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With life expectancy in the UK increasing, a valuable opportunity has opened up for greater numbers of volunteers to share their skills and talents with others in later life - offering a rewarding experience for both sides.
Today, as we announce our first Celebrate awards, we want to remind you of the fantastic opportunity to apply for a £5,000 award to bring your community together. You could follow in the footsteps of the Darvel Music Company and Glasgow Afghan United, just two of the successful 15 organisations that filled in an application form and are now preparing to hold their own community inspired events.
To support the disadvantaged by fostering community action.
People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in the Scottish Highlands
A Fields in Trust protection programme will create a legacy of 50 permanently safeguarded outdoor spaces across the UK and tackle physical inactivity, particularly the most inactive communities, to participate in physical activity, sport and play.
Aldi Scotland is providing grants of up to £500 for sporting organisations with registered charity status, including rugby clubs and after school groups, to make it easier for kids to take part in sports in their local communities. Applicants need to be based in Scotland.
This scheme was set up in 1966 by the late Sir Allen Lane, founder of Penguin Books, to support general charitable causes. The foundation has no connection with the publishing company, but five of the Trustees are members of the founder’s family.
Nesta are currently working with arts and heritage funders, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore the potential of crowdfunding.
The Fund will help enable community bodies and third sector organisations in our most deprived and fragile communities to develop and deliver long-term local solutions that address local priorities and needs, increase active inclusion and build on the assets of local communities to reduce poverty and to enable inclusive growth.
First Minister opens new funding for communities and third sector.
Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK.
The Bank of Scotland Foundation supports people and their local communities across Scotland.
The Bank of Scotland Foundation has announced that the next closing dates for its small and medium grant making programmes is the 7th April 2017.
The Baring Foundation, in partnership with the Legal Education and Esmée Fairbairn Foundations, has re-opened two funds under its Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme. These funds aim to support registered UK charities to use the law and human rights based approaches effectively in their work.
Big Give Opens for Christmas Challenge 2017 on 5 June The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, will open for applications from UK registered charities on 5 June 2017.
The Big Lottery Fund, Scotland has opened a new five-year £250 million funding scheme that focuses on projects which are community led or will help people and communities most in need.
An international charitable foundation with cultural, educational, social and scientific interests, based in Lisbon with offices in London and Paris.
The Celebrate programme is offering grants of between £500 and £5,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community and bring people together.
£200,000 available for community digital participation projects across Scotland - applications for call 2 are now open
The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund is open for applications
Co-operative Membership Community Fund
Comic Relief is opening a new funding initiative, with £1.5 million on offer to organisations which enable disadvantaged older people to design, deliver and take part in opportunities to contribute to their communities.
Comic Relief is offering funding to UK based organisations working with partners in nine Sub-Saharan African countries to address the needs of marginalised population groups who are disproportionately affected by HIV.
Round two of the community capacity and resilience fund which is supported by the Scottish Government has been announced.
Support and funding of up to £10,000 is offered for one Community Engagement Pioneer Project to be developed and run as part of the Adaptation Scotland programme between September 2017 – March 2018.
The Community Food and Health (Scotland) development funding programme is open to groups who would like to develop new or existing activities that will improve access to, or take up of, a healthy balanced diet in low-income communities in Scotland.
The Community Innovation Fund is a £2 million fund which NHS Tayside is making available to groups of people living in communities across the area.
The first round of the Community Radio Fund in 2017-18 is open for applications from 12 April until 5pm on Wednesday 10 May 2017. The awarding Panel will meet in June 2017 to consider the applications.
Crowdfunding offers both commercial and non-commercial ventures the opportunity to raise a sum of money by offering shares to people who put forward small amounts of money.
Apply for funding to hold an event in your local area during the Year of Young People 2018!
Creative Scotland has announced that the second round of Regular Funding programme has re-opened for applications.
Conserving, sharing and celebrating your heritage, memories and cultures in Scotland, North West and South West England
This scheme makes grants available for registered charities in Scotland working for the support and improvement of the community.
Cycling Scotland - Community groups across Scotland can apply for a number of funding streams and support programmes throughout the year to help them encourage cycling locally, all of which can help towards gaining the nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Community Award.
Funding for community groups and organisations in Scotland to deliver local cycling projects.
Two grants are now available via DEEP for groups and projects involving people with dementia – the DEEP Inluencing Grant and DEEP Working Together Grant.
Paths fort All have small grants available (up to £2000) for projects who would like to be considered and the dementia friendly team can provide support, training and resources. Deadline 31st of May 2016
The Fund is available to all eligible projects within East Renfrewshire and is targeted at larger scale projects with a minimum cost of £20,000.
Entrepreneurs over 50 will share a £100,000 pilot fund
Erasmus+ is the European Programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020.
Next round of funding announced
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They will be awarding £300 donations to 85 local community projects, charities and warm-hearted people across the UK and Ireland during the course of the Fund.
GRANTnet is a straightforward free to use service from GRANTfinder, which can help you to identify suitable funding for their activity or project.
This funding aims to support communities to improve the places they live and the wellbeing of those most in need.
Grants from £10,000 to £1 million to help people facing challenging circumstances.
The Women's Fund for Scotland is back in business, making small grants to projects across Scotland that support women's development, self sufficiency, and social and economic equality.
Grow Wild is awarding funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants. Deadline 1st of December 2015
Growing a Greener Britain, a registered charity, is providing grants to constituted community groups for projects which help transform green spaces in Great Britain.
The Bute Network has been awarded £10,173 to allocate.
The Scottish Government Healthier Scotland Engagement Fund provides grants of up to £500 (in exceptional circumstances up to £1,000) to small to medium- sized voluntary organisations and community groups in Scotland to help them run an event or engagement activity with a group of five or more people to gather their thoughts on creating a healthier Scotland. Applications to be recieved by the 11th of December.
Every year, we award nearly £1 million in grants to grassroots charities working with individuals and communities experiencing or at risk of, disadvantage. This includes working to reduce isolation with older people.
Grants of over £100,000 are available to support a wide variety of larger heritage projects.
This scheme offers financial assistance to support integrated community projects throughout the UK for the conservation, enhancement and wider enjoyment of the landscape.
Young Scot is offering an exciting opportunity to young people and youth groups to celebrate the year of Homecoming 2014. Young Scot will help fund £1000 to successful groups to host an event in their local area that helps celebrate the community. The event can take any form that the youth group decides, and we would be interested in knowing if this is something that would appeal to your organisation. More information and the application form can be found on the website.
Stories, Stones and Bones will encourage people in communities across Scotland to dig deeper into their past and to find out more about their local history, customs and traditions - resulting in often complex, sometimes quirky but always fascinating stories
The Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Pot is a discretionary fund to help Scottish volunteers whose individual circumstances means they need assistance towards the cost of participating. If you would like to find out more information around the funding available for volunteers, visit the Legacy 2014 website.
Live UnLtd backs people aged 11-21 who want to change their world for the better. We do this by providing cash Awards and support to launch projects.
Explore local heritage as a class with support from the Gannochy Trust and Culture Perth and Kinross.
This scheme makes one-off grants of between a few hundred pounds and £7,000 available for grassroots charities in Scotland delivering programmes or services that are clearly focused on improving the quality of life for people who are disadvantaged.
Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership has made Integrated Care Funding available through six Local Reference Groups (LRGs).
A massive cash boost of £15 million is to go to 44 organisations to promote walking and cycling in Scotland.
Knowing where to look for funding, how to apply for it, and how to fundraise for your group is an on-going challenge – and opportunity!
The new funding has been designed to support people and communities most in need across the country
The Carriers for Causes grants programme is funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in One Stop stores.
Glasgow First Funding Stop
Historic public parks and cemeteries are valued places at the centre of local communities. Help to conserve them with funding of £100,000–£5million.
Registered charities in England, Scotland & Wales can apply from £500 - £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects meeting the above remit, whilst other organisations may apply for up to £2,000.
People’s Health Trust Active Communities to Open in Parts of Scotland The People’s Health Trust has announced that its Active Communities funding programme will open soon to local voluntary and community groups in specific areas of Scotland.
Postcode Community Trust will re-open for applications to its grants programme on the 1st August 2017.
The Postcode Local Trust which is a grant-giving body funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery will re-open for applications on the 23rd January 2017.
The R S Macdonald Charitable Trust aims to distribute up to £2 million annually to charities in Scotland through their grants programmes. They are also able to assist beneficiary charities with non-financial support and are keen to support intergenerational dementia projects.
The Robert Burns Humanitarian Award (RBHA) has opened for nominations for 2017.
The Scotch Whisky industry is and has been involved for many years in a range of initiatives to promote responsible attitudes to alcohol and tackle alcohol-related harm. The establishment of this fund by the Scotch Whisky Association is a further development of that commitment. This fund is currently closed but will open again in December 2014 for a further round of applications.
Scotland is already a digital nation. Eight in ten households have an internet connection, and four in ten have a tablet computer. Six in ten people use a smartphone. For those who have the access, motivation and skills to get things done online, life is enhanced. But still far too many people risk being left behind. Approximately 10% of the adult population in Scotland have never used the internet and almost one in five do not have the basic digital skills to use it effectively.
This scheme is an annual competition aiming to recognise and reward the woods and forests that are managed to the highest standards and act as a beacon for modern woodland heritage.
Do you have an idea to improve your community? Do you need funds to put your idea into action?
LEADER is a bottom-up method of delivering support to communities for rural development. Grants are awarded by Local Action Groups to projects that support delivery of a Local Development Strategy.
See Me provides an annual grant programme which allows projects and groups to apply for funds where the people who benefit are those with mental health problems, carers and vulnerable groups.
Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland will fund intergenerational work and will consider applications from areas other than the priority areas mentioned on their website. Groups planning to apply for funding including start up funding should contact their Development Team first.
This fund is open to partnerships between at least one social economy organisation and one academic/research institution.
Social Investment Scotland (SIS), in collaboration with Community Shares Scotland, provides loans to organisations raising funds through a community share offer.
We are pleased to announce that South Central Neighbourhood Partnership, is once again hosting South Centra£ Decides.
Stalled Spaces Scotland is a national programme commissioned by the Scottish Government and managed by Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) to encourage and support communities to bring stalled spaces or derelict and vacant land back into temporary use.
Starbucks Youth Action funding is to be used by young people not in education or employment to develop and run projects in their local community
The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland will be used to pay for a large number of local projects to improve green spaces in communities. Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.
We have re-structured our Grants programme for 2017. This is in response to the significantly increased number of applications that we now receive. We will now have four application periods per year.
The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community.
The Children, Young People, Families, Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund
Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland is working in partnership with the Scottish Government to administer and manage the Scottish Government’s Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund (CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund).
The Dream Fund is now open for applications.
This Trust considers applications from charities based and working in the Greater Glasgow postcode area with an income of less than £2 million per annum.
This scheme provides revenue grants for projects involved with health and social welfare in the UK, including the Isle of Man and Channel Islands.
Prince’s Countryside Fund Due to Re-open in January 2017. The Prince’s Countryside Fund is currently closed but will re-open for applications in January 2017.
We very much like to fund projects which promote and incorporate intergenerational work.
We would like to confirm that the Scottish Veterans Fund 2017-18 is now open for applications.
This scheme offers to support registered charities in the UK, with a preference towards charitable organisations operating in Scotland.
The Volunteering Support Fund
The Weavers' Company Benevolent Fund was set up in 1973 with funds from The Worshipful Company of Weavers, which is the oldest City of London Livery Company and has a history dating back before 1130 AD.
We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards. Applications are open until 5.00 pm on Thursday 31st August 2017 with outcomes advised in Nov 2017.
Wheelsforgood aims to give something back to the community by helping out worthy causes related to wheels, transport or the motor industry (mini buses, bikes, etc.).
This scheme aims to support excellence in the UK, generally through the funding of capital infrastructure in the fields of science and technology, arts and humanities, education, and health and disability.
The Women's fund for Scotland was established in 2002 and has since distributed almost £2million in grants to over 700 Scottish community groups and local charities run by or for women.
This scheme makes grants available for registered charities undertaking educational and social welfare projects in the UK.
Funding of up to £18,000 to cover the strategy, design, build, content strategy, training, QA and launch of a new mobile optimised website, with sophisticated marketing, fundraising, appeals, social media, e-commerce and website management tools.
vInspired’s Cashpoint gives you the power (and the money) to bring your own community project to life. Tell us what great change you want to make and how your project clearly benefits others. We’ll give you up to £500 to make it happen.
Voluntary Action Fund
Our grants empower people in Scotland to take action and improve their local environment through volunteering activities.
This scheme provides grants of up £5,000 to registered charities providing care for older people in the UK. There are no specified requirements for match funding although the average grant size is £2,200.
Weir Charitable Trust
Wesleyan Foundation Small Grants aim to support: Registered charities, constituted voluntary and community groups across Scotland.
The Women’s Fund makes grants to projects across Scotland that support women’s development, self-sufficiency and social and economic equality. First round application to be submitted by 28 June 2016
The Trust has two funding rounds per year. The Autumn round is now open for application from UK registered charities with an annual income of less than £300,000.
EventScotland is now inviting the events and festivals sector across Scotland to apply for support through its Year of Young People 2018 Open Event Fund.
The Foundation aims to support projects that advance financial education, improve employability and promote environmental protection or improvement in areas where the Bank operates in England and Scotland.
Young start is a grants programme run by the Big Lottery Fund which aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24 to help realise their potential.