The North Highland Initiative’s Community Support Fund

The North Highland Initiative’s Community Support Fund is still open. the programme has been set up to provide grants of up to £1,000 for small initiatives in the education, conservation, and community service and support sectors in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross & Cromarty. Given the current crisis, and for the forseeable future, applicants for the Community Support Programme must be able to demonstrate that their project has been established as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to those initiatives where Government support packages are unable to help, and those ineligible for emergency grants. The maximum grant is £1,000. To find out more go to

Robertson Trust

Robertson Trust is now open for applications. The funds available are:

Wee Grants

For constituted community groups and charities with an annual income of less than £25,000

  • Funding of up to £2,000 for one year only
  • Could cover revenue* or capital costs to support your work.

Small Grants

  • Revenue funding* of between £2,000 and £15,000 for up to five years
  • Unrestricted or restricted* funding
  • Can include the costs of equipment to support your work.

Large Grants

For registered charities with an annual income of between £100,000 and £2 million

  • Revenue funding* of between £15,000 and £50,000 for up to five years
  • Unrestricted or restricted funding*
  • Can include the costs of equipment to support your work.

Community Vehicle Grants

Annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million, Funding of up to £10,000 for a vehicle to support your work.

Community Building Grants

  • For registered charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million
  • Capital funding of up to £75,000 towards ‘community hubs’.

Revenue funding is used to cover the costs of providing day-to-day services. We can provide revenue funding in two ways:
Unrestricted: can be spent on annual running costs of your organisation, such as salaries, heating, lighting, services, consumables and small items of equipment.
Restricted funding: can only be used for a specific project, activity or designated purpose, as applied for or designated by us.For full guidance go to


Response, Recovery Fund

Whilst the first phase of funding focussed on meeting communities most immediate needs, the fund is now focussing on Recovery. As some lockdown restrictions are lifted, this phase of funding will support organisations to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, and to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations. We will continue to provide emergency support for those who need it most.

The focus of Recovery funding is to provide:

  • Support for the ongoing needs of vulnerable people to ensure their health and wellbeing is maintained
  • Support to groups and activities supporting vulnerable people self-isolating (for example the elderly or those people with pre-existing medical conditions)
  • Support for foodbanks and organisations working to combat hardship caused by the pandemic including child hunger
  • Support to aid community response coordination
  • Support for volunteer costs for new and existing organisations
  • Additional costs to support a move to remote working and adapting services delivered in the wider community
  • Additional financial support as required for organisations providing emotional support, mental health and wellbeing and bereavement support
  • Grants from £1,000 to £5,000 are available.

Henry Smith Strengthening Communities

Strengthening Communities grants programme (between £20,000 and £60,000 for up to 3 years). The fund is designed to support small charitable organisations working at grassroots level. Through this grant programme they want to make sure that the funding reaches the most disadvantaged areas of the UK, targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty. They want to fund work that enables:

  • People from across the community to participate in activities which improve connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing
  • People who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship to have access to community-based services that support positive lasting change
  • A stronger, active, more engaged community

Deadline: Ongoing

Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme now open

The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme aims to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery. As well as providing ongoing crisis support, they will be planning and implementing changes to adapt and thrive in a very different social and economic climate. The programme is now open and has two strands:

The Adapt and Thrive programme and the Communities Recovery Fund programme.

Adapt and Thrive aims to support organisational change. Third sector organisations need to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 so they can continue to have a positive impact in their communities. Working with an advisor, organisations will be supported to develop a plan so they can operate sustainably. This may mean developing new income streams, restructuring the organisation, or changing how services are delivered. Funding to implement the plan is also available.

Communities Recovery aims to support the delivery of services in communities that were suspended or reduced because of COVID-19, or the creation of new services that tackle new challenges presented. The fund offers grants so organisations can reintroduce the delivery of services and supports the adaptation of existing services or the development of new ones to tackle new community needs resulting from, or existing needs exacerbated by COVID-19. To find out more go to