Funding


Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

agift-aid-faqsThe Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) allows eligible charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to claim top-up payments from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on small cash donations that they receive.  The scheme is specifically for cash donations of £20 and under, and does not include cheques, bank transfers, credit cards or text donations.

Your charity or Community Amateur Sports Club (registered with HMRC) must have been active for at least the last two tax years and be claiming Gift Aid.  Unlike Gift Aid GASDS is not a tax relief scheme, but the two are interlinked.  There is strict eligibility criteria for GASDS, so you are advised to check with HMRC to see if you charity or Community Amateur Sports Club could benefit.

Other Community Toolkit Topics to look at:
Gift Aid
Tax Reliefs
Financial Management and Reporting
Charitable Status
Tax Exemptions for Sports Clubs

Further sources of information
Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme – HMRC website
Gift Aid – HMRC website
Gift Aid for Community Sports Clubs – HMRC website
Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)


BIG Lottery monthly bulletin for November 2016

BIG_logoWelcome to the November update.  There are quite a few updates for you, mainly for Awards for All and grants for community-led activity and improving lives.

Programme news/reminders/hints and tips

Awards for All – updated application form and guidance
Following Creative Scotland’s return to Awards for All, we have refreshed the application form.  The previous form (which started in August 2014) is still valid.  The new form is in Microsoft Word and is available from ‘Related Documents’ on the Awards for All website page.

As part of refreshing the application form, we took the opportunity to update the guidance section as well.  The two main changes are:
1.    More flexibility on sessional staff and salaries
2.    All/most Community Interest Companies will tend to be eligible now

Grants for community-led activity and improving lives – one year old

It’s been one year since we launched our new funding.  This is aimed at improving lives and supporting community activity-led activity.  With medium grants available over five years, we’ve made it easier, simpler and faster for groups to access our funding.
We’re pleased to say that our mix of medium and large grants has had a great response.  Over the last year we have awarded £19.3m to 128 projects through our grants for community-led activity and grants for improving lives.
The average size for as medium grant has been £49,808.  This is for both medium grants for community-led activity and improving lives.

Webinars – two upcoming
There are two webinars over the next few weeks:

·         Tuesday 6 December, 10am – Applying to grants for community-led activity – open to all but places are limited
·         Friday 9 December, 1030am – Applying to grants for improving lives – open to all but places are limited

Success rates
Here are the most recent success rates for all of our open Scotland funds.  These are for decisions made between 1 September 2016 and 31 October 2016.  The figure in the brackets next to the percentage is what the success rate was between 1 April 2016 and 31 August 2016:

Awards for All 66% (66%)
Grants for community-led activity 55% (57%)
Grants for improving lives (medium) 41% (51%)
Grants for improving lives (large, stage one) 41% (32%)
Investing in Ideas 44% (44%)
Scottish Land Fund (stage one) 92% (88%)
Young Start 26% (29%)

It’s still too early for a success rate for Community Assets.

Myths
Two myths have come up during this month.

“We want to apply to your ‘people-led’ fund”.
Our ‘three approaches’ to funding is occasionally being viewed as a set of different funds.  For example, an organisation wants to apply to ‘People-led’ or ‘Strengths-based’.  All of three approaches (people-led, strengths-based and connected) are requirements for addressing inequalities rather than individual funds.

 “If you receive Awards for All funding you cannot reapply for three years”.
Organisations can reapply 12 months after receiving a grant.  They will be a lower priority at this point but doesn’t affect an application be considered.  We prioritise organisations that have not received Awards for All funding in the last three years.


Forthcoming funding deadlines:

17 November 2016 – Lintel Trust
28 November 2016 – Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
21st November 2016 – Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund

30th November 2016 – The Improvement Fund
31st January 2017 – Stories, Stones and Bones Heritage Lottery Fund

For further details about these funding opportunities visit the Find Funders directory on the Community Toolkit


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Esmee FairbairnThe Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has announced that it will spend £2m a year for the next five years on helping young people who are leaving care.  The funding aims to ‘ensure that care leavers are decision makers in the choices that affect their lives’, and could be for core or project costs, including staff salaries and overheads.  There are no limits on grant size or length and while most support is likely to be in the form of grants, the Foundation will also consider making social investments.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Deadline: Apply at any time


Foundation Scotland – Burnhead Moss Community Fund

PrintThe EDF ER Burnhead Moss Community Fund is a new charitable fund that will benefit the communities of Slamannan and Limerigg areas.  It is part of a wider fund that is also benefitting the communities of Avonbridge & Standburn in Falkirk and Blackridge in West Lothian.  The Fund can provide up to £3,000 to support a range of community activities that will; enhance quality of life for local residents; contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities; promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

Foundation Scotland – Burnhead Moss Community Fund
Deadline: apply at any time


Foundation Scotland – Blackridge Community Fund

Blackridge Community FundThe Blackridge Community Fund is a charitable fund to benefit those living in the Blackridge community council area in West Lothian.  The Fund provides up to £4,000 to supports a range of community activities that will; enhance quality of life for local residents; contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities; promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

Foundation Scotland – Blackridge Community Fund
Deadline: apply at any time


Scottish Book Trust – Live Literature Funding

Scottish Book Trust_logoGrants are available to help bring literature alive with an author, poet, playwright, graphic novelist or storyteller visit.  The Trust will pay the authors travel, accommodation and fee although the organisation is expected to meet half the cost of the fee, £75 plus VAT.  Applications for events to take place between 1 April and 31 December 2017 are now open.

Scottish Book Trust – Live Literature Funding
Deadline 25 January 2017


Department for International Development – UK Aid Match

uk-aid-directUK Aid Direct supports overseas civil society organisations working on sustained poverty reduction in marginalised and vulnerable communities.  The focus for this funding round is to support civil society towards achieving the Global Goals, focusing on the most vulnerable and marginalised populations, in particular girls and women, to ‘leave no one behind’.  Community Partnership Grants are small grants of up to £250,000 for initiatives focused on delivering results at a smaller scale, piloting new or innovative approaches or focusing on the most marginalised, working at the community level.  Impact Grants are larger grants of £250,000 to £4 million for initiatives focused on bringing tangible change to the lives of the poorest and most marginalised on a larger scale.  Grant Applicants can apply for funding of between £250,001 and £4m per application.

Department for International Development – UK Aid Match
Deadline: 31 January 2017


Mars – Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

galaxy-hot-chocolate-fundLocal community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland can apply for share of five £300 cash awards a week.  Four of these will be awarded by a judges’ panel.  There will also be a People’s Choice Award every week which will be awarded to the entry with the most votes in any given week.

Mars – Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund
Deadline: 27 February 2017


Cash for Culture – A guide to fundraising for voluntary-led creative groups

cash-for-cultureSecuring funding for your group and projects can feel like a daunting task – where to look, how to apply, what to do?

This booklet from Voluntary Arts Scotland has been specifically created to help voluntary-led cultural groups navigate the funding landscape. Inside you’ll find:
Details of major funding bodies and trusts
Alternative ways to fundraise, such as through Community Shares or Crowdfunding
Examples of how other cultural groups raise money
What’s available in your local area
How to make the most of Corporate Social Responsibility (large supermarkets and banks etc)
And more . . .

Click here to download your free copy or email info@vascotland.org.uk to request a hard copy.


Allander Youth Activities Charitable Trust

allander-trustThe 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 are now open for 2017 grants.  The Trustees meeting in January will consider applications received in November and December.  From 1 January 2017 onwards applications must be received no later than four weeks before the activity commences.  The guidelines on applying for a grant should be read before making an application.  [ e-mail | website ]


Better Breaks 2017

Shared Care ScotlandBetter 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.

They 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.  The fund is now open to applications with a closing date of 2 December 2016.

Guidance and an application form for 2017 applicants are now available on the website.
Successful applicants will be notified by 17 March 2017.
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Contact: Shared Care Scotland, Tel: 01383-622462 [ e-mail | website ]


Stafford Trust

stafford_trust_logoA 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 Spring 2017 meeting will close on 30 December 2016.

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


British Science Association – Community Grants

british-science-association-logoThe mission of the British Science Week Community Grant Scheme is to expand the audiences that engage with science and self-identify as having an interest in science.  The aim is to empower and support community groups to run their own science activities during British Science Week (10-19 March 2017).  The scheme offers £500-1000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity.  A Kick Start fund is also available for schools.

British Science Association – Community Grants
Deadline: 21 November 2016


Carnegie United Kingdom Trust – Twin Towns UK

carnegie-uk-trust_logoTwin Towns UK takes a fresh approach to the well-established ‘twinning’ concept, by pairing towns across the UK with similar characteristics or socio-economic challenges, to consider how to make positive change happen in their communities.  They will support up to 10 towns to trial bilateral ‘twinning’ arrangements over an 18 month period.  Applications are invited from interested organisations that represent their town in some capacity, that know the challenges their town is facing and want to find solutions through collaboration.  With Carnegie UK support, twinned towns will work together to identify solutions to their common challenges, receive joint socio-economic planning support, and have access to additional small ‘catapult’ funds to start delivering entrepreneurial activity that makes change happen.

Carnegie United Kingdom Trust – Twin Towns UK
Deadline: 25 November 2016


The Co-op Local Community Fund

coop_logoApplications for the Coop Local Community Fund are now open.  The Co-op is now looking for new local causes for its members to support in the next round of funding and will fund three projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK.  They’ll choose projects led by small, locally based organisations that benefit the local community centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes; have the greatest possible benefit to their community and can make maximum use of the amount of funding available.  Preference will be given to organisations with an income of less than £1 million a year and the amount of funding available in your area will be shown according to your project postcode.  Between March and September 2017 Co-op members can choose the local cause they want to support from a list of up to three causes.  For this reason the project’s main activity must not finish before October 2017.

The Co-op Local Community Fund
Deadline: 16 December 2016


National Museums Conservation Trust

national-museums-conservation-trustThe NMCT is the only UK grant-giver that focuses solely on the care and conservation of manuscripts in the UK.  Grants are given towards the cost of repair, binding and conservation, including reprography, of manuscripts which in the opinion of the Trustees are of historic or educational value and towards the cost of first stage listing but not for capital cost or equipment.

National Museums Conservation Trust
Next deadline: 1 April 2017


Crowdfunder Ltd – Crowdfund for heritage

crowdfunderCrowdfunder, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is working to help you get people involved with the heritage projects that mean a lot to you and the historic sites, places, buildings, cultures and traditions that are beloved of the people in your community.  The aim is to support heritage projects in Scotland, North West England and South West England that are looking to raise between £4,000 and £40,000.  Heritage projects eligible for this extra funding could include: Archives, Festivals, Historic buildings, Archaeological sites, Histories of people and communities – of places and events, The heritage of languages and dialects, Natural and designed landscapes/gardens, Natural heritage including habitats, species and geology, Oral history.  To receive funding, projects must be also supported by at least five unique backers and use the ‘All-or-Nothing’ funding option only.  Your project will also have at least one of the following impacts: People will learn about heritage; People will develop skills; People will change their attitudes and/or behaviour; People will have an enjoyable experience; People will volunteer time.

Crowdfunder Ltd – Crowdfund for heritage


People’s Postcode – Postcode Community Trust – Community Sports Programme

Postcode Community Trust – Community Sports ProgrammeThe Community Sports Programme provides kit and equipment to community sporting groups.  In this round, the focus is on providing the resources to encourage women and girls to take part in team sports.  Sports clubs and organisations in England, Scotland and Wales are being invited to apply for Football, Futsal, Netball & Basketball kit and equipment.

People’s Postcode – Postcode Community Trust – Community Sports Programme
Deadline: 17 November 2016


Baring Foundation – Strengthening the Voluntary Sector Applied Projects

Baring_logoProvides grants of up to £150,000 over approximately three years to create new capacity for work that addresses specific discrimination or disadvantage and safeguards the freedom of purpose, action and voice of the sector, linking the skills of ‘non-legal’ and ‘legal’ organisations to enhance and complement campaigns for social change.  Organisations will be expected to demonstrate innovative approaches to using these tools and evidence of how they will collaborate to support a shared agenda.

Baring Foundation – Strengthening the Voluntary Sector Applied Projects
Deadline: 23 January 2017


Baring Foundation – Strengthening the Voluntary Sector Training and Education

Baring_logoThis programme supports effective use of the law and human rights based approaches by the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom.  The training, education and capacity building pilot provides up to £30,000 for six months to two years projects which support organisations to understand how their objectives can be achieved through use of the law or human rights based approaches.

Baring Foundation – Strengthening the Voluntary Sector Training and Education
Deadline: 23 January 2017


IGas Energy – Community Fund

igasProvides grants to help local communities located close to the oil and gas production and exploration sites where iGas Energy operate.  Applications are welcome from organisations that involve: A broad span of the community; Children and young people; Vulnerable people; Community regeneration; Self-help groups; Environmental and wildlife projects; Education and skills development; Health; Heritage; Sustainability.  In Scotland, only funds in Caithness (Lybster) and Falkirk (Airth and Grangemouth).

IGas Energy – Community Fund
Deadline: 31 January 2017


Big Lottery Fund (Scotland) – Awards For All

BIG_logoThe popular small grants funder Awards for All Scotland have announced that arts focused projects can once again be considered.  Creative Scotland will again be partnering The Big Lottery Fund and sportscotland to provide arts, sports and community projects for £500 to £10,000.

Big Lottery Fund (Scotland) – Awards For All


The Theodore Salvesen Memorial Trust

tsm-trustFunds the promotion of the welfare, dignity and efficiency of members and intending members of the British Merchant Navy.  The Trustees give grants where financial hardship/difficulty is experienced.  Grants to individuals tend to range from a few hundred to a thousand pounds and charitable donations tend to exceed this.  In the last financial year, the Trust gave just under £30,000, which supported sixteen individuals who studied for a career in the merchant navy and three charities that offer assistance to retired members of the British Merchant Navy.

The Theodore Salvesen Memorial Trust website
Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at anytime


The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust

marchig-logo-high-resThe objects of the trust are to protect animals and to promote and encourage practical work in preventing animal cruelty and the relief of animal suffering.  The trust has supported a wide variety of projects including mobile spay/neuter clinics, the search for alternatives to the use of animals in research, poster campaigns, anti-poaching programmes, establishing veterinary hospitals, clinics and a network of animal sanctuaries as well as assisting smaller groups committed to the cause of animal welfare.

The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust website
Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at anytime


The Improvement Fund

PrintThe Improvement Fund is the grant making function of the Improvement Hub and will make awards between £5,000 and £75,000.  The Improvement Fund has £200,000 to award for the rest of the financial year 2016/17.  The purpose of the Improvement Fund is to give health and social care organisations the opportunity to apply for funding to design and test new solutions that will lead to measurable improvements and/or share learning and practice.

The Improvement Fund website
Closing Date: 30 November 2016


Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund

CSGN Development FundThe 2017/2018 CSGN Development Fund is managed by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, with funding provided by Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government, Food and Drink.  It aids the development and implementation of projects delivering the Central Scotland Green Network on the ground.  Projects should fit broadly with the CSGN vision and with the priorities set out below.  Projects that impact on more than one priority may be viewed more favourably, as will projects that focus on vacant and derelict land and/or disadvantaged communities.

Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund website
Closing Date: 21 November 2016


Stories, Stones and Bones Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery 2017Stories, Stones and Bones will encourage people in communities across Scotland to dig deeper into their past and to find out more about their local history, customs and traditions – resulting in often complex, sometimes quirky but always fascinating stories.  They are offering grants of £3,000 to £10,000 to projects which engage new people and a wider range of people with their history.  From researching local historic landmarks, learning about natural heritage, unearthing the history beneath their feet to delving into archives, our grants will give everyone the chance to explore their heritage and celebrate and share what they learn with others.

Stories, Stones and Bones Heritage Lottery Fund website
Closing Date: 31 January 2017


Funding workshop for Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund are running a funding workshop for the Stories, Stones and Bones programme on 15th November 2016 in Glasgow.

Funding workshop for Heritage Lottery Fund


Practical trustee guide on charity fundraising

institute-of-fundraising-iofA new publication ‘Trustees and Fundraising: a practical handbook’ has been jointly produced by Institute of Fundraising, Charity Finance Group, ACEVO and NCVO.  It “provides a one-stop shop for experienced and new trustees alike, to help a charity board pick its way through the complicated territory that is fundraising”.

Practical trustee guide on charity fundraising


Heritage Lottery Fund – Kick the Dust Grants Programme

kick-the-dustKick the Dust is a £10 million grants programme for ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people aged 11-25.

Kick the Dust aims to:
Make heritage relevant to more and a greater diversity of young people building on their needs and interests.
Increase the ambition, scale and quality of youth engagement with heritage.
Develop and embed sustainable, ongoing work with young people within heritage organisations.
Evidence the value of youth engagement with heritage.

Grants from £500,000 to £1 million can be applied for as part of a consortium of three or more organisations which should include heritage and youth organisations.  Among the examples of the types of organisations funded are:
Community or voluntary groups.
Community interest companies.
Charities and trusts.
Community and parish councils.
Local authorities.
Other public-sector organisations.

Projects should take three to five years to complete and will also need to meet at least one of the outcomes listed here.  Guidance on applying is now available here.
A Project Enquiry Form must be submitted by 2 December 2016 after which a first-round application form will be released.

The deadline for the first-round applications will be 20 February 2017.  The application will then be considered by a panel of young people at the Board in June 2017.
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Scotrail’s Cultural and Arts Fund

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

Applications must fit within at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for funding:
Promotion of performing arts, visual arts, literature, community arts, and cultural traditions.
Support for artists and artistic organisations.
Public art e.g. sculptures in open spaces.
Play areas for children.
Provision of local activity programmes (including local festivals, civic weeks and galas).
Increasing participation in sport and physical activity.
Sports events.
Sport outreach programmes.

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

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

The next deadline for applications is 30 December 2016.  Applicants should read the accompanying guidelines before making an online application.  Follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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


The Weavers Company Benevolent Fund

Weavers CompanyWho 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 30 November 2016.
Tel: 020-7606-1155 [ e-mail | website ]


Petplan Charitable Trust – Full Scientific Grant

petplan-charitable-trustThe Petplan Charitable Trust will support studies on natural disease conditions in companion animals, to prevent their occurrence, provide a cure or eliminate suffering.  Its support is limited exclusively to clinical studies which involve no invasive procedures.  The Trust will under no circumstances make grants for studies that use experimental animals.

Petplan Charitable Trust – Full Scientific Grant
Deadline: 25 November 2016


Petplan Charitable Trust – Pilot/Pump Priming Grant

petplan-charitable-trustThe limit for a pump priming grant is £10,000.  These grants are available to fund initial research which should ideally lead to further research.  All pump priming applications which meet the criteria set out by the Trust are forwarded to the members of the Scientific Advisory Committee for consideration.

Petplan Charitable Trust – Pilot/Pump Priming Grant
Deadline: 14 March 2017


Petplan Charitable Trust – Welfare Grants

 petplan-charitable-trustWelfare grants are awarded once a year.  Applicants must be charities and grants must provide a direct benefit to the species supported by Petplan ie. dogs, cats, rabbits and horses.  Grants to human charities may be considered when it can be clearly demonstrated that the grant will enhance/give support to the animals’ best interest.  Requests for funding for education in animal welfare will be considered.

Petplan Charitable Trust – Welfare Grants
Deadline: 2 December 2016


National Churches Trust – Community Grants

national-churches-trust_logoCommunity grants offer awards usually of between £5,000 and £20,000 towards projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship.  They are interested in a wide range of projects but all will include toilets and catering facilities.  To qualify, projects must have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees).

National Churches Trust – Community Grants
Deadline: 29 November 2016


British and Foreign School Society

british-and-foreign-school-society-bfssGrants are given to organisations with UK charitable status and are for the purpose of advancing educational opportunity in the UK and developing countries.  Priority will be given to projects in areas of deprivation or educational disadvantage.  This may include areas that have suffered some form of natural disaster.

British and Foreign School Society
Deadline: 30 December 2016


DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

DMTFYP_logoApplications working in the areas of education or health with one of our four chosen focus groups are selected or considered include Children and young people: with disabilities, who are sick in hospital, who are homeless or in care, who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People
Deadline: 7 February 2017


WREN – FCC Scottish Action Fund

wren_logoWREN will consider applications across all types of projects included in the Scottish Landfill Community Fund Objects including: land reclamation, community recycling, public amenities and parks, biodiversity and historic buildings.

WREN – FCC Scottish Action Fund
Deadline: 22 February 2017


SEStran – Regional Cycle Network Grant Scheme

sestran_logoThe South East Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) will be operating a Regional Cycle Network Grant Scheme (RCNGS) throughout financial year 2016/2017 to encourage the development of the cycle network throughout the region.  Projects should address issues raised in the SEStran Strategic Cross Boundary Cycle Development Report, commissioned by SEStran for guiding investment in cross local authority boundary sections of the cycling network, with particular focus on utility routes.  The RCNGS can be used to support feasibility studies, design work, the development of infrastructure, and monitoring, as well as to support innovation and public engagement.  The fund is primarily targeted at Local Authorities; however businesses or other organisations in the South East of Scotland may apply.  Grants will typically range from £500 to £25,000 and require at least 50% match funding.  Please detail the source of match funding, either your own or third party funds.

SEStran – Regional Cycle Network Grant Scheme
Deadline: Apply at any time


Funding Scotland now better and faster

Funding Scotland logoFunding Scotland is now faster and returns better search results.  We’ve recently upgraded the free funding search website to include a number of improvements and enhancements.

After listening to user feedback and using the results of last year’s survey we’ve made improvements that will make searching more effective, faster and more user-friendly.  Apart from looking just a bit cleaner, there are lots of new features to enjoy:
The most recently updated funds appear on the search page
Using keywords and search terms is much more powerful meaning you will often just need to plug a term like “grants for music for young people” to find what you’re looking for
Advanced filters are still there but they’re organised a bit better
Fund information is presented in a clearer way with more information than before
There are FAQs to help you use the search and to find further information on funding

The upgrade has also allowed us to develop new products with extra features that we’ll be announcing soon.
For existing users, although things will look a bit different, accessing the site should be the same as before, using the same login information.

We hope you’ll go and take a look at the new Funding Scotland search soon, there’s a lot to like.  We’d also welcome any feedback at fundingscotland@scvo.org.uk


Heritage Lottery – Stories, Stones and Bones

Heritage Lottery 2017As part of the Scotland-wide celebrations of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, we want to inspire people to get involved in learning about and enjoying their heritage for the first time.

Stories, Stones and Bones will encourage people in communities across Scotland to dig deeper into their past and to find out more about their local history, customs and traditions – resulting in often complex, sometimes quirky but always fascinating stories.

We are offering grants of £3,000 to £10,000 to projects which engage new people and a wider range of people with their history.  From researching local historic landmarks, learning about natural heritage, unearthing the history beneath their feet to delving into archives, our grants will give everyone the chance to explore their heritage and celebrate and share what they learn with others.

How to apply
You can apply quickly and easily using the material on the Sharing Heritage programme page.  Stories, Stones and Bones projects will need to achieve two HLF outcomes.  As a result of the project:

more people and a wider range of people will have engaged with heritage
people will have learnt about heritage

If you’ve got a question about applying, or delivering your project, please contact the Scotland development team and get their advice.

There are two deadlines to apply to Stories, Stones and Bones.  The first deadline is Friday 30 September 2016 (decisions in November 2016) and the second is Tuesday 31 January 2017 (decisions in March 2017).


Skills for the Future Grants from £100,000 to £750,000

Skills for the FutureThe Skills for the Future programme helps organisations deliver paid training placements to meet skills shortages in the heritage sector and to help diversify the workforce.  Grants range from £100,000-£750,000.

The Skills for the Future programme is focused on creating paid, high quality opportunities for new entrants to the heritage sector, and helping to sustain the heritage sector in the longer term.

We will give priority to projects which set ambitious and credible targets for the recruitment of trainees, with the aim of broadening the demographic profile of the heritage workforce.

What you need to read (direct download):
Skills for the Future application guidance (PDF, 1.05 MB)
Project enquiry form (PDF, 82.35 KB)
Skills for the Future application form (PDF, 830.68 KB)
Skills for the Future 2016 Q and As (PDF, 54.79 KB)


The Climate Challenge Fund is OPEN for Applications

CCFDuring a keynote address at the Climate Challenge Fund Gathering, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, announced that the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund will continue.

Climate Challenge Fund 2017/18
In 2017/18 the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) will focus on funding projects which deliver the greatest reduction in carbon emissions and support Scotland’s most deprived communities, with grants up to £150,000 per project available.

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and encourages community-led organisations interested in applying for grants to check the criteria, application process and upcoming application deadlines.
For new applicants the deadline for the first stage of the application process, an Expression of Interest, is 28 October 2016.

Learn more about CCF criteria, the application process and deadlines: www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccfhowtoapply

More about the Climate Challenge Fund
Since the CCF was introduced in 2008, 588 communities across Scotland have been awarded grants totalling £75.7 million to run community-led projects that reduce local carbon emissions, improve their local areas and help them adapt to the impacts of climate change.

CCF funded projects have included energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste.


Allander Youth Activities Charitable Trust

allander-trustThe 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 are now open for 2017 grants.  The Trustees meeting in January will consider applications received in November and December.  From 1 January 2017 onwards applications must be received no later than four weeks before the activity commences.  The guidelines on applying for a grant should be read before making an application.  [ e-mail | website ]


Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Austin and Hope PilkingtonThe 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 next deadline for applications is 1 November 2016.

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


Better Breaks 2017

Shared Care ScotlandBetter 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.

They 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.  The fund is now open to applications with a closing date of 2 December 2016Guidance and an application form for 2017 applicants are now available on the website.  Successful applicants will be notified by 17 March 2017.

Five workshops on how to make a good application are being held across Scotland:
Glasgow, Friday 28 October

Lochgilphead, Monday 31 October
Dundee, Wednesday 2 November
Inverness, Thursday 3 November
Edinburgh, Friday 4 November

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


The Henry Smith Charity

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

The Main Grants Programme is for grants of £10,000 per year or over:
Capital Grants – one off grants for purchase or refurbishment of a building or purchase of specialist equipment.
Revenue Grants – Grants of up to three years for things like core costs (including salaries and overheads), or the running costs of a specific project (including staffing costs).
The Small Grants Programme offers grants of £5,000 and £20,000 for small UK registered charities working anywhere in the UK.  To be eligible to apply your annual income must be below £150,000.

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

Holidays Grants for Children are one-off grants of between £500 and £2,500 for organisations, youth groups, schools etc specifically for holidays or outings for children under the age of 13 who are disabled or who live in areas of high deprivation.  Applications are accepted from 1 July 2016 to 18 November 2016 for trips taking place from 1 September to 31 December 2016.

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


Youth Music Initiative

Creative ScotlandThe 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 remaining deadline for applications from 2016 to 2017 is 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 remaining deadline for applications from 2016 to 2017 is 9 November 2016.

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


Comic Relief Local Communities Programme

comic_relief_logoThe Local Communities programme aims to empower local people and help them create lasting change in their communities.  Priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and work in areas experiencing economic or social disadvantage.

This programme will run for 18 months and issue grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to fund projects that achieve at least one of the following priorities:
Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise
Maximise people’s ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity
Provide people with opportunities to access local services, achieve greater social justice and to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage
Advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety.

A Local Communities grant must form at least 30% of the total cost of the project; the total cost of the project must not exceed £33,334.  Applicants should submit an application no later than eight weeks before the meeting date to consider applications.  Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by 31 October 2016 for the final decision meeting for the 2015-16 allocation of funding.  Applicants should read the guidelines before completing the online application form.

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


Express Grants

Foundation Scotland_LogoExpress Grants can help meet a wide range of costs, including general running costs such as rent or staff salaries; activities and events; equipment or materials; marketing and awareness-raising initiatives and training.  Express Grants are available up to £2,000.  These awards are made up of money from the many different funds they distribute on behalf of companies, individuals and charitable trusts.  They match the applications they receive to the criteria of the various funds they have available at any time.  These criteria determine which parts of Scotland, or which types of project any particular fund can be used for.

Express Grants website
Closing Date: 06 January 2017


Scottish Pre-School Play Association – Additional Support Needs Fund

early-years-scotland_logoSmall grants to SPPA Member groups to buy specialised play equipment and/or to employ staff on a one-to-one basis so that no pre-school group need turn away a child because of a lack of finance to provide for their special need (e.g. physical or mental disabilities, being HIV positive, facing short-term difficulties, with language needs and/or behavioural problems).

Scottish Pre-School Play Association – Additional Support Needs Fund website
Closing Date: No deadline date


Clothworker’s Foundation

clothworkersThe 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.

Clothworker’s Foundation website
Closing Date: Applications can be submitted at any time.


Action Earth Scotland

Action Earth FlyerRun in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage, any group of volunteers can apply for Action Earth grants of between £50-250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces.  This could include creating or improving wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands or community gardens.  

Local Nature Reserve grants of up to £500 are also available for volunteer activities taking place on Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) such as wildlife recording or protecting and enhancing biodiversity.

Action Earth Scotland website
Closing Date: Applications submitted any time


Community Capacity & Resilience Fund

ccrfThe Scottish Government is offering a new round of grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to smaller grassroots, third sector organisations to enable them to tackle the effects of welfare reform and poverty in communities throughout Scotland.  Eligible projects must start and finish between January 2017 and August 2017.

It supports projects in Scotland that achieve one or more of the following criteria:
Expanding/developing the organisation’s capacity in order to meet demand relating to welfare reform
Developing a pilot project which focuses on tackling the impact of welfare reform and inequality
Helping bring organisations together in partnership to support people
Developing people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point

The following third sector organisations with an income of £200,000 or less are eligible to apply for funding:
Charities
Voluntary organisations
Social enterprises
Community organisations
Volunteering bodies
Co-operatives
Housing associations
Credit unions
Community interest companies (if no profit distribution)
Independent charitable trusts
Community enterprise trusts
Trade unions

The deadline for submitting online applications is 31 October 2016.  More information on the fund and how to submit an application can be found here.

Contact: Irene Connelly at SCVO, Tel: 0141-559-5027 [ e-mail | website ]


Heritage Lottery Fund – Kick the Dust Grants Programme

HLFKick the Dust is a £10 million grants programme for ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people aged 11-25.  Kick the Dust aims to:
Make heritage relevant to more and a greater diversity of young people building on their needs and interests
Increase the ambition, scale and quality of youth engagement with heritage
Develop and embed sustainable, ongoing work with young people within heritage organisations
Evidence the value of youth engagement with heritage

Grants from £500,000 to £1 million can be applied for as part of a consortium of three or more organisations which should include heritage and youth organisations.  Among the examples of the types of organisations funded are:
community or voluntary groups
community interest companies
charities and trusts
community and parish councils
local authorities
other public-sector organisations

Projects should take three to five years to complete and will also need to meet at least one of the outcomes listed here.  Guidance on applying is now available here.  A Project Enquiry Form must be submitted by 2 December 2016 after which a first-round application form will be released.  The deadline for the first-round applications will be 20 February 2017.  The application will then be considered by a panel of young people and the Board in June 2017

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

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

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

Find out more here.
Contact: BEMIS, Tel: on 0141-548-8047 [ e-mail | website ]


WHSmith Trust Community Grants

whs-trust-community-grantsThe WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that aims to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates, and also to promote literacy and a love of reading.

With the introduction of the new WHSmith Community Grants, the WHSmith Trust is now offering grants of up to £500 to voluntary organisations and schools from the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag levies across the UK.

Grants are awarded every six months to charities, schools and community groups of any size, provided they support the community in the UK.

The following community groups may apply for WHSmith Community Grants:
Registered or Exempt Charities
Voluntary/Community Groups (constituted)
Schools and pre-schools

To apply for a Community Grant, fill out the application on the WHSmith website.

There are two annual application rounds1 October to 3 March, and 1 April to 30 September. At the end of each six month period, grant applications are reviewed and grants issued.


Aldi Scottish Sport Fund

Aldi-sports-fundThe Aldi Scottish Sport Fund is a Scotland-wide community based sport programme which provides grants of up to £500 to sporting organisations based in Scotland with registered charity status such as rugby clubs and after school groups.  Funds are aimed at making participation in sports in local communities easier and are available in regions where there is an Aldi store.  Funds can be used to cover costs such as purchasing new strips and equipment or subsidising transport costs.  Each region has a different deadline for applications.  The remaining deadlines are as follows:
The Lothians and Scottish Borders: 30 September 2016
Glasgow and West Central Scotland: 14 October 2016

An application form can be downloaded here.
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Aviva Community Fund

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

The Fund operates like a competition, and all projects will be put forward to a public vote.  Applicants are therefore encouraged to widely promote their projects and gather as much support from their local community as possible.  Projects can be entered under four levels of funding:
Up to £1,000
Up to £5,000
Up to £10,000
Up to £25,000

There is a project submission guide available on the website.  The deadline for project submissions is 11 October 2016.
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DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

DMTFYP_logoThe 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 deadline for applications for 2016 is 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 ]


The Ryvoan Trust

ryvoan-trustThe Ryvoan Charitable Trust awards around 20 grants a year to support projects mostly in Scotland.  The reward parameters have deliberately been kept wide to remain open to a variety of projects that focus on children and young people and supporting people with either physical or mental health challenges.  Grants are generally issued to charitable organisations and not individuals.  The Trustees generally meet 2 or 3 times a year to consider applications.  The next deadline for applications is 21 October 2016.  Grant applications can be submitted online.

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Do you have a local greenspace that needs improving?
Do you want to run activities in your local park or greenspace?

wild-spacesGreat news –  in order to give Tesco customers a say much more frequently on where their money goes the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme is now permanently open for applications from a wide range of community groups, schools, local authorities and organisations.  Bags of Help will now see the money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores opened up to a greater range of projects that support community participation in the development and use of open spaces.

Projects that will now get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.

Following a public vote in Tesco stores, three projects in each of the Tesco regions will receive a grant each month, with first place receiving up to £5K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K.  Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace scotland.  Full eligibility criteria and detailed application guidance is available online here http://bit.ly/bagsofhelp3

We have a team of Community Enablers that can provide support or advice when submitting your application.  Find their details http://bit.ly/scotbagsofhelp


Speaking Volumes

speaking-volumesThey offer grant funding for books and DVDs on the Christian faith for placing anywhere they can be borrowed and enjoyed.  Anyone can apply, whether you’re a public library, school, prison, hospice or church.  You could be an individual or a group who want to make a gift of the books to a library in your community.  Currently, they will consider grants of up to £1,000 per library.  Please use this as a limit not a target.

Speaking volumes
Deadline: Apply at any time


The Gannett Foundation

gannettThe Gannett Foundation’s chosen theme this year is to support the needs of rural communities.  They value practical and creative projects that bring lasting benefits to the communities and neighbourhoods.  That includes schemes for neighbourhood improvement and local problem-solving, economic development, youth development, education and cultural enrichment, care of the elderly or infirm, help for the disadvantaged or disabled, and environmental conservation.  They particularly invite clearly reasoned applications asking for specific items of equipment or materials.

The Gannett Foundation
Deadline 14 October 2016


The Triangle Trust 1949 Trust – Development Grants (Rehabilitation)

triangletrust-logoFor organisations working with rehabilitation of offenders and ex-offenders the fund supports core costs to support the development of a solid foundation for the long-term.  They would like to see applicants use these grants to develop sustainable income sources, so that when the grant comes to end your organisation’s income will not be reduced.  Grants are available for up to £80,000 over three years with a maximum of £35,000 in year one.  They expect to see the amount requested each year tapering down as applicants develop other income streams to replace the grant income.  They particularly welcome applications from organisations working in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.

The Triangle Trust 1949 Trust – Development Grants (Rehabilitation)
Deadline: 3 November 2016


Firstport – LaunchMe

FirstportThis programme offers intensive support for early stage social enterprises and includes the opportunity to apply for seed grant funding of up to £25,000, and additional grant funding of up to £100,000 to match any investment secured within the programme timeframes.  Support includes intensive business support, investment readiness support, investment brokerage and mentoring.

Firstport – LaunchMe
Deadline: 28 November 2016


Lords Taverners – Sensory Rooms

Lord's TavernersSensory packages are available to install sensory rooms in special educational needs (SEN) schools.  A sensory room is a stimulating environment aimed at developing hand-eye coordination, motor skills, colour recognition, communication and sensory skills for children with sensory impairments.

Lords Taverners – Sensory Rooms
Deadline: 30 November 2016


Youth Scotland – Cashback for Communities Small Grants Scheme

Youth Scotland_logoUses funds recovered from criminal activity to support positive activities for young people predominantly aged between 10 and 19.  Priority will be given to start up grant applications, and to youth groups applying for the first time.

Youth Scotland – Cashback for Communities Small Grants Scheme
Deadline: 1 December 2016


Social Investment Scotland- Asda Community Capital

SiS side stacked.inddSIS are actively encouraging applications from organisations who are looking to borrow between £10-25k.

The fixed interest rate of 5%, with no repayments in the first year, no security and no arrangement fee makes the product attractive to a wide range of organisations.

Social Investment Scotland- Asda Community Capital


Funding updates from Voluntary Arts Scotland

Dream-FundPeople’s Postcode Lottery – Dream Fund

Area: Scotland, England, Wales – Deadline: 15 September 2016, 5.30pm
Registered charities and community organisations in Scotland, England and Wales are invited to join forces with other not-for-profit organisations, to apply for up to £1 million to deliver a new and innovative project up to 2 years in length that meets one or more of the following funding themes: [ Read the full article ]


Crowdfunder match funding pilotMatched-Crowdfunding

Area: England & Scotland –
A new matched crowdfunding pilot from Nesta developed in partnership with Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been announced.  Crowdfunder will develop the matched crowdfunding platform for the pilot.  The pilot includes two separate funding streams of £125,000.  These are outlined as [ Read the full article ]


Need cash for culture? Come to the Voluntary Arts Scotland funding fair!plant-growing-cash

Location: The Creative Exchange, Constitution Street, Leith – Date: Tuesday 1 November 2016, 6-8pm
Knowing where to look for funding, how to apply for it, and how to fundraise for your group is an on-going challenge – and opportunity!  We’re bringing together a range of funders and funding organisations at our funding fair this November [ Read the full article ]


Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grants fund activity in open spacesTesco-Bags-of-Help-grant

Deadline: Rolling programme – apply year-round
The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Scotland and Wales is being used to support community participation in the development and use of open spaces.  Successful applicants will include those looking for grants to cover volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment [ Read the full article ]

More funding updates from Voluntary Arts Scotland can be found here


Aberdeen Asset Management Charitable Foundation

AberdeenThe fund has two core focuses:- Emerging Markets and Local Communities.  The emerging markets allocation will be focused on a small number of long term partnerships (average duration of three years).  All charities must be UK registered, be small to medium in size or, if a larger charity, must have an identifiable project that Aberdeen can support.  They must also have a clear focus on the promotion of education and providing wider opportunities for underprivileged young people.  For local community grants the criteria is much the same but the focus should be on having a clear and meaningful impact on the community in question.  They must also have a governance structure in place to allow the funder to properly monitor the impact of the investment.

Aberdeen Charitable Foundation
Deadline: Apply at any time


Heritage Lottery Fund – Heritage Endowments

HLFHeritage Endowments grants are available to organisations in the UK who are currently funded or have been funded in the past by Heritage Lottery Fund.  This is a match funding scheme – where the HLF grant matches every pound raised by grant recipients.  You can apply for a Heritage Endowments grant of £250,000, £500,000 or £1 million, to be matched £1:£1 by private donations you raise.  Payments of the award will be made when evidence of the matched funding can be shown.

Heritage Lottery Fund – Heritage Endowments
Deadline: 13 October 2016


Central Scotland Green Network – Development Fund 2017/2018

CSGN Development FundThe fund aids the development and implementation of projects delivering the Central Scotland Green Network on the ground.  Projects should deliver at least one of the following priorities: Woodlands; Community Food Growing; Strategic Routes; Active Travel.  In addition, projects that contribute to greening of vacant or derelict land and community growing, environmental or access improvements in disadvantaged communities will be prioritised.  Feasibility projects with a minimum value of £10,000 and physical projects with a minimum value of £50,000 will be supported.

Central Scotland Green Network – Development Fund 2017/2018
Deadline: 21 November 2016


Groundwork UK – Tesco Bags of Help

Tesco Bags of HelpBags of Help is funded by Tesco customers through the 5p carrier bag levy.  Projects must deliver a physical environmental improvement and/or encourage use and long term sustainability of outdoor spaces.  Funding can be for volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.  Following a public vote, three projects in each of the 200 Tesco regions across Britain will receive a grant each month, with first place receiving up to £5K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K.

Groundwork UK – Tesco Bags of Help
Deadline: the fund is now always open to applications


The John Ellerman Foundation – Regional Museums and Galleries Fund

Ellerman FoundationFunding is available to help strengthen regional museums and galleries in the UK by helping organisations to enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader public.  They are keen to fund work which has a legacy within and beyond the organisation, particularly applications which enable new ways of working both for established curators and those just starting out or ensure organisations are able to safeguard and advance curatorial skills through a time of development or change.

The John Ellerman Foundation – Regional Museums and Galleries Fund
Deadline: 10 October 2016


Big Lottery Fund Scotland Community Assets

BIG_logoCommunity Asset grants are aimed at empowering people to create strong and resilient communities by helping them acquire, manage or develop assets such as buildings or land.  Eligible organisations should be community-led, have a social purpose and have open membership and be based in Scotland in the local area they serve and be run by local people.  Priority will be given to organisations that tackle disadvantage and inequality.

Activity that is funded must be people-led, connected and strengths-based, called the three approaches to funding.  Funding up to five years is available in the form of capital funding (building or refurbishment costs), revenue funding (salaries and running costs) and the cost of acquiring an asset.  As this is a rolling programme, there is no deadline or application form and applicants must first discuss their project with the Big Lottery Fund.  A visit will then be made to organisations whose applications potentially meet the criteria to consider further if their project is a good fit with Community Assets.

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The Dulverton Trust

Dulverton TrustThe Trust awards grants to UK charities registered in Scotland, England and Wales.  Single year grants range from £25,000 to £35,000 with preference given to medium sized charities.  The Trust’s current priority areas are:
Youth Opportunities
General Welfare
Conservation
Preservation
Peace and Humanitarian support

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

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


Hedley Foundation

Hedley FoundationThe 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.

Trustees meet on 14 September and 9 November 2016.

Please note that this fund does not support individuals under any circumstances.
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Volant Charitable Trust Re-opens with Focus on Scotland

Volant_Charitable_TrustThe Volant Charitable Trust was set up by J K Rowling in 2000 to administer grants to registered charities across the UK.  In 2016, the Trust has narrowed its focus and now only accepts applications to its Open Grants programme from charitable organisations operating in and for the benefit of those living in Scotland.  This funding programme is managed by Foundation Scotland.

Grants of up to £10,000 per annum are available for up to three years.  The funding can be used for one-off projects or multiyear applications and will help with project and administrative core costs.  The funding is intended to support charitable projects with a strong focus on supporting women and children affected by hardship or disadvantage and on tackling the issues they face in order to make a lasting difference to their lives and life chances.

Full details here.


Big Lottery Fund Scotland – Young Start Fund

BIG_logoYoung 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. [ website ]


Comic Relief Local Communities Programme 2015-2017

comic_relief_logoThe Local Communities programme aims to empower local people and help them create lasting change in their communities.  Priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community and work in areas experiencing economic or social disadvantage.

This programme will run for 18 months and issue grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to fund projects that achieve at least one of the following priorities:
Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise
Maximise people’s ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity
Provide people with opportunities to access local services, achieve greater social justice and to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage
Advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety.

A Local Communities grant must form at least 30% of the total cost of the project; the total cost of the project must not exceed £33,334.  This is a rolling programme with no deadlines.  Applicants should submit an application no later than eight weeks before the meeting date to consider applications.  The next meeting dates are 6 September and 6 December 2016.  Applicants should read the guidelines before completing the online application form.

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


Comic Relief UK

comic_relief_logoComic 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:
Investing in children and young people to be ready for the future
Building stronger communities in areas of disadvantage, deprivation and poverty
Improving health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged people
Empowering women and girls

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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Together Young & Old: The Crerar Hotels Trust Community Prize

Crerar Hotels TrustCrerar Hotels Trust is a charitable trust funded by the Crerar Hotel Group.

Giving back to local communities to improve the quality of everyday lives is at the heart of Crerar Hotels – their motto is “Hotels with Heart and Soul” – each year almost half of the hotel profits are entrusted to the Crerar Hotels Trust for distribution to charities and community projects local to Crerar Hotels throughout Scotland and Yorkshire.  This year, following the success of the pilot scheme last year, Crerar Hotels have re-launched the Community Prize.  This fund will again be awarded to a local community project which brings together young and old people in a meaningful way.

Consideration will be given to any proposal which will result in ongoing interaction between the generations in a community within one hour’s drive of any Crerar Hotel.  The criteria are intentionally loose to allow communities to develop creative ideas which will work for them.  Preference may be given to applications which aim to match funding provided and where there will be a lasting impact in the community.  Each Crerar Hotel will have a community volunteer team who will act as the initial co-ordinators.  Please contact your local Crerar Hotel should you have any questions about the Community Prize or see here.

Contact: Crerar Hotels, [ website ]


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Trusthouse Charitable FoundationThis 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 has 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 ]


ScotRail Biodiversity Fund

Scotrail LogoThis fund is specifically for those individuals and groups already involved with the ScotRail Adopt a Station Scheme.  Funding is awarded to community groups whose applications show a dedication to ecosystem restoration, biodiversity planting and conserving wildlife in Scotland in and around their chosen station.  Over time, ScotRail hope that the stations will become powerful case studies for biodiversity impact and community investment.

ScotRail Biodiversity Fund
Deadline: 31 October 2016


Heritage Lottery Fund – Resilient Heritage

HLFThis programme is available to organisations in the UK that want to build their capacity or achieve strategic change to improve the management of heritage.  Grants can fund activities to help you acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put your organisation in a better position for the future.  Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply. Up to £250,000 is available.

Heritage Lottery Fund – Resilient Heritage
Deadline: Apply at any time


Paths for All – Community Health Walks

Paths for AllFor projects that show the potential to substantially increase the number of people being physically active through walking.  Community-based projects can apply for small (up to £5,000) and large grants (up to £30,000 with 50% match funding).

Paths for All – Community Health Walks
Deadlines: applications will be accepted until all the funds are allocated.


The Wheelsforgood Community Fund

wheelsForGoodWheelsforgood aims to give something back to the community by helping out worthy causes related to wheels, transport or the motor industry (mini buses, bikes, etc).  To be eligible to apply the applicant must be a registered charity.
Applications can be submitted at any time.  More.


One Stop Carriers for Causes Grants

CarriersThe Carriers for Causes grants programme is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores.  The types of projects funded will be very broad. 

Applications will be accepted from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, schools, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations.  More.


Children’s Health Fund

sustainweborgFunding under the current theme can provide up to £5,000 to provide food at a children’s holiday club activity.  You must provide holiday food for a minimum of three days over four weeks and include enrichment activities such as sports, art and crafts, growing etc.

Children’s Health Fund
Deadline: No deadline given


Big Bike Revival

Big Bike RevivalThe Big Bike Revival in Scotland is a call to action to help achieve the Scottish Government vision of 10% of journeys by bike by 2020.  It aims to get more people cycling, which is the mission that sits at the core of Cycling UK, its members and the network of sustainable cycling groups that it supports.

The Big Bike Revival (BBR) in Scotland will use a proven and award winning social marketing campaign to engage the public and present opportunities to fix a bike, learn how to keep it serviceable and gain the confidence to make cycle journeys that replace trips typically made by motorised vehicles.  People will be encouraged to participate in fun, social and inclusive events that present cycling as a practical, normalised and everyday activity.

The BBR events programme will provides opportunities to dust off the bike, brush up on cycling skills and to start cycling again.  Participants will then be encouraged to celebrate their re-kindled love for cycling by participating in an inclusive and inspiring programme of social cycle rides and encouraged to set up or join local cycling groups to help them keep cycling.

Want to get involved?
If you are a bike recycling centre, bike shop, cycling club or group, voluntary or community organisation we want to work with you to get people cycling!

We are looking for 50 Big Bike Revival centres across Scotland to run a range of engaging activities, events and rides during September and October – we have small grants (£2,000) to help deliver:
Opportunities to get bikes fixed, and people taught how to maintain them
Events that showcase a range of bikes that meet different needs
Cycle training to help people feel more confident to cycle on the road
Led rides that help people find and use their local cycle paths and low traffic routes

It’s more fun with new friends!
If you are a cycle club or group why not link up with another local organisation and/or bike shop or recycling centre to help spread the love of cycling?  We want to reach out to people that don’t cycle, so your activities must target people outwith your group and focus on helping them undertake purposeful journeys e.g. to work, education, to the shops.

What next?
We’re getting ready to launch the Big Bike Revival in September, so get in touch and let us know you are interested in getting involved!  Just email Suzanne Forup on Suzanne.forup@cyclinguk.org, outlining your desire to participate, your ideas to get more people cycling and how many people you think you can reach.  A member of the team will be in touch in August to talk you through the grants process and how we can get your events advertised to a wider audience.

If you don’t need a small grant but would still like to get involved please also drop Suzanne a line – we’ll have BBR events packs to send out to help you spread the word about your activities, as well as access to our extensive online communications.

Happy cycling!
Web: www.cyclinguk.org

For information about Cycling UK in Scotland:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CyclingUKScotland
Twitter @CyclingUKScot


Coalfields Regeneration Trust Fund

Coalfields Regeneration Trust FundThe Coalfields Community Investment Programme has grants of between grants between £500 – £5,000 to support activities in Scotland’s coalfield communities.  The Coalfields Community Investment Programme supports activities delivered by community and voluntary organisations working in these communities.

This small fund of grants supports activities that tackle some of the key challenges which still remain in Coalfield Communities.  The fund is open to projects that deliver in eligible Coalfield Communities, that will make a positive contribution to addressing 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.

Applications are welcomed from groups based in, or can evidence significant benefit to, eligible coalfields communities (there are many of these across Scotland – a list can be downloaded from the Coalfields website).

Deadlines: 17 August & 23 November 2016
For more information, please visit the Coalfields Regeneration Trust website.


Event Scotland – Funding for events which generate tourism

Event Scotland FundingRun by Event Scotland, the National Funding Programme supports events (outside Edinburgh and Glasgow) which showcase Scotland and help generate tourism.
Your event should have the potential to attract visitors to your region during and after the event, along with a number of other requirements.

Grants of between £4,000 – £25,000 are available, although the maximum funding requested must not exceed 25% of the overall event income.
Previous recipients include Wigtown Book Fetival and the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival.

Deadlines: 7 October 2016 (for events taking place from May 2017 onwards) and 3 February 2017 (for events taking place August 2017 onwards)
For more information, please visit www.eventscotland.org/funding/national-events-programme/


Grants for Inter Faith Week 2016

Inter Faith Week 2016The Inter Faith Youth Trust is the only UK charitable trust solely to fund inter faith projects for young people.
Their Small Grants Programme awards up to £500 for events organised by and for young people during Inter Faith Week, which takes place from 13-20 November 2016.

Grants are awarded for inter-faith activities by children and young people aged 11-25 years from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith.

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

For more information, visit the Inter Faith Youth Trust website


Development Grants available from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund

Development Grants available from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge FundDevelopment Grants are available from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to help community-led organisations develop an application for future climate action funding or to support peer-to-peer learning activities that build their capacity to tackle climate change.

This follows the successful allocation of 96 Development Grants in 2014/15 which supported a wide variety of community-led organisations to develop their Climate Challenge Fund applications and built their capacity to take climate action.  Keep Scotland Beautiful manages and develops the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government and looks forward to supporting Development Grant applicants.

Development Grants of up to £1,500 are available now and Keep Scotland Beautiful will consider applications on a monthly basis.

You can read more about Development Grants and apply at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccfdevgrants


The Ironmongers’ Company

ironmongersThe 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.  [ website ]


The John Watson Trust

John WatsonThe 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 ]


Youth Music Initiative

ymi_funding_2015_mainThe 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:
    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:
    10 August 2016
    9 November 2016

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


The National Marine Aquarium

featured-grantopportunitiesNational Aquarium Ltd is a charity which gives small grants to organisations or individuals that operate projects to further the goals of the National Marine Aquarium.  We support projects which enable individuals and communities to enjoy the seas, learn about our seas and, ultimately, develop active caring attitudes and behaviours.  Projects may be science-based but could equally be based around arts or drama – as long as they make a contribution to raising awareness of the marine environment.  Grants awarded so far have been in the region of £1,200-£5,000 and it is likely that future awards will be similar amounts.

The National Marine Aquarium
Next Deadline: 27 October 2016


Community Food and Health (Scotland) – Capacity Building Fund

CFHSThe Capacity Building Fund is for groups and organisations running food and health activities in low-income areas that want to develop and strengthen their organisations.  Your application will need to show that any funding awarded will build the knowledge, skills and expertise of volunteers, staff or management committee or board members, and demonstrate how this will make a positive difference to your food and health activities.  Groups can apply for up to £500, you will be expected to have spent the money by the end of March 2017.

Community Food and Health (Scotland) – Capacity Building Fund
Deadline: the fund will close once all the funding has been allocated.


Pink Ribbon Foundation

Pink Ribbon_logoAny charity working in the field of breast cancer can apply for a grant.  The Foundation evaluates each application against a set of criteria: What the grant will be spent on; The number of people who will benefit; The relative size of the organisation; Support/encouragement given to volunteers; Unique or special situations; Financial stability and reserves.

Pink Ribbon Foundation
Deadline: 26 May 2017


The National Mentoring Scheme (NMS)

Inspiring ScotlandInspiring Scotland is delighted to be leading the development of Scottish Government’s National Mentoring Scheme, initially for children and young people who are looked after at home.  It is planned to open the fund to applications by late summer.

About the Scheme
The national programme will initially support young people aged between 8-14 years who are looked after by their local authority and living at home.  The programme recognises a young person’s need to have at least one long term relationship with a positive adult role-model.  The disruption children face leading up to and on coming into the care system can make this difficult to achieve within a family setting.

Young people who choose to take part in the scheme will be carefully matched with a trained volunteer and together they will build a positive, trusting, supportive and secure relationship.  Effective mentoring relationships have been shown to be long term, frequent and regular.

Eligibility for Funding
OSCR registered organisations interested in applying for funding to support 8-14 year olds who are looked after at home will be encouraged to apply for funding through Inspiring Scotland later this summer.  Organisations should consider now what new mentoring support they can offer this group.

Whilst the term mentoring is used to describe the programme because the relationship is intended to have a goal orientation, it is recognised that many organisations deliver this to children and young people within a befriending service.

Applications are therefore encouraged from voluntary organisations with experience of working with vulnerable groups, particularly vulnerable children and young people, and/or providing mentoring or befriending services.  Applications from a wider field will also be considered.

The online application process is planned to open by late summer with funding expected to be awarded in Q4 2016.

More details here


The Scottish Community Alliance – Community Learning Exchange Fund

Community Learning Exchange FundCould your voluntary arts group benefit from visiting another creative group or project in Scotland to share learning and best practice?

The Scottish Government has funds for community groups to visit one another and to conduct peer to peer learning.  This is being administered by the Scottish Community Alliance (SCA) through the Community Learning Exchange Fund.

As an active member of the SCA, Voluntary Arts Scotland is now encouraging voluntary arts groups to apply to the fund and make visits to projects of interest.  A small fee is also available to offset the cost of hosting a visit.

Ideally visits should be to other projects within Scotland but if necessary visits elsewhere in the UK may be considered if there is nothing closer to hand.  Up to £750 per visit can be applied for to cover accommodation, travel and sustenance.  The application and reporting process is simple and shouldn’t take long to complete.

Application forms and guidance notes can be obtained by emailing cass@vascotland.org.uk.  Completed forms should be returned to Voluntary Arts Scotland in the first instance for verification, before being sent onto the Scottish Community Alliance for approval.


DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

DMTFYP_logoThe 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 and 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 ]


BBC Children in Need Grants

BBC Children In NeedBBC Children in Need is currently accepting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people in the UK who are 18 years old and younger. 

You can access the small grants programme or main grants programme.  More.

 


New Fund for Activities to Broaden Pupils’ Digital Horizons

coderdojo-scotland-1A new fund will support Scotland’s drive to attract more young people into digital careers by widening access to extracurricular and enrichment activities that bring technology to life.

The new Digital Xtra fund will be dedicated to ensuring that every child across the country has the opportunity to benefit from exciting and challenging digital activities such as after school coding clubs, competitions and innovative classroom programmes.

The £250,000 fund will be administered centrally by Skills Development Scotland and will accept applications from a wide range of organisations across Scotland such as education providers and schools, the voluntary sector and employers.

Applications open late in May and full criteria and documentation will be available online via the Public Contracts Scotland website.

The fund aims to make initiatives more accessible and sustainable across the whole country, and address the current shortage of extracurricular and enrichment provision in rural areas. It will also focus on fostering cutting edge initiatives as well as sharing best practice.

Developed in partnership by Skills Development Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, ScotlandIS and Education Scotland, the new fund is part of an innovative and coordinated approach to how digital extracurricular and enrichment activities are supported.  It will allow public sector bodies, Scottish Government, voluntary sector and industry to work together to support projects in a more coordinated way.
Find out more here.


Skills Development Scotland – Low Carbon Skills Fund

Low Carbon Skills Fund SDSThis fund can provide employers with up to £5,000 to undertake training and to support sustainable development and growth.  This includes learning and training to improve resource and energy efficiency; to adopt innovative technologies or new sustainable practices and processes; and to identify new market opportunities.

Skills Development Scotland – Low Carbon Skills Fund
Deadlines: applications open on a first come first served basis


Regional Screen Scotland – Local Film Festival Fund

Regional-Screen-ScotlandUp to £3,000 is available to acknowledge and support the role that festivals play in the cinema going experience for audiences where there are varying levels of provision, both in terms of the films people can see and the places they can see them in.  Applications should cater for areas of Scotland where communities cannot routinely access a cinema or where a local initiative would enhance their community, grow audiences for film and increase the knowledge, skills and capacity of the exhibition sector.  Events must take place by 31 January 2017.

Regional Screen Scotland – Local Film Festival Fund
Deadline: 7 November 2016


Young Start Fund

Young Start FundThe Big lottery Fund are running a grant programme called Young Start which aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24 to help realise their potential.  They are awarding grants between £10,000 – £50,000 for projects that meet one or more of the following programme outcomes:
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
Confident – Children and young people have more confidence and skills
Healthy – Children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional health

Intergenerational groups may be eligible for funding if they can show that at least 75% of the project beneficiaries will be aged 8-24.
Third sector organisations can apply and grants can run between one to two years.  They are interested in projects that have been designed to ensure that everyone can take part, as well as projects that focus on specific groups of children and young people.

Young Start can fund 100 per cent of project costs.  However, they can also fund part of a larger project if additional funding is in place.  If they are only funding part of a project, the total project cost should be no more than £100,000.  This is a rolling programme so groups can apply at any time.

More information can be found on our website and the enquiry team are happy to answer any questions regarding the funding or application process.  They can be contacted on free-phone number 03001237110 or email.


The MacRobert Trust

macrobert-trustThe 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 ]


Scottish Land Fund Open for Applications from 01 April

Scottish Land Fund great little berneraThe Scottish Land Fund from Big Lottery and Highland and Islands Enterprise has re-opened with applications of up £1 Million welcomed from communities across Scotland.  The Scottish Land Fund will fund the purchase of land or land assets which can contribute to the overall sustainability of a community or enable the retention or provision of key local services.

The Scottish Land Fund want to fund projects that:
put communities in control of local land and land assets which are important to their economic, social and environmental development
enable communities to manage local land and land assets well and deliver benefit for the whole community
empower communities to realise the opportunities they see in local land and land assets to meet local needs
deliver real community involvement and participation in land ownership and management
help communities realise the opportunities created by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015
help create resilient and supportive communities where people take responsibility for their own actions and how they affect others.

The Scottish Government has committed £10 million to the Scottish Land Fund for 2016-17.  You can apply for up to £1 million per application.  In exceptional circumstances, larger grants may be available.

The average grant size in the last Scottish Land Fund was under £190,000; the smallest grant awarded was £14,000 and the largest was £750,000.

Further information can be found on the Big Lottery’s website.


Faiths in Scotland Community Action Fund

FaithsFaiths 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:
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 ]


The West Lothian LEADER Programme 2015-2020

Leader InviteLEADER is a European grant scheme that delivers support for rural communities in West Lothian.  West Lothian has an allocation of £2.17 million.  The scheme is administered via West Lothian Council and a decision making body called the West Lothian Local Action Group (LAG).  This group is made up of representatives from public and private organisations as well as community minded individuals.  The aim of LEADER is to increase community capacity, to build knowledge and skills, encourage innovation and promote co-operation in rural areas via the delivery of a Local Development Strategy (LDS).

West Lothian LEADER Launch

The new West Lothian LEADER programme was launched on 17th March, 2016 at SRUC, Oatridge Campus.  A series of community drop-in sessions have been arranged for organisations and groups with project ideas to find out more about the West Lothian LEADER programme.

Contact:
LEADER Co-ordinator: Kat Purser

Tel: 01506-283-094
Email: leader@westlothian.gov.uk

Useful Links:

West Lothian LEADER programme:  http://www.westlothian.gov.uk/LEADER
Scottish Government – LEADER:  http://www.gov.scot/Topics/farmingrural/SRDP/LEADER(Opens in a new window)
Scottish Rural Network:  http://www.ruralgateway.org.uk/(Opens in a new window)


Edinburgh AirportEdinburgh Airport Community Board

http://www.edinburghairport.com/about-us/community-and-environment/community-board

The Edinburgh Airport Community Board will consider applications from Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife that support local sport, health and wellbeing, environment and educational initiatives, or a combination of these. Priority will be given to proposals benefitting those living within the communities closest to the airport or those most affected by aircraft noise.

Sport, health and wellbeing
We are keen to support schemes which encourage and enhance physical and mental wellbeing. Proposals to establish or enhance new or existing initiatives are welcome and should indicate how they will have a long-term benefit. Proposals for initiatives that will have a short-term benefit, such as purchasing sports strips and uniforms, are unlikely to be supported.

Environment
The environmental theme covers projects and initiatives that improve the immediate environment of local areas, buildings, or outdoor spaces, through practical work, or by environmental education. Projects include biodiversity, wildlife and conservation management, the protection of local habitats and the prevention of litter and waste that causes pollution. The community fund will consider all types of activities relating to these themes, including purchasing equipment, trees and plants. Funding is also available for educational activities in schools and community groups.

Under the environmental theme we also consider schemes which are aimed at reducing a school and community buildings or organisations carbon footprint. This may be through using less electricity, gas, or vehicle fuels. Examples of such projects include as energy efficient lighting or installing better insulation. Projects aiming to reduce energy use should include the energy savings expected (in kWh) and carbon savings.

Education
Educational initiatives should aim to enhance the opportunity and ways of learning but should not be seen as a replacement funding source for reduced education authority funding. We are keen to work with organisations that offer new, different and exciting ways to learn.

Community
The Edinburgh Airport Community Board seek to support pieces of work or projects which fall outside mainstream local or Scottish government service delivery, but which clearly benefit people in the communities around the airport.

There is no cap on the amount of funding that can be sought. Applications are advised to detail how funding amounts are calculated. Occasionally, if funding cannot be fully supported, there may be an opportunity to award partial funding. We also advocate match funding where appropriate and advise organisations to consider other funding sources such as SportScotland’s SPORTSMATCH.

Schemes which demonstrate opportunities for social enterprising in order to allow an organisation or charity to become self-sufficient or fund other improvements are encouraged.

We are keen to support our local areas including gala days but these events are capped due to the volume of requests received. As with other funding applications support for gala days will be weighted towards communities closest to the airport or most affected by aircraft noise. Gala day funding requests will also be considered alongside requests for other projects, therefore gala days are not guaranteed funding.

With the exception of gala days, organisations that are successful in applying for funding are not eligible to apply again for two calendar years where the beneficiaries would be the same. This is to reflect the fact that they have gained previous funding and that we wish as many organisations or communities to benefit also.


Blackridge Community Fund

Blackridge Community FundThe Blackridge Community Fund is a charitable fund to benefit those living in the Blackridge community council area. The fund is provided by FIM Services Ltd, the owner and operator of Torrance Wind Farm. Groups and organisations working to benefit people in the area can apply to Foundation Scotland for grants from the fund. Foundation Scotland receives and processes grant applications but recommendations are made by a Community Panel made up of local residents from Blackridge.

https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/blackridge/

Grants of between £250 and £1,000 will be made to groups working to benefit Blackridge residents. Please note that only constituted groups and organisations may apply.

The Fund will provide grants to support charitable activities that:
Enhance quality of life for local residents
Contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities
Promote community spirit and encourage community activity.

You can find Guidance Notes here and an Application Form here


CSGN Community Project Fund 2016

CSGN projectsCommunity projects working to improve their local greenspace can now apply to the CSGN Community Project Fund 2016.

Greenspace projects can make a huge difference to the quality of places and people’s lives, especially when they are delivered alongside the communities who will benefit from them most. We would like to hear from groups or organisations who want to deliver projects in the heart of our local communities.

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for activities such as:
conservation and education projects, like developing a safe, natural learning space
developing a community growing area
biodiversity activities, such as planting and improvements to ponds and wetlands for local wildlife
community events, such as a park improvement day
woodland arts activities, such as carved log seating or mosaics

More here – http://www.centralscotlandgreennetwork.org/resources/funding/csgn-community-projects-fund


Church of Scotland – Small Grants

Church of ScotlandSmall Grants can help you develop your project ideas and test them out. Several types are available: Research, Pilot and Step, as well as Training and Help (for those already in receipt of a Go For It Main or Continuation Grant). No match funding is required for Research, Pilot, Training or Help Grants. A 50 per cent match is required for Step Grants. Applications must evidence an association with a Church of Scotland congregation, be focused on a project, and demonstrate a commitment to good partnership working.

Church of Scotland- Small Grants website
Closing Date: Small Grants are assessed on a monthly rolling programme, and you’ll receive a decision within six to eight weeks of submitting your application.


Scottish EU Funding Portal

Scottish EU Funding PortalThe EU Funding Portal is an online resource for Scottish organisations interested in EU funding and for international organisations wishing to work with Scottish organisations.

The EU Funding Portal provides free information to registered users about opportunities from the EU Programmes; provides a space to help find partners to work with on new EU projects; as well as a resource to explore the types of EU projects Scottish organisations are currently involved in delivering.

http://www.funding-portal.eu/


Applications for 2016 Social Mobility Foundation Programmes Now Open

Social Mobility_logoThe Social Mobility Foundation supports ambitious young people from less-privileged backgrounds to access top universities and careers.
They run free programmes featuring mentoring, internships with top companies, university application support, as well as professional development and skills workshops for high achieving S5s across Scotland.

More.


Peter De Haan Charitable Trust

PDHCT_logoThe 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. [ e-mail | website ]


Lush – Charity Pot Funding

LushLUSH supports small, grassroots organisations around the world working in environment, animal protection and human rights. They look for organisations that take on issues that others don’t, those that push the boundaries and challenge mainstream opinion. They support non-violent direct action groups that play an important part in bringing about social change. Up to £10,000 is available.
Lush – Charity Pot Funding Deadline: none given.


Esh Communities Applications Now Open!

ESHApplications are sought from projects that align with at least 1 of our core values:

To improve the quality of life for local residents
To support disadvantaged or vulnerable communities
To increase prospects of becoming employed
Promoting equality by engaging minority and hard to reach groups

Please email addedvalue@esh.uk.com with any questions or queries.

http://www.eshaddedvalue.co.uk/


RSPBA – Novice Juvenile Pipe Band Fund

rspba-logoDeadline: None given
Applications are open to Association-registered Juvenile and Novice Juvenile bands.

The sort of assistance that will be considered will range from help with band bus fees, to tuition and instruments.


Dr Guthrie’s Association (Scotland)

Scott-MoncrieffFunding 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.
(preference given to those who) reside in the Edinburgh area.

Grants are generally one-off and range from £250-£2,000. 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, phone: 077-2901-8214 [ e-mail | website ]


The Lintel Trust

Lintel TrustThe 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, phone: 0141-332-8113 [ e-mail | website ]


The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK

Sylvia WaddiloveProvides 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.[ website ]


The Wood Foundation (TWF)

woodfoundation-logoA 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:
Developing Young People in Scotland;
Youth and Philanthropy Initiative;
Making Markets Work for the Poor Sub Saharan Africa.

phone: 01224-619831 [ e-mail | website ]


The Graham Trust

Graham TrustThe Trust has supported Lifeboat Services, the welfare of ex-servicemen and the needs of the homeless amongst others, and welcomes applications from organisations in the following areas: the saving of lives, the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science, the relief of those in need by reason of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage, the prevention or relief of poverty, or the advancement of animal welfare. Grants normally vary between £500 and £10,000.


Vegware – Community Fund

Vegware__packagingmadefromplantsVegware is re-launching its community fund which offers monthly grants of £20-£200 to non-profit sustainability projects.

The fund is intended to contribute to core running costs and act as a basis from which to either focus on their chosen task, or apply for project grants.


RBS – Skills and Opportunities Fund

RBS SkillsThe focus for this funding is to support organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves; skills that will enable them to get into work or start a business, now or in the future. In Scotland, they are committed to funding projects that will leave a lasting legacy for the people we share a community with. They’d like to see a measurable social impact on employability, education or enterprise all across the country and make a real difference in disadvantaged communities.


Coalfields Development Awards

Coalfields_logoHere are details of Coalfields Regeneration Trust’s new award programme: Coalfields Development Awards.

The Programme is intended to help small charitable or not for profit organisations in eligible coalfields wards with revenue costs of up to £500 for items such as study visits, feasibility studies, publicity etc.

You will find guidance notes, an application form and a list of eligible wards


The Gannochy Trust

Gannochy Trust_logoThe Gannochy Trust has launched their new Funding Strategy and Guidelines for 2015 to 2018. Over the next three years, a significant percentage of the Gannochy Trust’s funds will be made to smaller, community led groups that are supporting children, young people and people who are disadvantaged or vulnerable. There are two themes:
Inspiring Young People is available Scotlandwide and will support projects that make positive change in the lives of young people.
Improving the Quality of Life for People in Perth and Kinross is only available in Perth and Kinross. It will support disadvantaged and vulnerable people, make Perth and Kinross a better place to live and work and increase the availability or quality of facilities for wide community use.

There are three levels of grant, giving up to £40,000 per year, plus capital grants (Perth and Kinross only).

Deadline: Apply at any time


Paul Hamlyn Foundation

The Paul Hamlyn FoundationPaul Hamlyn Foundation helps people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. They have a particular interest in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts.

The Foundation has announced its new strategy in the UK and has announced some new funds, some of which are open now, to help organisations and individuals to work towards its aims. Many of the existing programmes will also continue.

Funds:

Pioneers and Ideas –supports people who have an idea with unusual promise to improve the life chances and opportunities of individuals and communities in the UK. Ideas should help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives.

Arts Access and Participation – supports organisations to test, implement and develop ambitious plans to widen access to and deepen participation in the arts as well as addressing inequalities of opportunity.

Arts-based Learning Fund – supports arts organisations working with schools to improve the evidence base for their work, so that they can do more to enhance the lives, development and achievements of children and young people.

Youth Fund – provides core funding to organisations within the youth sector and outside. They will only fund organisations whose main purpose is about helping those in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging, and those who are most vulnerable.

Shared Ground – aims to support work for the benefit of young people which helps communities experiencing high levels of migration become stronger and more connected as well as ensuring that young migrants in greatest need can get help and support.


Allen Lane Foundation

Allen Lane logoThe 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, phone: 01904_613223 | [ e-mail | website ]


Buttle UK Funding for Estranged Young People

buttle-logoThe 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:
Support in accessing education, employment and training
Safe and comfortable accommodation
Maintaining positive emotional and physical wellbeing.

Contact: Scotland, phone: 01505-850437 [ e-mail | website ]


Tudor Trust

Tudor TrustTudor 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, phone: 0207-727-8522 [ website ]


vInspired Funding for Young People to Improve their Community

vinspired cashpointvInspired’s Cashpoint grants scheme offers grants of up to £500 to give young people (aged 14-25 ) the opportunity to improve their local community.

The funding is available to individual young people (or small groups) who have developed a project idea and will run the project themselves. More.

 


Cairngorms National Park Authority travel grant scheme now open for applications

cairngorms park_logoThis is the third year of running the grant scheme which provides 75% of transport costs up to a maximum of £200.

The grant is particularly aimed at schools from socially deprived areas, and community groups who experience disadvantage.

The National Park would like to encourage applications from schools and groups who have not visited the park before. More.


Landfill Communities Fund (LCF)

Revenue Scotland_logoLCF ‘offsets’ some of the negative impacts of living in the vicinity of a landfill site for affected communities throughout the UK. It has provided £1.4 billion for community projects since 1996.

From 1 April 2015, operators of landfill sites in Scotland will no longer be liable to pay UK landfill tax for waste disposed of at their Scottish sites. Instead, they will be liable to register and account for Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT) and a new Scottish Landfill Communities Fund is being established – see https://www.revenue.scot/scottish-landfill-tax/scottish-landfill-communities-fund

There will be a 2-year transitional period, from 1 April 2015 until 31 March 2017, during which unspent LCF funds held on 31 March 2015 can be spent on projects located throughout the UK, including in Scotland.

Deadline: 31 March 2017


Applications can be submitted at any time (No Deadline)


Morrisons Foundation

Morrisons FoundationThe Morrisons Foundation has been set up to make a difference in the communities they serve. 

Applicants must be from a registered charity whose project will improve people’s lives. 

The Foundation believes that good projects come in all shapes and sizes so there is no lower or upper limit on the grants available.  More.


Scotmid Community Grants (Scotland)

scotmid-logoThe Scotmid Co-operative is offering small grants to assist and support community projects and initiatives throughout Scotland. 

Funding is concentrated on the areas of Children/education; Community Groups; Active Lifestyles; Environment; the Elderly; Homelessness; Fairtrade; Arts & Culture; and Charity.

Applications can be submitted at any time. More.


Sainsbury’s Local Food Partner

sainsbury_logoSainsbury’s will donate food free of charge which may include fresh food (within their use by date), that is fit for human consumption to charity.  The programme has been running successfully in a number of stores and Sainsbury’s now wish to expand the programme to include as many stores as possible over a gradual time frame.  You must help local people in need and be in a position to use donated food to support your beneficiaries.  NB: some fresh food maybe donated to animal charities, but only if there are not any suitable people charities in an area.

Sainsbury’s Local Food Partner
Deadline: Apply at any time


Tesco Local Community Scheme

TescoUsing the 5p levy that has been introduced on carrier bags, the supermarket Tesco are looking to fund local projects to improve green spaces in communities. The fund are particularly keen to see applications that will include building new small parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens. Further details can be found on funder’s website.

Tesco Local Community Scheme website
Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at any time


Social Investment Scotland – Asda Community Capital

asdawebhpThis loan fund is designed to support early stage social enterprises looking to access social investment for the first time. Using money raised through the Plastic Bag tax introduced in Scotland in October 2014, the fund aims to support social enterprises to make the step change they need to increase their social impact and/or financial sustainability. Loans range from £10k to £50k with no penalty for partial or full early repayment.

Social Investment Scotland – Asda Community Capital
Deadline: will remain open throughout the year as funds allow


Wilko – Helping Hands

WilkoEvery Wilko store has a small budget to give a little helping hand to local community groups and projects.

Whether you need a small raffle prize or pot of paint or even something a little bigger, go along to your local Wilko store to see if they can help you.

Deadline: none


Forfar Roof Truss Co.

Each month, £250 is donated to local charities and worthy causeForfar Roof Truss Co_logos. The main focus is that the causes are local, and of the kind that tend to be overlooked generally. Past beneficiaries include school playgroups, day care centres, sheltered housing schemes, theatre companies, and swimming clubs. No deadline

 


The Headley Trust

Sainsbury Family Charitable TrustsOne of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, this fund will support proposals which match conditions under the following criteria: Arts and Heritage, Cathedrals and Major Churches, Parish Churches, Developing Countries, Education, Health and Social Welfare.

No deadline


Interface – Standard Innovation Vouchers

Standard Innovation VouchersThe aim of the scheme is to fund projects with a value up to £5,000 which drive innovation, leading to new products, services or processes that will benefit the company, university, research institution or further education college and the Scottish economy, such as securing or creating jobs, or allowing the company to expand into new markets. This includes SMEs, sole traders, social enterprises and third sector organisations with main business operations in Scotland, as defined by the European Commission. Visit the website to find out more.

No deadlines.


Baillie Gifford Community Awards

Baillie GiffordBaillie Gifford community awards provide up to £2,000 to support registered charities and constituted voluntary groups across Scotland.  Priority is given to support registered charities and voluntary groups working in the following areas: Children and young people, elderly, environment, under 5’s, local community, families, health, education, physically disabled, homelessness, women social inclusion, social economic regeneration, grass roots sports.

Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at any time


The Discovery Foundation

Discovery FoundationThe Discovery Foundation will provide grants to support knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities.
Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions.

The Discovery Foundation website
Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at any time


The Scottish Government – Rural Housing Fund

Rural-Housing-FundA new £25 million fund will provide an estimated 500 new affordable homes specifically to rural areas across Scotland.
The Rural Housing Fund will increase supply of long term affordable housing in rural areas over the next three years, by assisting the building of new homes and refurbishment of existing buildings.
The fund is open to a wide range of applicants, including long-established affordable housing providers, and also community-led organisations and private landowners.

The Scottish Government – Rural Housing Fund
Deadline: Apply at any time


Bridges Ventures Social Impact Bond Fund

BridgesThis 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 ]


Ragdoll Foundation – Open Grants

RagdollThe fund has up to £50,000 available to support the cultural sector’s work with children and young people where the concerns of childhood can be heard.  Preference will be given to innovative projects that share the same values of imagination and creativity as the Ragdoll Foundation in particular those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood.  They are mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered.

Ragdoll Foundation – Open Grants
Deadline: Apply at any time


Foundation Scotland – PF Charitable Trust

Foundation Scotland_LogoThe Fund supports voluntary organisations and charities working in the areas of disability, health, youth work, elderly, children and families and homelessness. Grants can help meet a wide range of costs, including general running costs such as rent or staff salaries, activities and events, equipment or materials, marketing and awareness-raising initiatives and training. Apply for a maximum of £2000 through Foundation Scotland Express Grants.
Deadline: apply at any time


The Orrin Charitable Trust

The Trust has been established for general charitable purposes. Previous recipients of £5,000 have included the Scots Guards Charitable Trust, the Wheelyboat Trust and Alzheimer Scotland.

Deadline: apply at any time Contact: C/O The Headley Foundation, Victoria House, 1 – 3 College Hill, London, EC4R 2RA.


Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust – Small Grant Programme

Agnes Hunter TrustThe Small Grant Programme can provide up to £4,000 currently supports charities that: support people suffering from arthritis and cancer; help disabled people, including those affected by physical disability, visual impairment or illness, and those with mental health problems or learning difficulties; assist with the education and training of disadvantaged people aged 16 and above.

Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust – Small Grant Programme
Deadline: Apply at any time


The Rank Foundation- Pebble Grants

Rank_Pebble_logoThe Rank Foundation has renamed its small grants fund.  It will fund registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for projects where the total cost is less than £1million.  Projects for which the mainstay is capital costs (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) and which have already raised a third of the total costs, may be eligible.

The Rank Foundation- Pebble Grants
Deadline: apply at any time


Zero Waste Scotland-Circular Economy Investment Fund

Zero Waste_logoThe programme will help small and medium businesses be resource efficient and create a more circular economy.

The programme will fund four areas of activity:
Increasing the scale and provision of services to SMEs in Scotland to become more efficient in their use of resources
Stimulating new business activity to identify, develop and bring to market new circular economy products and services
Supporting collaboration between businesses and academia to catalyse and demonstrate next generation products and services within the circular economy
Helping community and third sector organisations to develop local approaches to tackling resource efficiency and to engage in the development of a more local circular economies. Specifically funding in the areas of the bio-economy (food and drink), built environment (construction and demolition) and energy Infrastructure (oil and gas decommissioning, Renewables and Transmission

Zero Waste Scotland-Circular Economy Investment Fund
Deadline: apply at any time


Foyle Foundation – Schools Library Programme

The-Foyle-FoundationThis programme gives priority to primary schools and recognises that there is no statutory requirement for schools to have a library and that many school libraries are in a desperate situation through underfunding and underdevelopment.  Priority will be given to funding library/reading books.  Some funding towards e-readers can be considered if a justifiable need is presented.  They will not fund textbooks or curriculum books.

Foyle Foundation – Schools Library Programme
Deadline: Apply at any time


The Foyle Foundation – Main Grants Scheme-Arts

The-Foyle-FoundationThe Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts. Their Arts programme has a twofold purpose to help sustain the arts and to support projects that particularly help to deliver artistic vision. Typical areas of support include: helping to make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences, supporting tours, festivals and arts educational projects; encouraging new work and supporting young and emerging artists; building projects that improve or re-equip existing arts venues (rather than construction of new facilities, although this will not be excluded); projects that encourage sustainability by reducing overheads or which help generate additional revenue.

The Foyle Foundation- Main Grants Scheme-Arts website
Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at any time


The Foyle Foundation – Main Grants Scheme- Learning

The-Foyle-FoundationThe Foundation will support projects which facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and which have a long-term strategic impact. Key areas for support are: libraries, museums and archives; special educational needs; projects that encourage sustainability by reducing overheads or which help generate additional revenue.

The Foyle Foundation-Main Grants Scheme- Learning website
Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at any time


The Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme

The-Foyle-FoundationThe Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities.

The Foyle Foundation-Small Grants Scheme website
Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at any time


The Foyle Schools Library Programme

The-Foyle-FoundationPriority will be given to funding library/reading books. Some funding towards e-readers can be considered if a justifiable need is presented. The funders will not fund textbooks or curriculum books. The Foundation will also consider contributions towards library software, necessary IT equipment and furniture etc in order to create a suitable library space, although these should be a minority of the funds requested. The majority of funding should be for books/reading materials.

The Foyle Schools Library Programme website
Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at any time


The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust-Small Grants

RS MacdonaldThe RS Macdonald Charitable Trust Small Grants will consider applications relating to child welfare, visual impairment, neurological conditions, animal welfare and medical research.

The RS Macdonald Chartable Trust-Small Grants website
Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at any time


The FSC Bursary Fund

FSC Bursary FundFSC Bursary provides support to individuals who are from disadvantaged backgrounds enabling them to take part in FSC curriculum focussed courses with their school class. This support, for individuals, is valuable as it can be a deciding factor on whether or not a whole class experiences fieldwork and out of classroom learning. Children and young people aged 4-19 attending school or college in the state sector who live in the 10% most deprived areas of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland can apply.

The FSC Bursary Fund website
Closing Date: Applications can be made at any time
but must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the date of the FSC course


Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust

Andy FanshaweThis 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
[ e-mail | website ]


SYHA – Youth Action Grants

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.

SYHA – Youth Action Grants
Apply at any time.


David Domoney – Cultivation Street

David-Domoney£2,000 of garden vouchers are available to community, neighbourhood and school gardens who want to bring back community gardening, revitalise streets and inspire people to take up gardening and grow their green skills.

David Domoney – Cultivation Street
Deadline: none given


The Scotland’s Churches Trust

Scottish Churches Trust_logoThe Scotland’s Churches Trust assists with the repair of religious buildings in use for public worship.  The Trust is keen to support repairs to or restoration of the structure of buildings in use for public worship (the building need not have a congregation, but must be furnished as a place of worship and be used for occasional services); Other work essential to preserve or to recover the identity or continued function of the building as a place of worship within the context of an accepted religious tradition; conservation work upon items of special artistic quality or having associations with the history of the building and its significance to the community; summary conservation reports.

The Scotland’s Churches Trust website
Closing Date:
Applications may be submitted at any time


Rozelle Trust

rozelleThe 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 ]


The QBE Foundation

QBE_FND_POS_2CThis foundation supports charities in the UK that help people overcome disadvantage, strengthen their abilities, and live more independently, successfully and productively.

Grant requests should be for a defined project and should exclude applications to support the cost of individual members of staff.

Deadline: Apply at any time

Deadline: Apply at any time


Esmee Fairbairn Foundation – Social Change

Esmee FairbairnThe fund will support work that contributes to a just and inclusive society at every level (individual, community and system) with the best solutions built by and for communities.

They support work that removes barriers preventing marginalised and isolated people from participating and making a valuable contribution to society. Up to £500,000 is available.

Deadline: Apply at any time


It’s Your Neighbourhood – Community Grant Scheme

neighbourhood_smallAwards of up to £250 are available to local groups, allowing them to make small improvements to their local environment.

The scheme is being funded from the proceeds of the carrier bag charge collected by Tesco, allowing Scottish communities to benefit from the bag charge. More


Social Investment Scotland – Community Share Loan

Loans of up to £1 million are availableSIS_logo to organisations raising funds through a community share offer so that they can still progress their projects in the event that the share offer does not raise sufficient funds.

Deadline: apply at any time


Happy Days Childrens Charity

Funding is availableHappy Days Logo 11-0_RGB800 towards activity holidays in the UK for groups of young people aged 3-17 with special needs and their carers.

Deadline: apply at any time


Young UnLtd Do it For Real Award

Young UnLtd_logoDo 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.

Follow on Facebook and Twitter. phone: 0845-850-1122 [ website ]


Persimmon Community Champions

Donations of up to £1,000 are availablePersimmon_logo to local groups and charities throughout the UK.

Apply online.

Deadline: none


Tabhair

tabhair-header-logoGrants, typically from £500 to £5,000, are available to support the disadvantaged and promote education, training and community action.

The Trustees are especially interested in providing seed funding to social enterprise projects where a donation allows them to grow in the scope and self-sufficiency of their work.

The Trustees meet twice a year.

Deadline: none


Foundation Scotland – Budge Trust

Budge TrustThe focus of this trust relates to the wellbeing and/or education of children in Scotland. Grants of up to £2,000 are available – larger requests may be considered but should be discussed with Foundation Scotland first.

Deadline: none


The Daisy Chain Trust

Daisy Chain TrustGrants of up to £5,000 are available to small organisations dealing with children up to the age of eighteen in the field of Medical Care, Welfare and Education in Edinburgh, Lothians and the Borders.

Deadline: none


Cash for Kids

Cash for KidsCash For Kids raises millions of pounds each year and awards grants to help disabled and disadvantaged children up to the age of 18 who are suffering from abuse or neglect, who are disabled or who simply need extra care and guidance. Grants are also given to children’s charities and organisations to help them undertake projects and new initiatives or to ensure that much needed services can continue to provide essential care and support.

Cash for Kids website

Closing Date: regional deadlines apply


Scottish Grant-Making Trusts Group

Scottish-Grantmakers-logoThe Scottish Grant-Making Trusts Group (known as Scottish Grantmakers) was established in 1993 and comprises individuals who are involved in the practical administration of grant-making in Scotland, normally holding key positions in their trusts or foundations.

The Group allows members to share best practice and through dialogue, to keep up-to-date on matters affecting the charity and voluntary sector.  The forum also provides opportunities for networking and for working together.

It should be noted that the Group does not, in itself, make grants or donations.

This page lists Trusts and Foundations where there is a link to the Scottish Grant-Making Trusts Group, together with a brief summary of their individual criteria.


Film and Television Funding Programme

Creative ScotlandThe purpose of the Film and Television Funding Programme is to provide support to emerging and established film and television talent capable of creating distinctive and engaging work that promotes Scotland’s creativity. Further details can be found on the funder’s website.

Film and Television Funding Programme website

Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at any time


Creative Scotland- Open Project Funding

Creative ScotlandThis fund supports the arts, screen and creative industries, with projects that help to explore, realise and develop creative potential and enrich Scotland’s reputation as a distinctive creative nation connected to the world. Applications can cover a broad spectrum of activity, and 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 those hard to reach)
Projects which encourage more people to get involved in artistic and creative activity.

Creative Scotland- Open Project Funding website

Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at any time


Scotrail – Cultural and Arts Fund

Scotrail LogoFunds arts, community recreation, and sports activities and projects in the vicinity of a train station or with a travel or safety theme.

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.

www.scotrail.co.uk/about-scotrail/scotrail-community/cultural-and-arts-fund


Scotrail – Stations Community Regeneration Fund

Scotrail LogoDeadline: None given

The Stations Community Regeneration Fund enables business and community groups to transform redundant station rooms into facilities to benefit local people.
Any projects that will aid communities or rail passengers will be considered for grants of between £5,000 and £75,000. Bids may also be made for larger sums, dependent on in-depth feasibility studies. Grants can be used to contribute towards the costs of any structural repairs and to assist with the costs of fitting out station premises for their intended use.


Foundation Scotland – Express Grants

Foundation Scotland_LogoDeadline: None

Express Grants can help meet a wide range of costs, including general running costs such as rent or staff salaries; activities and events; equipment or materials; marketing and awareness-raising initiatives and training. Up to £2,000 is available per grant. The awards are made up of money from the many different funds distributed on behalf of companies, individuals and charitable trusts. The applications received are matched to the criteria of the various funds available at any time. These criteria determine which parts of Scotland, or which types of project any particular fund can be used for. A wide range of activities can be funded and any suitably constituted not-for-profit group can apply; you do not need to be a registered charity.


Small Scale Village Improvements and Initiatives Fund

WLC logo_2014West Lothian Council has established a Small scale village improvements fund.  This could include a number of types of investment that provide physical improvements to the village streetscape or other capital improvements identified by the community.  Some examples of physical improvements might be; landscaping, providing street furniture such as seating, signage or improving access in villages.

Small Scale Village Improvements and Initiatives Fund
Applications can be submitted at any time.


West Lothian Alcohol and Drug Partnership – Alcohol Diversionary Funding

WLC_logoWest Lothian Council has a pot of funding worth £100,000 to improve outcomes for young people living in West Lothian who are at risk from drinking alcohol.

Deadline: not known


Cattanach

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. Further details can be found on funder’s website – Cattanach website
Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at any time


Funding for Training and Learning


Foundation Scotland

Foundation Scotland_Logo22 Calton Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8DP, 0131 524 0300
Email: info@scottishcf.org
http://www.foundationscotland.org.uk

Will fund constituted community groups:
Express Grants can help meet a wide range of costs, including general running costs such as rent or staff salaries; activities and events; equipment or materials; marketing and awareness-raising initiatives and training or activities to build the capacity of organisations.  Maximum £2,000.


Hunter: Miss Agnes H Hunter’s Trust

Agnes Hunter TrustPagan Osborne, 55-56 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3PA, 0131 538 5496
grants@agneshunter.org.uk
www.agneshunter.org.uk

Fund Objectives:
The Trust currently supports charities that:

help blind and visually impaired people
are researching into the cause, cure or alleviation of cancer or arthritis or supporting people with these conditions
help disabled people, including those affected by physical disability or illness and those with mental health problems or learning disabilities
assist with the education and training of disadvantaged people or with youth development projects


LandAid

LandAid_logoSt Albans House, 5th Floor, 57-59 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4QX, 020 3102 7190
Email: enquiries@landaid.org
http://www.landaid.org

Fund Objectives:
LandAid is a charity established by the UK property industry which helps disadvantaged young people access the facilities, skills and opportunities to achieve their potential.

Fund Priorities:
Training, Education and Support Fund: training, education or support programmes targeted at disadvantaged young people (16-25 year olds),


Macmillan Cancer Support UK

Macmillan Cancer Support89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UQ, 0207 840 7840
Email: resources@macmillan.org.uk
http://www.macmillan.org.uk/

Fund Objectives:

Macmillan offers different grants to help cancer support groups develop i.e. Start-up grants of up to £500 to set up.  Developing grants are available to established groups who have been offering cancer support in their community for at least a year or more.  You can apply for up to £3,000 to develop a group’s activities and resources and Training and conference grants are available to members of independent cancer support groups, community groups and small voluntary organisations.  You can apply for up to £3,000 to help with the costs of hosting or attending training courses.


Robertson Trust

Robertson Trust152 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4TB, 0141 221 3151
Email: admin@therobertsontrust.org.uk
http://www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/

The four priority areas are Care, Health, Education and Training, and Community Arts and Community Sport.


Trades House of Glasgow – Commonweal Fund

trades-house-of-glasgow_logoThe Trades House of Glasgow, North Gallery-Trades Hall, 85 Glassford Street, Glasgow, G1 1HU, 0141 553 1605
Email: commonweal@tradeshouse.org.uk
http://www.tradeshouse.org.uk

Funding Priorities:
Relief of those in need through Age, Ill Health, Disability advancement of Citizenship or Community Development


Youth Scotland

Youth Scotland_logoBalfour House, 19 Bonnington Grove, Edinburgh, EH6 4BL Tel 0131 554 2561
Email: office@youthscotland.org.uk
http://www.youthscotland.org.uk/

Cash back funding


Age Scotland

Age Scotland ILL Logo CMYK CCausewayside House, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PR 0845 833 0200
Email: info@agescotland.org.uk
www.agescotland.org.uk

Fund Objectives:
Age Scotland is committed to sustaining a system of grant-aiding its member groups for a variety of activities, as follows:
organising special outings or events
purchasing equipment
information, production and distribution
attending / running an event which will benefit older people
start-up costs for new groups
training costs


AMW Charitable Trust

KPMG, 191 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2LJ, 0141 226 5511
Email: margaretjane.mccoll@kpmg.co.uk

Fund Objectives:
The trust objects are widely drawn and include the furtherance and advancement of religion, education, training, instruction and culture

The Trustees meet bi-annually to consider appeals, usually in March and October. Applications for funding can be made by letter to KPMG.


Andrew: Miss Mary Dunlop Murdoch Andrew Charitable Trust

Mitchells Roberton, George House, 36 North Hanover Street, Glasgow, G1 2AD Tel 0141 552 3422

Fund Objectives:
The Trust will fund charities that work in the following fields:

the maintenance and expansion of Christian organisations
the maintenance, relief, medical treatment or care of the sick
education or training


Hedley Foundation

Hedley Foundation1-3 College Hill, London, EC4R 2RA
Email: pbarker@hedleyfoundation.org.uk
www.hedleyfoundation.org.uk

Fund Objectives:
Main objective (currently about 70% of the Foundation’s budget) – Young people: their education, recreation, support, training, health and welfare.


Hendry: Miss E C Hendry Charitable Trust

Mitchells Roberton, George House, 36 North Hanover Street, Glasgow, G1 2AD 0141 552 3422
Email: ajc@mitchells-roberton.co.uk

Fund Objectives:
The trustees of the charity have wide discretionary powers in choosing grantee charities, including:

the maintenance and expansion of Christian churches and organisations
the maintenance, relief, medical treatment or care of the sick, the blind, deaf, the aged or the poor
the education, training or upbringing of the young


Macrobert Trust

macrobert-trustCromar, Tarland, Aboyne, AB34 4UD, Tel 013398 81444

Email: vicky@themacroberttrust.org.uk

http://www.themacroberttrust.org.uk/grant-making/


Voluntary Sector Gateway thanks Sheila Fraser for providing this information on Funding for Training and Learning


Sports Funding


Voluntary Action Fund Community Grant

VAF logoThe Community Grant Fund is aimed at community-based, volunteer-led groups. They do not need to be registered charities. Groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000. To be eligible your group must have a constitution, bank account in the group’s name and annual income of less than £25,000

We welcome all applications, though groups that work in one or more of the following areas will be considered priorities:
with health or disability issues;
with people excluded due to ethnic origin; gender or sexual orientation;
with families and young people;
with older people

For any further information contact Voluntary Action Fund 01383-620780 or http://www.voluntaryactionfund.org.uk/


Robertson Trust

Robertson TrustThe Robertson Trust aims to be a flexible and helpful funder that builds relationships with the organisations we fund. They have a small staff team who work hard to provide the support required by charities that wish to make applications. They recognise that charities are often dealing with complex issues and we try to provide as much advice and support as we can in addition to donations. They give pre-application support as appropriate by email or telephone.
We want to fund effective people and organisations that can make a difference. We are an independent grant-maker and we are willing to take risks and support new ideas; however, we will also fund ongoing work which can show it makes a difference. Donations can take the form of core funding including salaries and general running costs, project grants or capital grants for building or equipment.

The four priority areas are Care, Health, Education and Training and Community Art and Sport.

www.therobertsontrust.org.uk or 0141-221-3151


Awards for All

Awards for AllAwards for All Scotland is an easy way for smaller organisations to get small amounts of funding.
The programme is administered by the Big Lottery Fund and is run in partnership with sportscotland

The programme is focused on funding organisations who have not received funding from the programme in the last three years. Note this often changes depending on arability of funding i.e. how many people have bought a lottery ticket.

Awards For All gives groups a chance to apply for a grant between £500 and £10,000 for projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.
You can apply if you are a not for profit /voluntary or community group, social enterprise, community council, school or statutory body.
They will fund a range of projects which involve bringing local people together, helping people learn, improving local spaces and getting people more active.

Visit the Awards for All website


JMA Trust

jma-trust-logo-1The Trust aims to advance health; advance education; advance public participation in sport; relieve unemployment; promote prevention or relief of poverty; relieve those in need by ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.

Applications are invited from individuals or charitable organisations in Scotland who can demonstrate need within at least one of the Trust’s stated purposes; young people aged 15-25 years, and organisations which support or provide opportunities for this demographic, to fulfil their potential in cultural, educational and social aspects of their lives – including achievement of sustainable long term employment.

Maximum award for individuals is £1,000; for groups/organisations is £3,000.

http://jmatrust.com/who-we-are/apply-for-help/


Funding to Support Family Based Projects

Kelly Family Charitable TrustThe Kelly Family Charitable Trust is open to applications from registered charities whose activities involve all or most family members in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members.

The fund also welcomes applications from sports and health-related charities whose activities comply with the above criteria. The Fund offers revenue and capital grants. Grants are of between £1,000 and £5,000, but higher grants may be considered.

www.kfct.org.uk/apply.html. Applications should be sent by email to s.armstrong@kfct.org


Lord’s Taverners – Sports wheelchair sponsorship scheme

Lord Taverners logoFunding for Sports clubs, associations and schools can apply to the Lord’s Taverners for funding to assist with the purchase of manual sports wheel chairs for young people aged between 8 and 25. The Lord’s Taverners have initiated this scheme to help young disabled people participate in and enjoy wheelchair sport.

They will fund up to 50% of the cost of the wheelchair with a maximum grant of £1,500. The Lord’s Taverners also have a multi-sports wheelchair scheme which enables applicants to obtain a standard chair at a subsidised cost of £350.

www.lordstaverners.org/charity/support-and-funding/sport-wheelchairs.htm
Applications can be submitted at any time.


Young Start Fund

young_start_logo_220This is a new fund aimed at unlocking the potential of Scotland’s children and young people has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund. Young Start will invest dormant accounts money in projects that encourage young Scots aged 8 to 24 to be:

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.

The fund is aimed at third sector organisations including voluntary organisations, community groups, social enterprises, housing associations, sports organisations, cooperatives and charities.

Projects will have a better chance of success if they can show young people have been meaningfully involved in the development, design and delivery of the project. Young Start can fund a range of projects including ‘Getting young people involved in sport through the use of local sports facilities’

Young Start will award grants of between £10,000 and £500,000. Application form and guidance materials are available at https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/scotland/young-start


Garfield Weston – Investing in the Future of our Young People

Garfield WestonThe Foundation appreciates how challenging it is for charities to raise funds and aims to keep the process of applying uncomplicated with a one-stage application. We have two main streams of activity:
1. Major Grants – £100,000 and above
2. Regular Grants – ranging from £1,000 – £99,999

Have funded a range of youth sports project in the past.

Have a theme of leadership running through many of their themes. www.garfieldweston.org/


The Benjamin Gautrey Foundation

Benjamin Gautrey FoundationThe Benjamin Gautrey Foundation aims to help young people (under the age of 21 years).

The Trustees have the priorities:-
supporting young people to enjoy sport in their free-time, whatever their background;
support to young people to allow them to participate safely in sport;

Grants can be made for project costs, capital expenditure, equipment and/or salary costs. UK based community groups, clubs are eligible to apply and the Foundation will also consider applications from individuals. See www.thebenjamingautreyfoundation.org.uk/ for more information.


Boost Charitable Trust

Boost Charitable TrustBoost Charitable Trust was created in 2005 to Build On Over-looked Sporting Talent, to champion the disabled and disadvantaged and to inspire them to overcome their challenges through the power of sport. Boost aims to challenge the status quo even if it takes us outside our comfort zone. The trust funds a range of sports i.e. badminton, rugby, swimming in Swaziland. Fund up to £500

Applications are by email or letter, no more than two sides of A4, telling us the following details: –

The name of your organisation – what you do and who your beneficiaries are
Funding – why you need funding, details of the project and approximate funding requirements

www.boostct.org


SportsAid Scotland

SportsAid_logoSportsAid Scotland provides financial assistance in the form of grant awards to talented sporting youngsters in the 12 to 22 year age range and to disability athletes to age 45 who are already competing at national level in their age group and have the potential to represent Scotland at senior level. The finance given is to help the athletes with their travel and training costs, and will hopefully assist them in becoming Scotland’s future sporting stars.

SportsAid Scotland website
Closing Date: No deadline- nomination process for applications


Specific Sports


Canoe Foundation

Canoe FoundationFunding for projects in the UK that support or promote paddlesport activities with a specific focus on young people and/or people with disabilities. Larger grants falling within these key areas may be awarded by the Charity’s Trustees in exceptional cases, along with applications covering Places, Heritage, and International. Not-for-profit organisations, charities, clubs, schools and other interest groups who work with young people and/or people with disabilities are eligible to apply. Funding is only usually provided for capital costs.

Amount – Grants are usually awarded for up to £1,000; however, in exceptional circumstances the Small Grants Panel may award up to a maximum of £2,000.

Contact – An application form is available to download from the Canoe Foundation’s website www.canoefoundation.org.uk/cf/index.cfm/grants/ (note that applications are currently on hold)


Football – McDonald KickStart Grants

MacDThe aim of the programme is to support community football throughout the UK. A total of £75,000 is available through the McDonalds Kick Start scheme and local community football teams can apply for grants of between £500 and £2,500 for activities such as Improving club facilities; Grounds-keeping tools; Training courses; Pitch hire; Van hire; and Washing machines for kit; etc.

Individuals can apply for a grant on behalf of their club, as long as they are recognised by their national FA, and have at least one team at or below junior (U18) level. Applicants must be over 18 and involved with the club at some level, such as a coach, volunteer or parent

http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Sport/Football.html


The Rowing Foundation

Rowing FoundationThe Foundation gives grants of £500-£2,000 to help organisations and clubs involved in on water elements of the sport of Rowing who are individually affiliated to British Rowing. Examples of what they fund are sculls, ergometer, boat trailer, racing oars.

The initial assessment of applications is based on the information on the online form. The Foundation’s preference is to make grants of between £500-£2000 up to 50% of the cost

www.therowingfoundation.org.uk


The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme

SwimathonThe Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme offers funding to groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming in their local community.

Grants vary from £300 to £2,500 and will only be awarded to organisations supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon.


Voluntary Sector Gateway thanks Sheila Fraser for providing this information on Sports Funding


How to fill in the evaluation questions in funding applications: tips for small groups

NCVO KnowhowThe funding application is where you set out your monitoring and evaluating plans and the changes you anticipate will occur as a result of your work.  Writing the application is the last stage; the planning is the bulk of the work.

Most funders will ask you the following monitoring and evaluation-related questions:
track record of your organisation
how you know there is a need for your work
what you are going to do with their funding
how you will know your suggested approach will work
what difference your project will make
how you will know that you have made a difference.

Tips on how to answer these and how to budget for evaluation are explored here:
https://knowhownonprofit.org/how-to/how-to-fill-in-the-evaluation-questions-in-funding-applications-tips-for-small-groups


Tips for charity crowdfunding success

crowdfundingA new free guide from Social Misfits Media provides charities and non-profits with key tips and tricks for crowdfunding success.

The guide, which is sponsored by JustGiving and the Institute of Fundraising breaks down the lifecycle of a crowdfunding campaign into three stages: Pre-Campaign, Live Campaign, and Post-Campaign.  ‘Make It Rain’ features case studies and interviews with leading charitable and non-profit organisations who have led successful crowdfunding campaigns.

‘Make It Rain’ is packed with tangible recommendations from the Institute of Fundraising and from JustGiving and video tips, as well as featuring a flowchart quiz to help organisations figure out if crowdfunding is the right route for them.

The purpose of the guide is to inspire third-sector organisations, and get them to start thinking strategically about crowdfunding as a fundraising tool – and providing a roadmap to ensure crowdfunding success.

Download the ‘Make It Rain’ crowdfunding guide
http://www.sheilafraser.co.uk/


Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme threshold increased

HMRC logoFrom 6th April, the amount of ‘top up’ charities can claim for small donations will increase from £5,000 to £8,000, under the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.

The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) allows eligible charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to claim top-up payments from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on small cash donations that they receive.  The scheme is specifically for cash donations of £20 and under, and does not include cheques, bank transfers, credit cards or text donations.

Your charity or Community Amateur Sports Club (registered with HMRC) must have been active for at least the last two tax years and be claiming Gift Aid.  Unlike Gift Aid, GASDS is not a tax relief scheme, but the two are interlinked.

Further details can be found on HMRC’s website.

Visit the Community Toolkit for further guidance on Gift Aid.


Raise money with Social Investment Tax Relief

Big Society Capital has launched a free support package to help charities and social enterprises understand how to raise money by using social investment tax relief (SITR).


Social Investment & Funding from Social Enterprise Scotland

Sources of social investment & funding are available from banks, CDFIs, public agencies, trusts and other funding bodies.  You can also contact your local authority, Third Sector Interface (TSI) and local Social Enterprise Network (SEN) to ask if local investment is available.  Funding Scotland online resource brings together over 800 different funders.  Contact Social Enterprise Scotland for general information about funding and investment.

The Tudor Trust
Tudor TrustTudor make grants, and provides other types 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.

Active Communities
peoples health_logo-mainFunded by The Peoples Health Trust, Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years. The fund is aimed at small and local projects, designed and run by local people. Applications are also welcome featuring great ideas from communities of interest – for example, a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood or cover a wider area.

The Scottish Government Community Funding Gateway – Find a grant for your community group.
Firstport – Start-up social enterprise funding
Big Lottery Funding – Grants from £300 to over £500,000 from small local groups to major national charities.

A range of social investment organisations operate in the market, please get in contact with Social Enterprise Scotland to find out more.


The Scottish Government Community Funding Gateway

How to find a grant for your community group

The Scottish Government website has a range of funding programmes to support community-led regeneration and community empowerment. Below is a list of Scottish Government funds available to community organisations, with links to further information.

 People & Communities Fund

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The People and Communities Fund (PCF) supports community anchor organisations to grow and strengthen by delivering outcomes to meet and respond to the aspirations of their communities.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (Scotland)

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The Coalfields Regeneration Trust enables community-led regeneration by recognising that strong, engaged and empowered communities are vital to the future of fragile coalfield areas.
Communities & Renewables Energy Scheme (CARES) : Infrastructure & Innovation Fund

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The CARES: Infrastructure and Innovation Fund offers grant funds for communities to investigate and develop projects that link local energy generation with local energy use, or projects that develop innovative distribution network connections.
Community Broadband Start-Up Fund

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The Community Broadband Start-Up Fund is intended to help communities with the costs involved in establishing local community-led projects to access superfast broadband services – where projects can demonstrate local need and demand, and the capacity to make it happen at a reasonable cost.
Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund             

Cycle Friendly Communities

The purpose of the Cycle Friendly and Sustainable Communities Fund is to contribute to a shift away from single occupancy car use, a reduction in carbon emissions and an improvement in wellbeing of communities across Scotland by enabling more people to have more opportunities to cycle. The aim is to assist local groups to achieve these outcomes in their own communities through innovative new ways of utilising and increasing cycling.
Communities  & Families Fund

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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.
Scottish Land Fund

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The Scottish Land Fund is designed to support rural communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets. It will provide practical support and funding to enable local people to work together to develop their ideas and aspirations and plan and complete viable land and land assets acquisition projects.
 Volunteering Support Fund

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The Volunteering Support Fund is open to support third sector organisations to create new volunteering projects; increase the diversity of their volunteers (especially those experiencing disadvantage); and improve opportunities, skills and personal development through volunteering.

The fund will also help organisations enhance their services and improve their capacity to deploy, support and train volunteers. Organisations with an annual income of under £250,000 can apply, although priority will be given to those with an income under £100,000.

 Enterprise Ready Fund

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The Enterprise Ready Fund makes grants of up to £50,000 to enterprising third sector organisations in Scotland to support new and emerging social enterprises; development in existing organisations for change or innovation; or those entering new markets or developing new products.
SportsMatch

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Sportsmatch is an award scheme that supports grassroots sport projects that encourage participation at community level, especially youth groups. Awards start at a minimum of £500 and go up to £10,000 per project.
Sports Facilities Fund

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The Sport Facilities Fund covers the provision or upgrading of all facilities for the general community. In the main, proposals will be led by local authorities, clubs, trusts and the like. Projects need to demonstrate that any proposed development is for the public good and will provide equitable opportunities for increased sports participation by the community at local level.
Bus Operators Service Grant

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The aim of BSOG is principally to benefit passengers. It does this by helping operators to keep their fares down and enabling operators to run services that might not otherwise be commercially viable thus contributing to the maintenance of the overall bus network. It also contributes to the operation of Community Transport organisations allowing people who cannot make use of conventional bus services to access local services.
Community Seedcorn Fund

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The Community Seedcorn Fund directly supports the delivery of the Scottish Forestry Strategy outcomes and objectives including improving health and well-being of people and their communities, assisting community participation, enhancing opportunities for health and enjoyment and contribute to growth in learning and skills

The funding aims to support groups and organisations to encourage and support greater use of woods by people to derive health, well-being and community benefits.

Learning Networks Challenge Fund

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The Learning Networks Challenge Fund is a twice-yearly bidding round for small grants to support or sponsor events, best practice sharing, research or other learning network related activities.

The fund will support the learning network model and is oriented towards the achievement of the Scottish Government’s housing and regeneration outcomes:

  • A well-functioning housing system
  • High quality, sustainable homes
  • Homes that meet people’s needs
  • People live in socially, physically and economically sustainable communities.

Other Useful Links

BIG Lottery in Scotland gives out millions of pounds from the National Lottery to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment.

Business Improvements District (BIDs) – deliver a sustainable financial model to local businesses who have voted to invest collectively in local improvements.

COSLA. The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities represents Scottish local government, lobbying on behalf of its members.

Sportscotland is the lead agency for the development of sport in Scotland. This site provides further information on core funding avenues for the development of sports facilities.

Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund aims to tackle environmental dereliction. The fund provides support for projects that enhance the natural environment and improve access to high quality greenspace in Scotland.

Historic Scotland provides £12m annually through its grant programmes to support heritage related projects; including three specific funding streams which aim to help deliver regeneration outcomes – the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS), the City Heritage Trusts and the Building Repair Grant.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is a national body for Scotland’s charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.




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