Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter Fund

This fund focuses on supporting organisations currently working to tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality to embed basic digital skills development work into their day-to-day activity with service users. The Charter Fund is open to all sectors but is especially interested in supporting groups that work closely with their local community and run projects with a track record of working with individuals affected by poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality. Eligible applicants must operate in Scotland, spend funding received entirely in Scotland and have already joined Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter at the time of their first payment.

The Fund is aimed at three target groups:

  • Older People
  • People with disabilities
  • Job Seekers

Round 5 has now opened to applications for grants from £500 up to £10,000 with a deadline of 31 August 2017 .


Children In Need Funding Information Event.

Children In Need is holding a funding information event in Wick at the Pulteney Centre, Tuesday 22nd August, 2-3pm. Janet Morton, national officer for children in need will be there to talk about their grants programmes and answer any questions. to book a space contact Yvonne 01955609960, Helen 01955603453, if you would like to have a one to one appointment after the presentation to discuss a project let yvonne know when you book a space.

They fund projects for

children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through

  • illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • any kind of disabillity
  • behavioural or phsychological difficulties
  • living in poverty ot situations of deprivation

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New Comic Relief Fund

The new Active Ageing: Creating Change in Communities initiative is providing £1.5 million of funding in order to engage older people aged 65 and over from ‘harder to reach’ groups to get involved in opportunities which use their skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to their communities. Registered and un-registered community based organisations and partnerships across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man can apply for grants of between £40,000 and £80,000 to support projects, initiatives and activities which primarily focus on benefitting older people, specifically those older people who do not usually participate in volunteering or social activities because they are from a disadvantaged community, or face barriers to participation. Comic Relief is also interested in supporting activities which will have a wider benefit for the community in which they are taking place.

To be eligible for funding, projects should:

  • Meet at least one of the following outcomes:

    • Older people improve their mental health and wellbeing.
    • Older people increase the quality and quantity of their social connections.
    • Older people develop an enhanced sense of purpose and empowerment.
  • Provide creative, fresh approaches to engage beneficiaries in social action activities which bring people together and help to improve their lives and solve problems that are important to their communities. This may include activities around campaigning and fundraising as well as volunteering, all of which can create a double benefit for communities and the older person themselves. For the activities to have positive benefits for the older people involved, they should:

    • Provide meaningful roles with opportunities for social interaction and leadership.
    • Ensure that older people are recognised and valued for their contribution.
  • Make older people feel valued and enable them to be creative and productive. To do this, activities might focus wholly on older people, or use a broader community or intergenerational approach. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they really understand the needs of their community, the role that older people can play in catalysing social change and make the case that they can deliver. Comic Relief expects to award grants to between 15 and 25 projects.

The deadline for applications is 29 August 2017 (midday).

Caithness Beatrice Local Fund – Deadline 14/07/17


Caithness Beatrice Local Fund

Through the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm, we will provide a total of £2 million over a period of 5 years, to invest in local projects in the following 5 community council areas in the Highlands. For application forms and guidlines go to

  • Sinclair’s Bay
  • Wick
  • Tannach and District
  • Latheron, Lybster and Clyth
  • Berriedale and Dunbeath

You can apply for a grant if you are;

  • a legally constituted community group
  • a non profit organisation or
  • a registered charity

£ 0 -£250

Microgrant applications


Applications for grants up to £250 can be made through a micro grant Scheme administered by each of the community councils. Each community council will revue applications directly and decisions on any micro grants to be awarded in its area.

£251 – £10,000

Main grant application


Large grant proposal


Deadlines for applications

Advisory panel meetings

14 July 2017

6 September 2017

24 November 2017

22 January 2018

13 April 2018


21 May 2018



Scottish & Southern Energy Networks Resilient Communities Fund – North of Scotland: £285,000 of funding available in 2017

Scottish & Southern Energy Networks Resilient Communities Fund – North of Scotland: £285,000 of funding available in 2017The fund is open to constituted community groups, not-for-profit organisations and registered charities working in our north of Scotland network area. The fund will support projects that: 

  • Protect the welfare of vulnerable community members through enhancing their resilience and improving community participation and effectiveness.
  • Enhance community facilities, services and communication specifically to support the local response in the event of a significant emergency event.

To discuss a potential application, or for general information and advice about the fund, please contact the Community Funds Manager: Lindsay Dougan on 0141 224 7729 or email: Deadline: 15th June 2017.