Third Sector Funding 2021

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/

Subscribe to our newsletter for all the latest updates

We'll send you our newsletter, voluntary sector updates, surveys and information about funding and training opportunities.