Information about various funding sources 

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Sustrans Scotland – ArtRoots Fund

The fund has been created to enable and empower communities to make artistic and aesthetic improvements to the National Cycle Network (NCN), for the benefit of place quality, enjoyment and active travel. Funding of up to £1500 will be allocated to community groups.

Deadline: 10 February 2017.

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FCC Scottish Action Fund

A programme of funding for not-for-profit organisations under the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF). Grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 are available to projects with a total project cost of less than £500,000.

Deadline: 22 February 2017.

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Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund 2016/17

The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is now accepting applications for small, one-off awards of £300. Local charities, community groups, schools and individuals from across the UK and Ireland are invited to apply for an award to help support sporting or leisure activities or hobbies that are beneficial to individuals or communities.

Deadline: 26 February 2017.

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Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund

The fund is a £500,000 ERDF fund which will deliver a minimum of 10 projects across Scotland that help urban communities engage with their local green infrastructure. It is aimed at projects that will work with and support communities to better use, develop or plan their green infrastructure. Projects must complete by 31 December 2018, have eligible budgets between £50,000 - £120,000 and will benefit urban areas with populations of more than 10,000.

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Heritage Lottery Fund - Parks for People

The priority for this programme is to conserve the existing heritage of a designed park or cemetery. Projects are expected to take a whole park approach to project planning and actively involve the local community. The HLF are also keen to encourage partnership based projects and development of new models for income generation. Grants are available from £100k to £5million.The next deadline for the programme is 1 March 2017 for a decision on an application in June 2017.

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Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation – Spirit of the Community Awards 

The award scheme provides up to £5000 to support projects that advance financial education, improve employability and promote environmental protection or improvement.

Deadline: 6 March 2017.

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Tree Council Grants

The Tree Council has opened its Trees for Schools, Orchard Windfalls and Community Trees grant funding rounds. Funding for tree planting is available for schools, communities and orchards. Planting must take place during or close to National Tree Week, 25 November – 3 December 2017.

Deadline: 31 March 2017.

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WHSmith Trust 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.

Deadline: 31 March 2017.

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Tesco Bags of Help greenspace funding

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. Projects put forward for funding can now include both physical improvements AND activities on outdoor spaces, greenspaces and parks. There is no match funding requirement and no restrictions on existing project funding. Following a public vote, three projects in each of the Tesco regions across Britain will receive a grant each month, with first place receiving up to £5k, second place £2k and third place £1k.Need help with your application? Contact the greenspace scotland community enabler team here

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Scotrail - Community Grants Fund

This scheme provides grants to grass roots community groups and charities in Scotland to empower them to make a positive difference in local neighbourhoods and enhance the connection between people and communities. Grants are between £500 and £2,000.

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Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund offers support and funding to causes that make a real difference to local communities. Projects can receive funding of up to £25,000.

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Grow for it 2017

Grow Wild is awarding £500 to young people aged 12–25 to lead projects that will raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants. There are two funding streams – Transform a Space and Get Creative. Applying is easy! You just need to create a short video application. Successful projects will be selected by a judging panel of young people, from across the UK, who have previously been involved with Grow Wild.

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Scottish Land Fund

The Scottish Land Fund supports communities to become more resilient and sustainable through ownership and management of land and other assets. Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands & Islands Enterprise, the fund offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them, as well as practical support to develop their aspirations into viable projects.

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Big Lottery Fund Scotland – community assets

Community Assets grants aim to empower people to create strong and resilient communities by helping them to acquire, manage or develop assets such as buildings or land. They want to fund work that is people-led, strengths-based and connected. There is no application form. The first step is to talk to the grant team about your idea and they will give you advice on whether or not this funding is right for what you want to do. Email

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The Aspiring Communities Fund

The Fund will support fragile and disadvantaged communities across Scotland to develop and deliver community-led solutions that tackle inequality and poverty.  The Fund will support applications from community anchor organisations, third sector and other eligible community bodies working collaboratively to accelerate the design and delivery of enduring community-led initiatives that tackle poverty, inequality and exclusion.  It will strengthen communities, increase levels of economic activity, stimulate inclusive growth, local service provision and inclusion

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Heritage Lottery Fund: Resilient Heritage grants

Resilient Heritage grants of £3,000-£250,000 can help to strengthen your organisation and build the capacity of your staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term. Grants can fund activities to acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business. Whether organisations are facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes. You can see previous examples of similar funded projects here  

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