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Funding opportunities for small projects

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

There is still time to apply (and money available!) for grants of between £50 – £250 from Vounteering Matters Action Earth. This scheme is funded by SNH and grants are provided to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces. These could include creating or improving community gardens, wild flower meadows, ponds or woodlands.

The scheme prioritises applications where

  • the project is in an area of social or economic deprivation
  • the project can improve the health and well being of the local community
  • the project involves disabled people, vulnerable people or those in risk of exclusion
  • the project encourages or involves people under the age of 25

For more details see the volunteering matters web page.

Big Climate Conversation Community Fund Open for Applications

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

The Scottish Government would like to enable a nationwide discussion about actions to tackle the global climate emergency. To ensure that the widest range of views is represented in this conversation they are encouraging community organisations to hold workshops and contribute to the discussion. The Big Climate Conversation Community Fund will provide money for communities who need financial help. The fund opened on August 7 and will support workshops held up to October 31st. Grants can be for an amount between £100 and £300.

To find out more and to get support in organising the workshop go to This site can show you how to apply and also link you into the Scottish Government’s How To Guide.

Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund open for applications

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

The Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund opens today for project applications. The £0.5 million fund will be used to help deliver a minimum of 10 projects across Scotland that help urban communities engage with their local green infrastructure.
Projects must:
– benefit urban areas with populations of more than 10,000
– have eligible budgets between £50,000 – £120,000
– provide at least 60% match funding
– complete by 31 December 2018..
The deadline for applications is midnight on 17 April 2017.
Eligibility criteria and guidance on how to apply to the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund is available on the Green Infrastructure Fund Website.  Projects that benefit areas in the 15% most deprived areas of Scotland will be given priority. Projects in areas that have received funding from the main Green Infrastructure Fund are not eligible to apply.
Open Q&A events for potential applicants will be held in Dundee, Inverness and Glasgow. The first event will be in Menzieshill Community Centre, Dundee, on 14 February from 1100 to 1300. Following the Q&A session there will be eight half-hour appointments with the Green infrastructure Team’s project officers for an initial discussion about projects.
The other two events will be held during the following two weeks. The times and venues for these will be posted on the website and emailed to contacts requesting a place.
Details of how to book a place at our Q&A events will be posted on the website during week commencing Monday 16 January 2017.

Funding in the Internet Age

Monday, October 17th, 2016


Link to Newsletter

Most allotment associations who need money for improvements, maintenance or whatever,  fundraise through open days and similar events or, if they need a large amount, approach funding bodies.  However in the internet age there is a third way, it is called Crowd Funding and involves reaching out to the general public through a specialised internet site, to ask for money.  The hope is that if the request is pitched right, then lots of people will contribute at least a small amount and the hoped for target sum will be raised.  Until now I am not aware of any allotment association using this method, but now LUGGS, the allotment association based in Ullapool, Wester Ross,  has decided to try this method.  They desperately need a deer fence installed and it is proving to be an expensive proposition.  It will be very interesting to see whether this works for them.  If it does, and I really hope it does, then it will be yet another possibility that can be open to any allotment association and could possibly save the trauma for allotment associations of filling out complex forms and trying to work out how to fit a worthwhile project into a funding body’s particular strait jacket.

September Funding Opportunities.

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

If your allotment association has a project for which it would like funding, here are two possible sources of money:
The Postcode Local Trust funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery is offering grants of between £500 and £2000 (or £20000 if you happen to be a registered charity). Applications have to be in by September 28th. Click on the link to see further details.
The Angus Environmental Trust is specifically set up to distribute proceeds from the Landfill Tax in Angus to community groups and organisations and other environmental bodies. They are keen to here from any allotment groups that satisfy their criteria (again click on the link to find out more). They have a preference for Angus based groups since they get their money from tax collected in Angus, but in fact are allowed to disburse money to groups throughout Scotland.

CSGN development fund 2017/18

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

CSGN pictureGreen projects can bid for a share of £400,000 to enhance woodlands and green infrastructure, boost active travel and encourage community growing. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has confirmed the latest phase of Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) funding is now open for bids. Applications are made in two parts and the first part of the application must be subitted by the end of Monday 21 November 2016.

The CSGN aims to transform the central belt into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and enriches the quality of people’s lives. Since 2010 more than 150 projects have benefitted from a share of £6.2 million.

As Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, the CSGN is working to improve the lives of people in the central belt and this significant extension to the Development Fund will ensure the continued transformation of the region into a better place to live, to do business in and to visit.

Eligible projects are those that will deliver or lead to woodland creation or enhancement, local food growing initiatives which will encourage healthy eating and schemes aiming to improve or create access routes to support active travel. We’re also interested in supporting plans which will breathe new life into vacant and derelict land and improve the lives of disadvantaged communities.

To find further details of how to apply and examples of eligible projects visit the CSGN website.

A little pot of money to help you learn from other allotments

Thursday, November 12th, 2015
SAGS members, and allotment groups who are considering joining SAGS,  can apply for money to fund a learning visit. The Scottish Community Alliance secured a sum of money from the Scottish Government for the use of its member organisations to fund a Learning Exchange and SAGS can access this. The idea behind the initiative is to help community organisations to share knowledge and skills through visiting each other. For example a new allotment group may wish to visit a successful established group and learn about the pros and cons of self management or an existing allotment group may wish to visit a voluntary organisation to learn about attracting volunteers…..The list is endless. If you feel your allotment groups would benefit and learn from a visit to another community group, allotment or organisation please get in touch. Similarly if you think you have useful experiences to impart to another allotment group and are willing to host a visit please get in touch. The money available would pay for travel, a little bit of subsistence and a host fee may also be available.  SAGS is keen for allotments out there to apply. You know what they say use it or lose it.
Send your contact details via the Secretary’s e-mail: and Alison Swanson the committee member dealing with it will contact you.

Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund Extended

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Here is a useful source of funding if you want to reach out to your community, for example to discuss the benefits of more allotments and growing spaces in your area.  However you will have to get your skates on.  The deadline for applications is November 16 and the event must take place by November 23.  For full details see the Voluntary Action Fund website.

The Scottish Government’s Fairer Scotland Engagement Fund provides grants for 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 Fairer Scotland and what matters to them. Grants will normally be up to £300, but there is a possibility of up to £500 to enable a larger event.

Through Fairer Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to create a place where people are healthier, happier and treated with respect; and where opportunities, wealth and power are spread more equally. To achieve this, Fairer Scotland needs YOUR views.

Organising an event couldn’t be easier. Simply book a venue, invite at least five people, discuss the following questions and record their views:

  • What are the issues that matter most to you?
  • What do you think needs to be done?
  • How can you and your community play a role in helping to shape our future?

The views you gather will be sent to the Scottish Government as part of a series of events and conversations to help create a fairer Scotland by 2030.

Eligible costs for an event include venue hire, refreshments, interpreter, facilitator, childcare, equipment hire, travel expenses and promotional materials. Constituted organisations with an annual income of up to £250,000 can apply, or larger organisations can apply on behalf of un-constituted groups.

ASDA paper bag grants could help allotments

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

If any allotment site has a small project that needs funding this scheme might be worth looking at. ASDA has committed the proceeds of the sales from their Scottish stores of their plastic bags to charitable causes. They will supply grants of up to £2000 for projects and good causes in their local community. The total cost of the project must not be more than £8000, but this probably would fit a lot of allotment improvement projects. For more details about this scheme see

New Community Grants Scheme

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Keep Scotland Beautiful will soon be offering grants to local groups thanks to the new carrier bag charge raised by Tesco. The grants are fixed at £250 and are intended for projects that will make small improvements to the local environment, raise a smile and bring people together.
1.    Local action to improve the local environment
2.    Delivered in an environmentally sustainable manner
3.    Involves and benefits the community
4.    Volunteer led

1.    Local neighbourhood / friendship groups
2.    Local volunteer groups
3.    Not for profit organisations and groups


  •   Organise a Clean Up and purchase litter pickers, tabards, disposal bags and a small snack for the volunteers
  •   Organise a youth group to clear a neglected border / verge and plant some bulbs & flowers to encourage wildlife.
  • Recycle old containers and use as pots for sowing native flower seeds, herbs and fruit.

Applications for the grants will open on November 20th.  Visit to apply.