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. 

Better Places Green Recovery Fund Round 3 – NatureScot
The scheme will provide Scottish Government funded support for the employment of seasonal rangers and visitor operations posts, to engage with the public and help manage visitor numbers, visitor pressures and behaviours in rural hotspots during the 2022 season. Deadline 22 April

Bringing People Together – National Lottery
Up to £300,000 for up to two years, to support projects that will build stronger connections across communities and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections. Must deliver across at least two countries in the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and have a clear equality, diversity and inclusion focus.

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 – 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. 

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.

Cruach Trust
Grants up to £2000 for gardens, wildlife and the natural environment; also supporting a horticultural apprenticeship, arranged through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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). 

CTSI – Clacks Community Lottery
Open to good causes in Clackmannanshire

Dandelion Harvest Grants Programme
Two funds to support and celebrate community groups and organisations who already grow their own food, or plan to start on their growing journey.  The aim is to ‘grow new growers’ who will participate in Dandelion Harvest Festivals on 10 and 11 September. Grants of between £500 and £3,000. Eligible costs include growing and events activities. Closes 20 May

DTAS – Beyond the usual suspects
A reminder about this 2019 practical guide to a range of alternative approaches for raising finance and fundraising – over and above the usual suspects of grant giving bodies. A useful introduction to planning your fundraising, whatever the source.

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.

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

FCC Scottish Action Fund
Grants from £200 to £40,000 for not-for-profits and Local Authorities for activities eligible under Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF). This includes Land Reclamation and Community Recycling across Scotland. Proximity to landfill site/transfer station affects eligibility of Public Amenities and Parks, Biodiversity and Historic Buildings applications. Closes 8 June

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

Future Routes Fund, for youth-led nature projects – NatureScot
The fund is open to young people living in Scotland aged 11-26 and has been designed by ReRoute to be supportive and accessible. Individuals can apply for funding of between £500 to £2,000, while teams can apply for £1,000 to £5,000. NatureScot welcomes innovative ideas to encourage young people to connect with nature or take positive action on biodiversity and climate. Closes 29 May

Heritage & Place Programme (H&PP) – Historic Environment Scotland
H&PP is a new area-based funding programme. Local authorities, national park authorities and suitably experienced not-for-profits can apply. It will support schemes that will be delivering a combination of activities, including the repair and re-use of historic environment assets, training to strengthen local traditional skills, and building capacity within communities to value and look after the historic environment in the longer term. The National Lottery Heritage Fund Grants for Heritage although a separate grant scheme, also funds area-based schemes and action plans, and so the National Lottery and Historic Environment Scotland are jointly hosting two online information sessions for potential applicants.
27 April – Session 1 Overview and Q and A on both grant schemes
18 May – Session 2 Targeted at potential applicants to either or both funds
More information on these sessions here  

Historic Environment Scotland – Historic Environment Support Fund
To support various non-recurring heritage-related events throughout the year, including producing publications and supporting community outreach. Remember: heritage is greenspace as well as buildings. 

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.

Investing in Communities Fund 2023 - 2026 – Scottish Government
Expected to open in May, grants of up to £350,000 in total will be available over the 3 year period from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026. The fund is designed to support organisations based in the places they serve delivering activity across all four of the following areas: tackling poverty and inequality, including child poverty; developing and sustaining place-based approaches; community-led regeneration; and, ensuring a just transition to net zero. Eligible applicant organisations include community/voluntary organisations, registered charities, Community Councils, social housing associations, and social enterprises

Local Community Grants from Windfarms
Foundation Scotland administer several region-specific community grant funds associated with windfarms. Search by local authority area on their website

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 Programme – Learning through Landscapes
Schools and early years settings can apply for staff training and support, and up to £500 worth of related equipment to help schools branch out into nature and include biodiversity, gardening, loose parts play for example in their outdoor learning. 

Magic Little Grants 2022
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. 

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.

National Events Funding Programme – Event Scotland
As well as usual large scale public events, community events (outwith Glasgow and Edinburgh) can apply. Awards of between £2,000 - £4,000 are available for eligible event organisers of community focused events with overall delivery budgets between £8,000 to £20,000 and attracting a minimum of 500 in-person attendees. Deadlines for applications: 11 February 2022 for events taking place from 1 April – 31 August 2022; and 6 April 2022 for events taking place from 1 September – 31 December 2022

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.

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 - Ian Findlay Path Fund
Launching summer 2022, a new £1.5 million path fund (named in memory of Paths for All’s late Chief Officer) will support the improvement of path networks within and between communities, making it easier for people to walk, wheel or cycle for daily journeys.

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

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

The Platinum Jubilee Fund – The National Lottery
To mark 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign, the National Lottery Community Fund will fund 70 projects across the UK. The aim is to fund projects that create a greater legacy for our places and spaces, and that support new opportunities, activities and build better relationships with one another, across generations and with the natural world. Funded projects will need to be running by the Jubilee Weekend on 5 Jun 2022. Closes 15 Dec (or once 700 applications received).

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. 

Scotland’s Climate Festival – local festival Seed Funding
Funding of between £100-£500 is available to help local organisers set up community climate festivals/events to take place until 31 March 2022. Applications are welcomed from smaller organisations that are interested in starting a new climate event in their local community, or in getting their fledgling event to the next stage. 

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 Forestry - Community Fund
Supports groups and organisations that encourage people to use woods more. Includes natural play, walking routes, volunteer skills, resources to include communities in managing forests and 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. 

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.

Seed Fund for Community Events – Keep Scotland Beautiful
Grants of £100 - £500 for local community events that encourage awareness, conversation, and action on climate to take place by 31 March. For example, a growing workshop, led bike ride, introduction to community energy, local forage, a conversation or film screening. Events can be in venues or online! You don’t need to be an officially constituted group to apply, only to have a clear request of what the funds will be used for and be able to report back to KSB after your event.

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.

Tesco Community Grants
Tesco 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.

Tree Council – Free Orchard and Hedgerow packs for schools
Each school can apply for a maximum of one orchard tree pack (5 fruit trees) and up to two hedgerow packs (up to 10m of hedge).

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.

UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)
The Prospectus has been published, giving details of the Fund’s parameters and important dates. One of the three UKSPF priorities is People and Place. Lead Local Authorities can sign up from 22 April 22, with Investment Plans submitted by 1 August 22.

Funding sources for bringing vacant and derelict land into use
Updated summary of various funding sources in Scotland complied by the Scottish Land Commission - see also the Commission’s Vacant and Derelict Land (VDL) Community Impact Tool to measure impact of VDL on the community.

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

What’s Your Big Idea?! – Youth Scotland
Fund supports young people’s ambitions by giving them £50 to invest in their own big idea - which can make a big difference to others. Young people (aged 12-25) can apply through a Youth Scotland member group as individual or team. Deadline extended to 20 May

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.