THE Tree Council has opened its Trees for Schools, Orchard Windfalls and Community Trees grant funding rounds. Funding for tree-planting is available for schools, communities and orchards.

Planting must take place during or close to National Tree Week (November 25 to December 3, 2017). Details can be found on or


THE Scottish Government has set aside £18.9 million into a new Aspiring Communities Fund which offers funding opportunities for third sector organisations and community projects working to find long-lasting local solutions to poverty.

The fund will help fragile and disadvantaged communities across Scotland to develop and deliver community-led solutions that tackle inequality and poverty. It will support applications from community anchor organisations, third sector and other eligible community bodies working collaboratively to accelerate the design and delivery of enduring community-led initiatives that tackle poverty, inequality and exclusion.

It will seek to strengthen communities, increase levels of economic activity and stimulate inclusive growth, local service provision and inclusion by:

·         Enabling communities to design and establish new or enhanced services addressing poverty and inequalities

·         Supporting staff posts within community organisations to increase levels of economic activity

·         Accelerating the implementation of projects and services delivering longer-lasting community-led solutions

The funding will support identified target groups and local priorities and the following key areas:

·         Support to combat fuel and food poverty

·         Provision of childcare and social care

·         Business and management training for community bodies to increase resilience

For details, go to and search for Aspiring Communities

The closing date is April 7.

FOUNDATION Scotland has secured an additional £15,000 which will be distributed through the Spirit of Caithness: A Fourteen Community panel.

The money will be spent on projects working with older people to reduce isolation and increase involvement in the community in Caithness. It will be available for only a short time, so the panel would urge anyone who might benefit from this funding to act quickly.

Constituted groups can apply for up to £2000 and individuals or small unconstituted groups can apply for up to £500. Grant application forms are available to download from Foundation Scotland’s website:

Eilidh Gunn of Foundation Scotland can be contacted on 07801 530 218 or



People's Postcode Lottery

The application process for People's Postcode Trust's grants programme is very simple. All you need to do to apply to is complete the online application form and submit the required supporting documents.

Please note that they now only accept applications for projects that meet the following funding theme:

  • The prevention of poverty
  • Healthy living initiatives
  • Upholding of human rights for vulnerable groups
  • Helping people come together for the benefit of their area

The list below shows the key things they do and don’t fund:

What they Do Fund

  • Projects that aim to make a difference to local communities
  • Registered charities, voluntary organisations, community interest companies and social enterprises
  • Requests from £500 – £20,000
  • Projects of a maximum of 12 months in duration
  • Purchase of capital items and equipment
  • Staffing/training costs of up to 50% of total amount requested 
  • Running costs of up to 20% of the total amount requested 
  • Volunteer Expenses up to 25% of the total amount requested
  • Marketing costs of up to 10% of the total amount requested
  • Building renovations that have an ecological or wider impact on the services an organisation can provide

 What They Don't Fund

  • Organisations that are not based in or do not bring a benefit to Scotland, England or Wales 
  • General promotional or awareness-raising appeals
  • Online/web resource development projects
  • General heritage/restoration projects
  • Events such as day trips, galas/festivals, residential breaks, conferences, competition entry or activity weekends
  • Hospices or end of life care
  • Statutory bodies that the state has an obligation to fund (inc. schools/PTAs, councils and local authorities)
  • Medical equipment or research
  • Any type of feasibility or research studies
  • General refurbishments, repairs and access improvements

This is not a full list of everything that we do and don’t fund. Please read the Guidance Notes fully to ensure that you are aware of what is eligible for funding.

Coastal Communities Fund: Round 4

The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) supports the development of coastal locations by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs, enabling local people to respond to the changing needs and opportunities in their area. The CCF supports a wide range of projects, including those that benefit charities, the environment, education and health. Round four is now open in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, Round four will have around £3.4 million; split between the Highlands and Islands (£1.92 million) and the Rest of Scotland (£1.44 million). Funding awards in excess of £50,000 are available. There is no upper limit (for Scotland or Northern Ireland); however, bids for a large proportion of the funding available will not be successful. Consideration will be taken of how plans for economic growth address local needs and priorities, the number of jobs that will be created and their long term sustainability. Funding is provided for both capital and revenue costs and can typically be used to pay for:

 salaries that contribute to delivering the CCF outcome;

 delivery of project activities;

 training;

 travel expenses;

 volunteer expenses;

 equipment;

 rental of premises, fixtures and fittings;

 monitoring and evaluation;

 a proportion of overheads directly related to CCF project delivery;

 capital costs including land and buildings where these are vital to the success of the project.

Consideration will be taken of how plans for economic growth address local needs and priorities, the number of jobs that will be created and their long term sustainability. Innovative bids are being invited from organisations that support the economic development of the community in coastal locations across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Examples of organisations that are eligible to apply include:

coastal community teams;


voluntary and community sector organisations;

social enterprises, including cooperatives and community ownership initiatives;

local authorities;

local enterprise partnerships; and

private sector companies.

Deadline: stage one applications 17th August 2016

Spirit of Caithness is part of Spirit of 2012’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games legacy programme Fourteen; instigated by Spirit’s investment in the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games and its legacy around the UK. 14 communities across the UK have been identified as Fourteen communities that will each receive a resource budget of up to £250,000 over three years to invest in activity that local people themselves believe will make a difference to well-being and happiness within their community.

The Spirit of Caithness has two grant making programmes which are open on a rolling programme so applications are always welcome. We try to turn these around as quickly as possible, usually within 6-8 weeks.

On Your Marks! awards grants of £250 – £2000. You are eligible to apply if you are a community organisation keen to run a project or activity that is in keeping with the spirit of the programme.

Sparks! is designed to release small amounts of funding into communities by supporting individuals or groups of local people and neighbours who want to run local projects for the benefit of other community members. The Spark Grant award can be up to £500. Constituted groups, organisations or businesses are not eligible for Sparks.

Another, much larger programme ‘Get Set!’ is open for a short time. Grants of £2001 to £10,000 are available. Get Set! operates in a very similar way to On Your Marks! as it is for constituted groups closing date to be mid September. At this level of award it is expected that applicants will provide match funding of at least 25% the cost of the project from another source.


These are the outcomes that Spirit of Caithness wants to leave behind as a legacy. So if you have a project in mind that might be a good fit for some of these outcomes you should consider applying. Your project does not need to meet all of the outcomes, but please do consider them all in your application.

  1. People’s personal wellbeing increases through participation

  2. Positive change in the perception of disabled people in communities (by both disabled and non- disabled people)

  3. Increased awareness in communities of the issues affecting disabled people

  4. Organisations connect people to activities (organisations or individuals) / make them aware of activities

  5. Role models inspire others to do more and better

  6. People feel more engaged in their local community and have a true sense of pride in the contribution they make to it

Spirit of Caithness hopes to achieve this kind of impact through focusing on four priority areas:

  • Social action and volunteering;
  • Grass roots sport and physical activity;
  • Cultural activity and arts;
  • Youth development

So do make sure your project fits with one or more of these outcomes and one or more of the priorities.

The principle of matching
In addition to the Spirit of Caithness grant, the group provides as little or as much as it can afford (time, money, expertise) to help ensure the project is a really positive experience for everyone.

The Cashback Small Grants Scheme provides funds aimed at growing local provision for young people.

 All applicants must be able to demonstrate how they will increase provision for young people in their area.

 And, must promote a positive image of young people.

There are two types of grant available:

Startup Grants provide much needed funds to get a new group up and running. New units or groups can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 within the first six months of being started. The Cashback Small Grants Scheme particularly welcomes applications from new groups in areas of deprivation or need. A group receiving a Startup Grant must wait at least 12 months before they can apply for a Programme Grant.

Programme Grants are available to support existing local groups to meet the cost or part of the costs, of a project or programme of activity. Groups that have been established for at least six months can apply for a grant of up to £2,000. Successful groups must then wait at least 12 months before they can re-apply to the Cashback Small Grants Scheme. There are also some general terms that apply to all applications:

 The minimum grant that can be applied for is £100.

 Groups are not required to have match funding.

 A grant can also include the purchase of equipment.

Deadline: 1st September 2016


Trusthouse Charitable trust- Community Centres And Village Halls


They want to support community centres and village halls which are at the heart of small, deprived communities. They expect that you will be providing a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to your area. They will consider applications for new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space (but not car parks). You will need to have secured a minimum of 50% of the costs of the project before you start an application. out more go to

Celebrate Scotland




Big Lottery are offering grants of between £500 and £5,000  for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

You could also celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero. Or maybe it’s a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better.

There is £575,000 for projects in Scotland.

You can apply if you are a:

  • Voluntary or community organisation with a constitution and bank account
  • School
  • Statutory body.

You will need to show that your project is open to everyone in your local community.

We are especially keen to receive applications from groups who have not received a grant from us before.

They will give higher priority to applications from:

  • projects which demonstrate communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures
  • projects which actively bring different generations together.
  • organisations with a low income
  • organisations that haven't already received a grant through this programme.

Children, Young People, Families, Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to administer and manage the Scottish Government’s Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund (CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund).

The CYPFEIF aspect of the Fund aims to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. The key components of the CYPFEIF Fund are:

  • Promote the GIRFEC wellbeing indicators and the implementation of UNCRC.
  • Delivery of prevention and early intervention activities.
  • Improving parenting capacity and family support.

The ALEC element of the Fund supports third sector organisations to deliver outcomes that improve opportunities for adult learning and building community capacity. The primary objectives of the ALEC fund are:

  • Prevention and early intervention through adult learning and community capacity building.
  • Supporting the delivery of lifelong, learner-centred adult learning as outlined in the Adult Learning in Scotland Statement of Ambition.
  • Using asset based approaches to work with adult learners or with communities to plan and co-design learning or capacity building opportunities.

The core funding awards were announced by the Scottish Government in December 2015, with £14 million allocated to third sector organisations for 2016 and 2017. Further to this, the Scottish Government announced an additional £2 million in Project Funding. The Project Funding will be available for charities supporting children, young people, families and adult learning.



About Henry Duncan Awards

The Henry Duncan Awards is the Foundation’s general grant-making programme which supports grassroots charities operating in Scotland.  The programme is named after the Rev. Henry Duncan who had a driving concern for the under-privileged and whose vision and compassion led to the founding of the worldwide savings bank movement.  As the Foundation was originally formed by the Trustee Savings Bank, it was fitting that we named our grant programme after this great man.

To apply to the Henry Duncan Awards, charities must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and be delivering programmes or services which are clearly focused on improving the quality of life for members of the community facing disadvantage.  One-off awards of up to £7,000 are made to charities working with people who may typically be experiencing challenging family circumstances, disability, mental ill health, abuse or poverty.

At present, the Foundation is particularly interested in supporting:

  • vulnerable children and young people
  • isolated older people
  • carers
  • families in poverty
  • people debilitated as a result of a disability or mental health issue.

Please note that it is important that applicants can clearly demonstrate the difference that our funding will make to the people they work with and how their quality of life will be improved in the longer term.

Applicants can apply for core funding, such as running costs or salaries, or project funds.  They will consider applications for small capital costs such as equipment.




THE Big Lottery Community Assets programme

THE Big Lottery Community Assets programme aims to help communities to acquire, manage or develop assets such as buildings or land. Grants range from £10,000 to £1 million.

There is no application form; instead, the team want to hear about your idea so that advice can be given at an early stage. They can be contacted at or on 0300 123 7110.


CREATIVE Scotland’s Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund seeks to support young people aged 14-20 who need financial help in developing their talent within the creative industry. Funding will be awarded to those young people who demonstrate enthusiasm, ambition and talent in their chosen field of either drama, dance, music, film, visual arts, literature or the digital arts.

Individuals and groups of individuals can apply for amounts between £50 and £600.

To find out more, go to

The deadline is August 28.


Caithness and North Sutherland Fund

GROUPS can apply to the Caithness and North Sutherland Fund for sums of between £1000 and £30,000. Requests for higher amounts may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

In your application you need to explain what the grant would be spent on and how this would achieve one of the fund’s aims. You can apply for a grant to fund all or part of your project.

It is worth noting that a higher percentage of match funding will be looked upon more favourably, and evidence of that match funding will be required.

Some examples of what can be funded:

  • Equipment hire or purchase
  • Annual events not previously supported by the fund
  • Feasibility studies for community projects
  • Improvements or additions to playing or arts facilities
  • Information technology equipment
  • Building, refurbishment, landscaping or property projects (including playpark associations and temporary buildings)
  • Materials or equipment for use in your project
  • Some publicity materials for use in your project
  • Sessional workers
  • Start-up costs
  • Team clothing or kit
  • Training costs
  • Transport costs
  • Venue hire
  • VAT that you cannot recover

For more information go to or email

The next closing date is September 30, with an assessment meeting on October 28.


CSV Action Earth Grants (Scotland) CSV Action Earth which aims to empower people in Scotland to make a positive difference to the quality of their lives has announced that its grant programmes is open for applications. There are two grant schemes available which are looking to increase numbers of volunteers on locally based environmental projects. These are:

  • The CSV Action Earth Awards which offer grants of £250 for projects who are providing or improving habitats for wildlife, enhancing local nature spots and getting communities volunteering together
  • The CSV Local Nature Reserve Awards which offers grants of up to £500 exclusively for projects taking place on Local Nature Reserves (LNR).

The project site must be open and accessible to the general public. Exceptions may be made where a community site has limited access such as a Care Home or Hospital. School projects should generally be off the school site if possible. Grants will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

SSE resilience fund,

The fund will support projects that:


• Protect the welfare of vulnerable customers during a significant power outage or emergency weather event


• Enhance community facilities and services that may be used or instigated in the event of a significant power outage or emergency weather event


• Improve communication during an emergency situation, to keep communities informed or aid contact between local groups and response services


To discuss a potential application, or for general information and advice about the fund, please contact:


Lindsay Dougan

Community Funds Manager

0141 224 7729


Applications are now open for a new £2 million fund giving communities the opportunity to vote on how money is spent in their area.

The £2 million Community Choices Fund will be targeted at work in deprived areas, and for the first time community groups as well as all public authorities, including local authorities, will be able to apply for funding to organise their own Community Choices budgeting events.   

These events give communities the opportunity to make decisions on how and where investment is spent in their area – for example employability initiatives, projects that encourage volunteering, and training for young people.  

Applications close on 29 July. For more information, including how to apply and further guidance for community groups and community councils, visit

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme

The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities. Projects should be run by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community. Improve people's life skills, education, employability and enterprise


  1. Improve people's life skills, education, employability and enterprise
  2. Maximise people’s ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity
  3. Provide people with opportunities to access local services, achieve greater social justice and to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage.
  4.   Advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety.

Deadline 7th July to find out more go to


The Highland LEADER Programme is now open and ready to receive applications. Funding of over £6.6m is available for projects that will benefit communities across the Highlands.

The-EU funded Highland LEADER Programme will be delivered locally through seven Local Area Partnerships (LAPs) across Highland. Funding totalling £3.4m will be allocated to projects by these LAPs by the end of March 2019.

Individuals, groups, organisations and businesses also have the opportunity to apply for funding for rural enterprise and farm diversification projects, with £1.76m available for projects in Highland. Funding of £440,269 will be available for co-operation projects between Local Area Partnership areas in Highland with a further £440,269 for projects between organisations or groups in Scotland, the UK or Europe.

Projects that contribute towards the aims and objectives of the Highland LEADER Programme will be eligible for consideration. The seven LAPs have each developed a Local Area Action Plan which outlines development priorities and will guide their funding decisions. For more information about the Highland LEADER Programme (including funding summaries for the seven areas), and to download a copy of the Local Area Action Plan for your area, visit

If you have an idea for a LEADER project you can complete an Expression of Interest form on the Scottish Rural Network website. The submission of an Expression of Interest is the first formal step in applying for LEADER funding. If you have already submitted an Expression of Interest, a member of the Highland LEADER team will be in touch with you within the next few weeks to discuss your project.

Contact for Caithness: Paula Betts – development officer (Tuesday to Thursday, 8am to 5pm / Friday 8am to 6pm) (Caithness and Sutherland), The Highland Council, Development & Infrastructure, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX. Tel: 01463 702275 or 07827 281469. Email: 

Weir Trust

They support services/projects, run by Scottish-based community groups and small charities, in the following qualifying categories that address any aspect of the following purposes (in the Application Form, these are the headings referred to as the Qualifying Category):

  • Sport: encouraging and increasing public participation in sport (activities which involve physical skill and exertion)
  • Recreational facilities: the provision or organisation of recreational facilities (buildings, pitches or similar) with the aim of improving the conditions of life for the people for whom the facilities are primarily intended. This is only in relation to facilities which are primarily intended for people who need them due to age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage. 
  • Animal welfare: for the advancement of animal welfare
  • Health: the advancement of health, including prevention or relief of sickness, disease or human suffering
  • Culturesupporting the heritage – tangible or otherwise – of Scotland, through projects that encourage participation in and preservation of Scotland's distinctive culture.

If your application does not meet one of these five criteria, it will be rejected without further consideration. Applications that meet the criteria are then considered for an award at the discretion of Trustees. However, meeting the criteria does not automatically guarantee funding.The next closing date is 31st August 2016

Please note: the Trust will not fund individuals, social enterprises, governing bodies or commercial ventures, including business start-ups, nor can it sponsor you if you are undertaking an event to raise money for a charity.