Social Investment & Funding

Posted: 15 September 2020, in News

New Funding Opportunities

Regenerating Communities£30million to support economic recovery across Scotland’s local authorities and individual community regeneration projects.

Islands Green Recovery Programme – up to £100,000 for island community groups and businesses that contribute to green recovery and carbon emission reductions. Applications close 21st October.

Closing Soon

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund – Grants of up to £500 to support organisational needs in this time of crisis. It will prioritise organisations whose need for services has been disrupted, who require to put in place new services, and those facing increased demand. Applications close Friday 18th September.

Henry Duncan Grants – grants of up to £8,000 a year for up to 5 years for charities that are enabling families to cope with the impacts of poverty. Applications close Monday 21st September. Microgrants are also available of up to £1,000.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People – Up to £30,000 to charities that improve education and health for young people.  Application deadline – 6th October

Bank of Scotland Foundation REACH fund – £5,000-30,000 fund for charities that can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion with an income of £1.5million or less. Application closes 8th October.

COVID-19 Funding

A guide for social enterprises and charities navigating funding possibilities during Covid-19

100+ Charity Emergency Funders

COVID-19 Support Fund for Scottish Events Industry – Grants of up to £10,000 to support businesses in the events industry. Applications close Monday 14th September at noon.

Corra Coronavirus Response Fund – Grants of up to £10,000 for charities and voluntary organisations with an income of less than £250,000. Available on a rolling basis.

Third Sector Resilience Fund – Grants of up to £75,000 for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations working in Scotland. Due to the overwhelming demand for the TSRF, the Scottish Government has announced a second phase to the fund and pledged additional funding. 

Small Business Grant Scheme – Grants of up to £10,000 to properties occupied by charities to help with pressures caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

£100m funds to help business – £100 million package of additional grant support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people is open for applications. The three separate funds will be administered by local authorities and Scotland’s enterprise agencies and will begin to pay out grants in early May.

  • The Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund – a £45m fund for viable but vulnerable SMEs who are vital to Scotland’s economy.
     
  • The Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund – a £20m fund for small creative, tourism and hospitality companies not in receipt of COVID-19 business rates relief.
     
  • The Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund – a £35m fund for the newly self-employed facing hardship through £2,000 grants.

Alpkit Grassroots Support – Awards of up £50-500 for projects that demonstrate an immediate impact on those effected by the Covid-19 virus crisis.

COVID-19 Homeless Support Fund – Grants of up to £10,000 to charities working directly with homeless people over the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme – Financial support to smaller businesses (SMEs) across the UK that are losing revenue, and seeing their cashflow disrupted, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

National Lottery Community Fund – All National Lottery Community Fund funding decisions in the next six months will be devoted to responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The NLCF will prioritise existing grant holders and applicants with activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis, and helping organisations overcome liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.

St Nicholas Care Fund Covid 19 – Grants of up to £5,000 to organistaions that support disadvantaged communities based in the Archdiocese of Glasgow. Available on a rolling basis.

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund – Grants of up to £500 to support organisational needs in this time of crisis. It will prioritise organisations whose need for services has been disrupted, who require to put in place new services, and those facing increased demand. Applications close Friday 18th September.

Gordon & Ena Baxter’s Foundation – Moray Third Sector Emergency Fund – Grants of up to £500 for charities based in the Moray local authority area which have been adversely affected by the coronavirus.

COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund launches second round of funding – Emergency financial assistance to local homelessness organisations with an annual turnover under £5million. Applications close 14th September.

Action Against Corona Funding – Apply for support including grants or investments as well as support through Action Against Corona’s network and partners.

Other Funding Opportunities

SCVO Funding Hub

Funding Scotland – 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. 

Visit Scotland funding – a range of funds to support the tourism industry.

Energy Saving Trust – Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme – Minimum grant of £20,000 for charities that help reduce fuel poverty. 

Bounce Back Loans – new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders.

Bank of Scotland Foundation REACH fund – £5,000-30,000 fund for charities that can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion with an income of £1.5million or less. Application closes 8th October.

Persimmon Community Champions – Each of their 31 businesses and their PLC head office are giving away up to £2000 every month.

SEN Bridging Loan Fund – The Social Enterprise Network (SEN) Bridging Loan is a small fund that is capitalised by the investment of people and organisations within the Scottish Third Sector, via the purchase of Community Bonds. Due to COVID-19, the loan is currently ‘interest free’ and ‘fee free’.

The Yapp Charitable Trust – Grants to registered charities with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000. Up to £3,000.

Enterprising Provan Coronavirus Fund – Grants available to Glasgow organisations or groups with enterprise ideas that will add value to local communities. Up to £1000.

Creative Scotland Open Fund -Sustaining Creative Development – This fund focuses on helping individuals and organisations in the creative industries to sustain themselves. Up to £50,000. Open on a rolling basis.

Inverclyde Community Fund – Coronavirus Response – ICF is a charitable trust which makes small grants to voluntary organisations across the Inverclyde area. Up to £500. Applications accepted all year round.

Firstport’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund

  •  Pounds for Purpose – £500 awards if you are aged 16-26 and want to put an idea that creates a positive impact into action.
  • Start It – Up to £5000 towards the start-up costs of your social enterprise idea.
  • Build It- Up to £25,000 if you have tried and tested a social enterprise idea and want to turn it into your full-time job.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People – Up to £30,000 to charities that improve education and health for young people.  Application deadline – 6th October

GSK IMPACT Awards –  Winners receive core funding of up to £40,000 and access to training and development. Your organisation must be at least 3 years old and working in a health-related field.  Application deadline – September 14th

Henry Duncan Grants – grants of up to £8,000 a year for up to 5 years for charities that are enabling families to cope with the impacts of poverty. Applications close Monday 21st September. Microgrants are also available of up to £1,000.

Partnership Drugs Initiative – funding to charities that support children and young people in Scotland. Applications close in November.