Funding update

Newly added funds


Deadline: Register at any time

FoodShare saves good food destined for waste and sends it to charities and community groups who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. The food they redistribute is fresh, quality and in date surplus from the food industry and the charities they work with can be found across the UK. There are two ways you can get food from FareShare: Become a FareShare member to receive regular orders of good food from one of twenty Regional Centres; FareShare FoodCloud matches charities and community groups with local stores who have surplus food available for collection at the end of the day and is available across the UK.

Foundation Scotland – Al Maktoum Community Grants

Deadline: 3 February 2017

The programme will consider grants of up to £2000 for projects that cover at least one of the following priorities: learning and education; mulitculturalism, interfaith and cultural engagement; youth development; opportunities for those with a physical or learning disabilities; helping people overcome challenges in the face of adversity. They support registered charities and constituted community groups that are based in Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross, North East Fife (Cupar and St Andrews). Please note that where demand exceeds available funds, priority will be given to projects in Dundee.

East Lothian Council – ESF Challenge Fund

Deadline: 10 February 2017

East Lothian Council has been approved a European Social Fund grant to administer a local Challenge Fund which will take forward projects in the East Lothian area to support the strategic employability skills pipeline. The Challenge Fund is open to third sector organisations. It will support projects which will assist in mitigating the impacts of inequalities and to actively target those clients who are furthest from the labour market and face a particularly challenging combination of barriers to employment (2 or more), particularly those in rural areas and areas of deprivation. Projects should fit within the 5-stage employability pipeline and compliment existing provision. Projects that address the following barriers would be particularly desirable: unemployed males over 50 years old; criminal justice background; mental health issues; long term unemployed (both male and female); care experienced. Organisations must have funds available to match with ESF funds.

Foundation Scotland – Prime Four Community Trust

Deadline: Apply at any time

The  programme can provide up to £2000 to support a wide range of projects that will be of benefit to the Kingswells, Aberdeen community. This may include, but is not limited to, support for projects that seek to: enhance the local environment e.g. floral displays; encourage participation in sporting activities; improve physical and mental well-being e.g. lunch clubs for the elderly; provide opportunities for young people to learn new skills and develop their potential e.g. Mother and Toddler groups, uniformed groups; foster community spirit e.g. Gala Days.

Comic Relief – Tech vs Abuse

Deadline: 13 March 2017

Comic Relief are inviting applications to create, adapt, scale up or roll out digital solutions to improve the safety of women and girls affected by domestic abuse. The five key design challenges they are looking for organisations to address are: 1. Fifteen minute window – Provide or curate key information online for women experiencing domestic abuse in a way which is easy to find, simple to navigate and quick to interact with; 2. Effective real-time support services – Enable women to find and access services for support (including referrals) when required, day or night, seamlessly and with minimal logistical and emotional burden; 3. Safer digital-footprint – Provide people affected by domestic abuse and frontline professionals the confidence and knowledge they need to use technology and stay online safely, with full control over their online data, privacy settings and social media accounts; 4. Accessible legal and financial information – Create engaging, accessible and digestible information on the legal process or the financial situation women find themselves in, connecting to support and advice where relevant; 5. Realising it’s abuse – Use the creative opportunities of the web to raise awareness of what an abusive relationship looks like, provoking women and girls experiencing abuse to recognise this and get support.

Recently opened funds

People’s Postcode – Postcode Local Trust

Deadline: 10 February 2017

Provides short-term, designated funding for local projects which support wildlife areas, sustainability initiatives, volunteer citizenship, indoor and outdoor spaces. Examples of activities include: enhancing outdoor spaces, local biodiversity improvements or habitat restoration, outdoor education projects, green energy projects, cultural heritage exhibitions and volunteering initiatives.

People’s Postcode – Postcode Community Trust

Deadline: 10 February 2017

Provides short-term, designated funding for grass-roots community sports, arts, recreation, physical and mental health projects. PCT aims to fund projects. They will fund projects that enhance community cohesion through activities that bring people together and enhance a community’s identity. Projects should help people gain better access to community facilities, community activities and strengthen communities in ways that are different, sustainable and reach a wide number of people.

People’s Postcode – People’s Postcode Trust

Deadline: 10 February 2017

Provides short-term, designated funding to projects which focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution. It aims to help people find real solutions to tackling the causes of poverty and its long term consequences by, for example, helping people gain the skills, knowledge and resources they need to improve their life chances. Poverty prevention can focus on relieving other needs, such as those associated with ethnicity , geography, gender, age or disability.

Inverclyde Council – Grants to Voluntary Organisations Fund

Deadline: 9 February 2017

The fund is aimed at helping local voluntary organisations with a variety of expenses including running costs, developing or starting up a new project and buying equipment. Applications for one-off funding are open now.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – Grow For It 2017, Transform a Space

Deadline: 27 February 2017

Grow Wild projects can give up to £500 for projects led by people aged 12-25 who want to transform a space in their community using UK native wild flowers and plants. They also want you to involve other people from your local area in the project.

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – Grow For It 2017, Get Creative

Deadline: 27 February 2017

Grow Wild can award £500 for projects led by young people aged 12- 25 that will raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants. You can use visual art, music, poetry, dance, and theatre or whatever you’re good at. They’ll be showcasing all of the Get Creative projects at a weekend takeover event in Edinburgh. This will take place at the Summerhall Arts Centre on 23 – 25 June 2017.

BBC Children In Need – Small Grants

Next deadline: 1 March 2017

The fund has re-opened with refreshed guidelines. You can now apply for up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years – a total request of £30,000. The fund supports projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through: Illness, distress, abuse or neglect; Any kind of disability; Behavioural or psychological difficulties; Living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Projects should make differences in children’s lives that help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments. The Small Grants programme funds projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.

Ministry of Defence – Armed Forces Day

Deadline: 2 March 2017

Funding is available to assist with Armed Forces Day festivities, from tea parties to parades. You can apply for 50% of your event cost, up to a limit of £10,000. Previous years have seen bids from a few hundred pounds for a street party to thousands of pounds to support larger events. Anyone can apply.

The Swimathon Foundation – Community Grants Scheme

Deadline: 17 March 2017

The Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme offers funding to groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming in their local community. The Foundation is passionate about encouraging people to get involved with swimming, which it hopes to encourage even further with its Community Grants. Grants will only be awarded to organisations supported by pools that are participating in Swimathon.

Life Changes Trust – Dementia

Deadline: 30 March 2017

Phase 2 of this funding will explore more deeply what a dementia friendly community is all about and how outcomes for people living with dementia and carers are achieved. In addition, the Trust wants to support those who are at the very earliest stages of starting a community that is dementia friendly and are offering specific development funding. They are looking to fund a wide variety of geographical dementia friendly communities and communities of interest, both large and small for up to three years.

The Woodland Trust – Free Tree Packs

Deadline: None given

Tree packs give the opportunity to bring people together to plant trees – encouraging local wildlife, protecting our landscape against tree disease and creating wooded areas. There are over 3250 free tree packs to give away to schools, community and youth groups. Packs are dispatched in November and March when the trees are dormant and perfect for planting.

British Council – Cultural Protection Fund Large Grants

Deadline: none given

In partnership with the Department for Culture Media and Sport, the British Council have launched the Cultural Protection Fund. The objective for the new £30 million fund is to help to create sustainable opportunities for economic and social development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage in conflict-affected regions overseas.


Big Lottery Fund (Scotland) – Investing in Ideas

Last deadline: 31 March 2017

On 31 March 2017 Investing in Ideas will close. Ahead of it closing, the application form will be removed from the website on 1 March 2017. You’ll be able to make future applications for through Awards for All.