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


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.

Click here for more information on the Scotrail £100,000 Transport Integration Fund

Up to £100,000 is being made available through the fund, which can be used to deliver projects contributing to ScotRail’s vision of a ‘doorstep to destination’ journey.

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 or by contacting ScotRail’s Transport Integration Manager Des Bradley at 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.

Click here for more information on the A96 Dualling East of Huntly to Aberdeen Scheme Community Development Fund

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 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.

Click here for more information on the FCS Community Fund

You can apply for activities taking place up until 31 March 2019.

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.

Click here for more information on the Scottish Government Community Growing Fund

Community groups, public bodies and third sector organisations can apply for a grant to support existing or set up new ‘grow your own’ projects.

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 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

Within any community, there will be a diverse collection of individuals and charities tackling local issues. Some issues will be unique to the local area, others will be replicated across the country or parts of it. We feel it is important to help individuals and groups work together to ensure a better quality of life within their community. Practical ways of making this happen may include:

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 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

Applications to the Unlock our Future Fund will open on 14th January 2019 and close on 15th April 2019.

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.

Click here for more information on the Foundation Scotland Volant Charitable Trust

Projects must demonstrate a strong focus on supporting women and children affected by hardship or disadvantage and on tackling the issues they face in order to make a lasting difference to their lives and life chances.

For more information, visit

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

The fund provides small grants of up to £10,000 to help a range of organisations tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality in society through embedding essential digital skills development work in day-to-day activity with their service users.

Find out more and apply at 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.

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


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.

Click here for more information on the Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants

Three community projects in each voting region will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, in July/August and November/December 2019. Following the vote, the project that receives the most votes in the voting region will receive a grant of up to £25,000, second place receiving up to £15,000 and third place up to £10,000.

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

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


Logo: Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action Funding

Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action (AVA)

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