General

Scale Accelerator helps mission-driven organisations gain the strategic clarity, confidence, and skills necessary to reach more people in a sustainable way. Scale Accelerator supports UK based charities and social enterprises who are ambitious about getting their proven solutions to more people in more places.

Delivering Equally Safe is a Scottish Government funding programme to support third sector organisations and public bodies contribute to the objectives, priorities, and outcomes of the Equally Safe strategy. It combines various funding streams, including the Equally Safe (Violence Against Women and Girls) and Rape Crisis Specific fund.

Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS) will ensure that every address in Scotland has the ability to access a superfast broadband connection by the end of 2021, regardless of whether or not it will ultimately receive a superfast connection through the other two strands of activity.

COVID-19 Strategic Framework Business Fund - If a business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions from 2 November 2020, it may be eligible for this grant funding. Whether a business is eligible will depend on where its premises are located and what level of restrictions are in place at any point in time.

Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund - Courses eligible for funding can include: business skills; environmental and sustainability; health and safety; plants and animals; vehicles, machinery and equipment.

Bank of Scotland Foundation funding programmes - Supporting Positive Change launched in February 2019, ‘Supporting Positive Change Across Scotland’ is the Foundation’s five year strategic plan which will see a range of new funding programmes open in 2019 and 2020.

Funding Scotland  is a service provided by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations to provide access to up to date, high-quality information on funding opportunities that is vital to third sector organisations in Scotland. Funding Scotland is free to any organisation in Scotland and provides a search of over 1,300 funding opportunities including grants, loans, prizes and other support.

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Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.  

The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts is the operating office of 17 different independent grant-making trusts established by members of three generations of the Sainsbury family.  

Morrisons Foundation funds various projects.  

Barrack Charitable Trust offers up to £5,000.  

First Port has Start It and Build It grants of up to £20,000.  

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation funds capital and revenue costs.  

Garfield Weston supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference.  

Marr Area Partnership Initiative Grant offers up to £750.  

Weir Charitable Trust. The average grant is typically around £3,500, although applications for larger amounts will be considered.  To be eligible, proposals must address one of the following areas:  health, sport, culture, recreational facilities and animal welfare. 

Disability Grants is an online guide to grants for the disabled.

Community

The People's Health Trust's Active Communities funding programme is open until 14th April. Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.

The Arnold Clark Community Fund is now open to all UK registered charities and local community groups who need financial assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic.  At the end of each month, 500 applications will be granted.  If your application is unsuccessful one month, they’ll keep you in the draw, which will roll over to the following month.

The Magic Little Grants 2021 programme is now live and accepting applications until 31st October 2021 (application deadline). This year funding can go towards any of the following projects: Improving mental wellbeing | Enabling community participation in the arts | Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty | Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality | Improving biodiversity and green spaces | Enabling participation in physical activity | Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability | Increasing community access to outdoor space.

The Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is a Scottish Government fund worth £500,000 administered by Corra Foundation.

The Adapt and Thrive Programme aims to support organisations across the third sector to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and build back better to thrive in the future. It provides the opportunity, space, and support so organisations can reflect on their current services and determine which areas need to change, flex, innovate, or grow in order to be resilient and successful during and post COVID-19.

Tullo and Twinshiels Wind Farms Community Benefit Fund aims to support projects that make a difference to life in, and seek improvement in, the local community. We are keen to support community and voluntary organisations that are charitable, educational, philanthropic or benevolent in purpose.

Shell Small Grants are awarded to support community groups and organisations within the Aberdeenshire Council area of Buchan, especially projects that will improve the quality of life for local people and have a focus on community safety.  Further details and applications forms are available from Buchan Development Partnership telephone 01771 613584.

Henry Smith offers between £20,000-£60,000 per year, for up to 3 years, for Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities.  

B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all stores.  

Scotmid Co-op Community Grant offers up to £500.   

Scotmid Community Connect is a funding initiative which enables Scotmid members to give back to their Communities. Community Connect is simple: Three Good Cause Groups from three Member Regions (North, East and West) will receive a financial award of up to £15,000 following a vote by Scotmid members.

The Princes Trust Development Award offers funding to train, learn or help get a job for 14-25 year olds. Priority is given to activities that have a focus on particular communities in Scotland and are registered charities, social enterprises, community interest companies and/or other charitable entities providing social impact that do one or more of the following: support rural regeneration as part of a community development project and have a housing component that supports the local community where the regeneration project is taking place.  Projects involving community ownership in rural areas are likely to be given the highest priority.

National Churches Trust offers grants of up to £40,000. From repairing a roof to helping to install an accessible toilet - and many other projects - their grants help people to continue to serve, and to serve better, their local communities. 

Tesco Bags of Help funds 225 projects in Scotland every 2 months. You can apply now for up to £4,000 for projects that bring benefits to the community.   

The Rural and Islands Housing Funds (RIHF) can help you build new homes, change buildings into homes, make empty homes ready to rent or sell.  

National Lottery Community Fund  offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

Environmental

The Magic Little Grants 2021 programme is now live and accepting applications until 31st October 2021 (application deadline). This year funding can go towards any of the following projects: Improving mental wellbeing | Enabling community participation in the arts | Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty | Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality | Improving biodiversity and green spaces | Enabling participation in physical activity | Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability | Increasing community access to outdoor space. 

The Mushroom Trust's primary goal 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.  In recent years, the Trustees have supported a broad variety of projects such as improving paths for public access, enabling the commissioning of landscaping designs for long term planting, developing allotments, enriching planting, improving public parks and play areas, and planting community gardens and orchards. 

The Vattenfall Unlock our Future Fund supports projects in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire contributing towards a climate smart future. The Fund is provided by the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, which is owned and operated by Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited, a subsidiary of Vattenfall.

Education

The Foyle Schools Library Scheme accepts applications from state funded schools in the United Kingdom.  The scheme recognises that there is no statutory requirement for schools to have a library and that many school libraries are in a poor state through underfunding and underdevelopment.  Encouraging children to read widely from an early age will provide a major boost to improving literacy levels, which is a key educational objective. 

The Institute of Physics School Grants Scheme are offering grants of up to £600 for projects, events and activities that promote a greater interest in physics and engineering in young people. 

Kelloggs Breakfast Club Grants are offering schools the opportunity to apply for a grant of £1000 to help fund breakfast clubs. A limited number of grants are available so priority will be given to those schools that have 35% and above of children in receipt of pupil premium funding. 

The Swire Charitable Trust offers funding for community and social welfare, education and training, and heritage. The Swire Charitable Trust’s aim is to help deliver positive and lasting change to UK society. 

Sports

Life Life Aberdeenshire Community Sport Hub - Reactivation Fund (up to £250 based on application) to compliment and support Aberdeenshire Clubsport’s Discretionary Fund.  Most importantly they are seeking to help ensure that our Community Sport Hub clubs are adequately supported and covid-19 compliant. 

The FCC Scottish Action Fund provides grants of between £2,000 and £40,000 to not-for-profit organisations for the following types of projects eligible under Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF).

The Inverurie Youth Sports Foundation is open for applications in Aberdeenshire.  Since its start in 2014, IYSF has provided funding to support a wide range of different sports, helping individuals and local clubs to develop and achieve their sporting goals.  Funding is available to help support the development of youth in sports. 

The Peter Harrison Foundation offers funding through the Opportunities Through Sports programme. The Trustees wish to support sporting activity or projects which provide opportunities for people who are disabled or otherwise disadvantaged to fulfil their potential and to develop other personal and life skills. 

Weir Charitable Trust. The average grant is typically around £3,500, although applications for larger amounts will be considered.  To be eligible, proposals must address one of the following areas:  health, sport, culture, recreational facilities and animal welfare. 

Social Welfare

The Victims’ Fund is open to people affected by crime across Scotland, who are in urgent need of financial help as a result of what they have experienced. This may be especially relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic. People can access assistance worth up to £3,000, for a wide range of goods and services where they have no other access to funds.

Edward Gostling Foundation provide grants to UK registered charities that support people of all ages living on low incomes who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness.  They support health and wellbeing, independent living at home, respite, and transition.  They operate two grant programmes -  small grants up to £5k and capital grants.  

The Digital Participation Charter Fund provides small grants to help a range of organisations tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality in society through embedding digital skills development work in day-to-day activity with their service users.

In partnership with Tackling Poverty & Inequalities Aberdeenshire, Progress in Dialogue are offering financial support and signposting to anyone currently living in Aberdeenshire. This time of year is hard and with COVID-19 its a lot harder, if you would benefit from financial support please apply by completing a short online form here:

Marsh Christian Trust offers up to £2,000 unrestricted funding, and supports healthcare and social welfare projects.    

Cairngorms National Park travel grant scheme is now open to all schools in Scotland and voluntary groups who experience disadvantage, to make educational trips to the Cairngorms National Park. Grants of up to £200 or 75% of travel costs are available to cover the costs of transport, which is known to be a key barrier to these groups visiting the Park. 

The Swire Charitable Trust offers funding for community and social welfare, education and training, and heritage. The Swire Charitable Trust’s aim is to help deliver positive and lasting change to UK society. 

Allen Lane Foundation aims to fund work which will make a lasting difference to people's lives, reducing stigma and discrimination.  They support projects working with people experiencing mental health problems.  

Health & Wellbeing

The Baring Foundation have launched a new fund for projects that promote the role of creativity in the lives of people with mental health problems from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

The Creative Breaks programme provides 12 month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for carers of adults (aged 21 years and over), and young carers (caring for children or adults), and the people that they care for.

The Magic Little Grants 2021 programme is now live and accepting applications until 31st October 2021 (application deadline). This year funding can go towards any of the following projects: Improving mental wellbeing | Enabling community participation in the arts | Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty | Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality | Improving biodiversity and green spaces | Enabling participation in physical activity | Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability | Increasing community access to outdoor space.

Henry Duncan Grant offers up to £8k per year, for up to 5years.  The 2021 theme is improving mental health and wellbeing.

The Swire Charitable Trust offers funding for community and social welfare, education and training, and heritage. The Swire Charitable Trust’s aim is to help deliver positive and lasting change to UK society. 

Young People

Temporary Restrictions Fund Round 3 -Providers will be able to apply for a grant covering the four week period from 1 March - 26 March 2021 from Friday4 May 2021. In Round 2 of the Temporary Restrictions Fund: 

  • Eligible services can claim for each of the weeks they remained open in M (over the four week period 1 March – 26 March)
  • If settings were previously closed and have decided to reopen during March they will be able to claim a pro-rated grant for each of the weeks they were open, including w/c 22 March

 Additional Support Grant

  • In the light of anticipated unused funding from the Temporary Restrictions Fund, all day care of children’s services, out of school care providers, and childminders registered as caring for 12 or more children at a time will be able to apply for the Additional Support Grant.
  • This additional support will be available irrespective of the number of weeks settings were open/closed.
  • Settings that have remained continuously closed throughout the restriction period are eligible for the additional payment.

If you have further questions regarding the Fund please direct these to the ELC Partnership Forum mailbox (ELCPartnershipForum@gov.scot). 

The Peter Vardy Foundation has launched GenZ Leaders, a new initiative which aims to provide every young person in Scotland with world class Leadership and Meta-Skills through an online based programme to be rolled out initially through secondary schools in Scotland, launching later this year.

Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund aims to support the creative ideas and ambitions of young people aged 11 to 25.

Ryvoan Trust is accepting applications 1st-28th February. They fund projects who provide support in aid of children, young people, adults and families.

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Scotland - Aberdeenshire
YPI is run by the Wood Foundation and is an active citizenship programme which has seen £4m granted to grassroots social services charities championed by young people. Each secondary school is responsible for directing a £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a unique programme of teamwork, research and competition. There are 15 secondary schools taking part in YPI in Aberdeenshire.   

National Lottery Community Fund is open for applications. £10,000-£50,000 is available to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24 to help them realise their potential.    

Cattanach Trust offers funding of £3,000-£25,000 per year. You must be working with young children (under 3) and their parent/families, or with a parent/families expecting a baby in Scotland.  Families experiencing deprivation or in crisis will be given priority.  Their Dads Fund is an additional funding stream for projects which focus on dads and young children. 

Arts, Heritage & Conservation

Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund (SERF) has been established in conjunction with Scottish Government to help Scotland’s events sector plan and deliver events through to the end of 2021, and to provide support as the industry responds and adapts to the effects of COVID-19. A total of £2.75 million is available for eligible events planned to take place before the end of 2021. This is an open fund without a fixed application deadline. It is anticipated that up to £1.5m in funding may be awarded for applications received up to 31 December 2020, and that the remainder will be retained to support applications received between 1 January and 31 March 2021.

Charles Hayward Foundation has small and main grants.  Their funding is available for Social and Criminal Justice, Heritage and Conservation, Overseas and Older People.  

The Architectural Heritage Fund offers project viability and development grants.  

Idlewild Trust funds Arts and Conservation projects.