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. 

 

Investing in Communities Fund 

The Investing in Communities Fund is a new streamlined communities fund to tackle disadvantage, poverty and inequality that encourages community-led development, design and delivery of sustainable local solutions addressing local issues, circumstances and aspirations across a broad range of community led activity. The fund is delivered as part of the Empowering Communities Programme.Grants of up to £250,000 are available over three years providing stability and recognising the need for longer term planning in some projects.  

Deadline for applications: Friday 14 June

Tree Council’s 2019 Tree Futures Grant Scheme 

Traditionally, the scheme offered help for tree planting through three separate programmes: Trees for Schools, Community Trees and Orchard Windfalls.  This year, they have simplified this process and now have just one grant which encompasses all the above (Hedgerow planting is also included in the scheme for the first time). Any school or community group within the UK that is planning a project which actively involves children under the age of 16 is encouraged to apply for this grant to plant trees and hedges. They are able to fund projects between £300 and £1000 and successful applicants will receive up to 80% of their planting costs. The deadline for applications is 5pm, 17 May 2019, and successful applicants will be informed by the end of June, with planting normally taking place between 23 November to 1 December.

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 

Learning 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. 

Young Placechangers Ideas Fund

Apply for a grant to change your place for the better! The Young Placechangers Ideas Fund supports Youth Groups to engage with others in their communities to take action to improve the environmental quality, biodiversity, playability and vibrancy of neighbourhoods. Rolling deadlines – next deadline is 21 June 

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 

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. Need help with your application? Contact the greenspace scotland community enabler team here

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