Funding Opportunities

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General

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.

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, Build It and Boost It grants of up to £20,000. They also provide Pounds For Purpose for individuals aged 16-26 looking to make a positive change in the issues that matter to them.

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

Mary Janet King Fund offers up to £5k and welcomes applications from community groups working with young people in arts and music.  Priority will be given to grassroots organisations.

Apply for the Co-op Local Community Fund!  Each year, in each of the local areas where they have food stores and funeral parlours, the Coop partners with 3 local organisations to be their main local causes for a year they become the recipients of the annual payout build-up through a percentage of coop's members' shopping being returned for community activities and services. 

The Magic Little Grants 2021 programme is now live and accepting applications until 31st October 2021. 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 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. 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. 

Education

The Wolfson Foundationsupport schools and colleges for children and young people with special educational needs. Grants are awarded for projects focussed on helping pupils to develop skills which would help them to gain employment or live independently after leaving school or college.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced that the Teacher Development Fund (TDF) will re-open for applications in autumn 2021. Through the TDF, primary schools working in partnership with other primary schools as well as arts / cultural organisations can apply for grants of up to £150,000 to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to support the delivery of effective arts-based teaching and learning opportunities in the classroom, and to embed learning through the arts in the curriculum.

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. 

Cairngorms National Park travel grant scheme is 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. 

Sports

Scottish Rugby has confirmed an unprecedented funding package to support community clubs in Scotland as the sport emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.
CLUB RECOVERY FUND - £500K – Release May 2021.
This fund is immediately available to grassroots clubs to enable them to avoid immediate hardship and prepare their premises and facilities for the coming season.
RETURN TO RUGBY FUND - £1M – Release May 2021.
This fund supports club and referee society plans to recruit and retain players, coaches, volunteers, match officials, and support staff. Clubs will be invited to apply for ‘kick start’ grants of up to £7,500

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 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 Magic Little Grants 2021 programme is now live and accepting applications until 31st October 2021. 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

First 1,000 Days Small Grants provide small grants of between £5,000 to £7,500 per year for work with infants/babies and their carers during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life.

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 fund projects that 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.