CashBack for Communities Fund

CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund YouthLink Scotland is now receiving applications for the latest round of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund. They welcome proposals for the delivery of targeted youth work activity programmes that provide a range of activities for young people between the ages of 10-24 that: • Supports people, families and communities most affected by crime. • Supports young people most at risk of being involved in antisocial behaviour, offending or re-offending into positive destinations. • Supports young people most at risk of entering the justice system. Funded activity must be delivered between June 2020 and the end of March 2021. A total of £700,000 is available. Deadline: 20th March 2020

Tesco Bags For Help Seeking Applications

Tesco Bags of Help funding seeking applications in your area for the Thurso and Wick stores

Tesco Bags of Help fund has now reopened for applications, and we would be delighted if you could help us share this information in the North West. Since the Bags of Help programme began in 2016, it has supported over 3500 projects with more than £10 million in community grants in Scotland.

Community groups, schools, charities, local authorities and not for profits can all apply for grants of up to £2000 are available for projects that bring benefit to their community. This includes:

  • Outdoor or indoor improvements, activities and equipment purchases
  • Capital and revenue funding
  • Sessional workers or training, for example gardening skills, outdoor learning or health and safety
  • Seasonal events or activities

For each voting round lasting 3 months, three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores.  Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £2000. Second place will receive up to £1000 and third place will receive up to £500.

Bags of Help is funded through the sales of Tesco Bags for Life. The change in funding amounts from 2019 reflects that customers are buying fewer and fewer bags for life, making huge reductions in the amount of plastic waste created.

Full details of Bags of Help can be found


SSE Partnership Fund open for applications


The partnership fund can support projects which:

  • Create opportunities
    Create or enhance opportunities for education and employment through activities focused on improving an individual’s chances of entering the workplace or further professional development
  • Empower communities
    Empower fragile communities to become more resilient and to protect their vulnerable residents through measures which demonstrate long term social, environmental or economic improvements
  • Stimulate sustainable places
    Stimulate meaningful regeneration through actions which improve or enhance local infrastructure, landscape, biodiversity, or heritage to make a lasting difference to the places we live, work and visit

Projects in the following areas can apply:

  • Highland: Communities on the east coast of Caithness and Sutherland
  • Moray: All coastal communities and the four local communities, namely Buckie and District, Strathisla, Lennox and Keith

You can find out who is eligible to apply go to

Children In Need

Next closing date for Children In Need, 16th March. BBC Children in Need Small Grants Not for profit organisations such as special schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and poverty and deprivation.

Youth Scotland Rural Action Fund

Supported by the Robertson Trust and the Gannochy Trust, this fund aims to enhance and develop community-based youth work in Scotland’s rural communities. Grants of £100 to £750 are available to enable youth groups operating in rural communities to provide more and/or better youth work opportunities for young people. Deadline: March 6th 2020