New Local Funds

    Tesco Bags of Help Funding

     Need up to £4000 funding for your nursery, school or youth project?

    Tesco Bags of Help has already funded 780 projects in Scotland – sharing over £4 million pounds between them. They have funded playground improvements, forest school sessions, new equipment, outdoor play sessions, sessional workshops and many more projects that benefits Scotland’s young people. It’s time submit your application for projects you’d like to happen in Spring 2018 and beyond.

    Single use carrier bags are no longer available in Tesco but the good news is that Bags of Help will continue with funding from the sale of the new 10p Bag for Life. They fund a huge variety of projects that bring benefits to the community and every two months in Scotland they award 225 projects a share of over half a million pounds. Apply online here

    • Apply anytime for projects that bring benefits to the community
    • Youth groups, parent councils, local authority nurseries and schools can all apply
    • Apply for capital and revenue funding between £1000 and £4000

    Get help to apply or have a chat about your project with one of our team of friendly Community Enablers  Take a look at Facebook @scotbagsofhelp

    Tesco Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork, working in Scotland with greenspace scotland.

    Aldi Fund for The Lothians & Scottish Borders

    Scottish Sport Fund applications are now open in your area! You have until Sunday 1st October to get your entry forms in.

    If you run a sports club in Scotland, this is your chance to apply for up to £500 of funding from Aldi.

    Simply submit an application form before Sunday 1st October for a chance to secure a donation from Aldi to help support the amazing work you do in your local community.

    Stores in The Lothians & Scottish Borders regions include: Haddington, North Berwick, Gilmerton, Portobello, Georgie Park, Fruitmarket, Bathgate, Linlithgow, Tranent, Livingston, Berwick, Galashiels, Cameron Toll Edinburgh.  Full details here

     Cattanach Dad’s Fund
    If you work with dads of young children you may be interested in funding from Cattanach Dad’s Fund to extend your current work to include more dads?

    Following £200,000 funding during Year of the Dad, the Cattanach Trust is welcoming new applications from across Scotland.  It is recommend that you apply as soon as possible, although the fund will remain open until the end of the year.  Full details here

    Are you a voluntary or community organisation or social enterprise in need of funding advice? Are you unsure how to assess your funding needs or how to identify the most appropriate income source to meet those needs?

    Funding Central ( ) is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

    An introduction to grants

    Grants are subsidies. The grant-giving body or funder provides funding for specified activities, usually following an application process and the recipient is then obliged to use the grant for those purposes.

    Grants offer organisations the opportunity to undertake activities which can’t generate enough income to cover their costs often running projects that make a real difference to people’s lives. Grants can be used in a wide number of ways, to support research and development, help build capacity or establish new activities which over time could become self-financing.

    • Grant funding tends to be short-term, you’ll need to build from the start your exit strategy.
    • Many funders have specific priorities for types of activity they want to fund – and this doesn’t always match up with what you want to do.
    • Funders may have terms and conditions to manage the project – such as new financial procedures or systems.
    • The application process can take time, each funder has their own criteria, priorities and processes which means every application has to be tailored. It then takes time to get a decision.

    Explore grants

    This section will help your explore grants in more depth. There’s also practical tools and tips to help you improve your applications.

    Start your funding search for grants

    • Identify the most relevant funders for your work through our funding search

    21st Century Life
    Investing in Communities: Supporting 21st Century Life wants to fund projects that build stronger families and stronger communities. It aims to improve the quality of family life by helping families most in need with early action to give children a better chance in life.


    ACT Foundation
    The ACT Foundation (ACT) was formed in 1994 and is registered with the Charity Commission (charity number 1068617). ACT provides grants to individuals and other charities, principally in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, particularly those who have a physical or mental disability or the aged.

    ASDA Foundation
    Charities, schools and community groups have the opportunity to apply for funding for local projects that require financial assistance to the ASDA Foundation. Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 available for good causes and community groups in your local area.


    Aviva Community Fund
    Aviva Community Fund offers support and project funding. Aviva will soon be opening their community fund for 2016. The scheme supports projects related to health and well-being, activities for children and young people and support for family life. Lots of potential for funding activities on your Fields in Trust protected site! If your project will have positive effects on your community have a look at the guidelines on the Aviva site and prepare an application for September 13th when applications open.


    BBC Children In need
    A small grants scheme aimed at charities and not-for-profit organisations.  Small grants of up to £10K are available for organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years old and under.


    Biffa Award currently provides funding through two grant schemes within our four specific themes: the Small Grants Scheme (SGS) offers grants between £250 and £10,000; the Main Grant Scheme (MGS) offers grants between £10,000 and £50,000. The Funds money comes from landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.


    Big Lottery Awards for all, England , Scotland, Wales & Ireland
    A Lottery grants programme that funds small, community-based projects across the UK. The Awards programme fund not for profit groups, parish and town councils, schools or health bodies, the funding available is £300 to £10,000.


    Big Lottery Reaching Communities, England
    Reaching Communities funding is for projects that help people and communities most in need. Grants are available from £10,000, upwards and funding can last for up to 5 years.


    Big Society Capital
    Big Society Capital provides £400m, £600m from dormant bank accounts and £200m from high street banks.  They will develop socially orientated investment organisations that support charities and social enterprises that will have the ability to repay an investment through the income they generate.


    Coalfields Regeneration Trust
    Coalfields Regeneration Trust promotes and achieves social and economic regeneration in the coalfields of England, Scotland and Wales.


    Cory Environmental Trust
    Supports a number of trusts through the Landfill Communities Fund in the areas of teh country where Cory Environmental provides waste management services.  Playing field and play area projects should be eligible under the Community Improvement funding stream.


    Comic Relief Local Communities
    UK Community Foundations is the managing agent for Comic Relief’s Stronger Communities theme. Comic Relief funds projects which encompass five core themes: Better Futures, Safer Lives, Healthier Finances, Fairer Society and Stronger Communities.


    Disability Grants
    A forum for finding out information for lots of disability grants


    The regulator that oversees the activity of all Environmental Bodies (EBs) across the UK and give final approval for grants.


    Ernest Cook Trust
    The Ernest Cook Trust is one of the UK’s leading educational charities. Rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside, the Trust actively encourages children and young people to learn from the land through hands-on educational opportunities on its estates and by offering grants.


    Football Foundation 
    The Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, The FA and Government (via Sport England). It funds the development of new and refurbished grassroots sports facilities improving the quality and experience of playing sport at the grassroots level to sustain and increase participation and improve general skills levels.


    grants 4 schools
    A comprehensive funding information service available to the UK Education sector.  Updated daily, grants 4 schools is a directory of all the grants available for your project from a variety of different sources.  A subscription service, but with a free trial available.


    Greggs Foundation
    Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund helps organisations based in local communities to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of our local communities. The programme is administered by seven charity committees throughout England, Wales and Scotland.


    Lady Allen of Hurtwood Trust
    Lady Allen was a pioneer in the field of children’s rights and adventure play for disabled children. Grants are awarded to candidates working with children with a particular emphasis on those who work with disabled children and/or children from disadvantaged backgrounds.


    The Landfill Communities Fund
    This innovative tax credit scheme enables operators of landfill sites to contribute money to enrolled Environmental objects contained in the Landfill Tax Regulations.  The Government viewed the LCF as a way for Landfill Operators and Environmental Bodies to work in partnership to create significant environmental benefits and jobs and to undertake projects which improve the lives of communities living near landfill sites.

    Lloyds TSB Foundation
    Funding programmes offer short and long term grants. Support is adapted to the needs of small and medium sized charities that are committed to delivering work which breaks or prevents cycles of disadvantage.


    One Family Foundation
    he OneFamily Foundation is here to help fund community projects that really matter to our customers. It also lends a financial helping hand to customers or their loved ones in times of need. Up to £25K (average £5K) School projects that have been successfully funded through the ‘Community Awards’ programme have included: outdoor play spaces.

    Peoples Health Trust
    Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.


    Reaching Communities Buildings Lottery funding
    Provides funding for land and building projects costing more than £100,000.  It is aimed at the most deprived areas in the country.


    SITA Trust
    Support community improvement projects through the Landfill Communities Fund. Enhancing Communities – provides funding for community leisure projects within 3 miles radius of qualifying waste process sites owned by SITA UK.  Funding is available in 100 core zones throughout England, Scotland and Wales.


    Sport England
    Sport England is committed to helping people and communities across the country create sporting habits for life. Various funding available:

    • Community Asset Fund:From 30 January 2017, sports clubs and community organisations will be able to apply for investment from our Community Asset Fund – our new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community that give people the opportunity to be active.
    • Inspired Facilities:  is our £110 million programme that funds the renovation and modernisation  of local sports facilities.
    • Small Grants: uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-  profit organisations to help more people play sport.


    Tesco Bags of Help
    The money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland is being 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.


    The Equitable Charitable Trust
    The Trust is an education charity that makes grants for education projects in the UK and abroad that benefit children and young people under the age of 25 who are from disadvantaged backgrounds or disabled.


    The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
    The funding supports the social, emotional and learning needs of those young people at greater risk of being left behind educationally or who have been left behind. They fund work that challenges public policies and practices that reinforce educational inequality.


    The Foyle Foundation
    The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities. The Foundation does not support applications from individuals.


    The People’s Health Trust
    Active Communities funding – in eligible areas for projects that make neighbourhoods better,
    including setting up green space in urban areas.


    The People’s Postcode Trust
    Funding for good causes in England, Scotland and Wales, including those that advance pubic participation in sport.


    The Robertson Trust
    The Robertson Trust aims to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities in Scotland – inspired by the example of our founders, the Robertson Sisters.


    The Trust House
    We are a medium-sized grant making foundation giving grants to small, well-established organisations in the UK who address local issues in areas of extreme urban deprivation, or in remote and fragile rural communities.


    The Wolfson Foundation
    The Wolfson Foundation funds improved facilities for a range of organisations delivering excellent care and support for people of all age with a variety of needs.  The size of these grants varies from around £15K to £100K.  Larger grants are given to key, strategic projects deemed ambitious and well thought-out, with a clear long term focus.


    Veolia Environmental Trust
    Funds community projects across the UK, including restoring green spaces, improving community halls and creating new play areas and skate parks.  Projects must be within proximity to a site owned by Veolia Trust.


    Viridor Credits
    Provides funding for a huge range of projects, including the provision of maintenance of public amenities.  Projects need to be located within 10 miles of one of their local steering groups.


    Wooden Spoon
    Wooden Spoon is a charitable grant-giving organisation that funds projects across the UK and Ireland to support disadvantaged and disabled children.


    WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental)
    Awards grants to community projects that are eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund. WREN received the majority of its funding from landfill tax. Community projects are eligible within a 10 mile radius of landfill sites in the WREN operating area. Single sport projects will not be applicable, nor will the fabric of a building such as a pavilion, however, WREN will fund the internals of a pavilion or open community facilities such as a MUGA or play area.


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