian Council – Community Arts Grants Scheme

Posted: 3-Feb-2017

The Arts Grants Scheme aims to support individuals, professional artists, schools and community groups and organisations to participate in, develop or promote the arts in West Lothian.

The Arts Grants Scheme offers four different funding streams which are designed to support arts in the community:

  • A fund to support voluntary arts organisations.
  • A fund to support professional visual artists or crafts people who are resident in West Lothian or who have studio space in West Lothian.
  • A fund to support individuals wishing to develop their skills in the arts.
  • A fund to support schools wishing to deliver extra-curricular arts activities.

Funding awards are considered twice a year and applications for 2017-2018 must be received before:

  • 1 April 2017
  • 1 October 2017

Application forms for the above round are now available to download here.

Contact: West Lothian Council, Tel: 01506 773857 [ e-mail | website ]

WHSmith Trust Community Grants

Posted: 23-Jun-2016

The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that aims to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates, and also to promote literacy and a love of reading.

With the introduction of the new WHSmith Community Grants, the WHSmith Trust is now offering grants of up to £500 to voluntary organisations and schools from the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag levies across the UK.

Grants are awarded every six months to charities, schools and community groups of any size, provided they support the community in the UK.

The following community groups may apply for WHSmith Community Grants:

  • Registered or Exempt Charities
  • Voluntary/Community Groups (constituted)
  • Schools and pre-schools

To apply for a Community Grant, fill out the application on the WHSmith website.

There are two annual application rounds – 1 October to 3 March, and 1 April to 30 September. At the end of each six month period, grant applications are reviewed and grants issued.

William Grant Youth Opportunities Fund

Posted: 24-Aug-2016

Works to support young people living in the areas of Dufftown, Girvan or Bellshill by offering grants to projects which offer opportunities to young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in these areas.

Voluntary organisations and charities which provide services which re-engage young people can apply for grants over and less than  £5,000. currently actively looking for applications for grants over £5,000, especially from the North and South Lanarkshire areas in and around, Bellshill and Hamilton.

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Contact: William Grant Youth Opportunities Fund, Tel: 0141 341 4967 [ e-mail | website ]

Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships

Posted: 10-Mar-2017

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust opens its application process for Travelling Fellowships in May each year. Around 150 grants are awarded annually to UK citizens who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities.

There are a range of categories, including one currently for 'Young People' (for talented 18-25 year olds who have a passion for enterprise, leadership or community action).

Applicants come from all around the UK and from many different backgrounds. Each application is judged on its own merit and no qualifications are necessary.

The application to completion cycle is approximately one year long with the deadline to submit an application usually towards the end of September each year.






Contact: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Tel: 0207 799 1660 [ e-mail | website ]

Women’s Fund for Scotland

Posted: 29-Sep-2016

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

There are two levels of awards for which only one or the other can be applied for:

  • Small one-off grants of between £500 and £2,000 which must be spent within one year.
  • Large multi-year grants up to £30,000 (£10,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years)

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. The fund is now closed to applications.

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Contact: Ros Houldsworth, Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0131 524 0340 [ e-mail | website ]

Wooden Spoon Charity

Posted: 4-May-2016

The Wooden Spoon Charity provides grants to organisations and charities in the UK to run projects that benefit children and young people under 25 years of age who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially. Projects should be of a long-term nature (minimum predicted life-span of five years, preferably ten) and have a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. There must be a key rugby element to engage children and young people for educational or disability sports focused projects.

Applications can be made at any time.

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Contact: Projects Department, Tel: 01252 773720 [ e-mail | website ]

Woodward Charitable Trust

Posted: 4-Aug-2016

The Woodward Charitable Trust is a grant-making trust that funds small to medium-sized charities in the UK with an income of less than £300,000. Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in antisocial behaviour are among the areas supported, as well as arts outreach, environmental projects, homelessness, disability, prisoners and ex-offenders. Most grants are made for one-off projects. Grants are reviewed twice a year, usually in March and October. Information on applying and general guidance on applying can be found here. Prospective applicants should note that less than 15% of applications are successful as the number of applications exceeds the funds that are available.

Tel: 020 7410 0330 [ e-mail | website ]

WREN Community Fund

Posted: 13-Oct-2016

The WREN FCC Community Fund (previously WREN's Small and Main Grant Scheme) provides funding for community, heritage and environmental projects in areas close to Greengairs landfill sites by awarding grants for environmental, heritage and community projects.

The small grants programme provides grants between £2,000 and £50,000. Eligible organisations that can apply for funding include environmental organisations, voluntary groups, charities, not-for-profit organisations and community groups.

From 2015 WREN started operating only one application deadline for each round. Applications can be made online and applicants will require an email address to access the system. The deadlines for applications for 2017 are as follows:

  • 22 February 2017 (Round 1)
  • 24 May 2017 (Round 2)
  • 23 August 2017 (Round 3)
  • 22 November 2017 (Round 4)

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Contact: WREN, Tel: 01953 717 165 [ e-mail | website ]

Year of Young People 2018 Open Event Fund

Posted: 21-Apr-2017

2018 has been designated the Year of Young People and is aimed at inspiring Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and on the international stage. The Year of Young People 2018 Open Event Fund is designed to support both new and existing public facing events taking place in Scotland during 2018. EventScotland will support events that strongly match the objectives of the year.

Potential applicants should in the first instance discuss their proposal with EventScotland before preparing an application. The deadline for applications is 12 June 2017 for events taking place between 1 January and 31 December 2018. The guidance and criteria can be found here.

Contact: EventScotland, Tel: 0131 472 2313 [ e-mail | website ]

Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation

Posted: 20-Feb-2017

The Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation is aimed at not-for-profit groups in England and Scotland to its Spirit of the Community Awards 2017.
The maximum value is £5,000 for awards in England and Scotland and projects must address one of three categories:

  • Help people have a healthy relationship with money – This category will focus on initiatives that advance financial education including initiatives that promote accessibility to both financial education and financial services.
  • Help people into employment – This category will focus on initiatives that build on and develop skills in individuals to equip them for the workplace and help them become ready for work.
  • Help people improve their local environment – This category will focus on projects seeking to protect or improve the environment

The Foundation is now open to applications with a closing date of 6 March 2017. Those interested in applying can access online the guidelines document and application form.

Contact: Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation, [ e-mail | website ]

Yorkshire Building Society

Community Investment Fund

Posted: 30-Aug-2010

Created to have a positive impact on local communities in which the Society operates.

Support is focused on local communities through a combination of financial giving, voluntary activities, linking/working with community groups and enterprises (e.g. schools, sports clubs and local authorities).

Contact your local branch of the Yorkshire Building Society if you think the Fund could make a different to a community group or project in your local area.

In seeking to ensure they cover as wide an area as possible, the grants are limited to small amounts - usually no more than £300.

Contact: Yorkshire Building Society, [ website ]

Yorkshire Building Society

Charitable Foundation

Posted: 30-Aug-2010

Established as the focal point for all Yorkshire Building Society's charitable giving. The Foundation supports charities and good causes throughout the UK.

The priority is to support registered charities involving anyone who is vulnerable, people suffering hardship and the provision of support for services used by sectors of the community (e.g. community centres).

The maximum grant is £2,000 although the emphasis is on smaller donations.

Contact: Yorkshire Building Society, [ website ]

Young UnLtd

Do it For Real Award

Posted: 27-Mar-2017

Do it For Real is a new youth programme run by Spirit of 2012, Comic Relief and UnLtd aimed at helping young people in the UK aged over 16 to discover their full potential and contribute towards their communities.

The programme aims to:

  • Inspire young people to take active steps into social entrepreneurship and peer to peer mentoring;
  • Increase the overall confidence of young people;
  • Empower young social entrepreneurs to make a difference within their community;
  • Offer support in the form of finance, expert help, one to one guidance, networking and free advice.

Social entrepreneurs can apply for cash awards to help them start or build up their existing social venture and benefit their community. Applications are currently closed.

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Tel: 0845 850 1122 [ website ]

Youth Activities Small Grants Fund 2017-2018

Aberdeen City Council

Posted: 12-Apr-2017

Aberdeen City Council offers small grants of up to £1,500 to children and young people to enable them to contribute to their own communities in Aberdeen. Children and young people must be actively involved in the application and project idea. Voluntary, community and schools groups applying for funding must live in Aberdeen and work with children and young people aged 12-25 years. The remaining closing dates for applications are as follows:

  • 6 June 2017
  • 12 September 2017
  • 31 October 2017
  • 16 January 2018

Guidance notes and an application form are available on the website.

Contact: Rhona Whyte, Aberdeen City Council, Tel: 01224 498131 [ e-mail | website ]

Youth Bursaries for International Youth Mental Health Conference

Posted: 13-Apr-2017

The Organising Committee of the International Youth Mental Health Conference has announced that bursaries are now available to enable young people to attend and participate in the Fourth International Youth Mental Health Conference in Dublin to be held from 24 to 26 September 2017. Young people aged 18 to 25 years at the time of the conference are eligible to apply for two types of bursary:

  • Registration bursary of 275 Euros which covers the cost of the registration fee.
  • Registration and accommodation bursary which covers both the registration fee and accommodation at the conference venue for two nights.

Applicants must have either an interest in the area of youth mental health or a personal experience of a mental health issue as well as an interest in using social media to report on key issues that emerge for young people from the conference. They should also be willing to co-chair a session during the conference with another person and be a member of the International Association for Youth Mental Health (IAYMH).

The closing date for applications is 15 May 2017 with applicants notified of the outcome by the middle of June. Application guidelines and an application form are available to download on the website. Applicants should note that the number of bursaries is limited and that travel expenses are not funded. Completed applications should be emailed to Nick Fava.

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Contact: Craig Hodges, IAYMH, [ e-mail | website ]

Youth Council for Northern Ireland


Posted: 6-Jul-2016

Causeway is a British-Irish exchange programme that aims to strengthen and improve relationships between the young people of the United Kingdom and Ireland, and those who work with them. The programme aims to achieve this by raising the level of contact through:

  • Increased communication and contact between young people
  • Increased communication and contact between youth workers and leaders
  • Enriching non-formal educational and personal development of young people
  • Celebrating the coming together of each region

Grants are given under three headings:

There are three deadlines each year in February, May and October. The next deadline for applications is 1 October 2016 for projects starting between 1 January and 30 June 2017. Those living in the UK should contact the Youth Council for Northern Ireland.

Contact: Bernice Sweeney, Youth Council for Northern Ireland, Tel: 02890 643882 [ e-mail | website ]

Youth Music Initiative

Posted: 30-Nov-2016

The Scottish Government's Youth Music Initiative programme intends to:

  • Create access to high quality music making opportunities for young people aged 0-25, particularly for those that would not normally have the chance to participate;
  • Enable young people to achieve their potential in or through music making;
  • Support the development of the youth music sector for the benefit of young people.

There are three routes to apply for investment from this programme:

1. School Based Music Making - To ensure that all children have access to one year's free music tuition by the time they reach Primary 6. This fund is targeted at Scotland's 32 local authorities and Jordanhill School. Activities in this area will start in August 2016 at the beginning of the academic year.

2. Access to Music Making - To create access to high quality music making opportunities for young people aged 0-25 outwith school time. Activities within school time will be considered if they are specifically for: early years (0-5 years); young people with additional support needs or disabilities; young people who are disengaged from mainstream education. Organisations and individuals can apply for funding of between £1,000 and £40,000.

This fund has now closed for 2016 to 2017.

3. Strengthening Youth Music - To support individuals, organisations and networks to undertake strategic action or training that will strengthen the youth music sector in Scotland for the benefit of young people. Organisations and individuals can apply for funding of between £1,000 and £20,000.

This fund has now closed for 2016 to 2017.

Tel: 0845 603 6000 [ e-mail | website ]

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