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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding opportunities – by deadline
Scotrail £100,000 Transport Integration Fund – 29th March 2019
As part of its ongoing commitment to support integrated travel across Scotland, ScotRail has reopened its Transport Integration Fund.
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Applications are being welcomed from organisations including local authorities, community groups, charities, businesses, regional transport partnerships and other organisations who advocate active or sustainable travel. The fund will provide up to 50 per cent of project costs and can be used to support a range of activities.
More information on the ScotRail Transport Integration Fund and application process can be found at www.scotrail.co.uk/tif or by contacting ScotRail’s Transport Integration Manager Des Bradley at email@example.com. The deadline for applications is Friday 29 March 2019.
A96 Dualling East of Huntly to Aberdeen Scheme Community Development Fund – 31st March 2019
The 2019 fund is now open and groups and organisations working to develop the local community within the Huntly to Aberdeen corridor may apply.
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Groups do not need to be a registered charity however, they must have a constitution.
Funds up to the value of £500 will be awarded to successful applicants until the annual funding pot is extinguished. The first deadline is 31st March.
If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to request an application form.
Forestry Commission Scotland Community Fund – 31st March 2019
The FCS Community Fund supports community groups and organisations that encourage people to use woods more.
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Eligible activities include:
Schemes that promote physical activity e.g. walking schemes, safe routes to school, natural play and adventure play. Developing materials that promote the health and well-being benefits of using woodlands. Facilitation of volunteering for skills training, health improvement and community development. Establishment of volunteer groups and the induction of volunteers. Providing resources to involve communities in the decision making process of managing their local woodland. Costs associated with developing Community Asset Transfer Scheme applications, from community bodies e.g. valuations. Funding will not normally cover legal fees.
There are two separate application processes:i) for applications up to £1,000 (via an application letter); and ii) for applications above £1,000 (via an application form). For more information, see the FCS Community Fund leaflet or visit the FCS website.
Scottish Government Community Growing Fund – 31st March 2019
The Community Growing Fund is an £80,000 grant scheme to help people grow and learn about food.
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The scheme is part of the Scottish Government’s vision for a Good Food Nation and aims to help increase understanding of where our food comes from, and support healthy eating and exercise.
You can apply for a wide range of activities, goods or services, where the aim is to help people to grow and learn about food. Find out more at www.gov.scot/publications/community-growing-fund-2019-2020/ The deadline for applications is 5pm on Sunday, 31 March.
Bank of Scotland Developing and Improving Local Communities – 4th April 2019
The Small Grants Programme accepts applications between £1,000 and £10,000 from charities registered in Scotland. We particularly wish to help with developing and improving communities.
Click here for more information on the Bank of Scotland Developing and improving local communities fund
Initiatives designed to encourage the involvement in the community of those too often excluded Working with people on low incomes, at risk from poverty or with problems finding accommodation Improving the standard of local facilities
Find out more, and apply, at www.bankofscotlandfoundation.org/funding-programmes/small-grants-programme. Closing date: 4th April 2019.
Vattenfall Unlock Our Future Fund – 15th April 2019
Vattenfall have committed to annually investing £150,000 to a community benefit scheme for the 20 year lifetime of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, in Aberdeen Bay.
Click here for more information on the Vattenfall Unlock Our Future Fund
There are four key priorities of the scheme and each application must demonstrate how it will meet all four of these priorities outlined below. To be eligible for funding from the Unlock our Future Fund, each application must:
Contribute to a climate smarter world with sustainability at its core Invest in community facilities and/or activities that are fit for the future Be innovative Ensure a legacy and lasting impact which clearly brings benefit to the local community.
Application forms will be available at the Unlock our Future Fund webpage. It is expected that the successful applicants will receive their funding award in early Summer 2019.
Foundation Scotland – Volant Charitable Trust – 30th April 2019
The Volant Trust furthers its aim by supporting Scottish charities and projects, whether national or community-based, which help alleviate social deprivation, particularly supporting women, children and young people at risk.
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For more information, visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/volant.aspx
To receive a decision by October 2019 all enquiry forms must be submitted between 7th January and 30th April 2019.
SCVO Digital Participation Charter Fund – 30th April 2019
Over the past five years, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations’ (SCVO) Digital Participation Charter Fund – supported by the Scottish Government and BT – has provided funding to over 160 projects across Scotland, with over 16,000 people being supported to increase their essential digital skills.
Click here for more information on the SCVO Digital Participation Fund
Find out more and apply at https://scvo.org.uk/post/2019/01/30/minister-launches-latest-round-of-funding-to-increase-scots-digital-skills. This round of funding closes on 30th April.
Resilient Communities Fund – North of Scotland – 23rd May 2019
Scottish and Southern Electricity Network’s £140,000 fund is now open.
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The deadline for applications is 23rd May 2019. Find out more at www.ssen.co.uk/RCF/Scotland/
Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants
Bags of Help Centenary Grants are now open for applications for £25,000 from not for profit organisations for a broad range of projects that will provide community benefit across a whole region, or a significant part of it.
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The July/August 2019 voting period will feature projects with a Health and Wellbeing theme and projects focusing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes will be prioritised.
Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote. greenspace scotland supports applications to the fund in Scotland.
For more details on how to apply and how to contact your community enabler from greenspace scotland for help with your application, please see the Greenspace Scotland website.
Ongoing funding opportunities
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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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: http://chancetosucceed.co.uk/apply-for-funding
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
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: www.greenspacescotland.org.uk/grant-funding.
Greggs Local Community Projects Fund
This funding is offered to organisations supporting people in need.
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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: www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants/local-community-projects-fund.
Inverurie Youth Sports Foundation (IYSF)
IYSF is a charitable foundation founded by local entrepreneur Steven Ferguson & his family.
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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 https://www.iysf.org.uk/
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
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 https://forevermanchester.com/kelloggs-breakfast-club-programme/
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.
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- 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: www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/
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.
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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.
Scottish Education and Action for Development (SEAD) Fund
SEAD Fund grants are small grants for individuals or groups. Grants are typically £100 – £250.
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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 https://seadfund.sodash.net/
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.
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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: http://trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/.
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.
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- 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 www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/young-start
Other sources of funding information
Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA)
AVA list a number of funding opportunities on the funding page of their website: www.avashire.org.uk/funding.html