Sheds Grant Fund

Royal Voluntary Service, with funding from the Asda Foundation, has established a Sheds Grant Fund to provide small scale funding to Sheds who are looking for help with either set up or early stage development costs.

Sheds are community spaces where people can come together to take part in practical skills and activities. Sometimes called Men’s Sheds or Community Sheds, they are designed and run by their members and provide opportunities for people to share tools, resources and skills in order to create, learn and develop social networks.Shed activities often involve traditional crafts such as joinery, furniture renovation, metal work and mechanics, but each Shed meets the interests of its members and therefore may also include a broad range of activities such as gardening, model making, photography or baking. To find out more go to


Heart Research, Healthy Heart Grants

Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grants are available thanks to the fundraising done in Subway® stores and through the Subway Helping Hearts™ Family 5Ks.  They are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease near you.

The grant programme rolls out on a regional basis throughout the year.  Everything you need to check your eligibility is

the next closing date for Scotland is July 2nd.


Fair Food Transformation Fund 

Fair Food Transformation Fund 
The Scottish Government invites applications for the Fair Food Transformation Fund. The fund is part of a £1 million-a-year Fair Food Fund, which aims to ensure that everyone can feed themselves and their families and reduce reliance on emergency food provision. The fund supports community projects that offer dignified and sustainable responses to food poverty. The Scottish Government has adopted the ‘Dignity Principles’ developed by the Independent Short Life Working Group on Food Poverty (June 2016) to inform how we direct the Fund. The additional £1 million investment (£500,000 per year in 2018-19 and 2019-20) will be focused on supporting children who can experience increased food insecurity during school holidays. The specific activities to be supported will be defined in consultation with key partners over the coming months. The fund will be open for applications until 18th July. For more information, visit:

The Scotch Whisky Action Fund

The Scotch Whisky Action Fund offers up to £25,000 to groups and organisations that wish to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm in Scotland's communities.  Deadline is 29th June

Action Earth Grants

Due to unprecedented demand for Action Earth Grants they can only consider:

  • Projects in the more deprived areas of Scotland where there may be reduced local facilities and opportunities.
  • Local Nature Reserves (LNRs).
  • Projects which involve at least 35 volunteers and which make a substantial environmental impact.
  • Projects which involve groups of vulnerable people as volunteers.

Any project with volunteers taking action outdoors in Scotland can apply for one of our grants.

  1. Action Earth Awards from £50 to £250 are available to groups of volunteers carrying out environmental activities. This could include improving ponds, woodlands, meadows and other green spaces to make them more wildlife friendly. Create new habitats by planting nectar-rich flowers, fruit-bearing trees or shrubs. 
  2. Local Nature Reserve Awards offer up to £500 for activities taking place on LNRs which encourage volunteer involvement and bring new volunteers onto the reserve. Activities could involve wildlife recording and education, raising profile of the site and protecting and enhancing biodiversity. We will prioritise applications from community or ‘Friends of’ groups. Events should involve the local Ranger Service or LNR Managers.

Your group can submit one application for each type of grant. Projects pay costs upfront and then claim back by sending in itemised receipts and feedback forms. You must submit your feedback and grant claim form within 4 weeks of your project end date. 

They also ask you to send a press release to local media (help available) and supply us with no more than 5 photographs of your event.

What they fund:

  • Projects taking place in Scotland involving practical outdoor activity
  • At least 15 volunteers must give a minimum of 5 hours each
  • Tools, materials and volunteers expenses 
  • Work on sites that are accessible to the general public (let us know if your site has any restrictions we should be aware of)

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