Information about various funding sources 

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Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) 

The CCF provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. The CCF has supported projects involving energy efficiency improvements to community owned buildings, home energy efficiency advice, lower carbon travel options, community growing initiatives and schemes to tackle waste. Community-led organisations not currently in receipt of a Climate Challenge Fund grant are invited to apply for funding of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year for 2019/20 and 2020/21. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is 5pm on 3 August 2018.

CCF Development grants of up to £1,000 are available to support eligible community-led organisations that are not currently in receipt of CCF funding and did not receive a Development Grant last year. The grants are to help identify and scope out potential climate action projects, with monthly deadlines from June to August. More  

Changing Lives through Sport & Physical Activity Fund 

The fund will directly support organisations delivering sport and physical activity in their communities through a grant allocation and a programme of learning and support, which aims to develop the awareness and skills of individuals to be better able to deliver positive impacts across their communities.

Two-year grants from £30,000 up to £70,000 will be available to organisations meeting key criteria and delivering on the four Changing Lives themes: Sport for Inclusion, Sport for Health and Wellbeing, Sport for Skills and Sport for Communities. In total up to £1 million is available for the Fund. More

Grow Wild Youth Project funding

This year Grow Wild are offering two opportunities for young people to receive £500 to fund a creative project that promotes UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi to others.  Option 1: Creative Projects - If you are aged 14-25 and would love £500 to develop a creative idea, taking place in your area, that promotes UK native wildflowers, plants and/or fungi to life, then you can apply. You need to excite others, especially young people, to get involved too.  Option 2: Co-create a funded idea with us (18+ only) - If you are an emerging artist aged 18-25 and would like to attend a residential workshop in July to develop a creative project inspired by UK native wildflowers or fungi, then option 2 is for you. You can apply £500 to bring your developed project to life, engaging at least a hundred people in your community, and contribute to an autumn exhibition.  Applications for both options close at midday on Monday 2nd July. More 

Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund 

The Open Fund is available to support public, third and community sector organisations that want to change people's everyday travel behaviour. The fund aims to help cut Scotland's carbon emissions and improve our air quality. It will also help reverse the trend towards sedentary lifestyles and will tackle health inequalities. Grants available are between £5000 and £50,000 and will require to be match funded. We are accepting expressions of interest for the SCSP Open Fund from interested applicants. More

Path for all – community path grants

Applications are open for two grant funds to promote, maintain and develop community paths in Scotland. Community Path grants aim to create safe, accessible and welcoming environments for everyone to be active. More about the two grant schemes: Community Path Your Choice Grants and Community Active Travel Grants here

Tartan Cents

Tartan Cents is a new public spaces grant to build more vibrant communities: Founded by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) it is based on the premise that Scotland matters well beyond her borders. Tartan Cents invites all who live in Scotland, along with members of the diaspora who love her heritage, cities, and culture, to create a better Scotland to all to live, work, play, and visit. STP would love to hear if you have ideas for projects that could enhance, improve or make your local town more vibrant. This opportunity mobilises community members, residents, and supporters to make individual contributions while promoting their efforts. Projects from communities, non-profits, and other entities meeting their fundraising goals could be eligible for a matching grant from STP and sponsor organisations. More

Foundation Scotland - Wesleyan Foundation

The fund aims to support registered charities, constituted voluntary and community groups. Grants focus on projects that: improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise; maximise ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity; and advance people’s physical, mental health and wellbeing. More

Grounds for Learning - Local School Nature Grants

The Local School Nature Grants will supply you with £500 of equipment and a free training session of your choice. More  

Tesco Bags of Help funding

The Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme is permanently open for applications between £1000 and £4000 from a wide range of community groups, schools, local authorities and organisations. The scheme will fund projects that improve or encourage the use of outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens, greenspaces and parks, as well as a wide range of projects that deliver community benefit. There is no match funding requirement and no restrictions on existing project funding. More   Need help with your application? Contact the greenspace scotland community enabler team here

Year of Young People National Lottery Fund

To mark the 2018 Year of Young People in Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund and Sport Scotland, along with Spirit of 2012 Trust have created a new fund to award grants for heritage, community and sports projects focusing on young people in Scotland. The Year of Young People National Lottery Fund aims to inspire young people to lead active lives and encourage positive mental health. Grants of between £3000 and £10,000 are available. Young people have helped to develop the programme and will continue to be involved in the decision-making process. More

Volunteering matters action earth - 2018 grants

Any group of volunteers can apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of between £50-250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s greenspaces. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds or woodlands. This year there is also a limited number of enhanced grants of up to £500 for environmental projects which can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people who have defined health or social needs. Check our website for eligibility and availability of these enhanced grants. Local Nature Reserve (LNR) grants of up to £500 are also available for volunteer activities taking place on LNRs such as wildlife recording or protecting and enhancing biodiversity. More

Community active travel grants

Paths for All are offering small grants of up to £3000 to communities in Scotland to develop, deliver and promote their own community led active travel projects. The Community Active Travel Grants aim to empower communities to make changes to paths in their area that will make it easier for people to make every day journeys by active travel. Increasing active travel in communities helps to create a healthier, socially inclusive, economically vibrant, environmentally friendly Scotland. More

Scottish Land Fund

The Scottish Land Fund supports communities to become more resilient and sustainable through ownership and management of land and other assets. Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands & Islands Enterprise, the fund offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them, as well as practical support to develop their aspirations into viable projects. More

Big Lottery Fund Scotland – community assets

Community Assets grants aim to empower people to create strong and resilient communities by helping them to acquire, manage or develop assets such as buildings or land. They want to fund work that is people-led, strengths-based and connected. There is no application form. The first step is to talk to the grant team about your idea and they will give you advice on whether or not this funding is right for what you want to do. Email and more

Heritage Lottery Fund: Resilient Heritage grants

Resilient Heritage grants of £3,000 - £250,000 can help to strengthen your organisation and build the capacity of your staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term. Grants can fund activities to acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business. Whether organisations are facing challenges around income and fundraising, or preparing to take on new forms of investment, such as social investment, Resilient Heritage can support these processes. More

The Pebble Trust

The Pebble Trust has a vision of a more sustainable, equal and low-carbon society, where constraints on fossil fuels lead to a more localised economy with stronger, more resilient, communities, and where human activities take account of climate change and the wider environment. The Trust supports projects in Scotland, and particularly in the Highlands and Islands. More

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. The programme is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, sportscotland and Creative Scotland.

National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities and you must be able to show in your application how your project or activity will:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Perth & Kinross Council, Community Environment Challenge Fund

This fund re-opened in June 2017 and new applications are invited from communities across Perth and Kinross. Up to 50% match-funding of between £2,500 and £10,000 is available to Community Groups, Paths Groups, Development Trusts, Bloom Groups, etc. for projects which will make a significant difference to the local environment and that are widely supported by the local community.  Match-funding can include fundraising activities, cash contributions and in-kind support as well as awards from other funding bodies. More or email

Active Spaces partnership – Fields in Trust

A Fields in Trust protection programme will create a legacy of 50 permanently safeguarded outdoor spaces across the UK and tackle physical inactivity, particularly the most inactive communities, to participate in physical activity, sport and play. Through the partnership with Fields in Trust, the green spaces will be protected from development and each site will be awarded a grant of up to £5,000 to fund programmes that inspire the local community to get active. One chosen site in each home nation (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) which demonstrates the most significant impact will receive a major grant of £25,000 for its activation programme. 

SUEZ Communities Trust's funding programmes in Scotland

SUEZ Communities Trust is distributing landfill tax credits through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF).The Trust was one the first SLCF bodies to be approved by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) when the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund was launched in April 2015.

Applications are considered for the five main areas of work which qualify for funding through the SLCF. These include: Land Reclamation Community Recycling, Public Amenities, Biodiversity and Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites.

SUEZ Communities Trust will consider projects which focus on physical improvement at an identified site. 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 multiple sites or for salaries, running costs, project management or design fees will not be considered.

Establishing community growing sites such as community gardens, allotments and orchards may well be eligible under Public Amenities.  One thing to consider though is that the site has to be open to the public - allotments generally don't meet this requirement for obvious reasons so the Trust tend not to fund them.  Best for Local Authorities and community groups to give them a call to discuss the project before making an application.

Community Learning Exchange (1) – Scottish Community Alliance

The Community Learning Exchange is an opportunity for communities to learn through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of common solutions. 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 operates primarily through the networks that comprise the Scottish Community Alliance. More

Community Learning Exchange (2) - Federation of City Farm and Community Garden

FCFCG is a member of the Scottish Community Alliance and so its members can apply for up to £750 to cover the costs of visiting another project on a learning exchange to support project development and good practice sharing. The host will receive up to £300 to cover their preparation and hosting time. For more information email

Culture & Business Fund Scotland

This new fund promotes collaboration between Scottish businesses and arts and heritage organisations to deliver new arts and heritage projects – and note: heritage includes parks and greenspace.  Evolving from Arts & Business Scotland’s renowned New Arts Sponsorship Grant programme, the Culture & Business Fund Scotland incorporates a new dedicated heritage strand. It aims to encourage businesses to sponsor arts and heritage activity within Scotland. If an arts or heritage organisation attracts an eligible business to sponsor an aspect of their work, the Culture & Business Fund Scotland will match that sponsorship, £ for £. Organisations can apply for match funding up to the value of £40,000 in any one financial year (running from 1 April to 31 March). 

Heritage Lottery Fund - Parks for People

The priority for this programme is to conserve the existing heritage of a designed park or cemetery. Projects are expected to take a whole park approach to project planning and actively involve the local community. The HLF are also keen to encourage partnership based projects and development of new models for income generation. Grants are available from £100k to £5million.

Countryside Jobs Service Focus

The latest Countryside Jobs Service Focus provides some useful information about fundraising and promotion in the environment, greenspace & countryside sectors. Hugh Raven, Chair of the Environmental Funders Network provides the lead article by giving grant writing tips. With experience as a Trustee of a grant giving foundation, he has knowledge of what the funders are looking for in an application. More

RiverLife: Almond and Avon Small Grants Scheme

RiverLife: Almond & Avon is a four-year Heritage Lottery funded project running from Summer 2016 to Summer 2020.  It is hosted by the River Forth Fisheries Trust and aims to reconnect communities and wildlife with their local rivers in the Almond and Avon catchments. There is a small grants fund totalling £40,000 over four years to support individuals, organisations, and communities seeking assistance with their own projects which also meet RiverLife objectives. It is open to organisations or groups and it is expected that individual grants will normally be in the range £250 - £5,000 although there are no set limits.

Scotrail - Community Grants Fund

This scheme provides grants to grass roots community groups and charities in Scotland to empower them to make a positive difference in local neighbourhoods and enhance the connection between people and communities. Grants are between £500 and £2,000.

Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund offers support and funding to causes that make a real difference to local communities. Projects can receive funding of up to £25,000.

The Aspiring Communities Fund

The Fund will support fragile and disadvantaged communities across Scotland to develop and deliver community-led solutions that tackle inequality and poverty.  The Fund will support applications from community anchor organisations, third sector and other eligible community bodies working collaboratively to accelerate the design and delivery of enduring community-led initiatives that tackle poverty, inequality and exclusion.  It will strengthen communities, increase levels of economic activity, stimulate inclusive growth, local service provision and inclusion