Third Sector Funding 2021

***Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund Launched
The Scottish Government have launched a new £15 million Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund to help address social isolation, loneliness and mental health – all of which have become heightened as a result of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

A share of this fund will be allocated to Glasgow and will be administered by GCVS, in partnership with GCHSCP. Details of the scheme and how to apply for funding will be announced soon.

Find more information

***The Funding Support Service from the Sector Development Team at GCVS (Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector) offers a wide range of resources, training sessions and one-to-one advice services open to voluntary groups, charities or community organisations in Glasgow completely free of charge.

You can find more information from the website, or by contacting June Burgess at

***Impact Funding Partners managing the Winter Social Wellbeing Fund (Glasgow) on behalf of Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership (GHSCP). GHSCP has made funding available to local organisations, to enable them to support people who may be isolated over the winter period. The fund is available to organisations currently supporting the residents of Glasgow City. Priority will be given to organisations working with individuals most at risk of social isolation and loneliness as well as those most impacted by coronavirus.

• The Fund closes on Friday 5th November 2021
• Decisions are expected to be made by mid to end November 2021
• Eligible activities must take place between 1st December 2021 and 31st March 2022

If you have any questions or require further information about this fund, you can contact the fund team at


Updated 7/10/21

***Foundation Scotland is administering the Clubs in Crisis Fund from Made by Sport with grants up to £2,021 available. Aimed at supporting sports clubs and youth organisations that deliver sport to address wider social outcomes, The Clubs in Crisis Fund will help organisations to recover from the pandemic’s impact, and enable them to continue their work to achieve social outcomes through sport. The deadline for applications is 25th October 2021 with decisions expected December 2021.

Find further information and/or apply

***The Shared Care Scotland Better Breaks programme provides 12-month grants to third sector organisations to develop and deliver short breaks projects and services for disabled children and young people (aged 20 and under), and their  carers.

Grants are for one year and will be awarded in March 2022. The maximum grant award for incorporated organisations is £35,000, and for unincorporated organisations the maximum is £5,000.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 18th November 2021. Find out more and apply

***People’s Postcode Lottery is inviting charities and community groups across Britain to apply to its £3.5 million Dream Fund to help them bring their ‘dream project’ to life. In particular the funding is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations.

The Dream Fund is encouraging applications from projects which seek to develop innovative solutions and deliver systematic change in: environment and conservation; social inequality or pandemic recovery
Application deadline is 1st November 2021. Find out more

***Impact Funding Partners managing the Winter Social Wellbeing Fund (Glasgow) on behalf of Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership (GHSCP). GHSCP has made funding available to local organisations, to enable them to support people who may be isolated over the winter period. The fund is available to organisations currently supporting the residents of Glasgow City. Priority will be given to organisations working with individuals most at risk of social isolation and loneliness as well as those most impacted by coronavirus.

• The Fund closes on Friday 5th November 2021
• Decisions are expected to be made by mid to end November 2021
• Eligible activities must take place between 1st December 2021 and 31st March 2022

If you have any questions or require further information about this fund, you can contact the fund team at


***Children In Need: Small Grants -Grants of up to £10,000 each year for three years are available to voluntary organisations delivering positive impact to support children and young people (aged 18 years and under) experiencing disadvantage. Apply before 6 October.

For more information:

***Volunteering Matters Action Earth is offering grants to help local communities to respond to climate change. Funded by NatureScot, these grants support volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in practical outdoor activities. Any group of volunteers are able to apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of between £50-250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces.  More information here

***The FCC Scottish Action Fund offers funding to projects through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund (SLCF). It will consider applications across all types of projects included in the SLCF:
• Land Reclamation
• Community Recycling
• Public Amenities and Parks
• Biodiversity
• Historic Buildings
Closing date for applications is 5pm 1st December. Find out more and apply

***Merchant’s House Glasgow Grants are now accepting applications. Conditions apply so read guidance notes. The committee sit quarterly so get your application in now for November decisions.


updated 9/9/21

***Together for our Planet Fund will offer grants from £1,000 to £10,000 of National Lottery funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change. Projects should reflect what matters to your community and can be small in scale. They could cover an area like: food, transport, energy, waste and consumption and the natural environment. The fund closes 5pm on 18th November 2021

*** YouthLink Social Isolation & Loneliness Fund – Grants of up to £5,000 are available to youth work groups and organisations supporting young people most affected by social isolation and loneliness. YouthLink Scotland will hold applicant support sessions on 9 & 10 September. To book, email Roisin Bathe Apply before 17th September

***Connecting Scotland is a Scottish Government programme set up to tackle digital exclusion during the coronavirus crisis. Phase three is now underway and aims to remove barriers related to digital exclusion for unemployed young people and adults (aged 16+). This application round is open until 5pm 27th September.

***Foundation Scotland GVC Fund supports projects that use sport and physical activity to raise awareness, tackle mental health stigmas, and support men with mental or physical health problems to become more active. Applications close on 27th Sep 2021

***Vodafone – charities.connected are providing free mobile connectivity to support charities in the UK tackle digital exclusion. If you’re a charity that needs support for digital inclusion programmes, you can apply for free Vodafone SIMs, each loaded with 20GB data plus unlimited calls and texts to be used over 6 months. You can use these however you like – for example, to help stay in touch with service users, or deliver training to people in need. Apply at any time. SIMs are available until 1 November 2022, or until supplies last.


updated 26th August 21

***The Bank of Scotland Reach programme is suitable for charities can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion. This aims to ensure that their funding will reach the most vulnerable people across Scotland, to provide them with opportunity and equality and making positive, sustainable change. The programme launches 12 noon Mon 20 Sept 2021 and closes 12 Noon Fri 24 Sep 2021.

***Together for our Planet Fund will offer grants from £1,000 to £10,000 of National Lottery funding to support communities across the UK to take action on climate change. Projects should reflect what matters to your community and can be small in scale. They could cover an area like: food, transport, energy, waste and consumption and the natural environment. You will not need to be an expert in any of these areas to apply. They are particularly interested to hear from people who are starting to think about taking action on climate change in their communities. The fund opens on 1st September and closes 5pm on 18th November 2021

***National Drug Mission Funds: Corra Foundation will be supporting the Scottish Government with their funding processes as part of the National Drug Mission. They are managing 4 funds – Micro Grants, Improvement Fund, Local Support and the Children and Families Fund.
Further information is available on their website


updated 10/8/21

***Co-op Community Fridge Fund offer grants of up to £4,000 for project costs to enable third sector groups to establish new community fridge projects. Full support, guidance and resources are available to ensure your new Fridge is a success. Apply before 16 August


*** Foundation Scotland Funds You can keep up to date with which Foundation Scotland Funds are open and which areas they cover on their website Available funds

***Tops Tips for Reporting to Funders
Reporting can often be time consuming but is an important part of your relationship with a funder, and it is useful to your organisation to help evaluate your impact. National Lottery Community Fund Scotland has created a guide of their top tips for reporting on your grant.

***GCVS have produced a series of Fundraising Quick Guide Videos to help you in your fundraising. The videos are easy to understand and are aimed at supporting voluntary groups or community organisations. They cover topics such as Developing your Fundraising Plan and Applying for Grants


Updated 29 July 2021

***The Sir George Earle Benevolent Fund Grant Programme is Scotland wide and is seeking applications from projects supporting older people facing loneliness and isolation. Projects must meet one of the following themes:

  • Improve older people’s access to social activity
  • Reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation in older people
  • Increase the availability of local projects or activity which supports older people
  • Respond to local social or economic needs

Grants of up to £3,000 are available and the closing date is 2 August 2021.  Applications should be made online via the Foundation Scotland website

***The Scottish Power Foundation welcomes applications that will support the most vulnerable people in society. Your application must address at least one of the Scottish Power Foundation’s strategic aims:

  • Education, Training and Research: To support education, training and research in general, prioritising innovation in order to contribute to energy sustainability.
  • Biodiversity and Climate Change: To support the protection of the environment and to increase biodiversity, to actively contribute in the fight against climate change.
  • Art and Culture : To protect and safeguard artistic and cultural heritage by promoting conservation and restoration of the arts and supporting local development.
  • Social Initiatives: To contribute to sustainable human development by supporting the most vulnerable people and groups

You can access the application form once you have completed the pre-application check on the website. or email All applications should be made online and submitted by 1pm on Friday 6th August 2021.

***Community Ownership Fund, a UK Govt fund, will help to ensure that communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can support and continue benefiting from the local facilities, community assets and amenities most important to them.

Voluntary and Community groups can bid for up to £250,000 of match funding to help them buy or take over local community assets at risk, to run community-owned businesses. Funding may support the purchase and/or renovation costs.

The priorities for the first round are to invest in projects which are ready to access capital funding and complete their projects within 6 months. Proposals will need to prove the value of the asset to local people and that the asset can run sustainably for the long-term benefit of the community.

The fund will run until 2024/25 and there will be at least 8 bidding rounds. The deadline for applications to the first bidding round is 13th August 2021

Find out more and apply: New levelling up and community investments – GOV.UK (

***Foundation Scotland Funds – You can keep up to date with which Foundation Scotland Funds are open and which areas they cover on their website Available funds | Foundation Scotland


updated 15/7/21

***Volunteering Support Fund is now open for applications. The £3.3 million Fund will be delivered on its behalf by Impact Funding Partners over the next 3 years. The fund is geared towards organisations in Scotland with an annual income of under £250,000. It will enable Scotland’s small to medium sized third sector organisations to recruit additional volunteers who will contribute towards delivering a new volunteering project, or extending/expanding an existing one, and improve how volunteers are supported in their role.
Find out more and how to apply Volunteering Support Fund 2021-24 | Impact Funding Partners

***Ecclesiastical Insurance Group – Movement for Good Awards are available to charities that are changing people’s lives for the better. Phase two will focus on the following themes:Education and skills; Rural or community development; Arts, culture or heritage; Climate change or environment and Human rights or equality.
In this second phase of giving, they are actively championing innovation, giving charities the backing they need to propel their plans forward and turn creative ideas into practical solutions that benefit society. Find out more and apply: Movement for Good ( Applications close on 6th August 2021

***The Nature Restoration Fund supports a mix of urban and rural-focused projects. The fund has two themes:
1. Making Space for Nature (urban focused nature based solutions for biodiversity and climate change); and
2. Helping nature recover (rural focused biodiversity enhancement, climate resilience and reinstatement).

More information and apply Guidance for Applicants – Nature Restoration Fund – Fund Priorities for Action and Information | NatureScot
The closing date for application is midnight on 27 July 2021.


Updated 8/7/21

***The Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund has reopened for applications with refreshed criteria. The purpose of the Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is to provide small grants to community and voluntary groups across Scotland who are delivering activities that connect and support people within their local community.

The Fund aims to reach groups who:

  • Have strong local relationships with people in the community.
  • Are already supporting people in their communities to reconnect and improve wellbeing.
  • Have an annual income of less than £50,000.

Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund – Corra

***The Community Capacity and Resilience Fund (CCRF) from Scottish Government aims to support local, community-based organisations with small grants to deliver activities that help people mitigate the impact of welfare reform. CCRF will support organisations to try creative approaches that mitigate the impact of welfare reform, promote social inclusion, combat inequality, and increase partnership working.

The Fund presents an opportunity for organisations to develop new ways of working to mitigate the effects of welfare reform, combat poverty and social inequality, promote social inclusion and have a preventative impact in their communities. Applications close at 12 noon on 10 September 2021. Find out more and apply Community capacity & resilience fund – SCVO

***The Volant Trust’s aim is to support women, children and young people who are at risk and facing social deprivation. It supports Scottish charities and projects, whether national or community-based, which help alleviate social deprivation, particularly supporting women, children and young people at risk. There is a two stage application process. The first step is to complete the online enquiry form on the funder website to send an outline of your project. If invited, you will be sent a full application to complete. To receive a decision by April 2022 all enquiry forms must be submitted between 1st July and 31st October 2021 Volant Charitable Trust | Foundation Scotland

***The VocTech Challenge Grant Fund is now open for applications and they are especially keen to hear from organisations in Scotland. This call is for projects that address the VocTech Challenge:

How can VocTech address barriers and build bridges to create a step-change in learner confidence and motivation, leading to better outcomes for the learner, for the employer and for society as a whole?

This Challenge is focused on adults impacted by the digital divide and furthest away from learning so they can gain the confidence they need to get skills for work. Full details on their website and applications will close at 5pm on 29 July 2021. Ufi VocTech Challenge Grant Fund 2021 | Ufi VocTech Trust

***The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust award grants to registered UK charities that work with communities in the UK.  Grant round 3 is now open and they welcome applications for projects that support refugees and asylum seekers. Application timing is 1st – 31st July. Home – The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust (

***The Rayne Foundation favour work which could change the way issues are tackled in our society and which could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation. They consider applications in the fields of arts, health and wellbeing, education in its widest sense, and those that cover social issues.

The focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society, and to enable individuals to reach their full potential. In addition, areas of special interest are: Young people’s improved mental health; Arts as a tool to achieve social change; Improved quality of life for carers and for older people Guidelines | The Rayne Foundation


updated 26/6/21

***Get Into Summer fund aims to support children and young people access free or low cost summer holiday sport and physical activity programmes. The fund is open to clubs, hubs and organisations in Glasgow to deliver sport and physical activity from 28th June to 31st August 2021

The application form and guidelines can be found at The deadline for activities starting after 18th July is Friday 2nd July 2021 at 9am. Funding from £500 to £2000 will be awarded to support activities

***BWB Foundation Stephen Lloyd awards’ aim  is to help create success by finding and nurturing innovative ideas and projects that can lead to practical, sustainable social change. The awards committee is particularly interested in supporting ideas that address social problems at a systemic level. Shortlisted candidates and award winners will receive practical, free support. In addition, funding of up to £20,000 will be made available to support award winners in developing their initiatives. At the shortlist stage the awards will make up to ten awards of up to £2,000 to assist candidates to further develop their ideas. Ideas can include new-start up enterprises or an extension of an organisation’s existing work.
Deadline is 31st August 2021 – find out more and apply Stephen Lloyd Awards

***Comic Relief #ShiftThePower supports organisations with passionate people to make meaningful change in their communities. Your work should fit into one of the two strategic themes: Gender Justice or A Safe Place to Be 

Find out more about the programme and apply #ShiftThePower Scotland Comic Relief Fund –  Closing Date for applications is 20th August 12pm

***The Chartered Institute for Fundraising have launched a new written guide and video series to help fundraisers and organisations get to grips with the essential elements of fundraising. Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund.

This guide, and accompanying set of videos, are a starting point for any individual or charity new to fundraising. Access the guide and videos on their website Chartered Institute of Fundraising – Fundraising Essentials (


updated 10/6/21

***Life Changes Trust small grants are available for the Creating Better Lives Dementia programme in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde region. Grants of £2000-£15,000 available for your project, which can last up to 18 months. The funding awarded must be used wholly for the benefit of people living with dementia and their unpaid carers/families. It can be used to support new or existing work.

Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 6 August 2021. Find out all the details and apply

***Connecting Scotland is a Scottish Government programme set up in response to coronavirus. It provides iPads, Chromebooks and support to develop digital skills for people who digitally excluded and on low incomes. Phase three is now underway and aims to remove barriers related to digital exclusion for unemployed young people and adults (aged 16+).

Organisations can apply for support on behalf of the people they work with. This includes:

  • Digital devices: iPads and/or Chromebooks
  • Internet connectivity: a mobile WiFi hotspot with 24 months unlimited data
  • Training and support: for staff and volunteers to become ‘digital champions’ to support people to use the internet confidently and safely

Find out more on their website Next deadline in 5th July 2021


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***Henry Duncan Grants, managed by Corra Foundation, will fund community-based support for mental health and wellbeing. Around one in three people in Scotland are estimated to experience mental ill health in any year. The impacts aren’t spread equally across the population, with adults living in areas of poverty approximately twice as likely to have common mental health problems.This year’s Henry Duncan Grants has three strands:

  • Organisation Grants
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Project Grants
  • Micro Grants

See their website link below for more information and to apply. If you need any more information, the team at Corra is always available by emailing or call on 0131 444 4020

****Foundation Scotland Essentia Foundation is looking to provide financial support to charities and community groups that will help achieve the following objectives:

  • Improved health and social welfare of children and young people up to the age of 25 years old.
  • Increased opportunities for training, enhancing learning, upskilling, and developing career opportunities,and
  • Supporting young people up to the age of 25 years old to move towards employment

Find out more information, criteria and application form on their website. Apply by 28th June 2021

***The Aviva Community Fund supports projects that are fighting climate change and building stronger, more resilient communities across the UK and are investing in three key areas: – Building back better, Climate champions and Financial empowerment. Any projects submitted should aim to:

  • develop a new approach, product or technology or
  • implement a new initiative or pilot a new scheme or
  • expand existing services to a new area or beneficiary group or
  • adapt services to meet today’s needs without compromising those of future generations

Eligible projects should submit an online application form and create a project page explaining your idea. These pages will be available to all Aviva employees to browse and donate to. The full process is shown on their website are now open for the next round of the Aviva Community Fund until 6th July


Added 20/5/21

***CRER- Global Majority Fund. Grants are available to support BME community organisations to continue delivering services to communities facing racial inequality who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns in Scotland. The funding is expected to be used over the duration of 12 months and will need to be completed by 30 July 2022. Your proposed grant should benefit BME communities in Scotland.

The deadline to submit the application is 12 noon on 17 June 2021. Awards are expected to be made in late June/early July. More information on this fund For more information Email: or call
0141 418 6530

*** ASDA Foundation – Bringing Communities Back Together Grant. This new grant will be targeted at reuniting communities, celebrating togetherness, and supporting groups as they resume their activities in person again.

There are three options within this grant. Groups must be clear from the outset which option they intend to apply for: Celebration Event, Getting Activities Back on Track, or a Combination of both.

All events must take place between 1 July 2021 and 30 September 2021.


***The Robertson Trust Partners in Change has been established to support work which aims to change how services and supports addressing poverty and/or trauma are designed and delivered. The fund will support organisations to test new ways of working, replicate an intervention which has been trialled successfully elsewhere, or scale up a successful service/support. The closing date for Expressions of Interest for Partners in Change is 5pm on 3 June 2021. Next deadline: 3rd Jun 2021. For more information

Added 13/5/21

***The Youth Scotland Youth Work Support Fund has been established to help youth groups and youth workers meet the needs of young people in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. They will consider any reasonable requests specific to needs identified in your community relating to young people.

Find out criteria and apply:

***The Clubs in Crisis Fund, administered by Foundation Scotland on behalf of Made By Sport, offers local sports clubs and organisations the opportunity to apply for a grant to help support young people as they start to recover from the effects of the latest lockdown. The fund will award unrestricted grants of £2,021 to clubs who match the criteria.

They are looking for applications from clubs and community organisations using sport to improve young people’s lives. Find out criteria and apply:

Added 5/5/21

***Co-op Local Community Fund. The Co-op want to help communities come together, co-operate and make a difference. If your project helps people access food, improves mental wellbeing or provides opportunities for young people, apply for funding. Funding available depends on local support for your cause over the coming year. You must apply by midnight on 30 May 2021. Find out more and apply

***Foundation Scotland Investing in Enterprise Fund offers blended grant and loan investment to social enterprises, community organisations and charities working within 13 eligible areas (Glasgow City is included – see link below for full list). The fund can invest between £10,000 and £500,000 per business; up to 50% of this can be in the form of a grant and the remainder a loan For more information and to apply

*** Awesome Projects. Micro grants of £500 are available from the Glasgow Chapter of the Awesome Foundation. Projects must be based in Glasgow, have a budget, benefit the local community and most of all have to be awesome! The next deadline is 21 May 2021

Added 29/4/21

***YouthLink Scotland is now taking applications for  the £500,000 Outdoor Education Recovery Fund.  The aim of the fund is to support outdoor education specialists to deliver outdoor learning in partnership with school or other formal education settings. For more information and guidance see the link below.

For further information or help with your application form, you can register for one of the applicant support sessions  or contact: Jane Dailly, National Grants Manager, YouthLink Scotland.

***Paths for All have Funding of up to £1,500 available for constituted community groups to create, promote and maintain local community paths. Your project must include at least eight volunteers. The closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm on Monday, 24 May 2021.  See the link below for full details.

Added 22/4/21

*** Tesco Community Grant Scheme – Community groups across the UK are being invited to apply for funding for local projects that matter to them. The Tesco Community Grant scheme will award grants to charities and community organisations to fund local good causes whose focus is on supporting children and families.

Funding pots of £500, up to £1000 and up to £1500 will be available for projects and Tesco customers will be able to choose which project receives the most funding by voting in store every time they shop.

The scheme is open to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, via an on-line application form. Greenspace Scotland’s team of Community Enablers can support you to apply or answer any questions. To find out more or to apply, please visit Tesco Community Grants page.

***BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing.

All applications must be made by a registered referrer. Register and Apply


Added 15/4/21

***The Creative Breaks programme, operated by Shared Care Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, will provide funding to third sector organisations for short breaks projects and services that support carers and the people they care for.

Full details on the fund including how to apply and how to access the workshops are available on the Shared Care website. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 20 May 2021

***Applications for the Organised Outdoor Community Play Fund are now open. Funded by the Scottish Government, it aims to support charities who provide organised outdoor play opportunities for children and families in Scotland’s most deprived communities.

Applications close at midday on Monday April 26th 2021. Find out more and apply online via the Inspiring Scotland website.

****Impact Funding Partners are inviting applications to the Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund 2021.

Funding of up to £1,500 will be available to local organisations across Scotland to enable them to support older people (aged 55yrs+) who may be at risk of social isolation, loneliness or reduced wellbeing due to Coronavirus and the impact of restrictions. Eligible activities must take place between 24th May and 27th August 2021. The activities funded must be in addition to what you are already delivering, enabling you to reach and support more individuals at risk over this period.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2021. Further information and a link to the application form can be found on the Impact Funding Partners website


Added 7/4/21

*** Note a new website for Funding Scotland –

***  The Social Isolation and Loneliness Fund was launched this week by Impact Funding Partners. It offers grants of up to £1,500 to enable local organisations to support older people who may be at risk of social isolation, loneliness or reduced wellbeing due to lockdown restrictions. Closing date for applications is 30 April 2021.

***The Enabling Neighbourhoods & Communities Fund Grants up to £2,000 are available for community and voluntary groups providing activities and support for people within their own local community. The Fund is administered by the CORRA Foundation on behalf of the Scottish Government. Funding is open to grassroots community groups that have received little/or no emergency funding during the pandemic.

***Scots Refugee Integration Delivery Project will offer grants to groups and organisations to extend existing work, or to start new projects by, with and to help people seeking safety in Scotland.

Applications are invited from groups and organisations working to support the integration of people seeking sanctuary across Scotland, as long as they meet the priorities of the New Scots strategy and its themes, either by expanding existing good practice or developing new and innovative ways to help people with refugee status and those seeking protection. The deadline for application submissions is 22 May 2021 11.59 p.m. Find all the info on the Scottish Refugee Council website If you are a community group in the Glasgow City local authority area:please contact Petrit Shala  email:

***Trusthouse Charitable Foundation Major Grants scheme is now open. Preference is for front line organisations working directly with families in need. Organisations should have a focus on Family Support, this may  include: Early intervention, Families coping with addiction, Prisoners’ families. Your organisation’s postcode, or the project area, must be ranked within the most deprived 15% of the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) for urban areas or within the most deprived 50% for rural areas.

Major grants fund single or multi-year grants between £10,00 and £100,000. The amount requested must not be for more than 50% of the total cost. They operate a rolling programme and you can apply at any time throughout the year. There are no submission deadlines.

Find out more information and apply:

***Food For Life are offering small grants of £150 – the last round of this funding is 30th April 2021. The grants are to support community led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers. The money can either be used for activity costs (for example, seeds, transport, technology, food etc.) or equipment (for example, induction hobs, fridges, durable gardening tools, etc.). All activities funded in round 6 must start no later than August 31st 2021.

More information and apply before 5.30pm 30th April 2021:

***Robertson Trust Community Building Grants – Capital funding for a building to support the work of charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £2 million. They offer funding to charitable organisations that support people and communities in Scotland who are living with poverty or trauma – this is our overarching focus.

With this capital funding, they want to support the physical development and/or improvement of buildings that will be used to host or deliver a range of work addressing the impacts of poverty and/or trauma under one or more of the following themes:Financial wellbeing, Emotional wellbeing and relationships, and Educational and work pathways. See website for details of target groups.

More information and apply:

Added 18th March 2021

*** MAGIC LITTLE GRANTS FUND*** Localgiving is working with People’s Postcode Lottery to offer charitable organisations the opportunity to apply for 2000 grants of £500.
The Magic Little Grants Fund provides charitable organisations the opportunity to access funding to deliver a range of projects which fit one or more of the below funding themes:

  • 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

Applications are open until 31 October 2021 and you will receive funding within six weeks. Apply for a grant via the Localgiving website.

***SCVO**** has launched three new funds to help people get online:

The Digital Participation Charter Fund

The Charter Fund has been operating for a number of years with the support of the Scottish Government and BT, and this year also has Cellnex on board.The Fund will provide small grants of up to £10,000 to help a range of organisations tackle poverty, social isolation and other forms of inequality in society through embedding digital skills development work in their day-to-day activity with the people they support.

The Device Refurbishment Support Fund

This fund will provide grants of up to £15,000 to support projects operating within the voluntary and community sectors that have an established programme of collecting, re-furbishing and distributing pre-loved devices

***THE RAGDOLL FOUNDATION*** Funding is available  from The Ragdoll Foundation to charitable organisations supporting children and young people through the arts and creative media. See their website for information and application forms for their Open Grants- Small Grants and Main Grants Programmes




Added 11th March 2021

***The Arnold Clark Community Fund*** will be 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. Find out more

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

Coronavirus has had a significant effect in the way we all live and work. It has impacted on how as neighbours and communities we connect and relate to each other. The purpose of the Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is to provide small grants to community and voluntary groups across Scotland who are connecting and supporting people within their local community.

Find out more information and apply

Updated 4th March 2021

***ADAPT & THRIVE UPDATED*** The Scottish Government confirmed additional investment for the Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme, which will allow Adapt and Thrive to continue until the end of June 2021.

Adapt and Thrive is part of the £25m Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme. The programme forms part of the wider Scottish Government Third Sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 supports organisations to 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.

You can find out more and apply:

Updated 25 February 2021

***Digital Inclusion Fund*** A fund of £185,000 is available for organisations to apply to for training and support in digital inclusion in the communities they work with. The aim of this fund is to increase and improve digital inclusion in Glasgow by supporting third sector training and development initiatives which aim to help the communities they are working with to improve their digital skills.

For more information about this fund and how to apply go to GCVS website or  contact and the guidelines and application forms will be e-mailed to you. The deadline for applications is Monday 8th March at noon.

*** Home Heating Support Fund*** The Scottish Government has launched a new fund to support energy customers who are suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19. Administered by Advice Direct Scotland, the Home Heating Support Fund has been established because no household should live in fuel poverty or ration fuel to get by.

Organisations who provide energy advice and/or approved money advice can apply on behalf of the individuals they support.The fund is available until 31 March 2021. Find out more about the application process via the website where you can register as a referral partner.

***National Lottery Community Fund*** are running FREE webinars for organisations to find out more about their funding in Scotland. 

If you are working in Scotland, come along to a webinar to find out: Who can apply for funding;What kinds of thing our funding can be used for; hints and tips for getting funding; How to check if your idea could be funded, and start applying. The webinars take place on Wednesday 3rd March at 10.30am and Thursday 11th March at 10.30am.

Click here  for more information and to book your place

***People’s Postcode Trust*** Charities and good causes in Scotland will be able to apply for funding of up to £20,000 from People’s Postcode Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Funding is available to cover core costs, as well as project-based initiatives. There will be an income cap of £1million Priority will be given to groups with an income of less than £500,000. Applications will open around the 1st of each month to 1st October 2021 and will close each month once the maximum number of bids are received. Find out more

***Adapt and Thrive*** Recovery for the third sector has not been straightforward, and lockdowns, changes to guidelines and the tier system will continue to be part of our daily lives in 2021.  As a response, Adapt and Thrive has adapted and now all eligible organisations can access funding regardless of turnover size and the top value of grants has increased to £75K.

Adapt and Thrive offers tailored, specialist advice, as well as grants and loans. The advice is designed to help organisations to build recovery plans that are flexible, allowing them to stay open, respond or adapt quickly to any changes in guidelines or tiers. The funding is unrestricted so it can also adapt around the needs of the organisation.

The programme will run until March 2021 and is delivered in partnership by Firstport, Corra Foundation, SCVO, Just Enterprise, Community Enterprise and Social Investment Scotland. You can find out more and apply:

Updated 3rd Feb 2021

*** Wee Green Grants*** The second phase of the Wee Green Grants Funding which supports projects to ensure all communities can access, enjoy and celebrate their Parks, Greenspace and Open Space is now open. The deadline for applications is the 22nd February. Groups can bid in for between £500 and £5000.

All successful applications then get put forward to a public vote system with funding allocated to winning projects in descending order of votes until the fund money has been distributed.

***Volant Trust Covid 19 Response Fund*** accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered. To find out more and for eligibility criteria 

Updated 20th January 2021

***The Glasgow Food Fund 2021*** will be operated by Glasgow Third Sector Interface and Glasgow City Council. It will make grants to third sector organisations who can respond to gaps in the city’s response to food insecurity which has arisen as a result of Covid-19 and lockdown.

The funding will be targeted at communities who would be excluded, or whose needs would not be met appropriately by the current structures, because of language barriers, culturally specific needs, or similar challenges. The fund will make grants on a rolling basis until the pot (£75k) is exhausted. Maximum grant will be £5000.

For more information and application form: For any further queries please email

***Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation*** have launched the latest round of the Tech for Good programme. The programme supports not-for-profit organisations to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services.

The Tech for Good 2021 ‘Build’ programme will enable organisations or partnerships to define, test and develop digital solutions over nine months that meet a social need or challenge. Applications that want to adapt or re-purpose existing technology to increase impact in their service delivery are also actively encouraged. Applications are open to UK charities with incomes of between £75,000 and £10 million and projects should address one of their four core issue areas: Children Survive and Thrive; Global Mental Health Matters; Fighting for Gender Justice; A Safe Place to Be

Find out more and apply.Closing Date is 12 noon on 12th February 2021

Updated 14th January 2021

***The Scottish Children’s Lottery ***has reopened for applications across its four grant giving SCIOs – Chance to Connect; Chance to Succeed; Chance to Flourish: Chance to Study.

There are no deadlines and applications are reviewed quarterly. You can apply for a small grant of up to £5,000, or for a large grant of up to £25,000. Find out information and links to the funds

***Tech for Good ‘Build’ – Digital Development Fund*** Comic Relief and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation have just launched the Tech for Good ‘Build’ programme. This offers grants of up to £70,000 to define, test and develop digital solutions, or re-purpose existing technology in order to meet a social need or challenge linked to Comic Relief’s Social Change Strategy

*** Winter Social Wellbeing Fund Glasgow*** Impact Funding Partners are delighted to be managing the Winter Social Wellbeing Fund (Glasgow) on behalf of Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership (GHSCP).
GHSCP has made funding available to local organisations, to enable them to support people who may be isolated over the winter months.  The fund is available to organisations currently supporting the residents of Glasgow City.  Priority will be given to organisations working with individuals most at risk of social isolation and loneliness as well as those most impacted by coronavirus. The fund closes on Friday 29th January 2021.

***The Third Sector Homelessness Fund*** plans to open for applications in early January 2021. This £3 million funding from the Scottish Government is for third sector organisations delivering homelessness services in Scotland. Read more HERE

The fund is NOW open and closes 8th February. The Scottish Government aims to communicate funding decisions to all applicants by the end of March 2021. Further information about the new fund including guidelines, criteria, and link to the application form will appear on the following Corra Foundation web page:

Updated 6th January 2021

*** #ShiftThePower Coronavirus Response Fund*** which helps grassroots organisations in Scotland to support vulnerable individuals, families, and communities, including coping with the impacts of Coronavirus has reopened.

The Fund, delivered by Corra Foundation, will provide grants of up to £10,000 and is open to charities and voluntary organisations with an income of less than £250,000.

Find out more

***People’s Postcode Trust*** Charities and good causes in Scotland will be able to apply for funding of up to £20,000 in the new year from People’s Postcode Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. People’s Postcode Trust will now focus solely on helping organisations in Scotland and funding is available to cover core costs, as well as project-based initiatives. There will be an income cap of £1million has been introduced. Priority will be given to groups with an income of less than £500,000.

Applications will open around the 1st of each month from 1st February 2021 to 1st October 2021 and will close each month once the maximum number of bids are received. Find out more information

***Weir Charitable Trust*** are taking applications from Scottish based groups and charities with an annual income of £125,000 or less which focus on Sport, Health, Culture, Animal Welfare or Recreational Facilities. Online applications are being accepted until Friday 26 Feb 2021. 

***Delivering Equally Safe Fund*** Equally Safe is Scotland’s strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls. Delivering Equally Safe is the name of the 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. Applications will be accepted until  31 March 2021.  The fund will be administered by Inspiring Scotland. See the link below for all the information and application process. You can submit enquiries via the website or email

***The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme*** is a programme aiming to support charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations that are supporting people and communities through the shift from lockdown to recovery. As well as providing ongoing crisis support, they will be planning and implementing changes to adapt and thrive in a very different social and economic climate. The Community & Third Sector Recovery Programme has two strands: Adapt & Thrive and Communities Recovery Fund

The fund aims to support the delivery of services in communities that were suspended or reduced because of COVID, or the creation of new services that tackle new challenges presented by COVID. Find out information and apply:

 ***Resilience Funding*** Foundation Scotland is inviting applications for the Resilience phase of the Community Response, Recovery and Resilience Fund (RRR Fund). Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available and organisations can use them for activities such as:

  • Training and development of staff
  • Purchase of equipment to ensure organisations have the hardware required to continue to deliver services effectively.
  • Training and resources for charities and communities regarding changes to operation and working practices necessary for safe delivery of services.
  • Helping organisations change their approach or adapt their services to meet social distancing guidelines.
  • Adapting outdoor activities and spaces to enable services to safely continue during the winter months and beyond.
  • Developing specific resources/infrastructure to deal with mental health issues

Find out more and apply,-recovery-resilience-fund/

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