Funding Opportunity

Greggs Foundation Environmental Grants Scheme | £2,000 |30 September 2016

Using money from the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops, the Greggs Foundation has established the Environmental Grants scheme offering grants for projects which make a difference to local areas, with preference given to projects which include one of more of the following:

  • Improves the local environment.
  • Insures involvement of local communities.
  • Delivers a sustainable and measurable difference.
  • Supports people in need.

Eligibility: Not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of £300,000 or less as well as schools in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Comic Relief Local Communities Programme

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme

Not for profit organisations such as community groups, resident associations, community centres, social enterprises, CIC's and credit unions can apply for funding of between £1,000 and £10,000 from the Comic Relief Local Communities Programme. The programme aims to empower local people enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. The Foundation Scotland is one of the delivery partners and will be delivering the programme across Scotland. The priorities of the programme are to improve people's life skills, education, employability and enterprise; maximise people's ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity; provide people with opportunities to access local services, achieve greater social justice and to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage; and advance people's physical and Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community. To be eligible organisations need to have an annual income of less than £250,000 pa. PTAs/Parent Councils can apply if appropriately constituted but must evidence the project has genuine wider community benefit. A Local Communities grant must be at least 30% of the total cost of the project.

Deadline: 31st October 2016


Community Capacity & Resilience Fund open for applications on 19th September 2016

Community Capacity & Resilience Fund open for applications on 19th September 2016

New round of grants for smaller grassroots, third sector organisations working hard to tackle welfare reform and poverty in communities throughout Scotland.

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) are delighted to announce that we have £330,000 to support innovative and creative projects that help mitigate the effects of welfare reform, combat inequality, promote social inclusion and have a preventative impact in communities. This investment from Scottish Government will increase the capacity and resilience of communities and third sector organisations to provide people with the support and skills they need.

Awards will range from £1,000 to £5,000 with project activity starting and finishing between Jan 2017 – August 2017.

We can support projects that will achieve one or more of the following criteria;

·         Expand/develop your organisation’s capacity in order to meet demand relating to welfare reform

·         Develop a pilot project which focuses on tackling the impact of welfare reform and inequality

·         Help bring organisations together in partnership to support people

·         Develop people’s ability to prevent themselves from reaching crisis point


If you work for or know an organisation that's tackling the impact of welfare reform and poverty (with an annual income of £200,000 or less) then we look forward to reading about your great ideas.


Applying to this fund is simple, with an easy online application process. Applications open on 19th September 2016 and close on 31st October 2016.


Your Cash Your Caithness Fund Open

Your Cash Your Caithness.

Caithness Members of Highland Council have set aside £30,000.00 from their Ward Discretionary Budgets to let the local community once again decide for themselves which projects are needed in their area. Whether you want to organise a dance for young people, a healthy living project, a crime prevention idea, a lunch club for older residents, a community art project, the only limit is your imagination.

How do you apply?

To apply for up to £3,000.00 you must apply before 5.00pm on Monday 31st October 2016.  If your idea fits, the community will get to vote for the best ideas at an event to be held on Saturday 19th November 2016 at the Pulteney Centre, Huddart Street, Wick from 09.30 am onwards.

At the event you will be required to talk about your idea to the community. Those in attendance will then vote on all the applications and a decision will be made on the day.

Chair of the Caithness Committee Councillor Roger Saxon who sits on the Your Cash, Your Caithness steering group said “This is again handing decision making back to the local Community and it is the first stage in returning community empowerment to the most local level. I would encourage as many individuals or groups as possible across Caithness to take part in this initiative to get the funding they are looking for. The pilot event held in Wick back in November last year along with the event held in Thurso in May this year were both well attended and received by all those who took part. They were a great success and these funding events are now being held regularly right across the Highland area and I have no doubt that this success will be repeated in November”.

Application forms can be accessed online from the Highland Council webs site at

or by contacting 01955 609960 Caithness Voluntary Group or 07557918564, Sinclair Bay Community