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

Big Lottery Fund Scotland - grants for community-led activity

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. 

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  More

FCC Scottish Action Fund

The FCC Scottish Action Fund is a programme of funding for not-for-profit organisations to apply for grants 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. Eligible projects include: providing, maintaining or improving public parks or other public amenitys; conservation or promotion of biological diversity; community recycling; reclamation, remediation, restoration or other operation on land to facilitate economic, social or environmental use. Round FCC SAF 2017-1 - deadline for receipt of applications 5.00pm on Wednesday 22 February 2017. 

Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund is now accepting applications for projects which benefit local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes across the UK or the Isle of Man. Small, locally based voluntary and community groups including registered charities, small charities registered with the HMRC for tax, CASCs, churches that are ‘excepted’ charities, scout and guide groups can apply for grants to support projects which benefit the local communities around Co-op food stores and funeral homes. No minimum or maximum amount of funding is specified but in the past applicants have received grants of up to £2,500. Deadline: 16th December. 

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: 26th February 

Heritage Lottery Fund – Parks for People programme

For our increasingly urban population, parks are often the only greenspace where people can meet, play, relax and come close to nature. Parks have always been a priority for the Heritage Lottery Fund since they first started to invest in them in 1996. The Parks for People programme is for projects that help to conserve the heritage that makes both historic parks and cemeteries special and gives local people a say in how they are managed in the future. 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. If you would like to find out more about the programme please contact the HLF Development team in Edinburgh. Call on 0131 225 9450 or email

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.

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. 

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

Bank of Scotland Foundation Announces 2017 Deadlines

The Bank of Scotland Foundation has announced the 2017 application deadlines to its Medium Grants and Small Grants Programmes. The Large Grants programme is expected to open again in 2017. The 2017 deadlines for all applications are 6 January 2017, 7 April 2017, 7 July 2017, and 6 October 2017

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. Applications must fit at least one of the following criteria: Promotion of positive mental health and wellbeing; Targeting improvements in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing in primary schools; Improving the community’s environmental impact at a local level, encourage recycling, or run environmental information or outreach programmes. Grants are between £500 and £2,000 More

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. More

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.

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

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. 

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 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