Archive for November, 2012

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.