Information about various funding sources 

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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.

Community Learning Exchang

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 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. Grants can also support events and activities, fund buying items such as sports kits, camping equipment, spades, litter pickers or specialised medical equipment. There is no match funding requirement and no restrictions on existing project funding. Following a public vote in Tesco stores every two months, three projects in each Tesco store area will receive a grant, with first place receiving up to £4000, second place up to £2000 and third place £1000 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.

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.

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

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

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