The Land Fund is open for applications

The Land Fund is open to full applications. Successful applicants will clearly demonstrate that their project will help their local community to:

  • achieve more sustainable economic, environmental and/or social development through ownership of land and buildings
  • have a stronger role in and control over their own development
  • own well managed, financially sustainable land and buildings.

They will prioritise applications that can demonstrate significant positive impact for the community as a whole. Applicants will have the opportunity to test out and develop their ideas with support from a Scottish Land Fund Adviser.

Grants of between £10,001 and £1 million are available to fund the purchase of land or land assets are available to support rural and urban communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets.

SSE Beatrice Community Fund is still open for applications

SSE Beatrice Community Fund is still open for applications.

The community fund can support projects which:

  • Encourage community activity and promote community spirit
  • Ensure adequate access to services for all community members including those with disabilities
  • Improve local infrastructure and connectivity
  • Build the local economy including opportunities for apprenticeships and training
  • Build community capacity and cohesion between groups
  • Develop or maintain community assets
  • Heritage, Culture and Arts
  • Health and Wellbeing, including sports

Projects in the following community council areas can apply:

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

Next closing date is  Friday 10th September. For full guidance and application form go to Beatrice Caithness | SSE Renewables

Invite to apply to your local Wick store for the Tesco Community Grant scheme

Currently the Tesco Community Grant scheme will award grants to charities and community organisations to fund local good causes whose focus is on supporting:

Children, Young People and Families, Food Insecurity (eg, food growing, old folk’s lunch clubs, food banks, breakfast clubs etc.) They are looking for applications to the  Wick store for Food Insecurity themed activity, Funding pots of £500, up to £1000 and up to £1500 will be available for projects and Tesco customers will be able to choose which project receives the most funding by voting in store every time they shop.

If your application is successful, this is a good opportunity for your group’s profile to be highlighted in a public place for a good length of time and you could arrange other fundraising initiatives around that voting period. The scheme is open to registered charities and community organisations, via an on-line application form, with a guidance notes, which you can find here Apply for a grant – Tesco Community Grants


Scottish Government Volunteering Support Fund

The Scottish Government’s Volunteering Support Fund is now open for applications.  The £3.3 million Fund will be delivered on its behalf by Impact Funding Partners over the next 3 years.  Organisations can apply for up to £30,000 to March 2024.  

The fund is geared towards organisations in Scotland with an annual income of under £250,000.  It will enable Scotland’s small to medium sized third sector organisations to recruit additional volunteers who will contribute towards delivering a new volunteering project, or extending/expanding an existing one, and improve how volunteers are supported in their role. The fund will support organisations to deliver on four key outcomes:

  • Increase diversity in the third sector’s volunteer pool, to particularly include people who experience disadvantage or would traditionally experience barriers to volunteering
  • Improve governance, leadership and financial knowledge of organisations through the recruitment of skilled volunteers to enhance the third sector’s capacity
  • Improve organisational capacity to provide opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering
  • Enhance services delivered by organisations to better meet the needs of the communities they serve. A full overview of the fund plus information on how to apply can be found on Impact Funding Partners website:


Smarter Choices, Smarter Place Fund now open.

The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund aims to encourage people to change their everyday travel behaviours. Grants are available to encourage people to use buses and community car clubs for longer journeys; walking and cycling for short journeys, and home-working to replace daily commutes.

The Open Fund is available to support public, third and community sector organisations. The fund aims to help cut Scotland’s carbon emissions and improve our air quality. It will also help reverse the trend towards sedentary lifestyles and will tackle health inequalities.

Grants available are between £5000 and £50,000 and need to be match funded.

Over the previous three years the Open Fund awarded £6.7 million in grants for 260 different projects all over Scotland. Our Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Annual Report 2019/20 is available to download which details the impact of our funding. A full list of projects in funded in 2020/21 is available to download. There are some great examples of SCSP funded projects within our Success Stories. link below

Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Open Fund | Paths for All