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
Updated 28th January 2020
Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) – 31st January 2020
The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) offers a range of financial support to local energy projects.
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- CARES Enablement Grant – Up to £25K are there to help you get your project started and can be used to fund feasibility for energy systems or renewable energy projects, investigation of shared ownership opportunities or work to maximise the impact from community benefit association with renewable energy projects (these can be applied for at any time).
- CARES Development Loan – Up to £150K can be provided for renewable energy projects with a reasonable chance of success. The loans can include a write-off facility that allows development risk to be mitigated.
- CARES Innovation Grant – Up to £150K to either fund local energy system innovation activity or improve the viability of projects by grant funding elements of the project. It can also be used to support the replication of CARES innovation projects that have worked well.
Find out more at https://www.localenergy.scot/funding/
£500,000 Scottish Benefit Take-Up Fund & £100,000 Scottish Income Maximisation Fund – 31st January 2020
The Scottish Government is committed to promoting and supporting the take-up of Scottish social security benefits and have introduced two new funds to support charitable or third sector organisations who support those who will be applying for benefits delivered by Social Security Scotland.
Click here for more information on the Scottish Benefit Take-Up Fund & Scottish Income Maximisation Fund
The Income Maximisation Fund (£1,000 – £15,000) is to assist organisations who support people to increase their household incomes – ensuring people are aware of the financial support available to them. Examples could be targeted community events; development of a financial support ‘health check’ tool.
The aim of these funds is to provide one-off, short-term support to organisations to develop new projects. The earliest date a project can start is 1st April 2020 and all projects must complete no later than 31st March 2021.
Find out more at https://scvo.org/funding/benefit-take-up-and-income-maximisation-fund.
National Centre for Resilience – Project Funding – 31st January 2020
The National Centre for Resilience is currently accepting funding applications from projects that can help increase Scotland’s resilience to natural hazards; such as flooding, snow and high winds.
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Funding is available up to £35,000 for projects commencing April 2020 and which will complete within the 2020/21 financial year. The closing date for applications is 31st January 2020.
People’s Postcode Lottery Funding – 4th February 2020
Local charities and good causes are being encouraged to apply for funding of over £3 million that has been raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
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The funding will be awarded through three separate trusts which each support projects focused on different themes:
People’s Postcode Trust looks to fund projects that are aimed at promoting human rights, combatting discrimination and helping to prevent poverty. Find out more at https://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/.
Postcode Community Trust supports initiatives working to improve health and wellbeing in communities, including arts and physical recreation projects, as well as those that look to reduce isolation. Find out more at https://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk/.
Postcode Local Trust want to hear from groups working on improving biodiversity, green spaces and increasing community access to outdoor space. They also want applications from groups with a project planned for combatting climate change or improving sustainability. Find out more at https://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/.
Robertson Trust Funding – 28th February
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.
Main and Small Awards will close for applications at 5pm on Friday, 28th February 2020. Applications for Small Awards and Wee Grants for Wee Groups will be assessed on a rolling basis by date received. Main Award applications received by the closing date will be assessed for submission to our June 2020 Giving Commitee.
As they anticipate an increase in the number of applications received around those deadlines, they strongly recommend that applicants send their application, together with the supporting documentation described in the guidelines, at the earliest opportunity.
For more information, visit their website: www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/
The Weir Charitable Trust – 28th February
The Weir Charitable Trust aims to support Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services across Scotland to help the Scottish community.
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They will only fund organisations with an income of £100,000 or less and they aim to support groups who are struggling to secure funds through mainstream funders or who have unsuccessfully explored all the statutory sources of funding.
Applications for the next round of awards are open until 5.00pm on Friday 28th February 2020.
Find out more at https://weircharitabletrust.com/.
Rotary Club of Kintore Kemnay & District Funds4U – 29th February 2020
The Rotary Club of Kintore, Kemnay & District, through its “Funds4U” program, is inviting applications for financial support from local individuals or organisations for activities which support the Community Kintore, Kemnay and the surrounding district.
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Ongoing funding opportunities
Aberdeenshire Community Transport Initiative Small Grant Fund
Did you know that Aberdeenshire Council’s Passenger Transport Unit has a small grant fund where we can provide grants of up to £3,000 for groups looking to investigate the potential for, or to set up a local community transport service such as a volunteer car scheme?
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Here are some examples of what we would consider funding:
Will be considered
- A group already receiving Council funding but wish to set up a new service
- A normally self-funding group requiring to make a one off purchase or experiencing a shortfall in funding or wishing to set up
- A group already receiving Council funding which needs to make a significant one-off purchase of something not already grant funded e.g. new vehicle
- A group who have not considered providing transport before but want to investigate the possibility eg engaging a consultant to assist with creating a funding proposal, compliance with the law etc
Likely to be refused
- Top up funding to run an existing service that already benefits from Council funding
- Funding for a project that would compete with existing transport services (e.g. there is already a car scheme in your area and you want to start another one)
- Funding for items already fully covered by a grant.
If this is of interest, and you would find it helpful, staff are happy to discuss further prior to any applications for funding being submitted.
Heather Dey, Senior Transport Officer, Passenger Transport Unit Aberdeenshire Council, Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, AB16 5GB Tel: 01467 539084
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
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: email@example.com Please feel free to share this with any other community groups who may be interested.
Aberdeenshire Sports Council Club Grants
Offering various small grants (usually up to £250 or £500) for the cost of equipment, events, development, club start-ups or travel.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Championing access to arts and heritage across the country.
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Find out more at their Blog http://andrewlloydwebberfoundation.com/blog/andrew-lloyd-webber-foundation-launches-new-funding-to-support-access-to-the-arts. – and find the application form and guidance here: http://andrewlloydwebberfoundation.com/application-guidance.
Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust
Grants for disadvantaged young people to develop an existing interest in adventurous activities.
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Mostly, looking for enthusiasm, initiative and a sense of adventure.
For more information, visit https://www.andyfanshawe.org/index.php.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A charitable corporate foundation giving independent grants and supporting locally relevant projects throughout the UK.
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- Green Token Giving
- Significant Local Giving
- Top-up Funding Grants
- Colleague Hardship Fund
- Local Impact Grants
Find out more at their website: https://www.asdafoundation.org/ .
Cinema Near You
This is a two year development programme which aims to improve access to screen and cinema provision in Scotland.
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As a charitable trust funded by the Crerar Hotel Group, the Crerar Trust is tasked with gifting more than half of the company’s annual distributable profits to good causes.
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Find out more at https://www.crerarhotels.com/crerar-trust.
Culture & Business Fund Scotland
The Culture & Business Fund Scotland enables businesses and arts or heritage organisations to come together and build effective, sustainable partnerships, bringing creative projects – large and small – vividly to life.
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David and June Gordon Memorial Trust
Supporting music, the arts, youth groups and community centres in the North East of Scotland.
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June Gordon died in 2009 and the Trust has been renamed the David & June Gordon Memorial Trust. In her memory the Trust undertook an appeal to increase the funds of the Trust. That appeal continues and is used to enable the Trust to provide greater support to the groups and organisations in the North East of Scotland.
For more information, visit http://davidandjunegordonmemorialtrust.co.uk/ .
Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation
The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation strives to support a broad range of good causes across the North East of Scotland, spanning a variety of key themes.
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To discuss eligibility and timings for funding, it is best to introduce your project to the Foundation Manager in the first instance. Once an enquiry has been checked for eligibility using the pre-application questionnaire, applicants will be invited to submit a full application for the consideration of our trustees.
All applications receive feedback, whether or not they are sucessful. Find out more at www.gebfoundation.com/ .
Gordon Leisure Projects Trust
The Gordon Leisure Projects Trust grant is for provision of recreational amenities and facilities in the old Gordon District Area.
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The maximum grant will normally be £2,000. Any grant provided will not normally be for more than 75 percent of the project cost. Further information on eligibility can be found within the application form, which is available on the Council website: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/communities-and-events/funding/gordon-leisure-projects-trust/ .
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.
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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.
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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/
Grant funding for community groups
Click here for more information on the Morrisons Foundation
In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000. For more information, visit https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/grant-funding-request/.
National Lottery Awards for All Scotland
Funding for voluntary or community groups
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It is open to constituted organisations, voluntary and community organisations, not-for-profit companies and Community Interest Companies, as well as schools and statutory bodies.
For more information, visit https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/national-lottery-awards-for-all-scotland.
National Lottery Community Fund
This funding aims to support communities to improve the places in which they live and the wellbeing of those most in need.
Click here for more information on the National Lottery Community Fund - Grants for Community-led activity
Organisations will be funded to deliver work that achieves the following outcomes:
- Everyone in the community has the opportunity to influence and get involved in community-led activity.
- People in the community are better connected and work together to improve their well-being.
Pounds for Purpose – Funding for 16-26 year-olds
Do you see opportunities around you to make things better, but need some support and advice – not to mention some cold hard cash – before you can get going? Pounds for Purpose can help!
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What better way to celebrate the Year of Young People than by giving you the power to make a change in the issues that matter to you. If you are aged 16-26, want to make a positive stand, and have an idea that can make a difference to people or the environment, Pounds for Purpose offers you the chance to get your hands on £500 to make it happen.
For more information, visit www.firstport.org.uk/programmes/pounds-for-purpose
Prince’s Trust Development Awards
Do you know any young people aged 16-24 who would benefit from up to £280 towards course fees, interview clothing, tools and equipment?
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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
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 Children’s Lottery
The Scottish Children’s Lottery supports four Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs). Both the weekly draws and the Instant Win games on their website benefit these good causes on a rotational basis.
Find out more at www.scottishchildrenslottery.com/en/stv/good-causes/good-causes.html or see below for a brief summary of each of the four supported organisations.
Click here for more information on Chance to Connect funding
Find out more, and apply, at their website: www.chancetoconnect.co.uk/apply-for-funding
Click here for more information on Chance to Flourish funding
Find out more, and apply, at their website: www.chancetoflourish.co.uk/apply-for-funding
Click here for more information on Chance to Study funding
Find out more, and apply, at their website: www.chancetostudy.co.uk/apply-for-funding
Click here for more information on Chance to Succeed funding
Find out more, and apply, at their website: http://chancetosucceed.co.uk/apply-for-funding
Scottish Community Alliance – Community Learning Exchange Funding
This funding is an opportunity for communities to learn through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of common solutions.
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For more information, visit https://http://www.scottishcommunityalliance.org.uk/community-learning-exchange
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/
Step Up and Scale Up Challenges 2019
Two new funding challenges worth £3.3 million are being launched to support all social enterprises – large and small – across Scotland.
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The Step Up Challenge has £300,000 of social investment loan funding which will provide a number of organisations with financial support ranging from £10,000 – £100,000. Successful applicants will also receive tailored support to help them achieve their growth aspirations.
The Scale Up Challenge is £3m of funding and is aimed at larger, more established and ambitious organisations that are looking to scale their activities in a more significant way. Investment between £100,000 and £1m is available as well as bespoke business support to help them achieve their significant growth plans.
Find out more at http://www.socialinvestmentscotland.com/support
SUEZ Communities Trust Fund
Providing funds to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF).
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Funding is typically awarded for the purchase of materials/equipment and the appointment of a contractor to undertake the improvement work. A request for funding for salaries, running costs, project management or design fees will not be considered. Find out more at https://www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk/apply-for-funding/scotland/
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/.
Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2019
Funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, Volunteering Matters Action Earth empowers people in Scotland to take action and improve their local environment through volunteering.
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They can also offer Action Earth Enhanced Grants, of up to £500 for projects which can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people who have defined health or social needs. Find out more at their website: https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/project/action-earth/.
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
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.