Pre-start funding

Your best port of call for a pre-start social enterprise are either Firstport or Scotland Unltd. Both of these organisations work with individuals with a great idea.

First Port will give up to £5k and Unltd up to £4k

After you have been trading for a while, both these organisations have larger funds to help your project develop to the next stage.

Grants and Funding

There are several tools that you can use to search for funding that may be available to you.

Fife Council has teamed up with SCVO's Funding Scotland to provide an advanced on-line funding search to help you find funding for your social enterprise.

Fife Voluntary Action have a dedicated page for searching for grants.

Funding Scotland has a free online search engine (registration required) which will let you find everything from small grants to funding for big capital projects.

 Other funding bodies worth checking are

Awards for All is a great lottery fund that is designed for smaller, newer organisations,

The Big Lottery Fund also have bigger pots of funding for organisations who wish to grow.


Business Funds

  • Fife Investment Fund

This Fife Council fund can help support and encourage small companies in Fife to invest and grow their business.

Businesses must be able to demonstrate that the project they wish to undertake will lead to sales growth and increased employability in Fife. The fund amount is up to 50% or £5,000 whichever is the lesser of the project. The fund is a fully repayable grant which means any amounts awarded have to be repaid in full over an agreed period. In exceptional circumstances small funds may be available to develop a mixture of repayable and straight grant funded support.

  • Business Loans Scotland

Business Loans Scotland offers gap funding up to a maximum of £100k to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) within our geographic area of operation where public sector funding (including Business Loans Scotland’s contribution), would not exceed 50% of the total funding package.

  • Start & Grow

Start & Grow offers investment packages of between £10,000 and £60,000 to social enterprises, community organisations and charities to start-up, develop and expand their enterprising activities.  Start & Grow investments are always made up of one third grant and two thirds loan. Loans are repayable over up to five years (flexible terms can be agreed) and are charged at a fixed interest rate of base rate (currently 0.5%) plus 6%.

Investments can be used for both revenue and capital costs (including set-up costs).  Your application must demonstrate that, as a result of our investment, your business will make a difference in the community in which you work, whilst meeting the charitable objects of Resilient Scotland.

Why should I choose Start & Grow?

Provides flexible, unsecured investment that allows your business to grow. One third grant makes the whole investment more affordable; Simple application process; No arrangement fee

  • Get Better Connected

The Government has made a commitment to provide every home and business in the UK with access to a basic broadband service so that browsing the web and keeping in touch with families and friends is easier. A subsidised broadband installation is now available if you cannot access an affordable broadband service with a speed of at least 2 Mb per second.

You can check what broadband services are already available to you using the GoSuperfast checker and what your current broadband speed is, using the ADSL availability checker. If, after making these checks, you believe your speed is less than 2 Mb per second and you have no other options available enter your postcode below to find out how to apply for help. Taking out a broadband service under this Scheme will not prevent your premises from being considered for superfast broadband in the future.

Corra Foundation

This Scottish Government funding will support activities that tackle problem alcohol and drug use. This fund is in two categories, “Getting Ready for Change” and “Implementing Change”. The “Getting Ready for Change” category will provide local areas with a small pot of funding which will support the reflection and review of their current operating systems. “Implementing Change” is funding to test ideas that are ready for implementation.

  • Circular Investment Fund

The Circular Economy investment Fund seeks to support work that will help deliver circular economy growth. A circular economy is one that’s sustainable, and as much as possible eliminates waste.  It’s an alternative to our current ‘take, make, dispose’ approach and means that products and materials are kept in a high-value state of use for as long as possible. This fund comprises support from the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.


  • Culture & Business Fund Scotland

A new Culture & Business Fund Scotland brings creative projects – large and small – vividly to life. The CBFS has a clear set of aims to:

  • encourage businesses to sponsor arts and heritage activity within Scotland for the first time;

  • entice back businesses that have not sponsored the arts or heritage in Scotland within the previous two years;

  • support arts and heritage organisations to build new business sector partnerships;

  • attract non-Scottish based companies to sponsor arts and heritage activities

  • in Scotland; and

  • encourage businesses to sponsor arts and heritage activity within Scotland with a two and three year commitment.

If an arts or heritage organisation attracts an eligible business to sponsor an aspect of their work, the Culture & Business Fund Scotland will match that sponsorship, £ for £. Remember that both in-kind and cash sponsorship are eligible, but must come from the sponsor’s own funds, goods or services.

An arts or heritage organisation can apply for match funding up to the value of £40,000 in any one financial year (running from 1 April to 31 March). Applicants can apply for more than one grant in the year with the same or a different business sponsor, providing the total sum awarded is £40,000 or under.


DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

The Foundation welcomes applications relating to the areas of education or health in one of four chosen focus groups- namely children and young people:

·         with disabilities;

·         who are sick in hospital;

·         who are homeless or in care; or

·         who are life limited (requiring palliative care).

  • Workplace Innovation Fund

The fund can contribute up to £5,000 towards activities that will allow your business to introduce new and innovative workplace practices which contribute to improving people-centred change in your business. The Fund will support projects centred on at least two out of the three following themes: People, Place, and Practice. To be eligible for this fund, you must have a Business Gateway adviser and have an ambition to increase turnover by £200,000 over a three year period. Companies must also be able to fund any projects upfront before claiming costs.


Fife Grants

  • Local Community Planning Budget

 Projects requiring funding from the Local Community Planning Budget should meet some of the priorities of your local area’s community plan Local Community Plans.  There are individual plans for each area once you click on “Local Community Plans” link then scroll to the bottom of the page “related publications”.

The types of projects we will be looking to support are for example:

  • Take a pride in your community;

  • Improvements to community facilities;

  • Community Events;

  • Employability Initiatives;

  • Vulnerable or disadvantaged groups in a community

Links to Fairer Fife Commission Initiatives Fairer Fife Commission

  • Special Projects Scheme

The scheme aims to make one-off grants to voluntary organisations whose work complements the work of Social Work Services. Particular attention will be given to groups operating within priority areas or serving priority groups within the terms of Fife Council Policies. Groups who address equal opportunities issues will also be looked on favourably.

Special projects will have no upper limit - however, only in exceptional circumstances will awards in excess of £2,000 be approved. Grants are only available to groups involved in the field of social welfare.  Further information available from: Chris Campbell Tel: 03451 555555 Ext: 445980. E-mail:

  • Youth Work Grants

Fife Council’s Community Youth Work Grants Scheme offers assistance through three schemes:

  • Youth Work Project Grant

  • International Youth Experience Grant

  • Youth Work Volunteering Training Grant

 Youth Work Project Grant

This grant is to support new and innovative pieces of work with young people. Applicants are invited from constituted voluntary organisations who wish to develop new or experimental projects with young people. The target age group for this grant is young people aged 12 to 21 years and the grant will be 50% of the project cost up to a maximum of £500.

Eligible costs include hall rental, volunteer expenses, research work, the cost of specialist staff and equipment (will only be paid following receipt of invoices showing purchase). Grants will not be given to cover the cost of administration or for general staffing. Applicants from organisations who can demonstrate the involvement of young people in the project development will receive priority. Organisations are also encouraged to apply for funding from other sources.

  • International Youth Experience Grant

This grant supports both voluntary organisations and individuals involved in youth work with an international focus.  Applications are invited from both organisations and individuals.  The potential for growth and personal development of participants through the experience must be clearly demonstrated. Priority will be given to organisations whose group consists of a majority of young people in the16-25 year age group and who are involved in educational exchanges. Grants are offered up to a maximum of £400 per visit for groups and £50 per visit for individuals. Grants will not be provided to sports or arts groups making one-off visits abroad.

Grants are available up to 50% of the costs (course fee, accommodation and travelling), toamaximumof£100 per person, paid upon receipt of written confirmation that the applicant has attended the course.

  • Youth Work Volunteering Training Grant

This grant is to assist and encourage volunteers into training.  Applications are invited from voluntary organisations or individuals wishing to undertake relevant and accredited youth work training. Individuals must be over 16 years of age and a member of a voluntary organisation in Fife, which is recognised by Fife Council.  Organisations sending groups of volunteers to national training courses can apply for a block grant.

For more information contact:- Community Grants Team.

  • Culture Grants scheme

Fife Council’s Culture Grants scheme aims to encourage and support creativity in local communities and will support activities in the following areas:

  • Literature (includes writing, books, storytelling, readings, publishing)

  • Performance (includes theatre, performance, drama, music and dance)

  • Heritage (includes museums, libraries, archives and history)

  • Audio-visual (includes film and video, radio, new media)

  • Visual arts/crafts (includes art, painting, sculpture, crafts, design, fashion and architecture)

Who can apply?


Culture grants from £50 to £150 are available to individuals of any age, who live in Fife:

  • to take part in new cultural experiences and to make the most of the cultural opportunities on offer;

  • who want to develop their creative talent and skills, e.g. you could seek support to help you attend a short course or conference, take lessons in something you’re good at, purchase equipment or research local history.

These grants are for you to do things you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do and we will expect you to tell us how your grant helped you develop your creativity and knowledge.

Parents and guardians can apply on behalf of children in their care up to 16 years old.

Groups - Culture grants from £100 to £500 are available for groups in Fife:

  • to start or develop creative activities within the group

  • to add to your group’s experience if you already have artistic or cultural aims

  • to organise a cultural experience for group members

For advice or an informal discussion on Culture grants, please contact Verdi Clark on 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 402221 (Direct Line) or email at

CLIMB - Project funds available for Buckhaven and Methil local community projects

 Projects proposed should be in line with the priorities and recommendations in the respective Buckhaven and Methil/Methilhill Community Action Plans. These plans involved many members of the community in setting out their ideas for much needed improvements and this fund offers the chance to realise some of these aspirations. For example, improving local parks, planting flowers, running public events, organising litterpicks are just some of the recommendations that might gain support.

 The funds have been raised by CLEAR from the Scottish Government’s Community Choices scheme. There is a total pot of £30,000 for Buckhaven and a separate pot of £30,000 for Methil and Methilhill.  Applications can be for either small grants (£250 to £999) or Larger Grants (up to £5,000).


  • Community Sports Grant Scheme

Fife Council’s Community Sports Grants are available to assist individuals and clubs and are available in 4 categories:

  • Individual Athlete Sports Grants

  • Coaches and Sports Officials Training Grant

  • Sports Club Development Grant

  • Sports Club Start-Up Grant

  • Individual Athlete Sports Awards

Grants are available to support individual sports people in Fife who are competing at District, Regional or National level, to help with the costs of competitions and training, e.g.

Competition fees;

To be eligible for an Athletes grant, applicants:

  • Must live in Fife;

  • Must not be eligible for lottery sports fund talented athlete programme or talented identification programme;

  • Must be participating in sports with a sportscotland recognised Governing Body;

  • Require a letter of selection or approval and endorsement by the respective National Governing Body of Sport;

  • Must submit applications prior to the training / competition commencing, as no awards will be made in retrospect.

Applicants can receive grants of up to 50% of the total costs, up to a maximum of £180 and may be subject to a random check on grant information provided.

  • Coach & Sports Officials Training Grant

Grants are available to encourage, support and promote the training and development of sports coaches and officials.  To be eligible for this scheme applicants:

Must live in Fife;

  • Must be volunteering within a sports club with a sportscotland recognised Governing Body;

  • Must provide confirmation from their Sports Club that they are attending the course for the benefit of the Club, i.e. supporting letter or email;

Must submit applications prior to the course / workshop commencing, as no awards will be made in retrospect. Applicants can receive grants of up to 50% of the total course costs, up to a maximum of £200.

 Sports Club Grants

There are two types of grants available to sports clubs - 'Club Development' and 'Club Start Up' and to be eligible clubs must:

  • Be constituted and have a recognised committee in place;

  • Have a club bank account;

  • Be actively operating, training and playing in Fife or setting themselves up to do so;

  • Be participating  in sports with a Sportscotland recognised Governing Body;

  • Be a voluntary sports club;

  • Have their application endorsed by two committee members (one must be an office bearer).

Clubs can receive grants of up to 50% of the total costs, up to a maximum of £250.

  • Club Start-Up Grant

Grants are only available to new, voluntary sports clubs that meet the minimum ClubFife criteria, for costs associated with the setting-up of a new club (such as purchasing equipment or paying towards an initial facility hire).

  • Club Development Grant

Clubs must have successfully achieved their Sportscotland recognised governing body accreditation, or Fife Council’s club accreditation scheme “ClubFife”. Club development grants are to assist clubs achieve the aims and objectives in their development plan (e.g. new section to an existing club), but will not support a club’s general running costs such as admin, facility hire and travel.

For more information on the Community Sports Grant Scheme please contact Mandy Rossiter on 01592 583334 or email


The Out of School Childcare Grant assistance is up to a maximum of £4,000 for 2017/18; £3,500 in 2018/19 and £3,000 in 2019/20. The grant is available to constituted, non-profit distributing voluntary groups or organisations that develop and provide a registered out of school childcare service. Organisations are expected to demonstrate that they are moving towards financial stability independent of grants from Fife Childcare Services. The grant is available to support staff wages, inclusion of children with special needs, staff training, improving quality and adaptation to the physical environment. 

For further information and an application form contact: Sandra Lawrie, Business Development Officer, Fife Childcare Services on 03451 55 55 55 Ext 442136 or Email:


The Transport Grant is to assist Out of School Clubs to meet the costs of transport and escort duties incurred whilst transporting children from the school to the Out of School Care Club, a maximum of £7,000 can be applied for in 2017/18, £6,000 in 2018/19 and £5,000 in 2019/20. Organisations are expected to demonstrate that they are moving towards financial stability independent of grants from Fife Childcare Services.

For further information and an application form contact:  Sandra Lawrie, Business Development Officer, Fife Childcare Services on 03451 55 55 55 Ext 442136 or Email:

  • Tenants Groups Schemes

To help meet running costs of tenant and residents groups, such as:

  • Publicising and holding meetings

  • Responding to requests for help, from tenants and the Council

  • Producing information for those they represent

  • Keeping up to date with developments in housing

  • Organising events and initiatives that benefit their community

Contact: Jullya McVeigh Tel: 03451 555555 Ext 480271 E-mail:

  • Settlement Trusts

The following settlements have a Trust in place:

Anstruther & Cellardyke, Auchtermuchty, Auchtertool, Buckhaven & Methil, Ballingry, Burntisland , Collessie, Crail, Cupar, Culross , Dunfermline, Elie, Kennoway, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy, Leslie, Leven, Falkland, Freuchie & Area, Kilconquhar, Kincardine, Kingskettle , Ladybank, Limekilns, Lochgelly, Newburgh , Pittenweem, St Andrews, St Monans, Tayport

For more information on the application Process for Settlement Trusts:-

Cowdenbeath:; Dunfermline:; Glenrothes:; Kirkcaldy;; Levenmouth: ; North East Fife: ; South West Fife: 

  • Non Settlement Trusts

There are still a number of Trusts that through agreement will remain outwith the Settlement Trust structure These trusts have a range of aims and objectives. To find out if your project will qualify please visit:-



Is Fife Council’s employee charity group and operate a grants scheme on behalf of the Fife Lottery Organisation. This raises funds for charitable and community groups through the Fife Council Employee Lottery.  The average award is £500.  To access funding, charity and community groups (they do not fund individuals) must be nominated by a Fife Council employee.  The Fife Charities Trust will consider these based on specific selection criteria.  The application form and selection criteria are available on this link.


A number of towns in Fife have a Common Good Fund which can be used for the benefit of the inhabitants of that town. The following Common Good Funds are administered by the Council:

Levenmouth Area :- Buckhaven & Methil and Leven

Glenrothes Area :- Leslie and Markinch

Kirkcaldy Area :- Kirkcaldy including Dysart, Burntisland and Kinghorn

NE Fife Area :- Anstruther, Crail, Cupar, Falkland, Newburgh, Pittenweem, St Andrews and St Monans

West Area :- Consolidated Fund covering Dunfermline, Culross, Inverkeithing, Rosyth.

The level of funds available varies significantly between the different Common Good Funds. For further information contact:  Laura MacKean, Policy Officer by email or phone 03451 55 55 55 Ext 460071

  • Community £2 for £1 Rural Halls Fundraising Grant Scheme

This scheme encourages Village and Community Hall Committees to introduce and develop a fundraising programme to generate funds for planned annual projects, e.g. equipment purchase and small to medium improvements to their rural hall. For every £1 fundraised (not donated), Fife Council will match £2, up to a maximum of £780 and the calculation will be done on a pro rata basis. Applications will only be considered where pieces of work can be identified, e.g. small to medium improvements to the hall, purchase of kitchen equipment, etc.

  • Community Emergency Planning Fund

Fife Council's Community Emergency Planning funding scheme offers financial support to Community Groups/Organisations that have, in partnership with Fife Council's Emergency Resilience Team, developed a Community Emergency Plan to enhance their local community's resilience.  This plan enables the community to respond to the local impacts of disruptive incidents and emergencies even before emergency responders arrive, as well as continuing to support the response after the emergency services are on the scene. 

This funding will be used to purchase equipment to assist with the activation and maintenance of a Community's Emergency Plan. Community Groups/Organisations can use this funding to purchase equipment that will support the activation and maintenance of their plan, such as (but not limited to):

  • Foundation Scotland

  • Express Grants

The 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.

Express Grants are available between £500 - £2,000. These awards are made up of money from the many different funds we distribute on behalf of companies, individuals and charitable trusts. We match the applications we receive to the criteria of the various funds we have available at any time. These criteria determine which parts of Scotland, or which types of project any particular fund can be used for.

Because of the wide range of funds we manage we are able to support the activities of many different kinds of community groups and charities across Scotland and we welcome applications from any suitably constituted not-for-profit group.


  • Mossmorran Wind Farm Ltd, Community Fund

The Mossmorran Wind Farm Ltd Community Fund is a charitable fund to support community groups that benefit residents living in the Community Council areas of Cowdenbeath, Crossgates & Mossgreen and Hill of Beath. The Fund is provided by the company which owns and operates the Mossmorran wind farm.


  • Ventient Energy Westfield Benarty, Community Fund

The Westfield Benarty Community Fund is a charitable fund to support community groups that benefit residents living in the Benarty Community Council area. The Fund is provided by Westfield Wind Farm Limited (WWFL) the company which owns and operates the Westfield wind farm. WWFL is a subsidiary of Ventient Energy, the company that developed the wind farm.


  • Ventient Energy Westfield Cardenden, Community Benefit Fund

The Westfield Cardenden Community Fund is a charitable fund to support community groups that benefit residents living in the Cardenden Community Council area. The Fund is provided by Westfield Wind Farm Limited (WWFL) the company which owns and operates the Westfield wind farm. WWFL is a subsidiary of Ventient Energy, the company that developed the wind farm.

Ventient Westfield Kinglassie, Community Fund

The Westfield Kinglassie Community Fund benefits those living within the Kinglassie Community Council area in Fife. The Fund is provided by Ventient Energy, who own and operate the Westfield wind farm, and is administered by Foundation Scotland

More information:-


  • The Essentia Foundation

The Essentia Foundation is a charity that once operated Health and Social Welfare telephone counselling and information services supported by data processing and analysis in the field of public information. When the company was sold, the Essentia Foundation grantmaking programme was established.

 The focus of the Essentia Foundation is on projects which demonstrate a clear fit with at least one of the following themes:

  • Social Enterprises

  • Projects supporting young people

  • Health including sexual health and mental illness

  • Education

  • Older People

Within these themes, we are particularly looking for organisations demonstrating the following:

  • strong partnerships with other statutory and voluntary sector service providers working in the field and providing complementary services

  • clear systems in place to monitor the project’s outcomes and demonstrate the difference you are making to people’s lives

 You may be a community group, registered charity, Community Interest Company or Social Enterprise. However, your organisational income should not exceed £250,000 per annum.


  • Scotch Whisky Action Fund Tackling Alcohol Related Harm

The Scotch Whisky industry is and has been involved for many years in a range of initiatives to promote responsible attitudes to alcohol and tackle alcohol-related harm. The establishment of this fund by the Scotch Whisky Association is a further development of that commitment. To invest in groups and organisations that wish to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm in Scotland's communities. We are looking to support and develop a range of projects/initiatives which deliver targeted interventions designed to tackle alcohol-related harms across three themes:

  • Young people (aged under 18)

  • Families

  • Communities

 More info:-


  • The Volant Charitable Trust

The Volant Trust’s aim is to support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation. The Volant Trust furthers its aim by supporting Scottish charities and projects, whether national or community-based, which help alleviate social deprivation, particularly supporting women, children and young people at risk. Projects must demonstrate 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.

 Women's Fund for Scotland

You can help the Women’s Fund have even greater impact in addressing the many challenges facing women today. With your support, our mission is to make grants to projects that encourage women’s growth, self-sufficiency and social economic equality. The Women’s Fund provides grassroots funding to charitable projects and is often the sole supporter. We support projects that meet at least one of our four investment themes:

  • Building skills and confidence,

  • improving health and well-being,

  • moving on from violence and

  • building social networks.

 More information:-

  • Inspiring Scotland


14:19 Fund

The 14:19 Fund helps some of the most disadvantaged young people aged 14 to 19 in Scotland who struggle to access employment, education or training, giving them the chance to transform their lives.

  • Link up

Through Link Up, people living in some of Scotland’s most deprived communities are working together to end generations of disadvantage and stop the cycle of poverty.

  • Go2Play

Play is vital to a child’s health and well-being and has a tangible effect on their life chances. We want every child in Scotland to have the opportunity to play.

  • Intandem

Intandem supports some of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people by helping them to build a consistent, trusting relationship with a positive adult role-model.

  • Cash back for communities

CashBack for Communities is a Scottish Government programme which takes funds recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.


The Fore Trust

The Fore offers development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. It makes unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. For example enabling your organisation to take a step forward in its development or giving you the chance to do something you couldn’t before. It will also match successful applicants with friendly professional support including ongoing mentoring, strategic advice, governance support or other assistance.

Cycle Fund

ScotRail is delighted to reopen the fund for applications for projects starting in 2019.

A total of £100k is available from the Cycle Fund, with projects being required to provide match- funding. We are open minded about the number of projects which could be supported, though clearly the limited size of the fund may lend itself to smaller interventions rather than larger schemes. The projects which we can support “must improve integration between rail and cycling and support ScotRail’s ‘Doorstep-to-Destination’ vision”.

The Life Changes Trust

The Life Changes Trust’s dementia programme exists to create better lives for people with dementia and unpaid carers of people with dementia, demonstrate what works for people whose lives are affected by dementia and secure significant change in policy and, more importantly, practice for people with dementia and unpaid carers

Passenger donation programme

British Airways and Pure Leapfrog have come together to create a passenger donation programme to help UK based community energy projects. It supports low carbon, energy efficiency or renewable energy projects in deprived communities in the UK and Africa. All projects also have to have a positive social impact in the local community, such as increasing education, health and well-being and reducing fuel poverty. The fund has helped install solar panels on school roofs, a biomass boiler in a leisure centre and LED lights on community buildings.

Bank of Scotland Foundation - Small Grants Programme


Applications now open for the first round of 2019.

The fund helps with developing and improving communities by supporting individuals and groups to work together to ensure a better quality of life within their community. Practical ways of making this happen may include: initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded; working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation; improving the standard of local facilities.

 Next deadline: 4 April 2019

Bank of Scotland Foundation - Medium Grants Programme


 Fund re-opened for first round of 2019.

The fund helps with developing and improving communities by supporting individuals and groups to work together to ensure a better quality of life within their community. Practical ways of making this happen may include: initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded; working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation; improving the standard of local facilities. They are also committed to supporting financial literacy and financial inclusion right across Scotland, aiming to help make these essential skills both easy and accessible for all. Initiatives that they are particularly interested in supporting are: promoting financial awareness and money advice; enhancing debt counselling services within the community; supporting life-skills in all age groups and sections of the community.

BWB Foundation - Stephen Lloyd Awards


The aim of the awards is to help create success by finding and nurturing innovative ideas and projects that can lead to practical, sustainable social change. The awards committee is particularly interested in supporting ideas that address social problems at a systemic level. The awards bring together experts that can deliver practical, free support to shortlisted candidates as well as award winners. In addition, funding of up to £20,000 will be made available to support award winners in developing their initiatives. At the shortlist stage the awards will make up to ten awards of up to £2,000 to assist candidates to further develop their ideas. Ideas may come in many forms. They may be a new-start enterprise or an extension of an organisation’s existing work. They might be a discrete piece of lobbying work or a high profile campaign; the aim might be to change policy or legislation or to create a new legal form or financial structure.

Corra Foundation - Henry Duncan Grant


Corra Foundation is planning to undertake a review of the Henry Duncan Grants criteria and processes later this year. To allow time and resource to focus on the review, there are two Henry Duncan Grants funding rounds this year, with Trustees considering applications in February (currently being completed) and early in June.  There is the same amount of funding to give, it will just be granted in the first six months of 2019.

Next deadline: 4th March 2019.

 Faith in Scotland Community Action Fund


The fund works with local faith groups, building hope by providing grants and support in the struggle against poverty in Scotland’s most fragile urban and rural communities. Support is available to make the following differences: Faith groups are more effective in supporting people to make transitions in their lives; Faith groups are more effective in helping to reduce isolation and loneliness; Faith groups are more effective in supporting local people to become more resilient; There is greater understanding and respect between and within faith communities; Local people have increased self-esteem, confidence and skills, equipping them to improve community life.

No Deadline Date

The Allen Lane Foundation - Social Cohesion Programme (New Fund)


The Foundation is particularly concerned about divisions in communities that occurred around the 2016 Referendum and subsequently. The Social Cohesion programme will look to support grassroots organisations at a very local level (housing estate or distinct community) where there are issues which identify marginalised groups of people (especially those from within the Foundation’s priorities, but not exclusively) who are excluded. It will fund work which breaks down barriers and tensions in the local community thereby reducing feelings of division and “them and us”. Applications will be particularly encouraged from areas of high deprivation but not exclusively.

The National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland) (New Fund)


The Big Lottery Fund has been renamed The National Lottery Community Fund to reflect their commitment to working more closely with communities and the fact that they distribute funds raised by National Lottery Players.

The National Lottery Community fund is a distributor of National Lottery funding. Their work is divided into five portfolios, covering funding across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and the UK as a whole. Their funding improves lives and communities. In Scotland they offer a range of grant funding including Awards for All, Young Start, Community Assets, Community Led Activity, Improving Lives and the Scottish Land Fund. They were previously known as the Big Lottery.

Scotmid - Community Connect


Community Connect enables Scotmid members to give back to their Communities. It allows three good cause groups from three Member Regions (North, East and West) to receive a financial award of up to £15,000 following a vote by Scotmid members. They’re looking for applications that: benefit the local community centred around Scotmid or Semichem stores; have the greatest possible benefit to their community; are scheduled to be completed within 24 months of the award date. Scotmid members collect one Community Connect vote every time they shop in store. They then use their votes to determine the size of the award that each Good Cause Group receives.

Next deadline: 22 March 2019

Tesco Bags of Help - Centenary Grants


Bags of Help Centenary Grants are now open for applications for £25,000 from not for profit organisations for a broad range of projects that will provide community benefit across a whole region, or a significant part of it.

Grants will be awarded to not for profit organisations including registered charities, community interest companies, health bodies, local authorities and social housing providers.

Three projects in each region will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout Scotland, in July/August and November/December 2019. Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes in the voting region will receive a grant of £25,000, second place receiving £15,000 and third place £10,000.

The July/August 2019 voting period will feature projects with a Health and Wellbeing theme, and projects focusing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes will be prioritised.

Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.

 Tesco Bags of Help grants [local community grants]


The Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme accepts applications from community groups, schools, local authorities and not-for-profit organisations. Bags of Help uses the money raised from the sale of Bags for Life in Tesco stores to fund a wide range of projects that meet the programme’s aims and objectives to benefit the local community.

As well as funding the development of and activity in outdoor spaces such as allotments, community gardens and parks, grants are available to fund the purchase of items such as sports kits, camping equipment, spades, litter pickers or specialised medical equipment. Funding is also available for improvements to community buildings, for example scout or guide hut, church or village hall or sports changing rooms.

 Tesco Bags of Help funding is available to many communities across Britain. You can now apply at any time for funding between, £1,000 - £4,000 for a wide range of indoor and outdoor projects that benefit your local community.


ScotRail Transport Integration Fund


The Transport Integration Fund is part of ScotRail’s ongoing commitment to improving links between rail and other modes of transport.

The aim of the ScotRail Transport Integration Fund is to create practical benefits for customers by improving links between rail and other forms of transport. The value of the fund is £100,000, with a minimum of £10,000 per project available from ScotRail. All projects must be at least 50% matched funded, but can exceed the minimum 50% match funding, for example through additional contributions from other partners. All match funding must be in place at time of application. Only one application can be made to the Fund per organisation

Next deadline: 29 March 2019.