Social Investment & Funding

Posted: 14 September 2021, in News

We keep this page updated with new and current funding opportunities.

Last update – 6th of December 2021

Next update – 14th of December 2021

Funding Guides

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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. 

New Funding Opportunities

Woodward Charitable Trust- General Fund – Fund projects that help families and young people and that are aiming to improve the life chances of the beneficiaries. Closes 17th December

Chance to Succeed- Chance to Succeed is funded through the Scottish Children’s Lottery. It supports projects that focus on employability and employment skills, helping to deliver a productive future for our young people. 

Chance to Flourish -Chance to Flourish is funded through the Scottish Children’s Lottery. They support projects and activities in Scotland, with the aspiration of alleviating the impact of poverty or financial hardship, social exclusion, relative/multiple deprivation and disability or illness to young people

Foundation Scotland- Woman’s Fund for Scotland – The Women’s Fund for Scotland (WFS) makes grants to projects across Scotland that support women’s development, self-sufficiency and social and economic equality. Closes 10th January.

Ross and Liddell – Community Bursary Programme – Small grants are available to local community organisations in Scotland that make a vital difference to their local area. Applications close 30th, December.

The Nature Save Trust – up to £5,000 for environmental projects in the UK. Applications close 31st December 2021.

Garfield Weston Foundation – supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence.

Sustainable Development Fund – SSE Renewables created the Sustainable Development Fund as part of its voluntary community benefit arrangements from its onshore renewable energy developments in Highland including the Stronelairg and Dunmaglass wind farms. Application close 19th January, 2022.

Closing Soon

Co-Op Foundation Carbon Innovation Fund – The purpose of this funding is to support work that reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the food and farming sector. They also want to fund proje2cts that create benefits for the wider community and can demonstrate how the work will support those most affected by climate change. Applications close 10th of December. 

COVID-19 Funding

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

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.

Common Good Fund, Dundee – funding of up to £25,000 for organisations that deliver services for the common good of Dundee city, particularly during the coronavirus crisis. Recommend applying as soon a possible to avoid funds running out.

Growing our digital economy – Grants available to support economic recovery – A £25 million fund will help businesses utilise digital technologies and enhance workforce skills.

General Funding Opportunities

The Robertson Trust Funds – a variety of funds for Scotland’s charities and community organisations which work to alleviate the effects of poverty and trauma. Applications available on a rolling basis.

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. 

The Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation – grant applications have re-opened for community projects in the North East of Scotland and the Highlands & Islands.

Morrisons Foundation – grants up to £25,000 to fund charity projects which improve people’s lives.

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. 

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.

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.

Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme – up to £10,000 for charities working at a grassroots and local community level for core costs, equipment or project funding.

Foundation Scotland Investing in Enterprise Fund – up to £500,000 of blended finance for social enterprises in Scotland.

The Turtleton Charitable Trust – up to £25,000 grants are made to charities which advance the arts, culture and heritage, particularly heritage and the visual arts. They also consider a small number of grants each year that support the disadvantaged and the advance education. Applications close 31st December.

Grant Charitable Trustprovides grants to Associations and Charities involved in work for the relief of poverty or suffering of any kind, for the preservation of wildlife and improvement of the environment. The Trust favours applications from the Dundee area. Applicants must apply in writing to the above address and included a copy of their latest accounts: