The list below has been collated by The Garioch Partnership.  It is not a comprehensive list of all funding options.  Funding opportunities have been listed in two groups: by closing date, where applicable, and in alphabetical order when no closing date is listed.

Links to further sources of funding organisations are listed at the bottom of this page.

All information and web links given were correct at time of publishing, but may be changed by the funding organisation.  If a web link no longer works, or the information has been updated, please let us know by e-mailing


Funding opportunities – by deadline


Resilient Communities Fund – North of Scotland – 23rd May 2019
Scottish and Southern Electricity Network’s £140,000 fund is now open.

Click here for more information on the Resilient Communities Fund

The fund is open to constituted community groups, not-for-profit organisations and registered charities working in our north of Scotland network area. SSEN has established this fund to support communities in our power distribution network area to improve local resilience. This funding comes from a proportion of the performance reward we receive from the regulator Ofgem.

The deadline for applications is 23rd May 2019. Find out more at


ScotWays Small Grants Scheme – 31st May 2019
It is envisaged that the scheme will award grants of between £500 and £1,500 to enable a community-based and access-related project which might otherwise not proceed.

Click here for more information on the ScotWays Small Grants Scheme

The scheme launched in November 2017 with a budget of £10,000 over the period to 30th June 2020.    The grant may be for up to 50% of the total budget for the project,excluding volunteer time.  Applicant organisations should be members of ScotWays.

Applicants are reminded that ScotWays’ charitable objective is:-‘The preservation, defence, restoration and acquisition, for the public benefit, of public rights of access in Scotland,including public rights of way and related amenity’.

Find out more, and download an application form, at


The Hilden Charitable Fund Summer Play Scheme Funding – 4th June 2019
The Fund has allocated a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for disadvantaged communities.

Click here for more information on the Hilden Charitable Fund Summer Play Scheme Funding

Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement. Applications must be received by Tuesday 4th June.

Find out more at


Mary Salmond Trust – 31st July 2019
The maximum grant available is £500 and applications should be submitted by 31 January, 30 April, 31 July or 31 October to be considered for the, February, May, August or November meeting.

Click here for more information on the Mary Salmond Trust

The objective of the Mary Salmond Trust is to provide financial assistance to individuals and organisations in North East Scotland, which is defined as the local government area of Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and Moray for:

  • The advancement of community development, in particular rural or urban regeneration
  • Organisations and young people by supporting, promoting and developing children and young people’s health, welfare, training, education, civic responsibility and volunteering for the public benefit
  • Any other purpose that may reasonably be regarded as analogous to either of the preceding purposes

Find out more at


Ongoing funding opportunities


Aberdeenshire Council – Garioch Area Initiatives Fund
Communities across Garioch can now apply to the Garioch Area Initiatives Fund, which will provide funding of up to £1,750 for projects promoting the development of community-based initiatives.

Click here for more information on the Aberdeenshire Council - Garioch Area Initiatives Fund

The fund of £15,000 has been set aside to support local groups to meet the needs of their communities and tap into the talent and resources that exist throughout the area.

Applications are invited from constituted groups and the aim is to deliver projects within the Garioch area in line with the following themes:

  • Improving the Appearance and Maintenance of Towns
  • Healthy Communities
  • Strong Communities
  • Safe Communities

For an application form/further details call the Garioch Area Office on 01467 539371 or email:

Please feel free to share this with any other community groups who may be interested.


Apache Corporation Charity Committee Fund
Are you a local Aberdeen city or Aberdeenshire charity who is looking for funding support for a specific project or campaign?

Click here for more information on the Apache Corporation Charity Committee Fund

At Apache Corporation we take our community involvement seriously and our Charity Committee is currently reaching out to increase awareness of the work they do. This includes promoting the availability of funding for local charity projects and we’d particularly like to encourage new local charities to make applications for funding. Registered charities are given a preference and we prefer to fully fund a specific project rather than make general donations.

To make an application is simple – just email details of your charity and the project you require funding for. There is no word limit for the submission but structured, clear and concise submissions are strongly encouraged. If you are able to provide detailed quotes at the outset to support your application this is also appreciated.

For further information or to make an application please email

Chance to Succeed
Chance to Succeed operates as a “grant giving” charity supporting projects that focus on employability and employment skills, helping to deliver a productive future for our young people.

Click here for more information on Chance to Succeed funding

This is a Scottish Charity and society lottery operating as part of the regular Scottish Children’s Lottery.

They seek to support projects and activities in Scotland, with the aspiration of alleviating the impact of poverty or financial hardship, social exclusion, relative/ multiple deprivation and disability or illness affecting young people in Scotland, aged 0-25 years, with the aim of giving all young people in Scotland the opportunity of a productive future where they can become young adults with a positive contribution to make to society.

Find out more, and apply, at their website:

Greenspace Scotland / Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme
Bags of Help uses the money raised from the sale of Bags for Life in Tesco stores to fund a wide range of projects that meet the programme’s aims and objectives to benefit the local community.

Click here for more information on the Greenspace Scotland / Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme

As well as funding the development of and activity in outdoor spaces such as allotments, community gardens and parks, grants are available to fund the purchase of items such as sports kits, camping equipment, spades, litter pickers or specialised medical equipment. Funding is also available for improvements to community buildings, for example scout or guide hut, church or village hall or sports changing rooms. Groups looking to hold seasonal events and activities such as a Christmas lights can also apply for funding.

Tesco Bags of Help funding is available to many communities across Britain. You can now apply at any time for funding between £1000 – £4000 for a wide range of indoor and outdoor projects that benefit your local community.

For more information, or to apply, visit the Greenspace Scotland website:

Greggs Local Community Projects Fund
This funding is offered to organisations supporting people in need.

Click here for more information on the Greggs Local Community Project Fund

Any not for profit organisation can apply, however, larger organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 will be unsuccessful.

They are interested in projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your community.

They do not fund running costs or continuation of existing and ongoing work.

For more information, visit their website:

Inverurie Youth Sports Foundation (IYSF)
IYSF is a charitable foundation founded by local entrepreneur Steven Ferguson & his family.

Click here for more information on the IYSF

Steven and Wendy Ferguson have been inspired to support and promote the future development of youth in sport within the Garioch area.

The IYSF would like to welcome applications for funding to help support the development of youth in sport. We have set our boundary, as the Garioch area but applications from outside the area may be considered.

For more information, visit

Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Grants Programme
Kellogg’s has teamed up with Forever Manchester to award grants of £1,000 to school Breakfast Clubs, to help them provide breakfast to those children who need it most.

Click here for more information on the Kellogg's Breakfast Club Grants Programme

You can apply for an award at any date and you will hear within one month if you have been successful. Please note the fund may close if oversubscribed.

Your breakfast club must be based in a school in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

A limited number of grants are available so priority will be given to schools that have 40% and above of children eligible for pupil premium funding and / or eligible for free school meals.

Only one grant per school in each academic year is available.

For more information, visit

Robertson Trust Funding
Through their Open Awards Programme, they make awards to organisations carrying out work that reflects one or more of their funding strands.   They will prioritise work which aims to reduce inequality by responding to identified needs and disadvantage.

Click here for more information on Robertson Trust Funding

Please click on the links below to find out more about the types of work we fund under each strand. The funding strands are:

  • Care & Wellbeing – “Improving the quality of life for those affected by physical and/or mental health issues and their carers”.  Work which improves people’s physical and/or mental health, addressing health inequalities and exclusion faced by particularly vulnerable people.
  • Strengthening Communities – “Increasing the ability and capacity of people and communities to create solutions which address local need”.  Work which benefits people or communities who have been disproportionately affected either economically or due to the marginalised nature of their peer group.
  • Realising Potential – “Developing confidence and resilience in young people, particularly those who face barriers to success”.  Work which engages young people to help them navigate life choices and support them to reach their full potential.

For more information, visit their website:

Scotrail Stations Community Regeneration Fund
ScotRail and Transport Scotland are seeking applications for a £1.5million community fund, designed to breathe new life into old and disused railway station premises.

Click here for more information on the Scotrail Stations Community Regeneration Fund

The Stations Community Regeneration Fund enables business and community groups to transform redundant station rooms into facilities to benefit local people.

Any projects that will aid communities or rail passengers will be considered for grants of between £5,000 and £75,000. Bids may also be made for larger sums, dependent on in-depth feasibility studies.

Grants can be used to contribute towards the costs of any structural repairs and to assist with the costs of fitting out station premises for their intended use.

Applications will be assessed on whether they fit with the existing building, businesses and local area, how they meet a market or community demand, and the future benefits expected from the proposal.

Find out more at

Scottish Education and Action for Development (SEAD) Fund
SEAD Fund grants are small grants for individuals or groups. Grants are typically £100 – £250.

Click here for more information on the SEAD Fund

They state that “We fund positive action, and campaigning. We look for proposals where the grant will have the most impact — for example, helping a new campaign to get started, or funding a specific concrete action for a local community.

We do not normally fund travel, e.g. to visit a conference. We promote social justice, with a current focus on the following areas: climate justice; inequality; poverty; women’s rights; young people and their global rights; health justice.”

For more information, visit

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
This is a medium-sized grant making foundation giving grants to small, well-established organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.

Click here for more information on theTrusthouse Charitable Foundation

Their focus is on supporting smaller charitable and not-for-profit organisations within the UK, with a total annual income under £500,000, who work in the most deprived urban areas or the most remote and socio-economically deprived rural areas.

Within these overarching themes, they support projects which fall under the broad headings of Community Support, Arts, Education and Heritage.

Find out more at their website:

Young Start (Big Lottery Fund)
Through Young Start the Big Lottery Fund are offering funding from £10,000 to £100,000 to help children and young people across Scotland become more confident, so they can realise their own potential.

Click here for more information on Young Start (Big Lottery Fund)

They want to fund work that achieves at least one of the following three outcomes:

  • children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
  • children and young people have better connections with the wider community
  • children and young people get access to new skills and training opportunities which will help them to get a new job or start a business.

To find out more, visit


Other sources of funding information


Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA)

AVA list a number of funding opportunities on the funding page of their website:


Creative STAR Learning Ltd – Outdoor Learning and Play

Creative STAR Learning Ltd’s website has a list of grants compiled to aid schools, youth groups, the environmental, outdoor and play sectors with finding funding for a range of outdoor ventures and initiatives.  The list is available on their website: Creative STAR


Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP)

Comprising nine categories, STP’s Funding Finder provides easy to read information on current funding streams, highlighting where new funds have been announced and where application deadlines are looming.  Download the latest issue at the STP website.