Information about various funding sources 

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Climate Challenge Fund

Climate Challenge Fund grants of up to £150,000 are available per community-led organisation, per year, for projects taking place between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2020.  The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is 5pm on 28 August 2017. For 2018/19 Zero Waste Scotland is making European Regional Development Funding available as match funding for projects that focus on waste and the circular economy. Development Grants of up to £1,500 are also available to help community-led organisations identify and scope out potential climate action projects. More

Community Food and Health (Scotland) – Annual Development Fund

The aim of the annual development fund is to support Scotland’s low-income communities to improve their access to, and take-up of, a healthy, varied and balanced diet. It is ideal for groups and agencies with a food and health activity planned that can be developed, recruited for, and run within a one-year period. Deadline 4 August 2017. More  

Community Food and Health (Scotland) – Capacity Building Fund

The capacity building fund aims to support groups and agencies running food and health activities to build the knowledge, skills and expertise they need to help deliver these better. Groups can apply for funding for training or learning opportunities for staff, volunteers, or management committee or board members. Deadline 8 December 2017. 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

Postcode Community Trust

Postcode Community Trust will re-open for applications to its grants programme on 1st August 2017. Through its grants programme, the Trust will provide grants of £500 - £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects that benefit communities through grassroots sports, arts and recreation programmes and healthy living initiatives that improve a community's physical and mental health. Funding is available to registered charities, voluntary organisations, community interest companies and social enterprises. Closing date for submitting Expressions is 18th August 2017 More

Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund

Scottish Natural Heritage is giving organisations another opportunity to apply for funding for projects helping communities make the most of their local greenspaces. The second round will open on 3 August and close for applications on 2 October. This is for projects which will run throughout 2018 and which:

  • Are within a town or city of greater than 10,000 population;
  • Will benefit a deprived community (within the 15% most deprived as measured by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation); and
  • Have a total project value of between £50,000 and £120,000. The Fund will provide up to 40% of this (50% in the Highlands & Islands), with the remainder expected to come from match funding.

There are a broad range of projects which might be supported, and innovation is encouraged. Possible areas include: Art based - artist working with a community to understand and tell their story with green infrastructure to date, and where they want it to go; Participation and Activity - support communities with activities and enterprises connected to their green infrastructure; Volunteering and Skills and eco-system approaches.

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.

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