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Voluntary Action Fund Grants

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Voluntary Action Fund’s (previously known as Community Chest) popular small community grant programme has been extended to the end of March 2013.  The deadline for applications is January 13 2013 and you should know within 12 weeks of application whether you have been successful.

Aimed at Scotland’s smaller community groups and voluntary organisations, the Community Grant provides grants of up to £1,000 and free training to groups with an annual income under £25,000.

Groups can apply for funding for a wide range of activities or operational costs. However, VAF is particularly keen to fund activities that will help build and develop strong organisations, for example; training for committee members and volunteers; visits to other organisations and conferences or professional support and consultancy. Groups applying for funding are also eligible to receive free training on:

  •     How to Make Successful Funding Applications
  •     How to Manage Money in a Small Organisation
  •     How to Measure Success
  •     Charity Law

The application form and guidance notes, and a leaflet about the grant scheme can be downloaded from,1356/grants/community_grants/.




New Funding Opportunities

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

EventScotland, the national events agency, has announced that the National Events Programme round 23 is open to applications.  The agency provides funding to promote events in Scotland (previous grants include one to Dundee Flower and Food Festival showcasing local produce/Scotland’s natural larder).

Through the programme funding is available to support events (outside of the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow) that showcase Scotland and help to generate tourism.  The closing date for applications is the 1st February 2013.

 Heart Research UK has announced that the next funding round under  its Healthy Heart Grants Scheme will open early January 2013.  Green exercise type activities can be funded.

Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message.
The types of projects supported in the past have included:

  •  Watford and District YMCA which received funding to work with local schools to encourage children to make healthy lifestyle choices through games and activities.
  • The Foresight Project in Grimsby which encourages visually impaired people to take regular exercise using tandem bicycles.

There are two applications rounds per year.  Applications are only accepted during January and February for the May round of grants and July and August for grants awarded in November, each year.
The closing date for the next funding round will be the 28th February 2013.

Grow-Your-Own-Orchard funding announced

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

This announcement might be of particular interest to allotment associations with some spare un-allocated land on their site which might be planted with fruit trees and so turned into a community orchard involving all plot holdiers:
Following on from our last two year’s success, Forth Environment Link has announced the launch of a third round of funding of its Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2012 / 2013.

The scheme, supported by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund 2012, aims to encourage anyone with an interest in orchards – including communities, schools, public agencies and landowners – to plant and manage orchards, use them for learning or celebrations, or use the fruit more productively.

We are looking forward to receiving applications that create and look after orchards, and bring people together to have fun in events to use and celebrate orchards.

The Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme 2012 / 2013 is open to all groups and individuals in the Central Scotland Green Network area, as long as they can demonstrate wider community involvement in the design, creation and management of the project, and can provide evidence of landowner approval.

Grants of between £100 and £500 are available for designing and creating new orchards, managing traditional or other existing orchards, enhancing orchard biodiversity, and developing orchards as a learning ground.

Applications should be completed online via the Forth Valley Orchards’ Initiative website at, where the full application pack is available. The deadline for the receipt of applications is midnight on Monday, 10 September 2012.

Short Term Funding from the People’s Postcode Trust

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

The People’s Postcode Trust has re-opened for applications. Set up in April 2009 by the People’s Postcode Lottery, the Trust offers grants of between £500 and £10,000 to small organisations and community groups for projects lasting up to 3 months in the areas of:

  • poverty prevention
  • advancement of health
  • community development
  • public sports
  • human rights
  • environmental protection

All community groups, sports clubs and registered charities are invited to apply for funding from £500 up to £2,000.  Registered charities can apply for up to £10,000. Projects must last for no longer than 3 months and must be completed within 6 months of receiving the grant payment.  More information at

The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Friday, 25th May.

Allotment associations may well be able to obtain funding for projects using the ‘health’ ‘environment’ or ‘community’ categories.

SNH Community Action Grants

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Scottish National Heritage Community Action Grants can be used by allotment groups because they are specifically focused on getting more people and communities involved in:
– outdoor recreation, volunteering and outdoor learning
– action to improve, protect and manage habitats, species and landscapes
– citizen science and biological recording

The application forms for these grants are now available and applications will be considered from May 8th.  You have to access these forms through the SNH Online Grants Service (see web address below).

There is no set deadline for applications which can be submitted at any time.  Decisions will be confirmed within 20 days of the submission of the application (or 20 days of May 8th if the application is submitted before this date).  These grants are expected to be very popular so you will have to ensure that your application is worded so that it aligns closely with the criteria above.

Information on how to apply, and more details on the grants available and the criteria can be found on the SNH web site at

New ‘Growing Communities for Health’ grant scheme launched

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

The Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT), has announced the launch of a new community grants scheme, designed to help people reap the health benefits of community gardening. ELGT believes that community gardening can be a sustainable and cost-effective means of improving health and well-being, self confidence and self worth. The small grants programme is designed to help groups and communities in Edinburgh develop and improve therapeutic and community gardens for people affected by health and social inequalities.

The ‘Growing Communities for Health’ scheme will be administered by ELGT and is supported by NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council.   The fund will support community gardening projects that will benefit people with existing health issues, those experiencing cultural or social barriers to accessing greenspaces or those living in areas of deprivation.

Successful applicants will receive up to £750 to support a new or existing community gardening projects – to support activities such as buying tools, equipment and materials, creating raised beds, setting up composting facilities, paying for volunteer expenses etc.

Information on how to apply and application forms can be downloaded from the Trust’s website or contact Mark Vrionides on  0131 445 4025 for help in developing your project or completing an application.

The grant scheme complements ongoing work by the Trust to develop community gardening projects throughout Edinburgh, supported by the Trust’s newly appointed Community Gardening Development Officer, Mark Vrionides.  Mark’s work will focus on developing and supporting projects which use community gardening as a positive tool to help tackle health and social inequalities, such as mental or physical ill-health, working to overcome social or cultural barriers, to promote positive access to greenspace.

Details of CSGN Grants for 2012-2013 released

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Forestry Commission Scotland has released details of the Central Scotland Green Network Development fund for 2012 -2013.  Organisations can apply for part of the £750,000 available for projects which promote healthier lifestyles, regeneration and enterprise, and help to join up the network, especially in areas suffering from deprivation and dereliction.

For the first time organisations can now bid for three years of financial support, rather than one year as was the case previously.  This new move will allow projects to plan for the longer-term and increase their impact on local environments.

Announcing the funding, Stewart Stevenson, Minister for Climate Change and the Environment said:

Over the past two years, the CSGN development fund has supported over 100 projects with £2.4 million.

Previous projects have been very wide ranging including community growing spaces on stalled development sites in Glasgow, an employability scheme for young people in woodlands at Lesmahagow in South Lanarkshire, a plan to develop the Gartmorn Dam in Clackmannanshire into a green recreational hub and a community forest garden in Pilton.

For details of how to apply see the CSGN funding page

Does your allotment need funding for a project?

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

The organisation City Farms and Community Gardens has just compiled a list of funding possibilities.  Allotment site projects could easily meet the criteria for many of them.  The big news is that the latest rounds of the Climate Challenge Fund and SRDP Rural Priorities are now open for applications.  However there are many other sources of funding, large and small, that could help your site achieve your dreams!  Click here to download the CFCG list as passed on to SAGS.  Please note that the deadline for some of these grants (marked as dl in the list) is very soon.  However others have no deadline, or a deadline that gives you plenty of time to get your application together.

As additional information Scottish National Heritage have just released a list of their new grants at  There are a number of categories, and some of them are suitable for small groups.  SNH are looking for applications from organisations whose projects are to start from April 2012.

Funding opportunity in Bridge of Earn and Glenfarg

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

New funding will be available from this month from the Lochelbank Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund. There will be £20,000 a year (increasing in line with inflation) for the next 25 years, available for constituted community groups in the Community Council areas of Bridge of Earn and Glenfarg or those planning a project within those areas. The bottom line for use of the fund will be to benefit these communities. The launch will be held at Bridge of Earn Institute at 2pm on the 29th October. There will also be an event at Glenfarg about noon of the same day.

To be eligible to apply for these funds a community group (such as an allotment association) will need to be ‘not for profit’, to have a constitution and to have a project, or want to carry out an activity, that will benefit residents in the community council areas of Glenfarg and Bridge of Earn.  Grant applications will be accepted from October 2011 and it is expected that the first grants will be made later in the year.
The Scottish Community Foundation will work with the two community councils to launch the fund and recruit a local panel in November/October.  Information on how to participate in this process will be posted by these bodies in the local press, in newsletters and on web sites.

Want to raise funds for your project? Don’t know where to start?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

These books may help you:
The Scottish Directory of Funding for Third Sector Organisations 2011 is a new and essential funding resource for charities, community groups, social enterprises, and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes published by SCVO. It contains details of over 250 sources of funding, indexed by main subject area. With descriptions of grant making policies and practices, provided by the trusts and foundations themselves, this Directory provides a valuable insight on where organisations in Scotland’s third sector can access much-needed funding. With full, up-to-date contact details, the entries include details of what can and cannot be funded, and allow readers to target their applications at the funders which are most relevant to their needs.

As a companion to the Directory, How to Raise Funds: A Guide for Scottish Voluntary Organisations explores some common fundraising misconceptions and sets out the practical steps required before you start fundraising. It looks at how to find funders and write effective proposals, and includes practical exercises and detailed guidance on how to plan your fundraising activity. For more information on ordering, please contact Tracey Bird on (0131) 474 6168, email: