Funding

Community groups operating across Aberdeenshire are welcome to request a funding search to be carried out by our Funding Officer, Donna Speed, email: donna.speed@avashire.org.uk or call 03718 110008.

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Funding opportunities:

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Aberdeen Airport Community Fund closes 24th September.  The fund places priority on funding projects linked to education, the environment and economic regeneration.  https://www.aberdeenairport.com/about-us/community-matters/communities-trust/ 


Scotrail Arts and Cultural grant offers up to £5,000 until 29th October.  https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/…/scotrail-cultural-…/ 

• Promotion of performing arts, visual arts, literature, community arts, and cultural traditions • Support for artists and artistic organisations to work with communities • Public art e.g. sculptures in open spaces engaging with communities • Play areas for children • Provision of local activity programmes (including local festivals, civic weeks and galas) • Increasing participation in sport and physical activity • Sports events and sport outreach programmes.


The Stafford Trust offers funding of £500 - £5,000 to registered charities.  http://www.staffordtrust.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/  


Mid Hill Wind Farm Banchory Community Fund is open for applications.

http://www.marrareapartnership.org.uk/…/Banchory-Community-…

You do not need to be a registered charity to apply however you must be able to demonstrate that your project offers a benefit to the community.  


AVIVA Community Fund offers grants to local projects. https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/campaign/getinvolved 


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.  http://www.sfct.org.uk/


Aberdeen Harbour Community Action Fund is open in February and March each year, with the selection process taking place in April, and funding to successful applicants made in early May.  http://www.aberdeen-harbour.co.uk/about-us/community/community-action-fund/


The Climate Challenge Fund provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.  https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/sustainability-climate-change/climate-challenge-fund/


Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation offers up to £25,000.  http://www.gebfoundation.com/faq


Cala Homes Bursary supports local charities, community groups and organisations by funding projects, which help make a vital difference in and around the local communities.  https://www.cala.co.uk/cala-group/our-company/sustainability/bursary


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.


Aberdeenshire Council Capacity Grants has four funding streams.  https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/capacity-grants/


Santander Discovery Grants offers up to £5,000 to help disadvantaged people to make the most of their future.  http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/discovery-grants.aspx


The MacRobert Trust offers grants for a broad range of projects.  http://www.themacroberttrust.org.uk/grant-making/monetary-awards/themes-sub-themes/


Heritage Lottery Fund supports various projects.  Heritage is really wide-ranging. We support all kinds of projects, as long as they make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities.  https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/what-we-fund


Prince of Wales Foundation offers up to £5,000.  https://www.princeofwalescharitablefoundation.org.uk/apply-for-a-grant/apply


Bank of Scotland Foundation offers up to £25,000.  https://bankofscotlandfoundation.org/funding-programmes


Corra Foundation Henry Duncan Awards offers up to £7,000.  https://www.corra.scot/grant-programmes/henry-duncan-grants/


Children in Need offers small and main grants of up to £10,000 and above.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1N4ddmFHns8VPKjyp3PMYwn/apply-for-a-grant


Henry Smith offers between £20,000-£60,000 per year, for up to 3 years, for Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities.  https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/ 


Asda Foundation offers five types of funding.  https://www.asdafoundation.org/what-we-fund 


Morrisons Foundation funds various projects.  https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/ 


Ernest Cook Trust gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts (in the broadest sense) or in science, or to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.  http://ernestcooktrust.org.uk/grants/


Co-op Local Community Fund supports various projects.   https://www.coop.co.uk/membership/local-community-fund 


The Fore offers funding of up to £30,000.  http://www.thefore.org/charities/


Charles Hayward Foundation has small and main grants.  Their funding is available for Social and Criminal Justice, Heritage and Conservation, Overseas and Older People.  http://www.charleshaywardfoundation.org.uk/ 


Barrack Charitable Trust offers up to £5,000.  http://thebarrackcharitabletrust.co.uk/advice-to-applicants/trust-categories-of-interest/


Gannochy Trust offers grants for Inspiring Young People (this is a Scotland wide fund), and Improving the Quality of Life for People (Perth and Kinross only).  http://www.gannochytrust.org.uk/index.php?page=strategy


Ryvoan Trust offers funding for inspiring, effective and innovative projects.  http://www.ryvoantrust.com/ 


Esmee Fairbairn supports a broad range of projects.  https://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/what-we-fund  


Dobbies Garden Centres Helping Your Community Grow donates plants and gardening equipment to good causes.  https://www.dobbies.com/about-dobbies/dobbies-in-the-community/helping-your-community-grow/


B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all stores.  https://www.diy.com/corporate/community/waste-donation/


The Pilgrim Trust funds Preservation and Scholarship, and Social Welfare.  https://www.thepilgrimtrust.org.uk/grants/


The Architectural Heritage Fund offers project viability and development grants.  http://ahfund.org.uk/grant/


First Port has Start It and Build It grants of up to £20,000.  http://www.firstport.org.uk/funding


The Garioch Partnership Initiative Grant offers up to £1,000.  http://gariochpartnership.org.uk/community-initiative-grant-scheme/


The Mickel Fund supports the advancement of education, the prevention or relief of poverty, the advancement of health and the saving of lives, the advancement of the arts, heritage, culture & science, and the advancement of public participation in sports.  http://mickelfund.org.uk/application-process/what-we-fund/


The Foyle Foundation offers between £1,000 and £10,000.  Grants are offered for core costs, equipment or project funding to charities which can show that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work.  http://www.foylefoundation.org.uk/small-grants-scheme/


The Clothworkers Foundation offers up to around £25,000 for capital costs.  https://foundation.clothworkers.co.uk/Open-grant-programmes/Main-and-Small-Grant-Programmes/Programme-areas.aspx


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation funds capital and revenue costs.  http://trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/grants/


Garfield Weston supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference.  https://garfieldweston.org/what-we-support/


Foundation Scotland offers a number of funding awards.  They also offer express grants.  Check them out on:  https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/grants-and-funding…/…/ 


Tudor Trust offers grants of around £10,000 and above, and this an be multi year funding. http://tudortrust.org.uk/what-we-do/about-our-grants/ 


Scotmid Co-op Community Grant offers up to £500.  https://www.scotmid.coop/community-and-charity/supporting-local-communities/community-grant/


Marr Area Partnership Initiative Grant offers up to £750.  http://www.marrareapartnership.org.uk/funding/


WHSmith Community Grant offers up to £500.  https://blog.whsmith.co.uk/community-grants-application/


Greggs Foundation offers up to £2,000 to local community projects.  https://www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants


Skipton Grassroots Giving offers up to £500.  https://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/ 


Idlewild Trust funds Arts and Conservation projects.  http://idlewildtrust.org.uk/our-programmes


Growing a Greener Britain offers funding to constituted community groups of up to £1,000 to transform green spaces.  https://www.growingagreenerbritain.org/small-grant-program…/


There are some great funding ideas on the Youth Link Scotland funding directory:  https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/funding/funding-directory/ 


The Keith Builders Community charity provides financial support to aid local charities, groups, organisations and projects.  http://www.keithbuilders.co.uk/content/charity-0


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The ​Community Engagement Fund run by Scottish Natural Heritage is giving organisations an opportunity to apply for funding for projects helping communities make the most of their local greenspaces.  

https://www.greeninfrastructurescotland.org.uk/news/community-engagement-fund-reopen


LEADER Grant Funding.  The North Aberdeenshire Local Action Group encourage and support projects contributing to the five Local Development Strategy priorities, in addition to demonstrating innovation, sustainability, equal opportunities and community empowerment.  http://nalag.org.uk/

The South Aberdeenshire LEADER programme supports the Local Development Strategy, helping to create a long-term legacy of vibrant, healthy, and inclusive rural and fisheries communities enabled to contribute fully to the social and economic fabric of South Aberdeenshire.  http://salag.org.uk/


Funding for a 'Fairer Scotland'
£29 million worth of funding for community and third sector projects is available to help support the Fairer Scotland Action Plan, published in October 2016.  £12 million of the funding comes from the European Social Fund.  The Scottish Government will direct £18.9 million into a new 'Aspiring Communities Fund' which offers funding opportunities for third sector organisations and community projects working to find long lasting local solutions to poverty. A further £9.7 million will be dedicated to the 'Growing the Social Economy Programme', which will enable third sector organisations to try new ideas and approaches by collaborating with research organisations or supporting people to improve their skills. Full information about the funds can be found here: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/15300/ESFTPSI.


Jo Walters Trust offers funding in Aberdeenshire.  In 2018, the trust is again inviting applications that will provide educational opportunities to people in the outdoors.  

http://www.jowalterstrust.org.uk/


Mary Salmond Trust offers up to £500 for North East projects.  http://marysalmondtrust.com/guidelines.html


Cairngorms National Park travel grant

The 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. http://cairngorms.co.uk/park-authority/funding/travel-grant-scheme/ 


Zero Waste Scotland Resource Efficiency Waste Prevention Implementation Fund is open. http://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/…/resource-efficiency-w… 

Up to 100% of capital costs are avaiable between £5k - £100k.  The fund has been designed to help organisations overcome waste prevention barriers to undertake a particular project with a focus on raw materials savings, carbon savings and the movement of waste material up the waste hierarchy.


CashBack for Communities Youth Work Fund is now open.  https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/…/cashback-for-communiti…/ 

They welcome proposals for the delivery of targeted youth work activity programmes which provide diversionary youth work activities for young people aged 10 to 24, who face one or more forms of disadvantage.


Social Investment Scotland: Growth & Replication Challenge 
The growth & replication challenge is a competitive opportunity that combines bespoke business support worth up to £10,000 with tailored financial backing. They’re looking for established charities or social enterprises who have developed strategies for growth or replication, are looking for investment between £100k and £1m and need help to make that happen in 2017. For more information, visit: http://www.socialinvestmentscotland.com/looking-for-investment/  


The Swire Charitable Trust offers funding for community and social welfare, education and training, and heritage.  https://www.swirecharitabletrust.org.uk/our-work/…

The Swire Charitable Trust’s aim is to help deliver positive and lasting change to UK society. 


The Environment Now Fund offers up to £10,000 to those aged between 17 and 24 with an idea to help the environment, such as improving energy efficiency, reducing waste or increasing recycling. http://www.o2thinkbig.co.uk/the-environment-now


St James's Place Foundation offers up to £10,000 funding for UK registered charities supporting Young People with Special Needs, Supporting Disadvantaged Young People, Supporting People with Cancer There are no deadlineshttp://www.sjpfoundation.co.uk/apply-for-funding.aspx


Let’s play with MyParkScotland

We want our parks to be alive with the sound of play!  With all the talk of an increasingly inactive society, there is no better place to play - no matter what your age - than in parks and green spaces across Scotland.  https://www.mypark.scot/  


Aberdeenshire Council have Social Enterprise Support Scheme Grants available of up to £10,000.  https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/…/social-enterprise-suppo…/ 


The David Doig Foundation offers £2,000.  https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/…/david-doig-foundat…/

Examples of projects the fund will consider (this is not an exhaustive list): •Provision of one to one coaching sessions for 5-11 year olds who are at risk of exclusion due to behavioural issues •Provision of a series of taster sessions aimed at young mothers in order to build skills, confidence to access higher education or return to work... •Provision of outward bound education courses to a group of 12-18 year olds currently excluded from mainstream education •Supporting the cost of a homework club for children and young people aged 5-18 years old affected by HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV). 


National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities.

https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/…/scotland/awards-for-all…


Big Lottery Young Start funding is open for applications.  https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/youngstartfund

£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. 


Weir Charitable Trust has a deadline of 31 August 2018.  http://weircharitabletrust.com/what-we-fund 

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. 


The Robertson Trust funds both capital and revenue costs, and offers multi year grantshttp://www.therobertsontrust.org.uk/


Aberdeen Asset Management Charitable Foundation concentrates on two main areas for grants: local communities and emerging markets.  https://www.youthlinkscotland.org/…/aberdeen-asset-managem…/


The Princes Trust Development Award offers funding to train, learn or help get a job for 14-25 year olds.  https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/he…/get-funding-train-learn


The Coram Trust offers funding between £500 and £2,000.  https://www.foundationscotland.org.uk/prog…/the-coram-trust/

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.


Life Changes Trust offers funding programmes for people affected by dementia and care experienced young people.  http://www.lifechangestrust.org.uk/trust-funding


The Crerar Trust gives back to local communities to improve the quality of everyday lives.  http://www.crerarhotels.com/crerar-trust 

If you would like more information on the application process or wish to request an application form, please email: trust@crerarhotels.com.  The Deeside Inn and Thainstone House Hotel are part of The Crerar Hotel Group. 


Life After Stroke Grants are available from the Stroke Association.  https://www.stroke.org.uk/finding-…/life-after-stroke-grants

Life After Stroke Grants provide a one off payment of up to £300 to fund vital home or personal equipment, or by funding support to become active in your community.


The South Marr Community Safety Group has funding available for community groups for projects that aim to improve safety in their community.  http://www.aberdeenshirecommunitysafety.org.uk/c…/smarr.html


 The Royal Bank of Scotland is making £280,000 available across Scotland through their Skills & Opportunities Fund. http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.rbs.com/


Community Transport Funds

Groups and organisations interested in setting up a new community transport service, or existing groups who require funding to set up a new service/purchase equipment not already fully grant funded are invited to apply to Aberdeenshire Council for a one-off small grant of up to £3,000 to assist with up to 75% of the project costs. Applications can be made until 1 February 2019 and will be considered on their individual merits and awarded subject to the overall budget allocation.  If you think your group may benefit from this please contact Heather or Marion in the Passenger Transport Unit on 01467 539084 to discuss their project.


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.   https://www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/tescocommunityscheme   


Northsound Cash For Kids funds both individuals and community groups. https://planetradio.co.uk/northsound/charity/info/grants-9/

Cash for Kids will award grants to children who are 0 to 18 years old, who are sick, disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect. The applicants must reside in the Northsound radio transmission area. Applications must be submitted on or before the deadlines - 19th April, 19th July and 18th October. 


National Churches Trust offers grants of up to £40,000.  http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants

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.


The Peter Harrison Foundation offers funding through the Opportunities Through Sports programme.  http://www.peterharrisonfoundation.org/opportunities-throug…

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.


Will Aid is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine UK charities.  http://www.willaid.org.uk/will-aid-charities

Every November, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic Will.  Instead, they invite clients to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid. 


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.  https://www.mygov.scot/rural-housing-fund/overview/


The MacMillan Cancer Support offers four grant programmes.  https://www.macmillan.org.uk/…/how-we-support-your-group.ht…

Start up, development, user involvement and individual development grants are available.


Cattanach Trust offers funding of £3,000-£25,000 per year.  http://www.cattanach.org.uk/faq

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.


Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund is open until 8th November.  https://www.ofcom.org.uk/…/radio-broad…/community-radio-fund

Grants can range from about £2,000 to around £19,000 with an average grant of about £14,000.  Grants will be made as a single lump sum and are to cover a one-year period only.


British and Foreign School Society (BFSS) are accepting applications for 2018 Projects.  https://www.bfss.org.uk/…/looked-after-children-and-young-…/

Applications will be considered from educational or training institutions which have UK charitable status or, in the case of schools, colleges, universities and churches, “exempt charity” status that need funding for education or training for children and young people up to the age of 25 years.


WREN’S FCC Scottish Action Fund is accepting applications.  http://www.wren.org.uk/apply/fcc-scottish-action-fund

Grants of between £2,000 and £100,000 are available for categoires: Land Reclamation, Community Recycling, Public Amenities and Parks, Biodiversity and Historic Buildings.


Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.  https://www.turn2us.org.uk/