Information about grants and other funding sources 

We try to keep this section up to date, if you have any comments or anything to add, please e-mail and let us know. 

Information about new funding opportunities are always featured in the monthly greenspace ebulletin 

Not sure where to begin you fundraising journey?

Have a look at the “Inspiring Fundraising”digital toolkit. It gives you a step-by-step guide to effective fundraising, from understanding the principles of fundraising to developing and implementing a successful fundraising strategy. The resource uses a combination of films, animations and case studies in a range of accessible formats, including British Sign Language and audio-description. 

Arts & Business Scotland
A&BS have asked their business members and stakeholders to tell them how they are supporting the cultural and heritage sector. This section on their website gives a flavour of what expertise they have to offer focused on sector needs, questions and concerns

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

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.

B&Q Foundation
Grants of up to £5000 available. The B&Q Foundation has been set up to support projects and provide grants to registered charities in the UK and Ireland to improve homes and community space for those that need it most. 

Central Scotland Green Network – Growing Food Together Fund
Following the success of last year’s launch, the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) ‘Growing Food Together’ Fund is again offering a cash boost to community growing projects in central Scotland. Supported by the Scottish Government, projects can apply for part of the £100,000 fund that aims to foster community engagement in growing and learning about food and promote healthy eating and outdoor exercise. Closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 14 October 2021

Community Learning Exchange (Virtual)
An opportunity for community groups to share experience, expertise and knowledge with other community groups (remotely). The CLE will cover up to 100% of the costs of a learning exchange up to a limit of 13 hours at £35 per hour for planning and delivery.

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. 

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

Corra Foundation -Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund 
The purpose is to provide small grants (up to £3000) to community and voluntary groups across Scotland who are delivering activities that connect and support people within their local community. The Fund aims to reach groups who have strong local relationships with people in the community, are already supporting people in their communities to reconnect and improve wellbeing, and have an annual income of less than £50,000. Groups who are currently in receipt of Scottish Government funding e.g. Community Recovery Fund or Adapt and Thrive are not eligible to apply. This funding could help your group to continue to deliver support or activities in your local area over the next 12 months.

COVID-19 Funder Toolkit
The toolkit from the Charity Excellence Framework aims to help charity trustees and management to increase their social impact and secure more charitable funding during this difficult time.

Crown Estate Scotland – Sustainable Communities Fund; Community Capacity Grant
A new fund designed to support local regeneration and drive green recovery post Covid-19. Eligible areas are around Scotland’s coast and Scottish Crown Estate’s rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Whitehills and Applegirth). Closing date for Expression of Interest: 12 October 2020

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). 

Cultivation Street
School and community gardens can apply for garden vouchers (between £500 and £2000) for community, neighbourhood and school gardens who want to bring back community gardening; and revitalise their streets and inspire people to take up gardening and grow their green skills. Opened on 1 March; £13,000 awarded annually.

CTSI – Clacks Community Lottery
Open to good causes in Clackmannanshire

Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund
Available to groups that are rooted in their community, require a small amount of money, and have received no Scottish Government recovery or emergency funding during the pandemic. Grants usually between £1,000 – £2,000 (maximum of up to £5,000) will be available, covering for example planning future activities during school holiday periods, volunteer expenses, and volunteers and community members stay safe (e.g. PPE, training). A Scottish Government fund worth £500,000 administered by Corra Foundation.

Endangered spaces
As part of their three year community plan, Co-operate 2022, Co-op is aiming to save, improve and protect spaces that matter. Individuals can fill out a short form to highlight a local space they want to save, improve and protect. Locality’s Save Our Spaces team will be in touch to let you know what support is available. The Co-op Foundation is also inviting community organisations in England to apply for funding from its new £1.6m partnership with government.

Energy saving Trust - eBike Loan
The eBike loan is for up to £6,000 with a repayment period of 4 years and covers the following (per household): 2 x e-bikes capped at £3,000 each; or 1 x family cargo or e-cargo bike capped at £6,000; or 1 x adaptive bike or e-bike. Funded by Transport Scotland. Closing Date for applications 14 March 2021

EVOC – Edinburgh Community Lottery
Currently registering Good Causes in the Edinburgh area. Each group sets up a page and encourages supporters to purchase tickets at £1/week. Supporters can win a cash prize, as well as supporting the project with a monthly donation

Foundation Scotland
Foundation Scotland offers a diverse range of funding programmes for organisations working to benefit a range of communities across Scotland.

Glasgow City Council -River Activation Programme: Clyde River Corridor
Grants from £5,000 up to £20,000, subject to scale and impact, to support suitable temporary projects that fit the aims and objectives of the River Activation Programme. Includes projects like greening of sites to raise place quality and support biodiversity; food growing initiatives; events; access routes. Open to constituted groups and voluntary organisations. Deadline – 24 September 2021

idverde Community Investment Fund
You can apply for £1000 from idverde Community Investment Fund to improve your local greenspace or the public realm, enhance the local environment, and boost the wellbeing of local people. The fund is open for applications from formally constituted, not for profit groups, such as charities, volunteer groups, forums, sports teams, societies and schools. Your project must be based in areas where idverde currently operates a contract. Applications can be made any time.

Inspiring Scotland – Rural Communities Ideas into Action Fund
Small Grants (up to £3000) and Large Grants (£3001 - £50000) to encourage and support innovative approaches to community-led local development in rural communities across Scotland. Closes midday 8 Oct.

International Tree Foundation – UK Community Tree Planting
Community groups and schools can apply for small scale (up to £1000 for small community woodland, orchards, hedging projects, etc.) or larger scale (1000 – 5000 trees). Closes 16 Dec.

Keep Scotland Beautiful 
CCF Development Grants up to £500 (per organisation) are intended to enable community-led organisations to develop ideas for a climate action project.

Local Energy Scotland – CARES enablement grant
Funding of up to £25,000 for early stage activity to investigate a community renewable energy project

Local School Nature Grants
Learrning through Landscapes Local School Nature Grants Programme is once again taking applications. The grants provide an assortment of nature equipment and a two-hour training session. The packages can be customised, so that you choose from a menu of items which best suit your learners.

Love Your Network – Sustrans
Equipment and training 'bundles' are available to community groups for projects which benefit people or wildlife across traffic-free National Cycle Network routes in Scotland. Love Your Network bundles offered include litter-picking equipment, handtools, wildlife ID training; ecology advice. Deadline: 6 Feb 2022

Magic Little Grants 2021
500 grants funded from The People’s Postcode Lottery for a range of activities including improving biodiversity and greenspaces; responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability; and increasing community access to outdoor space.

Marsh Christian Trust
The Trust focuses on providing funding which could help small organisations pay for various running costs, such as volunteer expenses, training days, equipment maintenance and other core outgoings.  Grants are unrestricted and range from £300-£2,000.  Applicants must be a registered charity and be working in the areas of arts and heritage, social welfare, environmental causes and animal welfare, education and training and healthcare. Deadline: Anytime.

Monitoring and impact measuring support 
Charities, community groups and voluntary organisations can now access free support for monitoring and measuring their impact. The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new index tool of existing outcome frameworks and indicators as an open resource for the sector.

Morrisons Foundation
Grants up to £25,000 to charities for projects making a positive difference to communities. 

The Mushroom Trust
The primary goal of the Trust is to support the creation and improvement of greenspaces, particularly in urban environments, through an emphasis on horticultural aspects. The Trust helps to fund projects throughout Scotland, especially those in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Deadline: Rolling applications. Closing Date for Applications 31 March 2021 

Funding for artistic and visual improvements to National Cycle Network 
Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the ArtRoots Fund, funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland. The fund seeks to empower local communities in making improvements on local routes to increase user confidence and make journeys on the National Cycle Network more enjoyable for everyone. Funding rounds typically run three times a year, but groups are encouraged to submit an expression of interest at any point.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund - phased reopening of project funding
The National Lottery Heritage Fund are starting a phased reopening of project funding through their National Lottery Grants for Heritage. In the first phase, beginning 25 November, they will resume accepting applications for grants from £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000. In the second phase, beginning 8 February 2021, they will resume accepting applications for grants from £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5m.

The National Lottery Scottish Land Fund – first stage applications open
The current round of the Scottish Land Fund closed to full applications in August. TNL are not currently accepting applications for land, building or asset purchases. However, they can still consider first stage applications to help communities develop their ideas or do preliminary work around taking ownership of assets. To discuss what they might be able to support, voluntary or community organisations can get in touch with the Scottish Land Fund team at The National Lottery Community Fund on or 0141 846 0447.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
They fund heritage projects of all sizes. Heritage can mean different things to different people and includes parks, greenspaces and nature. They provide different levels of funding to heritage of all shapes and sizes and grants range from £3,000 up to millions of pounds.

National Lottery Heritage Fund - Heritage Horizon Awards
The Heritage Horizon Awards will invest £100million over the next three years in ambitious, innovative and transformational projects that will revolutionise UK heritage. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is looking for inspiring applications from heritage organisations across the UK for the new Heritage Horizon Awards, worth £5million and over. Applications from a full range of heritage are welcome. When making the awards, there will be a particular focus on The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s current strategic priorities: landscape and nature and heritage at risk.

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.

National Lottery Community Fund – Together for Our Planet
Grants from £1,000 to £10,000 to support communities to take action on climate change. Projects should reflect what matters to your community and can be small in scale. They could cover an area like: food; transport; energy; waste and consumption; the natural environment.  The Fund is particularly interested to hear from people who are starting to think about taking action on climate change in their communities. Deadline – 18 November 2021

Paths for All - The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund
The SCSP Open Fund aims to encourage people to change their everyday travel behaviours. Grants are available to encourage people to use buses and community car clubs for longer journeys; walking and cycling for short journeys, and home-working to replace daily commutes. An innovation for 2020/21 is the introduction of grants for organisations that want to introduce home-working into their organisations to make it easier for people to reduce their commute.

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 

Paths for All - Community Paths Active Travel Grants
Up to £3000 is available to promote, improve or maintain accessible active travel routes for short everyday journeys. Closes 7 Nov

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 the Highlands and Islands of Scotland as defined by the Highlands and Island Enterprise area. Exceptional projects outwith the Highlands and Islands, or projects that have an impact across the whole of Scotland may also be considered. Deadline: Rolling applications

People’s Postcode Trust
Now has a monthly application window (3-17 in May), but closes once 100 applications received. Will fund up to £2000 for not-for-profits, and up to £20,000 for registered charities. Eligible activities include improving mental wellbeing; improving biodiversity and greenspaces; enabling participation in physical activity; responding to the climate emergency & promoting sustainability; and increasing community

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. email

Ramblers – Out There Award
The Out There Award is an opportunity for young people aged 18-26 to get a free, inspiring and enriching introduction to Scotland’s outdoors. There are Out There Awards at several different locations during 2019. Courses begin in early June 2019 in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Tayside

Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 - Community Stories Fund
The fund is open to organisations and community groups, including museums and heritage sites, to support their participation in the Year of Stories 2022 through community-based events, activities, and programming, spotlighting the unique stories that matter to them. Grants between £500 and £5,000 will be available to support public events. The first deadline is 1 October 2021 for events taking place in the first half of 2022.

Scotrail cycle fund 
Over a period of four years, £100,000 a year will be made available to local councils and community organisations. The Cycle Fund will be used to deliver projects which contribute to Scotrail’s vision of providing a ‘doorstep to destination’ journey for customers, whilst reducing congestion and pollution.

Scottish Community Alliance – Community Learning Exchange Virtual 20/21
This fund that supports communities learning from each other has been reconfigured for COVID times. Applications can be made by community groups which have experience, expertise or knowledge which they are able and willing to share with other groups (as opposed to applications from groups that are keen to learn from visiting other organisations). The CLE will cover up to 100% of the costs of a virtual learning exchange by members of one community to another community project up to a limit of 13 hours at £35 per hour for planning and delivery. These exchanges are expected to be carried out online.

Scottish Government - Scotland Loves Local Fund
Fund to encourage people to think local first and build wealth within local communities. Wide range of projects eligible that support placemaking and 20 minute neighbourhoods, including for example small scale green/wellbeing infrastructure projects, such as ‘pocket parks’, outdoor exercise equipment, tree and greenery planting; refurbishment/enhancement of vacant and derelict sites. Local community groups and public sector can apply for between £10,000 and £50,000. Deadline – 1 October 2021

Scottish Government – Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme
A capital programme, now open to applications for funding in 2022 to 2023. Open to all 32 Scottish local authorities and Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company. Deadline for stage 1 applications is 5pm on 12 Nov.

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. 

Scottish Landfill Communities Fund – FCC Scottish Action Fund
Grants of between £2K and £40K for not-for-profits to deliver environmental and community benefit. Includes maintaining or improving parks; biodiversity; recycling. Projects must be within 10 miles of eligible waste facility (map checker accessed via eligibility check on website) Closes 1 Dec.

SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Hub
A comprehensive summary of COVID-19 information relevant to community and third sector organisations. The Funding section is very thorough and kept up-to-date.

SCVO Funding Scotland
Find funding for your charity, community group or social enterprise using our free online search engine. From small grants to funding for big capital projects, we can help you track down the funding you need to make a difference in your community.

Seed to Celebration 
The What Happens Next Project has launched Seed to Celebration free downloadable interactive resources designed for schools and community groups to begin, maintain and celebrate their successful food growing projects.

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. 

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.

Sustrans – Love Your Network
Community groups can apply for a grant to improve the environment around a traffic free section of their local National Cycle Network. Closes 6 Feb 2022. 

Tesco Community GrantsTesco Community Grants is open for applications and will provide grants of up to £1500 to support projects focused on supporting children and families, and food poverty – including community food growing. The scheme is open to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, including Local Authorities and schools. greenspace scotland’s team of Community Enablers are here to help! 

Tree Council Branching Out Fund – grants for tree planting
Open to schools and community groups to deliver well planned tree projects - planting trees, creating orchards, hedging etc. £300 - £1500 can be applied for projects planting between November 2020 and March 2021 access to outdoor space.

UK Community Renewal Fund
UK Government funding to help local areas prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund in 2022. The minimum project bid value is £150,000 (or more in some areas), for projects to be completed by 31 March 2022 and delivering activity in line with the UK Community Renewal Fund Prospectus - investing in community and place, local business, skills and supporting people into employment. 100 Priority Places have been identified across Great Britain, based on analysis of need, and local authorities are co-ordinating bids in these areas. In Scotland, the Priority Places are the following local authority areas: Argyll and Bute, Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, Falkirk, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Scottish Borders, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire. Contact relevant Council directly for imminent deadlines, support and information.

Volunteering Matters Action Earth 2021
Grants of £50 to £250 to help local communities respond to climate change. Funded by NatureScot, these grants support volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in practical outdoor and environmental activities in Scotland’s greenspaces. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands or other wildlife habitats. Also 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.

Way to Work – funding, training and support available to help your staff travel sustainably 

Woodward Charitable Trust
The Trustees particularly look to fund projects that help families and young people and that are aiming to improve the life chances of the beneficiaries. They like projects that promote community cohesion and the development of skills that will change the outlook and outcomes for the users. Organisations that promote volunteering and involve both past and present users in their operations or management are encouraged. They only consider applications for core costs. 

YouthLink Scotland
YouthLink Scotland have a directory of funders across Scotland for youth groups and the youth work sector.  

Young Start
Helping young people aged 8 to 24 to become more confident and play an active part in realising their potential. Awards between £10,000 to £100,000 with no deadline.