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Aberdeen City Council

Youth Activities Small Grants Fund

Posted: 13-Apr-2016

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 next closing date for applications is 7 June 2016. Guidance notes and an application form are available on the website.

Contact: Rhona Whyte, Tel: 01224 498168 [ e-mail | website ]

Action Earth Scotland

Posted: 21-Mar-2016

Action Earth is helping to get people and communities busy outdoors. The campaign has grants to give to groups of volunteers who are carrying out environmental projects in Scotland.

  • Grants from £50 to £250 are available for practical activities that involve volunteers in improving outdoor spaces or creating habitats for wildlife. Grants can be used to purchase plants, tools and materials or to cover volunteer expenses.
  • If your group is volunteering on a Local Nature Reserve we can give you up to £500 for practical work, wildlife recording or educational activities that encourage more people onto the reserve.

The campaign is run by Volunteering Matters (formerly known as CSV) from April to December each year and is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage.

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

Agar Trust

Posted: 3-May-2016

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 30 September 2016.

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

Allander Youth Activities Charitable Trust

Posted: 17-May-2016

The Trust aims to support voluntary organisations 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 £30 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.

Grants towards the purchase of equipment for undertaking new activities may also be available. Further information on applications can be found on the website. Applications for activities later in 2016 are now being considered. Please note funds for May, June and July are now fully committed.

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Allen Lane Foundation

Posted: 10-May-2016

The Foundation is interested in funding work which benefits people in the following groups, or generalist work which includes significant numbers from more than one such group:

  • Asylum-seekers and refugees (but not groups working with a single nationality).
  • Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender people.
  • Gypsies and Travellers.
  • Migrant workers.
  • Offenders and ex-offenders.
  • Older people.
  • People experiencing mental health problems.
  • People experiencing violence or abuse.

There is no formal application form - only a short Registration Form to provide basic information which you should complete and send with your application. Click here to download.

Processing an application and making a grant usually takes between two and six months.

Contact: The Allen Lane Foundation, Tel: 01904 613223 | [ e-mail | website ]

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Posted: 25-Apr-2016

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. The next deadline for applications is 1 September 2016.

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

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust

Posted: 30-Jul-2015

This Trust awards grants that give disadvantaged young people the opportunity to develop an exciting 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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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 ]

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: 16-May-2016

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 to UK registered charities for projects undertaken in the UK.

Categories change yearly and usually run on a three year rolling programme. Applications are normally awarded in June and November each year.

The categories for 2016 are:

  • Children
  • Youth

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

Applications are strictly online. The deadline for applications are 1 June 2016 and 1 November 2016.

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

Aviva Community Fund

Posted: 18-Mar-2015

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

This fund will re-open in September 2016.

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Awards for Young Musicians

Posted: 10-May-2016

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 2016 Awards closed on 18 March 2016. Awards will be announced in May 2016. Applications for the 2017 awards will not be accepted until autumn 2016.

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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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Contact: BAA , [ website ]

Bank of Scotland Foundation

Posted: 11-Apr-2016

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 next deadline for both programmes is 8 July 2016.

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Barcapel Foundation

Posted: 7-Jan-2016

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 June and November each year to review applications. The next deadline for applications for the June meeting is 22 April 2016.

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

BBC Children in Need

Posted: 10-Nov-2015

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 includes:

  • 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 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 for applications of up to £10,000 for one year. Small Grant application deadlines are as follows:

  • 1 March - Decision due early May
  • 1 June - Decision due early August
  • 1 September - Decision due early November
  • 1 December - Decision due 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. Main Grant application deadlines are as follows:

  • 13 January - Decision due mid June
  • 15 May - Decision by mid October
  • 15 September - 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 ]

Better Breaks

Posted: 3-May-2016

Better Breaks provides grants to organisations supporting families who care for a disabled child. The fund opens for applications each year in the autumn.

The purpose of Better Breaks is to develop responsive and creative short break opportunities for disabled children and young people, and their families.

We particularly want to improve short break opportunities for disabled children and young people with additional multiple support needs, and we are really keen to hear about proposals which will integrate disabled children better with mainstream community services and opportunities.

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Contact: Shared Care Scotland, Tel: 01383 622462 [ website ]

Big Lottery Fund

Investing in Ideas (Scotland)

Posted: 1-Apr-2016

This programme can provide grants of between £500 and £10,000 to organisations to help them develop and test new ideas that improve communities and life chances of those in need.

Applications are open to the following groups:

  • Voluntary or community sector groups
  • Social enterprises
  • Charities
  • Health bodies
  • Non-profit making companies limited by guarantee
  • Local authorities or community councils

Grants can cover costs such as business plans, research, exchange visits in the UK, community consultation and feasibility studies.

There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time of year.

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Contact: Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Tel: 0300 123 7110 [ 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: 6-Aug-2015

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 ]

Big Lottery Fund Scotland

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.

Groups can keep in touch with the latest Young Start news via Facebook or Twitter

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Big Lottery Fund Scotland

Improving Lives Fund

Posted: 27-Nov-2015

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.

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

Big Lottery Fund Scotland

Communities and Family Fund

Posted: 26-Apr-2016

The Communities and Families Fund is a grants programme funded jointly by the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland. The fund will support local projects that help families and communities give children the best start in life.

Funding (£250 - £10,000) is concentrated on projects that benefit children, or parents and families of children, who are eight years and under.

Examples of the types of local projects that can apply for funding include:

  • Parenting support and development projects.
  • Community play projects.
  • Projects that support better nutrition for young children.
  • Community-based family support and childcare projects.

Funding available for up to 100% of project costs including materials, training costs, overheads and sessional staff.

The fund closed on 29 February 2016.

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

Bridges Ventures

Bridges Social Impact Bond Fund

Posted: 21-May-2015

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.

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

British Council

The Lefevre Trust

Posted: 19-May-2016

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.

Applications are now closed.

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

British Council - Erasmus+

Posted: 27-Apr-2016

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) - 4 October 2016
  • Key Action 2 (Youth) - 4 October 2016
  • Key Action 3 (Youth) - 4 October 2016

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British Record Industry Trust (BRIT Trust)

Posted: 12-Apr-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. Applications are on an annual basis and should be submitted no later than the end of August for consideration in September. Applications can be submitted via an online form.

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Buttle UK

Funding for Estranged Young People

Posted: 10-Mar-2015

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.

Contact: Buttle UK, Tel: 01505 850 437 [ e-mail | website ]

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Posted: 28-Sep-2015

The UK branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has announced its strategic priorities for 2014-2019. The Foundation is based in Portugal and the UK, with a special interest in supporting those who are most disadvantaged. Grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations to support a small number of innovative projects that:

  • Gathering evidence, testing pilot initiatives and supporting strategic advocacy aimed at increasing knowledge about transitions in later life and securing more appropriate responses to the issues they create for people as they age, particularly in terms of the psychological and emotional challenges faced.
  • Fostering sector collaboration, building the evidence base and identifying and supporting models of best practice and originality in the area of participatory/socially-engaged performing arts to raise the profile of this arts practice.
  • Fostering connections and building the capacity of the environmental sector to influence the marine environment and protect our oceans

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Tel: 020 7012 1400 [ e-mail | website ]

CashBack for Communities Fund Phase 4

Posted: 24-May-2016

CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme which uses funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them back into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland. This investment includes sporting activities and facilities projects, youth work projects as well as cultural activities involving arts, music and dance. Inspiring Scotland is working with the Scottish Government as the new delivery partner of the CashBack for Communities Programme. The CashBack for Communities Programme funds partner organisations to deliver, monitor and report on initiatives across all 32 Local Authority Areas in Scotland. Applications are invited from organisations who wish to become a CashBack Partner for Phase 4 of the programme which runs from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020. Organisations must have a proven track record of delivering activities and opportunities to disadvantaged young people across Scotland.

Applicants must first read the guidance and criteria for completing the application here. An online application form can then be accessed here. The deadline for submission of applications is 30 June 2016. Enquiries prior to submitting the application must sent by email before 23 June 2016.

Contact: Inspiring Scotland, [ e-mail | website ]

CashBack for Communities Small Grants Scheme

Grants of up to £2,000 to support local youth groups to provide big opportunities for Scotland's young people

Posted: 2-Mar-2016

Established to support local volunteer led groups, who may not previously had access to external funding, to enhance their programmes for young people and get positive projects off the ground.

This pilot scheme is being managed by a partnership of six national, volunteer-led youth organisations:

The scheme will fund:

  • The start up costs of a unit or youth group (up to £1,000)
  • The costs (or part of the costs) of a particular programme of activity (up to £2,000).This can include equipment.

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

  • Led by volunteers Have members which include young people aged 10 or over,
  • Based in Scotland, and
  • A member of one of the six partnership organisations.

Each group or project should apply directly to the organisation of which they are a member.

The next deadline for applications is 1 June 2016.

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Central Scotland Green Network Ideas Fund

Posted: 20-Apr-2016

The Central Scotland Green Network (GSGN) Ideas Fund awards up to £5,000 to support the development of pioneering greenspace and green infrastructure projects. Eligible projects include research, feasibility studies, study trips to bring back good practice, project development or project delivery. The winner of the £5,000 award will be expected to develop their concept or project along these lines. Local authorities, NGOs, CSGN stakeholders and partners, academic institutions as well as professional, private and community interests are among those eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is 6 June 2016. Applicants will be shortlisted to the best three projects and must be available to present their proposal and answer questions from an audience at the CSGN Forum in Glasgow on 21 June 2016. Delegates will then vote for their preferred concept resulting in the winner receiving the award to develop their project.

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Challenge Fund

Posted: 3-Mar-2016

The Challenge Fund has a pot of £200,000 each year targeting groups and organisations working closely with local communities such as social clubs, sports clubs and arts or cultural organisations.

The Fund aims to enable them to digitise content, build digital networks and improve the digital skills of their members so that they can thrive in a digital environment. 

Smaller scale awards range from £200 to £10,000 and focus on supporting activity that generates valuable learning for future activity. 

Awards over £10,000 are only awarded to applicants proposing an exceptional project. 

Support offered can take the form of financial grants and / or provision of IT equipment, infrastructure support, provision of volunteers etc.  

This funding programme is currently closed.

Contact: SCVO, Tel: 0131 474 8000 [ e-mail | website ]

Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund

Posted: 13-Apr-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 will be 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, which is expected to be launched in the summer of 2016. £1 million will be made available in 2017/18, with a further £1 million in 2018/19.

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.

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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 Grants

Posted: 11-Feb-2016

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 eight 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 29 April 2016. Projects should commence on 1 July 2016 and run for up to one year.

Contact: Susan Shippey, Tel: 0131 469 3874 [ e-mail | website ]

Clore Duffield Foundation

Poetry and Literature Awards

Posted: 8-Apr-2016

This Award funds poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people under the age of 19, across the UK. Individual Awards range from £1,000 to £10,000. The Clore Duffield Foundation has created these Awards with the aim of providing children and young people with opportunities to experience poetry and literature in exciting and compelling ways, in and out of school.

Applications are welcome from:

  • Primary and secondary schools.
  • Further education colleges,
  • Professional literature, poetry and creative writing organisations and libraries.
  • Other arts/cultural organisations (museums, galleries etc).
  • Established community groups.
  • Not for profit organisations

Applications for the eighth round of the awards closed on 7 March 2016.

Contact: Clore Duffield Foundation, Tel: 0207 351 6061 [ 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: 27-May-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 deadlines for applications for the 2016-17 Community Investment Programme are:

17 August 2016

23 November 2016

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

Comic Relief UK

Posted: 24-May-2016

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.

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

Community Food and Health (Scotland) Development Funding Programme

Posted: 22-Apr-2016

The Community Food and Health (Scotland) development funding programme is open to groups who would like to develop new or existing activities that will improve access to, or take up of, a healthy balanced diet in low-income communities in Scotland. Three funding schemes were launched on 12 June 2015:

  1. The Capacity Building Fund offers grants up to £500 for groups and agencies running food and health activities in low-income areas working to strengthen their organisations. The fund closed on 15 February.
  2. The one-year Development Fund offers grants from £500 to £2,000 that can develop, recruit for, and complete food and health activities by the end of September 2016 (now closed to applications).
  3. The two-year Development Fund offers grants from £500 to £5,000 for groups and agencies planning food activities requiring more time to become established or to reach those most in need (now closed to applications).

Applications can be submitted for more than one of these funding schemes as long as the criteria for that fund is met. Applications for the  Capacity Building Fund can be made at any time until all the funding for this year has been allocated.

The Community Food Fund has now closed.


Contact: Community Food and Health (Scotland, Tel: 0141 414 2890 [ e-mail | website ]

Community Grant Programme 2014-15

Posted: 27-Nov-2014

The Community Grant 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 within 12 months.

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 programme are now closed.

Contact: VAF, Tel: 01383 620780 [ e-mail | website ]

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 Fund

Posted: 27-Apr-2016

Co-op Local Fund has over £750,000 up for grabs for local causes or community groups in Scotland you feel passionate about. They could receive anything from £200 to £2,500. The money comes from the 5p charge in Scotland every time someone asks for a single use carrier bag.

  • Individuals/groups can apply for a share of £750,000.
  • All causes will be checked and then shortlisted down to three in each Scottish community.
  • Co-operative members vote online or via phone for their favourite.

Applications are now closed to the Local Fund.

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 Scotland

Open Project Funding

Posted: 14-Oct-2015

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 ]

Creative Scotland

CashBack for Creativity Programme

Posted: 15-Jun-2015

The CashBack for Creativity is a funding programme running from 2014-17 which aims to provide young people aged up to 25 years access to high quality opportunities in dance, film and music in communities where there is an identified and demonstrated need in Scotland.

The programme is supported by three strands in 2015/16:

  1. The CashBack for Creativity Open Arts Fund: The youth work sector can apply for funding for community-based arts programmes which provide free arts related activities for children and young people.
  2. The CashBack for Creativity Strategic Fund: Delivers a programme of learning and developmental activities to improve skills and confidence which can lead to further learning, training, education and employment.
  3. The CashBack for Creativity Training and Employability Strand: Develops specially tailored Creative Industries training programmes.

To be eligible to apply, your organisation must be based in Scotland or benefit young people in Scotland.

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

Dewar Arts Awards

Posted: 1-Sep-2014

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.



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

Directory of Social Change

Directory of Social Change

Posted: 28-Jan-2016

DSC is the leading provider of training and publications to the voluntary sector. We empower you with the skills and knowledge to better serve those you help. Our wide range of training and publications cover fundraising, management, governance, policy, finance, hr, personal development and information & communication.

DSC provides specialist funding databases on trust funding, grants for individuals, government funding and company giving.

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Discovery Foundation

Discovery Grants

Posted: 3-Mar-2016

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: Sharon Squire, Head of CSR, Tel: 07785 977291 [ e-mail | website ]

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People


Posted: 11-May-2016

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 2016 are:

26 July 2016

11 October 2016

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: 2-Oct-2015

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, Tel: 07729-018214 [ e-mail | website ]

Ernest Cook Trust

Posted: 3-Feb-2016

Aimed at assisting registered charities which work with 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 ]

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Posted: 24-Jun-2015

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 four 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 Cultural Foundation - Grants

Posted: 24-Apr-2015

The European Cultural Foundation has long facilitated people working collaboratively across Europe, and their grants are designed to support projects that bring a renewed understanding of Europe to people of all backgrounds. Collaborative Grants are for transnational, cross-sectoral activities by independent cultural and artistic organisations working together or with organisations from other sectors.

Contact: European Cultural Foundation, [ website ]

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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Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund

Posted: 23-Nov-2015

VAF is delighted to announce the launch of the Scottish Government’s new Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund.

The aim of the Fund is to help small voluntary organisations and community groups in Scotland run an event or engagement activity to gather views on how we can create a Fairer Scotland.  

Grants of up to £300 (or exceptionally up to £500 for a larger event) are available to support an event or engagement activity with a group of five or more people. The event or activity should gather the participants’ thoughts about how we can create a Scotland where people are healthier, happier and treated with respect, and where opportunities, wealth and power are spread more equally.

The fund is now closed as from 6 November 2015.

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Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund

Posted: 29-Feb-2016

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. Application dates for 2016 are as follows:

  • 29 April 2016 (decisions by end of June)
  • 30 September 2016 (decisions by end of November)
  • 30 November 2016 (decisions by end of January)

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.

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

Foundation Scotland

Sport Relief Community Cash

Posted: 18-Apr-2016

Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to not-for-profit community groups that work to help local people of all ages feel more included in their community in disadvantaged and deprived areas across Scotland. Youth groups are among the groups in Scotland eligible to apply. Only groups with an annual income of £100,000 or less may apply.

The fund is now closed to applications.

Contact: Linda Phillips , Tel: 0141 341 4960 [ e-mail | website ]

Foundation Scotland Express Grants

Posted: 29-Jan-2016

Express Grants are for community groups based in Scotland looking for funding of up to £2,000. As the name suggests, Express Grants have a straightforward application process, and a short turnaround time, meaning that within eight to ten weeks, applicants will know if they've been successful. 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.

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

Funding Scotland

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

Posted: 24-Nov-2014

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.  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 2015/16

Posted: 1-Mar-2016

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 2015/16 has now closed.

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Gannett Foundation

Posted: 12-Aug-2009

The Gannett Foundation is the charitable am of Gannett Co Inc, owner of the Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK's largest publishers. The Foundation provides funding to support local organisations in the area where Newsquest operate in the UK.

The Gannett Foundation supports projects which take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighbourhood improvements, economic development, youth development, local problem solving, assistance to disadvantaged or disabled people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.

Typically, grants are made for substantial projects which require and merit awards of between £5,000 and £10,000.

Contact: Gannett Foundation, Tel: 0141 302 7005 [ 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: 18-Dec-2015

The aim of the Give Us A Break programme is to tackle social exclusion by offering funding assistance to groups of vulnerable or disadvantaged young people to take part in activity holidays at youth hostels across Scotland. The programme is specifically aimed at groups of young people who would not otherwise have this opportunity due to their particular circumstances, which result in social exclusion, deprivation or other disadvantage.

All of the SYHA breaks are designed to help young people realise their full potential and to build confidence and self esteem. For many it is also the first time they have had the opportunity to explore all that the Scottish countryside has to offer. It provides a much needed break from their everyday lives and as a result they often flourish. All the programmes are tailored to meet the age and ability of participants.

SYHA are now welcoming applications for 2016 trips. The successful application will receive up to 20 participant places and up to three teacher/leader places including accommodation, catering and activities for a two night residential.

If you are a youth worker, teacher or other who works with young people who would benefit directly of one of the programme, and wish to apply for a trip for young people who would normally not have the opportunity to participate in the programme, see here.

Contact: SYHA Hostelling Scotland, Tel: 0845 293 7373 [ e-mail | website ]

Go For It

Posted: 8-Mar-2016

The Go For It Fund's next Main and Continuation Grant application deadlines are:

Friday 23 September 2016

Friday 24 February 2017

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.

Main Grants offer:

  • Three years of funding.
  • A maximum total award of £45,000.

Continuation Grants offer:

  • Two years further funding.
  • A maximum total award of £20,000.

But if you evidence work with people in extreme poverty, the total maximum award can rise to £90,000 (Main) or £40,000 (Continuation).

If you would like to find out more:

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

Go2Play Fund 2016

Posted: 10-May-2016

Inspiring Scotland is delighted to announce the new round of 2016 Go2Play funding, funded by the Scottish Government, is now open for applications.

Go2Play will continue to support the Scottish Government’s Play Strategy for Scotland, ensuring that a resilient and vibrant play sector continues to be developed and supported.

This fund focuses on supporting Scottish Charities to deliver free play opportunities which support the outcomes sought in Scotland’s Play Strategy. In addition, the fund seeks to address inequality, raise attainment and aspiration, and improve life chances for Scotland’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families.

Please note, the funding is for a specific timescale, from July 2016 to March 2017.

Applications are welcome from all charities in Scotland with innovative play ideas, which can achieve these aims. 

Areas may include:

  • Facilitating free play opportunities in community or school settings through Play Rangers.
  • Raising physical activity and physical literacy through Active Play.
  • Supporting the sustainable approach of Young Play Champions / Volunteers – both in community or school settings.
  • Supporting vulnerable parents and families through Play in early years settings.

The continued rise of the Play Rangers movement on our streets and the promotion of Active Play as a means of raising physical activity levels and attainment is largely thanks to Inspiring Scotland’s support of charities delivering play. Take a look at the YouTube channel to see some examples of play through Go2Play.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 6 June 2016. 

For guidance notes and application criteria see here.

To complete the online application, see here.

The shortlisted charities will be invited to a ‘Dragons Den’ on 21 June 2016. 

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Go2Play New Play Ranger Fund

Posted: 2-Apr-2015

This new fund, delivered by Inspiring Scotland, is offering up to £30,000 to support Scottish Charities in play ranger provision for vulnerable children and disadvantaged groups.

Applications should support the outcomes of Scotland's Play Strategy and fit the following essential criteria:

  • They are a Scottish Registered Charity;
  • The provision will take place in communities within the 15% most deprived areas of Scotland;
  • Play will be provided in an outdoor setting within the community for children aged between 5 and 15 years;
  • The Charity applying has experience of providing play for children in their community;
  • The provision will be open access;

Applicants can download the criteria document, guidance notes and application form from Inspiring Scotland's website.  Successful charities will receive support in the form of funding, training; individual tailored support and the opportunity to share learning and best practice.

The deadline for applications is 28 April 2015. 

Contact: Inspiring Scotland, Tel: 0131 442 8760 [ website ]

Golden Bottle Trust and Bulldog Trust

Posted: 19-May-2016

The Golden Bottle and Bulldog Trust Funding Initiative aims to provide small to medium sized charitable organisations with the chance to access funding of between £1000 and £30,000 without a complicated and time consuming application process.

The aim of this collaborative funding initiative is to make transformational grants to the organisations they support - grants that enable charities to take a step forward in their development and so something they were not able to do before. Due to the increased quality of applications received, it has now been decided to limit applications to two funding rounds for 2015 to 2016. The second and final round of funding for 2015/2016 has now closed and applicants will be informed of the outcome by 22 July 2016.

For further queries, contact Phoebe Gallagher.

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Contact: Phoebe Gallagher, Grants and Philanthropy Researcher , Tel: 020 7240 6044 [ 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 ]

Greggs Foundation

Posted: 14-Mar-2016

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 is 1 July 2016.

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

Grow For It Awards

Get Creative

Posted: 22-Feb-2016

Grow Wild is looking for imaginative ideas that raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants using visual art or music, poetry and dance. Winning applicants will receive £500 to produce their creative artwork or to record their audio performance, plus the chance to exhibit or perform it outdoors at a high profile UK summer event.

Applications are open under two ‘Get Creative’ categories:

Visual art - to produce a large piece of art to be displayed outdoors. It can have a three-dimensional element, though we must be able to hang the artwork flat on a wall. In your application you will need to describe what you want to do, your inspiration and how your idea demonstrates the importance of UK native wild flowers and wild spaces.

Audio/performance – to produce a piece of music, dance or spoken word to a performance standard. In your application you will need to describe the inspiration behind your creative idea and say how your performance will demonstrate the importance of UK native wild flowers and wild spaces.

Entries for this competition are invited under two age categories:

  • Under 18s (for age 12 to 17)
  • Over 18s (for age 18 to 25) 

Applications for Grow For It funding have now closed.

Winning entries will receive their £500 award in early March 2016 and will need to complete their project by 10 June 2016.

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

Grow For It Awards

Transform a Space

Posted: 29-Feb-2016

Do you have a brilliant idea for transforming a communal space near you? Do you want to get together with others for some wild sowing and planting action? Young people aged 12 to 25 can apply for a £500 Transform a Space award. 

Grow Wild is looking for project ideas that raise awareness about the importance of native wild flowers and plants and their diverse habitats. Your project can involve more than sowing and growing – as long as it communicates a message about UK native wild flowers and wild spaces in a creative way. Think wild, innovative and eye catching!

Don’t have a piece of land to sow? Don’t fret, consider some other creative ideas including:   

  • Moveable meadows! Think pots, old wellies, even wheelbarrows! Wild flower container options are endless. 
  • Art and craft, for example, street art, sculpture, murals, mosaics, upcycling, decorative containers, even knitting!
  • Fun events, such as wild flower cycle tours, interesting workshops, interactive games or treasure trails.

Grow Wild is there to support you, so even if you are a novice and have never grown wild flowers, help is at hand. Please get in touch if you need some advice or want to discuss your project idea.

To help you get started on your space Grow Wild will give you a free seed kit containing enough native wild flower seed for sowing up to 10m2.

Click here to view the simple application form. The deadline for entries has now passed.

Successful applications will be notified by mid-March and will need to complete their project by mid-September 2016.

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

Grow Wild

Posted: 15-Jan-2016

Grow Wild is now accepting applications for funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants.

If your group has an inspiring idea to connect people to nature, Grow Wild is planning to fund at least 60 community projects across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Applications for 2016 projects are now closed. Successful projects will be awarded funding in March 2016.

For reference, the 2016 community project application guidelines can be found here. If you have any questions about your project idea and application or to request an application pack please get in touch.

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Contact: Claire Bennett, Grow Wild Scotland , Tel: 0131 554 2561 or 07917 264891 [ e-mail | website ]

GSK Impact Awards

Posted: 7-Jan-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.

Applications to the 2016 GSK IMPACT Awards are now closed. The 2017 GSK IMPACT Awards will open for applications in July 2016.

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

Healthy Hearts Grants

Posted: 1-Feb-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 next deadline for applications is 30 March 2016.

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

Hedley Foundation

Posted: 11-Jan-2016

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 2016, the Trustees meet on the following dates: 28 January, 23 March, 25 May, 20 July, 14 September and 9 November.

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

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

Heritage Lottery Fund

Posted: 25-Feb-2016

The Heritage Lottery Fund awards grants to sustain and transform our heritage in the UK.  Support is given to all kinds of projects which make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities.  It runs a number of different grant programmes which fund various heritage projects, among them:

  • Young Roots
  • First World War: Then and Now

Young Roots

The Heritage Lottery Fund supports all aspects of heritage in the UK, from historic buildings and museums to archives, nature conservation and oral history.

The Young Roots programme aims to engage 11-25 year olds in projects that help them learn about their heritage, while at the same time developing new skills and making a contribution to their communities. Young Roots is a rolling programme with no deadlines and grants are available from £10,000 to £50,000.


First World War: Then and Now

First World War: Then and Now provides grants of between £3,000 to £10,000 for communities to mark the Centenary of the First World War. With a grant you could make a real difference to a wide range of people by helping them understand the war and its impact better.

In particular, the Heritage Lottery Fund believe that involving young people in marking the Centenary is important. See examples of the heritage your project might explore here.

This is a rolling programme, meaning you can apply anytime.

If you are thinking of applying under this programme, you can express your interest online. You will be informed if your application is suitable to this programme and you can then decide whether to go ahead.

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

Heritage Lottery Fund

Funding for Anniversaries

Posted: 16-Jun-2015

The Heritage Lottery Fund funds projects marking some of the UK’s most important anniversaries and commemorative events. Grants start at £3,000 and groups and organisations can apply under the Sharing Heritage, Our Heritage, Young Roots and Heritage Grants programmes. An example of eligible projects would be events marking significant dates in the Second World War.

For more information please call or email the anniversaries enquiry line or contact the HLF office in in your area.

Contact: Heritage Lottery Fund, Tel: 020 7591 6044 [ e-mail | website ]

Hilden Charitable Fund

Posted: 10-May-2016

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

The next deadline for applications to the grant programme is 11 July 2016.

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 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 ]

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Posted: 27-Jan-2016

A Quaker Trust which seeks to transform the world by supporting 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 ]

Junior Climate Challenge Fund

Posted: 26-Jun-2015

The Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF), which is part of the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund, administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, gives young people the funds and support they need to take action on climate change in their community.

£750 Development Grants are available to support young people putting a full JCCF application together. You can apply for these via the Junior Climate Challenge Fund webpage.

There will also be JCCF workshops to attend. Keep an eye on the JCCF webpage and facebook page for details.

The Junior Climate Challenge Fund (JCCF) is now closed to new applications and those that register an expression of interest will be contacted as soon as possible in the event of funding remaining after the March 2015 Grants Panels.

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Keep Scotland Beautiful Community Grants Scheme

Posted: 16-Dec-2014

Using proceeds from the single use carrier bag charge collected by Tesco Scotland, grants fixed at £250 are available now to local groups, to make small improvements to their local environment, bringing people together and raising a smile.

Eligible projects will include local action to improve the local environment, delivered in an environmentally sustainable manners, involving and benefitting the community, and will be volunteer led.

The scheme is now closed for applications.

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

Kelly Family Charitable Trust

Posted: 2-Mar-2016

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 absue 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 2016.

Contact: Kelly Family Charitable Trust, [ e-mail | website ]

LandAid Empty Properties Funding Programme

Posted: 17-Nov-2015

Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available to convert empty properties in the UK into supported accommodation for young people who are homeless or at severe risk of becoming homeless. LandAid welcomes applications from charitable organisations that can convert empty properties into affordable and safe homes for young people in housing need and that can support them to move forward positively with their lives.

LandAid is now closed to applications for the empty properties funding programme. Applicants who are longlisted and in the second stage will be contacted by the grants team and informed of the outcome of their application by the end of the year.

Contact: LandAid Grants Team, Tel: 020 3102 7192 [ e-mail | website ]

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: 21-Apr-2016

Funding of £2.3 million 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 closed to applications. New funding opportunities will be posted in due course on the website.

Contact: Heather Coady, Programme Director, Tel: 0141 212 9612 [ 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-May-2015

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. Registered charities with an annual income of less than £500,000 can apply for funding through this programme. There are deadline dates for applications every two months.

Partnership Drugs Initiative - Promotes voluntary sector work with vulnerable children and young people affected by substance misuse. 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 substance misuse;
  • Young people who are developing or who have established problems with substance misuse.

Capacity Building - Charities will be considered for capacity building support focused on improving monitoring and evaluation as a result of successfully applying for funding through the Foundation’s Henry Duncan Awards programme. A limited number of charities will be put forward to receive this support as a result of needs being identified during the assessment process. It is entirely up to the charities selected whether they want to proceed with this, and if they decide not to it will have no impact on any other award they may receive.

Funding Surgeries - Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland holds a series of surgeries for local recognised charities. Surgeries are an opportunity for you to have a one-to-one session face to face or by Skype with one of their assessors, and to discuss how to go about putting an application to the Foundation.

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

M&S Energy Community Energy Fund

Posted: 6-May-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. Those interested in taking part should complete the online application form here.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2016.

Tel: 01637817417 [ e-mail | website ]

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation

Posted: 14-Apr-2016

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. Projects in and out of schools or in community situations will be considered.

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 2016.

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Morrisons Foundation

Posted: 22-Jul-2015

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: 28-Jan-2016

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 ]

MSE Funding for Financial Projects

Posted: 12-May-2016

The MSE Charity provides grants to constituted community based groups (including schools) to help fight financial and consumer illiteracy and to educate and inform adults and children about consumer and debt issues.

Under the programme, grants of up to £5,000 are available for group projects such as self-help groups, schools, workshops and other innovative schemes that seek to educate people about money, debt and consumer issues. The grant can be used to pay for financial education course fees and other associated expenses. Priority will be given to groups with an annual income of less than £300,000.

Normal grant giving has been suspended for one grant round only and instead only expressions of interest for ideas for innovative projects are invited. The upper limit of £5,000 has been removed and instead applications for between £2,000 and £15,000 will be considered. Previous applicants and existing grant holders can apply for this unique grant round. Applications should be made by email, only using the form here.

The deadline for applications is 10 June 2016. Those reaching stage 2 will be notified by 15 July 2016. The Charity's normal grants programme is likely to resume later in 2016 with information posted online in advance.

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Museums Galleries Scotland Small Grants

Posted: 7-Mar-2016

All full members of Museums Galleries Scotland are eligible to apply for the Small Grant scheme which aims to develop museums service provision. The applicant can be a manager, curator, educator, Cultural Co-ordinator or volunteer - as long as the application has authorised member support.

Applicants can apply for between £500 and £5,000 with a minimum of 25% match funding. Applications for more than 50% of the overall cost will be subject to additional criteria. The scheme has three rounds of funding a year with a decision notified to applicants within six weeks of the closing date. The next deadline for applications is 3 June 2016. Applications should be made using their online application system.

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

Nancy Ovens Trust

Posted: 20-May-2016

Applications are now open for the 2016 Nancy Ovens Award for Play which are made in recognition and celebration of innovative and high quality outdoor play experiences for children.

Trustees are looking for community led play projects which showcase the best Scottish play examples which others can in the future learn from.

The main criteria for entrants are as follows:

  • Involvement by Children / Young People
  • The Physical Environment
  • The Play Experience
  • Access to the Play Space

For 2016 the award categories have been expanded to recognize the innovation in play in communities around Scotland. Individuals and community groups can now apply for awards in the categories below:

  • Play at Nursery or School
  • Play in the Home
  • Play in the Community
  • Positive Support for Play

In seeking and being granted this prestigious award, community groups and local authorities are provided with a national standard for play areas that is widely welcomed by children and play organisations from across Scotland. An Award for Play Form and Positive Support for Play Form are available online. Completed forms can be sent by post or email.

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2016.

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Contact: Nancy Ovens Trust, Tel: 0131 247 1078 / 0131 247 1007 [ e-mail | website ]

National Lottery Good Causes Portal

National Lottery Good Causes Portal

Posted: 2-Jul-2009

Search for funding with the help of this portal.



Contact: National Lottery, Tel: 0207 211 3990 [ e-mail | website ]


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 Arts Sponsorship Grants 2016-17

Posted: 20-May-2016

The Scottish Government via Creative Scotland has made funding available to Arts & Business Scotland to encourage new business sponsorship of the arts within Scotland.

This award scheme aims to promote private sector sponsorship of the arts in Scotland. The awards are intended to increase the number of businesses supporting the arts, and to encourage cultural organisations to approach businesses or sectors that have not previously supported the arts.

The scheme is simple. The arts organisation receiving an eligible business sponsorship gets £1 of funding for every £1 of sponsorship. This funding goes towards additional activity, for which the sponsor receives equivalent benefits. The maximum grant is £40,000 and the minimum grant is £1,000. Both in-kind and cash sponsorship are eligible. There are two application forms, one for applications between £1,000 and £2,000 and another for over £2,000. Application Guidelines & Terms and Conditions on receiving a Grant for the period 2016-17 can be found here.

There are no closing dates. Applications will be assessed as they are received and a decision will be given in six weeks.

Contact: Arts and Business Scotland, Tel: 0131 556 3353 [ 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 ]

Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund

Posted: 19-May-2016

The funding is administered by Young Scot and is provided to individuals and groups who demonstrate barriers to participation (ie. cost, geography, disability) to help nurture talent through:

  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Film
  • Visual Arts
  • Literature
  • Digital Arts

Both groups and individuals between the age of 14 and 20 who live in Scotland can apply for funding for £50 up to £600. The funding is administered by Young Scot and is provided to individuals and groups to help nurture talent through:

  • Artistic Development (such as auditioning expenses, work shadowing, mentoring)
  • Promotion and showcasing (such as staging an exhibition, recording a demo, marketing a performance, publishing written work)
  • Peer-to-peer delivery (hosting a workshop, setting up a local group)

The next deadlines for applications are 26 June and 28 August 2016 after which it is not known at this stage if the Nurturing Talent Fund will continue as the Time to shine strategy funding is due to end in September 2016.

An online application form is available on the website.

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Contact: Becca Lloyd, Nurturing Talent Fund Officer, Tel: 0808 801 0338 [ 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 Health Trust

Active Communities Fund

Posted: 18-Apr-2016

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

The Active Communities Programme is currently not open for funding in Scotland.

Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are available to non-profit organisations which have been running for more than three months, to fund projects which:

  • Last between nine months and two years
  • Are small and local (e.g. 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 7697 4021 [ e-mail | website ]

People's Postcode Lottery - Dream Fund

Posted: 11-May-2016

The Dream Fund has already helped to transform communities across the country. The £1 million funding pot offers charities and community organisations the chance to work together and apply for up to £750,000 to 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 encouraging applications from projects seeking to:

  • Promote participation in sports
  • Promote community development
  • Promote environmental protection
  • Promote health
  • Promote human rights
  • Prevent poverty, distress and sickness

The Dream Fund 2017 will be open for applications in August with funding guidelines available on the website in July.

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

People's Postcode Lottery Small Grants Programme

Posted: 7-Jan-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 first round of applications opens from 1 May 2016 to 31 May 2016 and the second round opens from 1 September 2016 to 30 September 2016.

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

People's Postcode Lottery Community Trust

Posted: 28-Jan-2016

The People's 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 Community Grant Scheme opens on 5 January 2016 to Charities that provide a positive impact on their local community. Funding will be available for projects that promote community development and support community cohesion. 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. Other organisations may apply for up to £2,000.

There will be two funding rounds in 2016 that charities can apply for through an online application from in the timescales below:

  • 5 to 29 January 2016
  • 1 to 31 May 2016

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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 ]

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 Local Trust

Posted: 7-Jan-2016

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 2016, the Trust will invite applications that encourage lasting benefits by bringing people together to improve local ecology and habitats, encourage bio-diversity and benefit the wider environment. 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. Other organisations may apply for up to £2,000.

The form will be open at the following times in 2016:

  • Tuesday 5 January to Friday 29 January 2016
  • Thursday 1 September to Friday 30 September 2016

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

Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund and Violence Against Women and Girls Fund

Posted: 15-Feb-2016

The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) is delighted to announce, on behalf of the Scottish Government’s Equality Unit, the launch of the Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund (PECF) and Violence Against Women and Girls Fund (VAWGF) for 2016-17. The funding is available for 12 months, from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.  Both funds are competitive, and applications will be assessed by the Scottish Government and VAF with final decisions being made by Scottish Ministers.

The PECF is open to applications from third sector organisations which work with, or on behalf of, people who are disadvantaged due to the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010: age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. 

The aim of the VAWGF is to assist the development of measures to tackle all forms of violence against women and girls. These measures may include projects which build capacity in local partnerships to strengthen responses to violence and abuse, which deliver frontline services, or which focus on prevention and early intervention.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is Wednesday 16 March 2016.

Full details of eligibility criteria information, application forms and guidance notes for PECF can be found here and for VAWGF here.

Ragdoll Foundation 2016

Posted: 13-Apr-2016

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

Applications will be 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 £30,000 but no more than £50,000 and are expected to fund between 25% and 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.

Tel: 01789 404100 [ e-mail | website ]

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, 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: 25-May-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. 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 ]

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: 17-Feb-2016

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 deadline for applications is 30 June 2016 with a decision expected by the end of September.

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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 Cultural and Arts Fund

Posted: 13-May-2016

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 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 Cultural and Arts Fund is now closed to applications.

Contact: Scotrail, [ 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 ]



Posted: 2-Jul-2009

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

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'see me'

2016 Grant Applications Community Innovation Fund

Posted: 28-Jan-2016

See Me will award up to £20,000 for larger pieces of work to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.  The funding will be open to Change Networks (see Change Network criteria) with more formed and longer term project ideas.  This funding stream will be subject to the terms of the CIF criteria as outlined in the CIF guidelines and will be awarded to Change Networks which are already established or will be established by the start of the project.  Funding will be made available for year-long pieces of work focused on behaviour change within communities that adhere to See Me values and contribute to our national aim and objectives.

Local Community Innovation Fund

See Me will award up to £4,000 to support the development of specific ideas into local small projects that challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. This funding stream will be subject to the terms of the CIF criteria and will be awarded to community organisations/groups that can demonstrate strong lived experience participation and leadership or Change Networks which are already established (See Change Network Criteria).  We would expect these projects to last between 2 to 6 months in duration.  

Change Network Fund

See Me will award up to £2,000 to support the development of strong partnerships that will create and deliver projects to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.  We would anticipate that the Change Networks will be organised around a specific theme or geographical area and would be operational within 6 months of receiving funding.  This will be a rolling fund with applications being accepted until  April 2016. (See Change Network Fund guidelines ).

The 2016 Community Innovation Fund is now closed to local and large grants. However, applications for the Change Network Fund remain open until May 2016.

Timeframe for applications - 2016

2016 Fund Maximum Grant Application Period Disbursed
Change Network £2,000 (rolling) 01/04/15 - 31/05/16 Rolling
CIF (Local) £4,000 CLOSED February 2016
CIF (Large) £20,000 CLOSED February 2016

Contact: Laetitia Jan, Tel: 0131 243 3808 [ e-mail | website ]

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 ]

Shell UK Funds for Aberdeen

Posted: 6-Mar-2015

Shell UK currently administers two funds:

Shell Community Awards Fund

A small grants programme for community groups and small charities that are working in the Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Fife and Angus area. The focus of this fund is projects that work in the areas of education, environment, safety and social inclusion.

Applications to this programme are through the Foundation Scotland Express Grants programme. Please note that only groups with an income of less than £250,000 can apply. See here for more information.

Shell Community IT Support Fund

A small grants programme for community groups and charities specifically to help them purchase IT equipment. There is currently £25,000 available in the fund. Applications are up to £2,000 and applications are through the Express Grants programme.

There is no set deadline for applications as the express grants fund is a rolling programme with an approximate six weeks turnaround for decisions.

Contact: Foundation Scotland, Tel: 0141 341 4960 [ 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 ]

SITA Trust

Scottish Landfill Communities Fund

Posted: 27-Apr-2016

Under the SITA 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. SITA 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 - 25 July 2016.
Deadline for the Smaller Project Fund - 25 July 2016.

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

Skills and Opportunities Fund


Posted: 24-Feb-2016

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 develop skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business.

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 the first round closed on 19 February 2016. There will be another opportunity to apply in August 2016.

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

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Skills Development Scotland

Employer Recruitment Initiative

Posted: 19-Jan-2016

Launched July 2012, the ERI for Targeted Young People offered funding to employers to support young people who were care leavers, young carers or ex-offenders to sustain employment including undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship. For young people aged 16-24. Employers received £1,500 incentive. Scotland's Employer Recruitment Incentive is now paused to new starts due to the UK government spending review although young people already recruited are unaffected by this and will receive full support through their 12 month participation.

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.

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

Skipton Building Society's Grassroots Giving 2016

Posted: 3-May-2016

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 is 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 2016 opened on Tuesday 3 May and the deadline for entries is 29 July 2016.

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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 ]

Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund 2016-17 (SIALF)

Posted: 21-Mar-2016

The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) manages the Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund (SIALF) on behalf of the Scottish Government. This £500,000 one-year Fund is open to voluntary organisations and community groups in the third sector in Scotland with an annual income of below £250,000. The Fund aims to support community-based projects tackling social isolation which take place between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. Applicants must meet at least one of the following two outcomes:

  • An increase in social connectedness of people experiencing disadvantage, and
  • A reduction in the effects of social isolation in people experiencing disadvantage

Small grants from £2,500 to £10,000 and larger grants from £10,001 to £20,000 are available. The deadline for applications is 20 May 2016 with successful applicants notified of the outcome by 13 June 2016.

Contact: VAF, Tel: 01383 620780 [ 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: 8-Jan-2016

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 2016 meeting will close on 30 June 2016.

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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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: 25-Aug-2015

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 are now closed for 2015.

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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.

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

Tackling Sectarianism - Small Grant Programme 2015-2016

Posted: 26-Apr-2016

The 2015-2016 programme is now closed to applications. This second tranche of funding ran from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

The Tackling Sectarianism Small Grant Programme is a Scottish Government initiative aimed at supporting communities to stimulate local level activity that contributes to tackling Intra-Christian Sectarianism in Scotland. This could be realised through a range of community-led activities that improve Scottish Government understanding of the sectarian issues faced by communities.

The main aim of the programme is to stimulate community-based activity that will increase understanding of how sectarianism impacts on the lives of people in different communities. In addition, the programme will support the communities to take action to tackle the sectarianism experienced. Projects must also foster work that supports the development of volunteers and volunteering activities.

Two funding strands are available:

  • Grants of up to £10,000 for an individual group applying to carry out activities;
  • Grants of up to £15,000 for collaborative working projects (including two or more organisations).

There are no specific application deadlines but all projects must be completed by 31 March 2016. Full details, eligibility, guidance notes and an application form can be found here.

Contact: VAF, Tel: 01383 620780 [ e-mail | website ]


Digital Heroes Awards 2015

Posted: 27-Apr-2016

TalkTalk’s annual Digital Heroes Awards have opened for applications from individual members of charities and community groups that use digital technology to improve their communities. The Awards go to 10 individuals who harness digital technology to bring about social change and improve lives in their local communities.

A new award category has been introduced for 2015 in partnership with the online safety organisation Internet Matters. The Internet Safety Digital Hero award recognises an outstanding individual who promotes online safety for children and young people and could apply to a parent, teacher, youth worker or young person working to raise awareness in this area. Other award categories are as follows:

  • Employment Digital Hero
  • Healthy Living Digital Hero
  • Silver Surfer Digital Hero
  • Skills Digital Hero
  • Volunteer Digital Hero
  • Fundraising Digital Hero
  • Next Generation Digital Hero
  • Training Digital Hero
  • Sustainability Digital Hero

Entries for 2015 are now closed. Shortlisted nominees were announced on 11 August 2015 and voting has now closed. Talk Talk Digital Hero winners will be announced on 15 September 2015.

If you have any questions please email TalkTalk.

Contact: TalkTalk, [ 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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Tesco Bags of Help Grants

Posted: 18-Apr-2016

This community grant scheme uses money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in Scotland, England and Wales to support around 2,500 local projects a year that improve green spaces in communities. Projects should benefit the community and provide free and open access to members in the community for a minimum of six days a week during daylight hours.

Grants of  £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000 are available to fund local community greenspaces that have free and open access to all members of the community for a minimum of six days a week, during daylight hours. Eligible projects include building new pocket parks and urban green spaces, open access sports facilities, woodland walks, community gardens and community allotments. Not-for-profit voluntary/community organisations, health bodies, parish/town councils, social enterprises, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations in Scotland, England and Wales can apply to the grants programme.

No match funding is required but the grant should make up the bulk of the funding required for the project. Applicants should start by taking the eligibility quiz. The second funding round is now open and the deadline for applications is 3 June 2016.

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The Alec Dickson Trust

Posted: 30-Jan-2015

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 innovative projects. 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 to be in pursuit of the aims of the Trust. Trustees meet twice a year to consider applications.

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Contact: The Alec Dickson Trust, Tel: 0207 278 6601 [ 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 Big Music Project (TBMP)

Posted: 27-May-2016

The Big Music Project is now open for applications from youth groups who are members of Youth Scotland. The project aims to offer young people opportunities within the music and creative industries by allowing them to engage with and access work placements and build their general employability skills. They will also be supported to attend youth led music projects. Big Music Project Hubs will form a major part of the project. Organisations working with young people in each region of Scotland will be given the opportunity to become a music hub and be part of a UK-wide music network. Each hub will require a physical space in which to deliver one youth-led community music project per year.

The deadline for applications is 10 June 2016. Details on becoming a member of Youth Scotland in order to access this opportunity can be found here.

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Contact: Fiona Muir, Development Worker, Tel: 0131 554 2561 [ e-mail | website ]

The Cattanach Charitable Trust

Posted: 8-Jun-2015

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 629 2260 [ e-mail | website ]

The Cross Trust

Posted: 1-Mar-2016

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:

18 February 2016, 8 June 2016, 23 August 2016

Vacation Studies in the Arts:

1 April

Medical Elective Studies Abroad:

1 April, 30 September, 31 December

John Fife Travel Awards:

31 March


4 February 2016, 9 August 2016

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, Tel: 0141 553 1605 [ e-mail | website ]

The Endrick Trust

Posted: 29-Mar-2016

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 25 October 2016 with a deadline of applications for that meeting for 30 September 2016.

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

The Eridge Trust

Posted: 5-Oct-2015

The Eridge Trust is a charitable trust whose purpose is to encourage young people to enjoy and appreciate visual art, especially painting. The Trust has announced that the next deadline for its grant making programme is 31 May 2016 for educational trips due to take place in the school year 2016-17. The Trust makes grants of up to £3,000 to schools, colleges and others for school trips to museums, galleries and centres of art at home and abroad. The Trust may award larger grants for trips with students from more than one school.

Grants of up to £5,000 are also made to UK museums and galleries for projects aimed at encouraging young people up to university age to enjoy and appreciate art. Trips must be for students in schools or colleges in the maintained sector.

In the past, the Trust has supported many different kinds of trips, mainly organised by individual schools, but also by groups of schools, education authorities and others. They have included day trips to local galleries, trips of a few days to major UK cities and trips of up to a week or more to European cities and regions. In addition, the Trust have given grants to museums to support school visits and to encourage university students to enjoy and make use of their local museum.

Applications should be made in writing and should not exceed 800 words.

Tel: 01223 207549 [ 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 Henry Smith Charity

Henry Smith Charity

Posted: 3-May-2016

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 2 May 2016 to 22 July 2016 for trips taking place from 1 July to 31 August 2016.

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

The Hilden Charitable Fund Summer Play Schemes Grants 2016

Posted: 24-May-2016

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 two to six 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.

Applications to the summer play schemes are now closed. Grants ranging from £500 to £1,500 will be awarded to successful applications.

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

The Idlewild Trust

Posted: 12-Feb-2016

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 8 September 2016.

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: 30-May-2016

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.

The remaining deadlines for 2016 are:

  • 5 August 2016
  • 4 November 2016

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

The LankellyChase Foundation

Promoting Change Network

Posted: 20-Nov-2015

The LankellyChase Foundation is focused exclusively on bringing about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage. By severe and multiple deprivation the Foundation particularly means the persistent interlocking of homelessness, substance misuse, mental and physical illness, violence and abuse and extreme poverty.

The Foundation wants to form a funded network of 15-20 organisations who are working to transform the lives of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage. The network will promote the exchange of ideas and learning and the creation of a strong evidence base to show how positive interventions can be both transformational and cost effective. Applicant organisations should therefore be prepared to work in an open, problem solving way and to share their work with others.

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

The Lintel Trust

Posted: 30-May-2011

The Lintel Trust's revised Grants Programme comprises small funds for older people and equalities, in addition to donor-advised grants for specific geographical areas/groups. Grants will be capped at a maximum of £2,000 per project, with match funding being a requirement, and will be granted on a one-off basis, Eligible projects will have a housing, support or community theme, which:

  • support or develop communities throughout Scotland
  • encourage or enable individuals to live a full life in their own homes or community
  • encourage the development of new housing options or services to respond to homeless, people with physical disabilities or learning difficulties
  • identify or enhance good practice in the delivery of services
  • encourage the development of partnerships to address needs
  • prevent or address homelessness
  • provide advice, information or advocacy services.

Application deadlines are the second Friday of February, May, August and November.

Contact: The Lintel Trust, Tel: 0141 332 8113 [ e-mail | website ]

The Livingstone Volunteers Scheme

Posted: 18-Feb-2016

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. 

Information on previous Livingstone Volunteers Schemes, the McConnell International Foundation itself and their soon to be launched, Livingstone Volunteers 2016 Scheme can be found here.

The deadline for applications closed on 18 December 2015. Successful applicants will be announced at a Livingstone Volunteers event in March 2016.

Contact: McConnell International Foundation, [ website ]

The MacRobert Trust

Posted: 9-Jun-2015

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 Percy Bilton Charity

Posted: 12-Sep-2014

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 [ e-mail | website ]

The Peter Vardy Charitable Fund

Posted: 11-Sep-2014

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 Robertson Trust

Posted: 1-Feb-2016

An independent Scottish grant-making trust which exists to provide financial support to charities as defined by the Law of Scotland. 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 seven main priorities are:

  • Care;
  • Health;
  • Education and Training;
  • Community Arts;
  • Community Sport;
  • Alcohol Misuse;
  • Criminal Justice.

Trustees meet every two months. The Trust does not publish deadlines for each meeting and you are advised to submit your applications when it is ready.

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

The Russell Investments Fund

Posted: 23-Jul-2013

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.

Contact: Foundation Scotland, [ website ]

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust

Posted: 26-May-2016

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. 

The next deadline for applications is 21 September 2016.

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-2015

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
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Education
  • Social or economic disadvantage

The total level of grants is expected to be £1,150,000 per annum of which approximately 30% will be made to organisations in the Luton and Bedfordshire area. Grants are generally made as single payments between £1,000 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 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: 20-May-2016

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 1 August 2016.

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

The Weir Charitable Trust

Posted: 1-Mar-2016

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 2016.

Contact: The Weir Charitable Trust, Tel: 0131 554 7806 [ 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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Torch Trophy Trust

Posted: 18-Nov-2015

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.

The funds 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 grants are available each year, ranging from £100 to £1,000.

Funds are not usually awarded for more than 50% of a projects total costs, but exceptional circumstances are considered.

Bursary applications for 2015 are now closed.

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Contact: Hayley Morris, Tel: 020 7976 3900 [ e-mail | website ]

Town Centre Communities Capital Fund

Posted: 8-Oct-2015

The £1.7m Town Centre Communities Capital Fund is open to community  organisations and will support capital projects which will make real and lasting improvements to town centres across Scotland.  It will help enterprising communities to further unlock the potential of public assets in town centres, improve amenity and first impressions of a place in line with the Town Centre Action Plan, the Town Centre First Principle and guidance available through the Town Centre Toolkit. 

If you think that your organisation meets the eligibility criteria and that you have a project or service that meets the aims of the fund, you should download the documents here which provide more information and the form with which to apply for funding. If your application is incomplete or does not provide the requested information your proposal will not be considered.

The fund is now closed to applications.

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Triangle Trust 1949 Fund

Posted: 28-Jan-2016

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.

Grants are available for up to £40,000 or 50% of the organisation's current income, whichever is lowest, per year for three years.

The deadline for applications for organisations working with unpaid carers is 28 April 2016 and for organisations working with the rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders it is Autumn 2016.

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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: 23-Jul-2015

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. 

More information and apply online here.

The final deadline for applications is 7 March 2016.

Tel: 07720 339 221 [ e-mail | website ]

UK-German Connection

Posted: 7-Apr-2016

Funding for youth groups

UK-German Connection offers two 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).



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: 3-May-2016

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.

A new funding round opened on 1 May 2016 for a decision in mid to late September 2016.

Tel: 0141 341 4960 [ e-mail | website ]

Voluntary Arts Scotland

Voluntary Arts Week Microfund

Posted: 9-Mar-2016

This Fund offers £100 to self-led cultural groups and projects to put on an event during Voluntary Arts Week (6 – 15 May 2016) that engages new people in their activities.
These should be innovative and new. Forty of these awards are available in Scotland. Successful applicants will be announced by the end of February. The Fund is keen to support target groups such as young people, older people and people with a disability.

The deadline for applications for Scotland has been extended to 18 March 2016. Successful applicants will be announced on or around 21 March.

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Contact: Voluntary Arts Scotland, Tel: 0131 561 7333 [ e-mail | website ]

Volunteering Support Grants 2016-17

Scottish Government

Posted: 26-Apr-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.

Contact: Voluntary Action Fund, Tel: 01383 620780 [ e-mail | website ]

William Grant Youth Opportunities Fund

Posted: 12-Sep-2014

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.

Contact: William Grant Youth Opportunities Fund, Tel: 0141 341 4967 [ e-mail | website ]

Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowships

Posted: 11-Feb-2016

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust opens its application process for Travelling Fellowships in May each year. Around 150 grants are awarded annually to British citizens who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities.

There are ten annual 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 ]

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 ]

WREN Community Fund

Posted: 19-May-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 will operate only one application deadline for each round. Applications can be made onlne and applicants will require an email address to access the system. The next deadline for applications is 8 June 2016.

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Contact: WREN, Tel: 01953 717 165 [ e-mail | website ]

Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation

Posted: 16-Feb-2016

The Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation is now open for applications from not-for-profit groups in England and Scotland to its Spirit of the Community Awards 2016.
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

More information and application forms can be found here.

The closing date for applications is 8 April 2016.

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: 13-Apr-2015

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 11-30 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.

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Tel: 0845 850 1122 [ website ]

Youth Music Initiative

Posted: 3-May-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.

The deadlines for applications from 2016 to 2017 are:

  • 30 May 2016
  • 10 August 2016
  • 9 November 2016

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.

The deadlines for applications from 2016 to 2017 are:

  • 30 May 2016
  • 10 August 2016
  • 9 November 2016

Tel: 0845 603 6000 [ e-mail | website ]

 YouthLink Scotland is a Scottish company limited by guarantee, no. 164547, Charity reference SCO03923 
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