Clubs in Crisis Fund

Clubs in Crisis Fund
Grants up to £2,021 are available to support sports clubs and organisations that deliver sport for development to recover from the pandemic’s impact and continue their work to achieve social outcomes through sport. Specifically, the fund is looking to supporting sports clubs and organisations that intentionally deliver wider social outcomes
through sport. Deadline 07 June 2021

Community Ownership Fund

From summer 2021 community groups will be able to bid for up to £250,000 matched-funding to help them buy or take over local community assets at risk of being lost, to run as community-owned businesses through the UK Community Ownership Fund.  Bids will be accepted from all communities across the UK. In most circumstances, bids should be made from community and voluntary organisations with formal governance in place, such as a Community Trust.  Projects should be focused on place-based assets or amenities, which are important to the local community, build connections between people and foster a sense of pride in the local area – but are at risk of being lost without community intervention. There will be an emphasis on ensuring the asset or amenity can be sustainable in community ownership.

Opening June  2021

Co-op local community Fund

From the 4th – 30th May, causes are invited to apply for funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund.  Thurso and Wick Co-op stores will each select three successful causes in their area.  Local groups can find out more and apply at

What projects will the fund support?

In line with our community plan to provide fairer access to food, mental wellbeing and opportunities for young people, the Local Community Fund will support community projects that:

  1. Enable people to access food and co-operate together to feed everyone
  2. Help improve people’s mental wellbeing
  3. Offer young people opportunities to develop new skills and make a difference in their community

Foundation Scotland

Foundation Scotland will begin offering social investment opportunities to social enterprises in Scotland from today, 4 May. The move comes as Foundation Scotland and Resilient Scotland announce their integration.  Social investment, offered through the experienced Resilient Scotland team, will expand on the community foundation’s core grantmaking services providing access to a greater range of funding options.

The new ‘Investing in Enterprise Fund’ offers between £10,000 and £500,000 to social enterprises as blended finance.

Up to 50% of the funding will be through grants with the remainder through loans, enabling them to become more sustainable, accessing opportunities less reliant on grant funding. Support will help successful applicants to raise funds and only repay part of the total sum. Foundation Scotland will reinvest all returned funds for additional social investment. Chris Holloway, head of social investment at Foundation Scotland, said: “The integration of Resilient Scotland into Foundation Scotland makes perfect sense for us as an organisation. “However, most importantly, the move will offer significant benefits to Scotland’s thriving social enterprises.  Collectively our knowledge, support and experience will enhance the holistic support provided to Scotland’s social enterprises. “Groups will be able to come to Foundation Scotland for traditional grants, which they continue to need, and now also innovative investment opportunities.”