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. This is online resource that encapsulates many elements of the training delivered through the RSH programme. It uses a combination of films, animations and case studies in a range of accessible formats, including British Sign Language and audio-description. Users are given a step-by-step guide to effective fundraising, from understanding the principles of fundraising to developing and implementing a successful fundraising strategy.

Glasgow Community Events Fund    

Do you have an idea for an event in your community? Apply to the Glasgow Community Events Fund to make it happen! This fund is open to formally constituted local community groups working for and with people in Glasgow and one-off grants of £500, £750 or £1,000 are available to support a range of community events. There will be two funding rounds in 2018/19 with closing dates of 16 November 2018 and 25 January 2019. 

SNH – Green Infrastructure Fund

Round 3 of the Green Infrastructure Fund has now opened for new applications. The Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention aims to improve Scotland’s urban environment by increasing and enhancing greenspace in our towns and cities, especially close to areas of multiple deprivation. Deadline for Fund applications  is 28 January 2019. If you are interested in making an application to the Green Infrastructure Fund, please email 

Corra Foundation - #LetsChange That

Do you have an idea about how you can create positive change in your community?

Send Corra Foundation a short video entry with your idea and you could win £1,000 to make it happen. Applications close on 16 Nov. 

Grow Wild - Community Project Fund

Do you have a fantastic idea for a project that will excite and enthuse people in your community, engaging them in fun and interesting activities? Grow Wild  is awarding grants of £2,000 or £4,000 to groups across Scotland to deliver projects in their community focused on UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi. Applications close at midday on 10 December.

Grow Wild Youth Project funding – apply now!

Get ready for an experience like no other and join Grow Wilds mission  to empower young people aged 14-25 to develop a creative idea into a project that helps raise awareness about UK native wildflowers and fungi! This could include transforming a space, holding an event or giving a performance. They’re looking for project ideas that will excite other people to get involved and make an impact in the community. Successful projects will receive £500 to turn their idea into a reality.

Robertson Trust

The Robertson Trust  supports work that aims to reduce inequalities and strengthen communities. The Trusts awards up to £20,000 for core or project funding to grants more than £250,000 for major capital awards. Next deadline for applications: 30 November.

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. Next deadline for the Action Fund  is 12 December 2018.

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 

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.   

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

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. 

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