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. 

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 Heritage Fund  

Grants of £250,000 to £5million (including heritage enterprise)  Next deadline 20th August

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.

Sustrans Places for Everyone
The aim of the fund is to create safe, attractive, healthier places by increasing the number of trips made by walking, cycling and wheeling for everyday journeys. Sustrans can support third sector and community groups to submit applications. The fund supports 100% funding for the feasibility, design and pre-construction costs and 50% funding for construction costs. Applicants that have local authority support, meet the Design Principles highlighted on the Sustrans site and have secured the other 50% of the funds needed for construction will have a higher chance of being accepted.

Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme
Apply for grants of up to £20,000 for projects that prevent poverty; promote of human rights; and combat discrimination for some of society's most vulnerable groups. Deadline 14th August

The Robertson Trust 'Wee Grants for Wee Groups  
The Trust will provide support from £500 - £2,000 to organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000. This will also include constituted groups with charitable aims, as well as registered charities.

Outdoor Nurseries Social Enterprise Fund
Thanks to a generous donation from a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, Inspiring Scotland have established a new Fund to offer seed-corn investment to develop innovative approaches for the creation of a new generation of outdoor early learning and childcare (ELC) settings.

Community Led Design Funding                                                                                                             

For 2019-20, funding for community-led design can be accessed through the Scottish Government’s Investing in Communities fund, part of the Empowering Communities Programme. The fund is open to community groups only. 

Community Play Fund 

The Community Play Fund is aimed at supporting childhood health and wellbeing through play. This funding is targeted at areas of high deprivation within local authority areas that have not already received significant funding. Applications for up to £35,000 will be considered.

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.

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

Magic Little Grants

Community Groups can apply for up to £500 with projects encouraging physical activity, especially projects encouraging social cohesion and helping vulnerable people overcome barriers to physical activity. Deadline: 30 November

Grow Wild - Youth Funding 

Grow Wild, the outreach project of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, is supporting young people to take charge and do something great in their communities! The Youth-led projects fund awards of £500 for young people aged 14-25. Projects should be creative, actively engage other people in their delivery, and be inspired by UK native wildflowers or fungi. Beyond that, anything is up for grabs! Rolling deadlines 

Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants open for applications

Tesco Centenary Grants are now open for not for profit organisations to apply for £25,000 for projects that bring significant benefit to communities. The Centenary Grants are two special voting rounds of Tesco Bags of Help and offer a unique opportunity to help more people across five regional areas in Scotland. The July/August 2019 voting period will feature projects with a Health and Wellbeing theme, and projects focusing on cancer, heart disease and diabetes will be prioritised.

Volunteering matters action earth - 2019 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. 

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.

Ross & Liddell Community Bursary Scheme 

This scheme provides funding to local groups and organisations in the West of Scotland. It funds up to £500 for a wide variety of community projects including greenspace/growing projects.

Western Recreation Trust 

Funding of up to £2000 for organisations working to improve recreational facilities for young people, older people and unemployed in Glasgow and West of Scotland. For community benefit, funds specific items, equipment and projects. They have no website, applications in writing only with no application deadlines. C/o Bird Semple, The Ca’d’oro, 45 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G2 4BL

Greening Grey Britain Community Support programme 

The RHS will support a number of intergenerational partnership projects between community organisations and schools/youth groups, who want to work together to transform an unloved space in their area to benefit the local community and environment. Greening Grey Britain will provide successful applicants with hands-on support from the RHS Outreach Team, plus up to £500 worth of plants and materials per project. This year projects have to fit with particular themes: Grow for People, Grow for the Planet or Grow for Wildlife. 

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.

FREE trees for schools and communities 

The Woodland Trust want to make sure that everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So, they’re giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. They have two delivery periods per year and are currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in November 2019.

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. 

FCC Scottish Action Fund (operated by WREN) 

The FCC Scottish Action Fund offers funding of between £2,000 and £100,000 to projects through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. WREN will consider applications across all types of projects included in the SLCF Objects including: land reclamation, community recycling, public amenities and parks, biodiversity and historic buildings. The next funding round will open on Monday 2 September 2019.

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. There’s no deadline, it’s a rolling programme.

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. 

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 

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. 

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.

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. email

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. 

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). 

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