Sustainable Communities Fund

Crown Estate – Sustainable Communities Fund

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Sustainable Communities Fund has been created to support local regeneration and sustainable development. The Fund comprises two grant programmes – Community Capacity Grants and Environment Grants.  Up to £750,000 will be made available over three years. The fund is open to all communities up to five miles from Scotland’s coastline and within five miles of our rural estates.

They are looking for local projects with demonstrable community support that will :

  • Contribute to the regeneration of places through improvements to buildings or community spaces, making these places more attractive, accessible and beneficial to the community
  • Help create self-sustaining community enterprises that will promote sustainable development through the provision of local economic, social, and/or environmental benefits

In the first year, a total of £150,000 of funding will be available for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000. Applications are being managed by Foundation Scotland. Deadline: 12th October 2020

Beatrice Community Fund is still open for business

You still have until 21st August to get your application submitted.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


Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund – Round Three

The deadline for submission of applications for round three of the Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) has been extended from 10 July 2020 to 5.00pm on Wednesday 14 October 2020. The final date that Expressions of Interest (EOI) can be submitted will be Friday 18 September 2020 and all projects must have submitted an EOI and received approval for this before submitting a full Stage 2 application on the 14 October 2020.For projects which have received a RTIF design grant, the deadline for the submission of evidence of final costs has been extended from 10 July 2020 to 30 September 2020.

Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2020 grants

Applications for Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2020 are now open, in the hope that they can help support you to rebuild slowly, steadily and safely while carrying out all the essential environmental work that you do which benefits local communities across Scotland.
Any group of 15 or more volunteers can apply for our £250 awards to help make a difference outdoors in their local green spaces. They also have a very limited number of £500 grants for projects which primarily involve people with defined health conditions (outlined on our website).
Successful applicants will be expected to observe any current or developing guidelines and recommendations around Covid-19, and put the safety of their volunteers and staff first. You should only apply for our grants once you feel certain you can carry out your activities according to Scottish Government guidance.
They recommend starting small, planning your event by breaking activities into smaller manageable groups and tasks and where possible spreading activities over a longer timescale. This will aid with distancing measures and tool-sharing practicalities. To help further, they are extending the campaign to February 2021, which will assist groups who are looking to carry out later activities such as winter tree planting.
Action Earth grant funding is provided by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH)
To APPLY for an Action Earth grant, please follow this link: APPLICATION FORM