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


Wee Grants for Wee Groups – Apply now!
The Robertson Trust have launched a new pilot funding scheme for community groups and small charities. The pilot is expected to run for a limited period of six months.

Click here for more information on Wee Grants for Wee Groups

They want to support smaller charities and community groups who are doing good work in their communities which fits one of their funding strands:

  • Care and Wellbeing – Improving the quality of life for those affected by physical and/or mental health issues and their carers
  • Strengthening Communities – Increasing the ability and capacity of people and communities to create solutions which address local need
  • Realising Potential – Developing confidence and resilience in young people, particularly those who face barriers to success

Wee Grants can be from £500-£2,000 and can fully fund or part fund your work. This can include your day to day running costs such as rent or utilities, project costs, sessional staff and items such as equipment or training materials.

Find out more at

To Absent Friends Small Grants Fund – 23rd August 2019
A small grants fund has been set up to support organisations to participate in this year’s To Absent Friends which runs 1-7 November 2019.

Click here for more information on To Absent Friends Small Grants Fund

They are particularly keen to support small organisations to undertake activities within their community to provide public opportunities for storytelling and/or remembrance of people who have died. Some ideas of relevant activities members might wish to undertake are listed on the To Absent Friends website, but we also encourage creative and innovative ideas that are appropriate to local groups and communities.

Grants are available for up to £250. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Friday 23 August 2019. (They will aim to inform applicants of whether or not they have been successful by the end of August.)

A short grant application form and guidance notes for applicants are provided on their website. Find out more at

The Fore – 2nd September 2019
The Fore provides funding to UK-registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies with annual income of less than £500,000.

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They make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation, whether by unlocking exponential growth, sustainability, efficiency or some other major step forward.

They make grants of up to £30,000, which can be distributed over one to three years, and provide access to business expertise to help grantees achieve their goals.

The Autumn round of funding opens on 29th July and applications must be received by 2nd September. Find out more at

Climate Challenge Fund – 13th September 2019
Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Climate Challenge Fund – Development Grants of up to £500.

Click here for more information about the Climate Challenge Fund

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Climate Challenge Fund Development Grants of up to £500 help Scottish community-led organisations scope out a potential climate action project which can later be submitted to the CCF or other funding organisations.

Monthly application cutoff dates until 13th September. More info and applications –

Scottish Government Families and Communities Fund – 24th September 2019
The Fund will run from April 2020 to March 2023, with up to £16m being available annually.

Click here for more information on the Families and Communities Fund

The funding is targeted at registered Scottish charities (that are also incorporated) which deliver work of national significance. Applications must be received by 2pm on 24th September 2019. Only online applications received by this time will be accepted.

Find out more at

Allen Lane Foundation – Apply now for October Trustee Meeting
The Allen Lane Foundation funds small registered charities, voluntary groups, and charitable organisations.

Click here for more information about the Allen Lane Foundation

They fund seven particular beneficiary groups: Asylum seekers and refugees; Gypsies and Travellers; Migrant communities; Offenders and ex-offenders; Older people; People experiencing mental health problems; and People experiencing violence or abuse. In January 2019, they also launched a new programme of work focussing on Social Cohesion.

Over a typical year, they make around 150 grants, to a total value of between £750,000 and £800,000. The maximum grant is £15,000. The average grant size is around £5,000-£6,000.

Find out more at

Barrack Charitable Trust – 31st October 2019
Grants vary, but most lie between £500 and £5,000.

Click here for more information on The Barrack Charitable Trust

Current areas of interest include: Advancement of Community Development, Rural and Urban Regeneration and The Provision of Recreational Facilities.

Apply by 31st October for November Trustee meeting. Find out more at

Mary Salmond Trust – 31st October 2019
Provididing grants of up to £500 to individuals and organisations in North East Scotland.

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

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. Find out more at

Institute of Physics – 1st November 2019
Funding of up to £600 for UK schools and colleges.

Click here for more information on Institute of Physics Funding

The Institute of Physics has announced that UK schools and colleges can apply for grants of up to £600 for small-scale projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics and engineering to pupils aged 5 -19. The closing date for applications is the 1st November 2019. Find out more at

Magic Little Grants 2019 – 3oth November 2019
This fund gives local charities and community groups the chance to apply online for a £500 grant to deliver projects across Great Britain that encourage people to be physically active.

Click here for more information on Magic Little Grants 2019

Successful projects will support and inspire people to participate in sports or exercise with the primary aim of improving the physical health of participants.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 30th November 2019. Find out more at

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?

Click here for more information on Aberdeenshire Community Transport Initiative Small Grant Fund

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

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.

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Championing access to arts and heritage across the country.

Click here for more information on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

Applications are now open for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation’s new funding framework to champion access to arts and heritage across the country. Offering grants of up to £25,000, the three new strands will Unlock, Enhanceand Empower all areas of arts, culture and heritage to enrich lives, supportpotential, improve skills and reach diverse communities.

Find out more at their Blog – and find the application form and guidance here:

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

Cinema Near You
This is a two year development programme which aims to improve access to screen and cinema provision in Scotland.

Click here for more information on the Cinema Near You funding scheme

The scheme is targeting those communities where the need is greatest, and where the benefits may be most significant. For more information, or to apply, visit

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.

Click here for more information on the Culture & Business Fund Scotland

Funded by the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland, and managed by Arts & Business Scotland, the CBFS provides critical £ for £ match funding – making the journey from a great idea, to a great project, possible. Find out more at

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.

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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

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!

Click here for more information about Pounds for Purpose

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

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 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 or see below for a brief summary of each of the four supported organisations.

Click here for more information on Chance to Connect funding

Chance to Connect is a grant-giving organisation that seeks to alleviate the disadvantages that many children in Scotland face. Targeting local regeneration, it aims to improve the provision of facilities, promote citizenship, and give young people across Scotland the chance to live in a safe, supportive and stimulating community.

Find out more, and apply, at their website:

Click here for more information on Chance to Flourish funding

Currently, one in five children in Scotland live in poverty. We believe that every child deserves the very best start in life, whatever their family’s circumstances. With your support, Chance to Flourish will invest in projects that aim to alleviate the impact of poverty, providing help to those children who need it most.

Find out more, and apply, at their website:

Click here for more information on Chance to Study funding

With a focus on improving children’s education, Chance to Study is a grant-giving charity that works with community groups, families and carers to ensure all young people in Scotland have the opportunity to learn, develop and fulfil their potential.

Find out more, and apply, at their website:

Click here for more information on Chance to Succeed funding

Chance to Succeed aims to reduce the damaging effects of financial hardship, poverty, disability and illness on the next generation. Working with charities and community groups, it supports projects with a focus on employability to help nurture a productive, positive future for young people in Scotland.

Find out more, and apply, at their website:

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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The Exchange will fund up to 100% of the costs of a visit by members of one community to another community project up to a limit of £750, including a host fee. The Exchange will also fund follow up support between organisations.

For more information, visit https://

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

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.

Click here for more information on Step Up and Scale Up Challenges

The investment programmes – Step Up and Scale Up Challenges – have been created by Social Investment Scotland (SIS) to reflect the varying nature and scope of not-for-profit firms.

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

SUEZ Communities Trust Fund
Providing funds to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF).

Click here for more information on the SEAD Fund

SUEZ Communities Trust will consider projects which focus on physical improvement at an identified site. Projects which take place at multiple sites cannot be considered.

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

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.