Information about various funding sources 

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RHS Greening Grey Britain Community Support

Is there a grey space in your community that you’d love to transform into a greenspace for people and the environment?  Do you have a community garden idea that could bridge the generation gap? RHS is continuing to connect experienced community gardeners with young green thumbs as part of Greening Grey Britain. They are offering a number of groups expert hands-on support from their Community Outreach team, plus up to £500 worth of plants and materials – to help communities bring their green visions to life. Closing date for applications: 14 February More and email

People’s Postcode Trust

In 2017 People’s Postcode Trust awarded just over £3.2 million to over 230 organisations working to make a difference for people across the country. The Trust support projects that aim to make a difference to local communities fitting with the grant's criteria. Registered charities, voluntary organisations, community interest companies, social enterprises and not for profit organisations can apply for requests from £500 - £20,000 (£10,000 Wales) Expression of interest for round 1 must be submitted before 14 February. More

Greggs Foundation – Local Communities Project Fund

Helps organisations based in local communities to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of our local communities. They are interested in projects that improve resilience within your community of interest. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are more likely to make grants to local organisations based near Greggs shops. Next deadline: 9 March 2018 More

Greggs Foundation – Environmental Grants

The environmental grants programme aims to improve people’s lives by improving the environment. Preference will be given to small, locally based and community led organisations with a turnover not in excess of £300,000 per annum. All projects must deliver a real benefit to the environment. Priority will be given to projects that also include one or more of the following: Improves the local environment; Ensures involvement of local communities; Delivers a sustainable and measurable difference; Supports people in need. Next deadline: 9 March 2018 more

Glasgow Stalled Spaces funding

Constituted groups or organisations can apply for funding from a minimum £1,000 to a maximum £4,500 for projects that temporarily activate stalled or underused open spaces within Glasgow. We are particularly interested in supporting projects that engage local people, improve the look and usage of open, underused spaces and improve biodiversity. The closing date for applications is Monday 26 March 2018. More

Rethinking Parks

The Big Lottery Fund, The Heritage Lottery Fund, and Nesta are once again working in partnership to launch a £2 million fund to support parks innovators across the UK. Innovative operating models and partnerships, digital management tools and community engagement can all play a role in creating a more sustainable future for our parks. The programme focuses on two areas; to support parks innovators to replicate and adapt proven models for operating parks, and to test new ways of using digital technology to contribute to sustainability of parks. Replication awards are grants of up to £200k over 2 years aimed at supporting organisations to set up, run and learn from innovative, tested, operating models for parks – closing date 27 February. Prototyping awards are grants of up to £100k over 9-15 months to support testing and learning from digital innovations with the potential to address challenges that parks face – closing date 28 March. More

CSGN Young Persons travel grant

The High Line in New York, Gardens by the Bay in Singapore and the Bosco Verticale in Milan are just some of the world-renowned examples of green infrastructure which are already being used to inspire the development of projects in central Scotland. By applying for a travel grant of up to £1,000 (£500 if visiting an initiative in the UK), you could be in with a chance to visit anywhere in the world to learn more about green infrastructure projects like these and to bring the knowledge back to the Central Belt. Deadline for applications is midnight 1 April 2018. More

Garfield Weston Foundation Celebrates 60th Anniversary with One-Off Charitable Fund

The Garfield Weston Foundation has reached its sixtieth year of grant giving in the UK and has chosen to celebrate with a new one-off fund that offers grants of between £30,000 and £150,000 to registered charities, CIOs, places of worship and state schools. The Fund is exclusively aimed at supporting capital costs for a wide range of projects such as new community facilities and improvements to outdoor spaces and facilities for sport and exercise or community use. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2018. More

Community active travel grants

Paths for All are offering small grants of up to £3000 to communities in Scotland to develop, deliver and promote their own community led active travel projects. The Community Active Travel Grants aim to empower communities to make changes to paths in their area that will make it easier for people to make every day journeys by active travel. Increasing active travel in communities helps to create a healthier, socially inclusive, economically vibrant, environmentally friendly Scotland. More

WHSmith Community Grant (UK)

Voluntary organisations, charities schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust. The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates. There are two application rounds each year. The deadline for the current funding round is the 31st March 2018. More

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. More

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 and more

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. More

The Pebble Trust

The Pebble Trust has a vision of a more sustainable, equal and low-carbon society, where constraints on fossil fuels lead to a more localised economy with stronger, more resilient, communities, and where human activities take account of climate change and the wider environment. The Trust supports projects in Scotland, and particularly in the Highlands and Islands. More

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. The programme is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, sportscotland and Creative Scotland.

National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities and you must be able to show in your application how your project or activity will:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Perth & Kinross Council, Community Environment Challenge Fund

This fund re-opened in June 2017 and new applications are invited from communities across Perth and Kinross. Up to 50% match-funding of between £2,500 and £10,000 is available to Community Groups, Paths Groups, Development Trusts, Bloom Groups, etc. for projects which will make a significant difference to the local environment and that are widely supported by the local community.  Match-funding can include fundraising activities, cash contributions and in-kind support as well as awards from other funding bodies. More or email

Active Spaces partnership – Fields in Trust

A Fields in Trust protection programme will create a legacy of 50 permanently safeguarded outdoor spaces across the UK and tackle physical inactivity, particularly the most inactive communities, to participate in physical activity, sport and play. Through the partnership with Fields in Trust, the green spaces will be protected from development and each site will be awarded a grant of up to £5,000 to fund programmes that inspire the local community to get active. One chosen site in each home nation (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) which demonstrates the most significant impact will receive a major grant of £25,000 for its activation programme. 

SUEZ Communities Trust's funding programmes in Scotland

SUEZ Communities Trust is distributing landfill tax credits through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF).The Trust was one the first SLCF bodies to be approved by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) when the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund was launched in April 2015.

Applications are considered for the five main areas of work which qualify for funding through the SLCF. These include: Land Reclamation Community Recycling, Public Amenities, Biodiversity and Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites.

SUEZ Communities Trust will consider projects which focus on physical improvement at an identified site. Funding is typically awarded for the purchase of materials/equipment and the appointment of a contractor to undertake the improvement work.  A request for funding for multiple sites or for salaries, running costs, project management or design fees will not be considered.

Establishing community growing sites such as community gardens, allotments and orchards may well be eligible under Public Amenities.  One thing to consider though is that the site has to be open to the public - allotments generally don't meet this requirement for obvious reasons so the Trust tend not to fund them.  Best for Local Authorities and community groups to give them a call to discuss the project before making an application.

Community Learning Exchange

Federation of City Farm and Community Garden (FCFCG) members can apply for up to £750 to cover the costs of visiting another project on a learning exchange to support project development and good practice sharing. The host will receive up to £300 to cover their preparation and hosting time. Email Lou for more information email

Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2017 grants

If you are part of a group which creating or improving community gardens or wildflower areas, ponds, woodlands or local green areas, this fund offers grants of between £50 to £500. Local Nature Reserve (LNR) grants of up to £500 are also available for volunteer activities taking place on LNR sites. Volunteering Matters Action Earth is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage. To discuss any project ideas contact

Culture & Business Fund Scotland

This new fund promotes collaboration between Scottish businesses and arts and heritage organisations to deliver new arts and heritage projects – and note: heritage includes parks and greenspace.  Evolving from Arts & Business Scotland’s renowned New Arts Sponsorship Grant programme, the Culture & Business Fund Scotland incorporates a new dedicated heritage strand. It aims to encourage businesses to sponsor arts and heritage activity within Scotland. 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 £. Organisations can apply for match funding up to the value of £40,000 in any one financial year (running from 1 April to 31 March). 

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.

Tesco Bags of Help funding 

The Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme is permanently open for applications between £1000 - £4000 from a wide range of community groups, schools, local authorities and organisations. The scheme will fund projects that improve or encourage the use of outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens, greenspaces and parks, as well as a wide range of projects that deliver community benefit. There is no match funding requirement and no restrictions on existing project funding. More  Need help with your application? Contact the greenspace scotland community enabler team here

Countryside Jobs Service Focus

The latest Countryside Jobs Service Focus provides some useful information about fundraising and promotion in the environment, greenspace & countryside sectors. Hugh Raven, Chair of the Environmental Funders Network provides the lead article by giving grant writing tips. With experience as a Trustee of a grant giving foundation, he has knowledge of what the funders are looking for in an application. More

RiverLife: Almond and Avon Small Grants Scheme

RiverLife: Almond & Avon is a four-year Heritage Lottery funded project running from Summer 2016 to Summer 2020.  It is hosted by the River Forth Fisheries Trust and aims to reconnect communities and wildlife with their local rivers in the Almond and Avon catchments. There is a small grants fund totalling £40,000 over four years to support individuals, organisations, and communities seeking assistance with their own projects which also meet RiverLife objectives. It is open to organisations or groups and it is expected that individual grants will normally be in the range £250 - £5,000 although there are no set limits.

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.

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.

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