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. 

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

Cycling Scotland’s Pedal for Scotland fund – Funding for local cycling events
Grants of up to £10,000 for community organisations to organise beginner-friendly, local cycling events in 2021, subject to Covid-19 restrictions. Events should support inclusive cycling and highlight local cycling infrastructure and opportunities.
There are two streams of funding available, each with their own criteria:
* Up to £1,000 – Local events for between 50 and 250 people, delivered by community organisations
* Up to £10,000 – Larger events for between 250 and 700 people, delivered in partnership with Cycling Scotland
Deadline:- 30 November 2020 (for events before 30 June 2021) and 12 February 2021 (events before 31 Oct 2021)

Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants
Funded by NatureScot (formerly SNH), these grants will support volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in practical outdoor activities. Grants of between £50-250 for volunteers to run environmental activities in Scotland’s greenspaces. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands or other wildlife habitats. School grounds not eligible.  Up to £500 for projects, which can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people who have defined health or social needs. Projects must conclude by February 2021

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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 

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

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.

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.

Fields Studies Council – Kids Fund
The Kids Fund will pay for up to 75% of the course fee for groups of disadvantaged young people to attend a non-curriculum day or residential course at an FSC Learning Location. There are two types of Kids Fund course: Wildlife and Environment focusing on wildlife habitats and the environment with team building activities and Eco Adventure which combines environmental and personally challenging activities.

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.

The Morrisons Foundation award
Grant funding for charity projects which make a positive difference in local communities. In the main grants are available to fully fund projects up to £25,000. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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