Information about various funding sources 

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Tesco Bags of Help - community greenspace grants

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 the 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. Need help with your application? Then contact the greenspace scotland community enabler team here

Development Grants - Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund 

Development 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. Development Grants of up to £1,500 are available and all Scottish based community-led organisations are eligible to apply. Development Grants may be used to support the development of a climate action project or to develop the capacity of your organisation to tackle climate change through Peer-to-Peer learning. CCF will consider the applications on a monthly basis with set deadlines trhoughout 2016. The grant should be spent and the project completed within three months from the date of issue.

Grants for planting and managing woodlands in Central Scotland Green Network

New woodland creation and management of existing woodland is supported in the CSGN through the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 – 2020 Forestry Grant Scheme. The FGS includes a new CSGN Contribution to support new woodland planting in the CSGN. Eligible proposals will receive either £2,500/ha or £750/ha on top of selected woodland creation planting option payments.  

Discovery Foundation – new grant programme

The Santander Foundation has changed its name to the Discovery Foundation. This is to reflect the importance of its new flagship community programme - the Discovery Project - within Santander UK. The Discovery Foundation will provide grants for local projects that give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create new opportunities. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to UK Registered Charities, Community Interest Companies and Credit Unions to fund local projects helping disadvantaged people. There are no closing dates and grants are made every month. 

Morrisons Foundation

The 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. Applications are accepted and assessed on a rolling basis.

Comic Relief UK Grants Programme 

Charities registered in the UK and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants starting from £10,000 a year for three years. The themes include “stronger communities” - small grants to locally-based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage. These grants are managed by local community foundations. In Scotland this is Foundation Scotland.

Heritage Lottery Fund: Kick the Dust

Kick the Dust is a new £10million grants programme for ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people with grants from £500,000 to £1m as part of a consortium, which should include heritage and youth organisations. Pre-application workshop in Scotland on 30 September. 

Heritage Lottery Fund grants - Sharing Heritage Fund

To help people across the UK explore, conserve and share all aspects of the history and character of their local area. Grants between £3,000 and £10,000 will be available to groups who want to discover their local heritage. Projects are expected to cover a wide spectrum of subject matter but could include identifying and recording local wildlife and protecting the surrounding environment, conserving sites or items of local significance, managing and training volunteers, and holding festivals and events to commemorate the past.

Big Lottery Fund - Communities and Families Fund

Up to £10k available for projects that improve the quality of life of children (pre-birth to 8 years) through greater access to early learning, play and child and maternal health support. Big Lottery and Scottish Government have joined forces to provide up to 100% of project costs including materials, training costs, overheads and sessional staff. 

Young Start – Big Lottery Fund Scotland

The BIG Lottery in Scotland have announced a brand new fund which will use dormant bank account money to fund projects which support Scotland’s children and young people. Young Start aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24 to help realise their potential. 

Young Roots – Heritage Lottery Fund

Grant programme designed to engage young people aged 11-25 with their heritage. Young Roots projects stem directly from the interest and ideas of young people, who are supported by youth and heritage organisations to develop skills, build confidence, and connect with their local communities. 

BIG Scotland

BIG Scotland’s new five-year £250 million funding programme focuses on helping people and communities most in need. Groups across Scotland can apply for grants from £10,000 to £1 million to help finance projects which are community led or will improve lives. More


HLF Parks for People
Local Authorities and not for profit organisations that own public parks and gardens can apply for grants of between £100,000 and £5 million for the regeneration of parks and public gardens (including squares, walks and promenades). The next closing date for applications to the Parks for People funding programme is 12pm on the 1st September 2016.

Scottish Land Fund 
The Scottish Land Fund has reopened for 2016 to support communities to become more resilient and sustainable through ownership and management of land and land 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. 

Scottish Government Community Funds Gateway

The Scottish Government has produced a new webpage detailing all sixteen of their current funding streams that support community led regeneration and community capacity building. 

Scottish Natural Heritage on-line grants web portal

SNH community grants are now available for application. They are focussed on getting more people and communities involved in outdoor recreation, volunteering and outdoor learning; action to improve, protect and manage habitats, species and landscapes; and citizen science and biological recording. 

Awards for All

Awards for All Scotland puts lottery money back into local communities by giving grants of between £500 and £10,000. We fund projects that improve opportunities for people to take part in arts, sport and community activities and can fund a wide range of organisations. 

Scottish Community Foundation awards

The Scottish Community Foundation operates a number of grants programmes:

Scotland-wide programmes - grants to eligible organisations anywhere in Scotland: Express Grants (up to £2,000); Grants for Women's Projects

Local programmes  - support for projects in specific areas of Scotland. The nature and purpose of these funds vary considerably and each has its own application process. 

Funding Scotland

The Funding Scotland website records information about grants and funding programmes accessible to organisations operating in Scotland. Funding Scotland operates as a social enterprise.  

Landfill communities fund - LandTrust

Public sector bodies, charities and other not-for- profit organisations can apply for environmental projects. Restrictions apply and projects should be within a defined radius of landfill sites. 

Santander – Community Plus

Up to £10,000 is available for UK Charities working to help disadvantaged people through one or both of these charitable priorities - education and training, or financial capability. Visit any Santander branch and complete a simple nomination form. More 

The Merlin Trust – grants for young horticulturalists

The Merlin Trust offers financial support to people aged 18-35 to develop a career in horticulture. Support can be used for study visits in the UK or overseas. 

The Rank Foundation

The Rank Foundations support groups working with young people engaging with young people to foster their development; develop the skills of people working with young people; communicate good practice with other organisations and groups. 

SITA Trust - enhancing communities programme

This Fund for not for profit organisations, charities and community groups located within ten miles of a SITA UK site that wish to improve the local public amenities. Up to £50,000 is available for local community improvement projects. 

BIFFAward

Biffaward is a multi-million pund fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK. The fund offers four levels of support

Main grants - community (£5000 to £50,000). For projects that provide and improve community facilities

Main grants - biodiversity (£5,000 to £50,000). For projects that conserve wildlife species and habitats

Small grants - community (£250 - £5,000). For projects that enable communities to improve local amenities and conserve wildlife

Flagship (£150,000 - £500,000). For regionally significant projects which improve biodiversity and cultural facilities