Big Lottery – Young Start (Improving opportunities for 8-24 year olds)

Young Start aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24. Funding of between £10,000 to £50,000 available.

The project distributes money from dormant bank accounts.

Young Start can support projects that meet one or more of these outcomes:

  • confident – children and young people have more confidence and skills
  • healthy – children and young people have better physical, mental and emotional health
  • connected – younger and older generations are better connected and have more understanding and respect for each others
  • enterprising – young people are better prepared for getting a job or starting a business

For more information visit;


Government Announces New Fund for Small Charities

The Department for International Development (DfID) has announced that it will be launching a new fund for small charities this summer and a partnership with the Charity Commission to support smaller charities.

The new Small Charities Challenge Fund will be aimed at small UK-registered civil society organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000. The innovation fund will be aimed at supporting small development and humanitarian organisations to scale up the excellent work they already do to help the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world.

The full announcement can be read on


Grants of up to £18,000 for Websites

Funding of up to £18,000 to cover the strategy, design, build, content strategy, training, QA and launch of a new mobile optimized website with sophisticated marketing, fundraising, appeals, social media, e-commerce and website management tools.

Application are accepted on a rolling basis.  The grant covers 100% of the website design and build costs. Your organisation will need to cover ongoing costs.

For further information visit:


Growing a Greener Britain Small Grants Programme Opens to Applications

Growing a Greener Britain, a registered charity, is providing grants to constituted community groups for projects which help transform green spaces in Great Britain.

Growing a Greener Britain has been set up by idverde UK, a nationwide contractor that creates and maintains parks and open spaces across the UK, to help fund community projects in publicly-owned parks and open spaces across Britain.

Constituted community groups in Great Britain can apply for grants of up to £1,000 for projects which transform green spaces in Great Britain.

This includes:

  • Improvements or modifications to publicly-accessible: parks, gardens, cemeteries, green open spaces including green spaces in social housing schemes
  • Work in state school grounds.
  • Work in privately owned grounds that encourage the public to enter and enjoy them free of charge, including some university grounds.
  • Creating wildlife areas and ponds.
  • Improvement of disabled access.
  • Making an area safer or more family-friendly.
  • Environmental and Biodiversity management/education projects in local communities.
  • Training or employment projects which offer opportunities for young people who are not currently in training or employment.

Applicants must satisfy Growing a Greener Britain’s charitable objectives of:

  • Creating improvements to free, publicly accessible green space.
  • Providing local employment opportunities through the creation of maintenance projects.
  • Providing training and work experience opportunities for those in the local community.
  • Promoting green open spaces within the local community.

Applicants are advised that funding is limited and as such some projects may not receive funding.  Applications are accepted at any time.  For further information visit:


The Ragdoll Foundation Open Grants Scheme

The Ragdoll Foundation is dedicated to supporting the creation, appreciation and awareness of imaginative and innovative content, programmes and projects that reflect the world from a child’s point of view.

Proposals are invited from organisations developing creative and innovative approaches to engage children and young people using the arts and creative media. In most cases, they expect that the applicant will be an arts organisation, however applications will be considered from other organisations which intend to partner with arts organisations or work with artists within the project.

For further information visit:


Comic Relief Grants Programme “Levelling the Field”

“Levelling the Field” is a UK and International initiative which seeks to use the power of sport to empower women and girls.  One of the aims of the initiative is to foster collaboration between the Women and Girls and Sport for Change sectors, and the initiative was developed following two consultation events to bring the sectors together and develop ideas.

The consultation highlighted a number of issues that disproportionately affect women and girls such as lack of opportunities, gender stereotypes and social isolation. This programme has been designed to address those issues.  Further information, eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found at:


Angus LEADER Fund

Why not meet with Angus LEADER Fund to discuss funding support for your community or  business development project?  The eligible area is rural Angus ie all of Angus excluding towns over 10,000 population.  Angus LEADER will distribute funds of approx. £1.5 million over the next few years. Over £0.5million has already been allocated to local projects in the last 6 months.  Visit, or telephone 01307 474696.

You can view the LEADER newsletter at:


The Big Lottery Fund – Young Start

Young Start distributes money from dormant bank accounts. It aims to create opportunities for children and young people aged between 8 and 24 to help them realise their potential. Funding grants range from £10,000 – £50,000.

Applications can be submitted at any time.  Visit:


Hilden Charitable Fund

Hilden’s grant making priorities are: Homelessness, Penal Affairs, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, and Community Based initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People aged 16 to 25.  Preference is given to supporting small community organisations with an income of less than £500,000 per year.

There are no deadline dates.  Visit:


Penumbra Carers Short Breaks

Penumbra Carers Short Breaks service is designed for people who support or care for a loved one with a mental health difficulty.

A budget of up to £300 can be offered for a short break. This does not, however, have to be a break away – the budget can be put towards a hobby, activity, a day trip.  It is up to the carer how this money is spent.

To access this confidential service, please contact the Angus Nova office for an application form on 01241 873900.   Alternatively drop in and chat to a Penumbra representative who will be present at the Angus Carers Centre’s ‘One Stop Shop’ on Tuesday afternoons between 2pm and 3pm.


Tesco Bags of Help Fund Moves to Monthly Vote

Tesco has announced that starting on Thursday (1 December) its customers can vote each month for their favourite community project.

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community awards programme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund community projects across Great Britain. A public vote determines which groups will get a grant of up to £5,000, £2,000 or £1,000.

The announcement is a shift from Tesco’s previous policy of awarding grants every nine months through the Bags of Help initiative.  Voting will now take place instore from the first of the month to the last Saturday of the month, with projects changing monthly.

The funding is intended for not-for-profit organisations with projects that deliver physical environmental improvement and encourage the use and long-term sustainability of outdoor spaces.  Projects include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities. Projects can be a stand-along project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project.

An in-store vote each month determines which projects are funded.  In each region, the three projects that receive the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant awarded for first, second and third place.

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales as long as they are constituted and have a governing document.

The programme is managed by Groundwork, an environmental improvement charity, in England and Wales and in partnership with greenspace Scotland in Scotland.

Applications can be made at any time and are assessed monthly.  Full details can be found on the Groundwork website at:


Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Healthcare Improvement Scotland is delighted to launch their new Improvement Fund. The Improvement Fund is the grant making function of the Improvement Hub (ihub) and will make awards between £5,000 and £75,000.

The Improvement Fund has £200,000 to award for the rest of the financial year 2016/17.  The Improvement Fund is an opportunity for health and social care organisations to apply for funding to design and test new solutions that will lead to measurable improvements and/or share learning and practice across Scotland.

The Fund is open to applications from Health and Social Care Partnerships, Integration Authorities, NHS Boards, the third sector, the independent care sector and housing organisations.

For further information, please contact Esme Wilson, Improvement Fund Manager, or visit


Funding Scotland

Signposting funding opportunities for charities, community groups and social enterprises across Scotland, this free online search engine can be used to find funding for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations.

Funding Scotland lists small and large grants that support big capital projects, communities and projects in Scotland.  Users can search by geographical area, main activities and main beneficiaries.  The most recently updated funds appear on the search page. This website is owned and maintained by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Contact: 0800 169 0022 or


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Launches Funding Stream for Young People Leaving Care

10,000 young people aged over 16 leave care each year in the UK, a third before their 18th birthday, compared to the general population where 50% are still living with their parents at 24. A half of care-leavers believe they are made to do so too early and say they receive very poor preparation and support for the challenges of adult life.

In response to this, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will spend over £2 million a year for at least five years to support young people leaving care to sustain healthy relationships and to receive more consistent and high quality support from the state.

The aim is to:

  • Ensure care leavers are more easily able to form healthy relationships that help them make a successful transition to adulthood.
  • Ensure young people leaving care receive a consistently high standard of statutory support that has been informed by their views.

Through funding and non-financial support, the Foundation wishes to see care leavers supported by the system and by their networks to feel emotionally stable and be financially secure, ultimately making a successful transition to independence.

Funding is available to support charitable work in the following areas:

  • Work that develops long lasting, supportive relationships for young people in and leaving care.
  • Work that has a positive impact on the support that care leavers receive from their local authority and other statutory services.

There is no minimum or maximum level of grant and no specified length of time for funding. In 2015, the Foundation’s median average grant was £100,000 over three years. Most support is likely to be in the form of grants, but requests for social investments will be considered.

Applications are accepted from organisations carrying out charitable work to support young care leavers. The Foundation provides funding for a range of organisations, but in practice the majority or organisations funded will be registered charities or non-profit organisations.

Applications can be submitted at any time.  Visit:


Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund has teamed up with Crowdfunder UK to distribute £125,000 of funding to heritage crowdfunding projects in Scotland, the north east of England and the south west of England.

They hope this crowdfunding programme will be used to increase grassroots support and raise funds for a range of heritage projects, large and small.  If you have an idea for a project with a strong heritage focus, you could be eligible for up to £10,000 of extra funding.

The Crowfunder website allows people to turn their ideas into reality by gaining the support of their crowd.  Thousands of people have used Crowdfunder to successfully raise funds from the community around them.

To unlock your share, the first thing you’ll need to do is head over to Crowdfunder at and start creating your project.

If you think your project fits the bill, they could give you the equivalent of 25% of your funding target, and you’ll be well on your way to giving your community the boost it deserves.

To find out more visit:


The Wheelsforgood Community Fund

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).  To be eligible to apply the applicant must be a registered charity.  Applications can be submitted at any time.  Visit:


Stories, Stones and Bones

Stories, Stones and Bones is a new youth initiative programme from the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland.  It aims to encourage people in local communities to engage with local traditions, customs and history.

The programme is part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 and offers grants from £3000 to £10,000.

For further information visit:


HLF – Resilient Heritage Programme Opens to Applications throughout UK

A new £8 million annual investment programme to support organisations in the UK to manage their heritage better has been launched by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has opened new £8 million annual investment programme, Resilient Heritage, to support UK based organisations to build their capacity or achieve strategic change in order to improve the management of heritage in the long term.

Not for profit organisations and partnerships led by not for profit organisations are invited to apply for grants of between £3,000 and £250,000.  As Resilient Heritage is a flexible programme it has the ability to support a wide range of activities.  Visit the website at: for a list of activities.

Partnerships between heritage organisations and service providers, and umbrella organisations, can also apply for funding for activities such as training and capacity building for organisations with responsibility for managing heritage.

Applications above £100,000 will need to make a contribution of 5% towards the total project cost, made up of cash, volunteer time, non-cash contributions, or a combination of all of the above.  There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted online at any time.


Volant Charitable Trust Re-opens with Focus on Scotland

The Volant Charitable Trust has re-opened to applications for projects which alleviate social deprivation for women and children in Scotland.  The Volant Charitable Trust was set up by J K Rowling in 2000 to administer grants to registered charities across the UK. In 2016 the Trust has narrowed its focus and now only accepts applications to its Open Grants programme from charitable organisations operating in and for the benefit of those living in Scotland.  This funding programme is managed by Foundation Scotland. Grants of up to £10,000 per annum are available for up to three years.  The funding can be used for one-off projects or multi-year applications and will help with project and administrative core costs.

The funding is intended to support charitable projects with a strong focus on supporting women and children affected by hardship or disadvantage and on tackling the issues they face in order to make a lasting difference to their lives and life chances.  Registered charities, community interest companies, community organisations and social enterprises based and working in Scotland can apply. Applicants can be national or community based.  An initial enquiry form can be submitted at any time.  There are no deadlines. Visit:


Big Lottery – Scottish Land Fund

The Scottish Land Fund supports rural and urban communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets.

Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, this fund offers grants of up to £1 million to help communities take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them, as well as practical support to develop their aspirations into viable projects.

The Scottish Land Fund is open to organisations in both urban and rural Scotland which are community-led, community controlled and defined by a geographic area.

Applicants can be from one of a wide range or representative community bodies, including voluntary organisations, social enterprises or community councils.  There are no deadlines.

To find out more visit:


Community Innovation Fund

NHS Tayside’s Community Innovation Fund is open for applications to fund community projects that will benefit the health and wellbeing of local communities across Tayside. Applications can be made for funding from as little as £500 up to £18,000 and a maximum 3 year application of £25,000.

The Community Innovation Fund, which builds on the work of the former cash4communities fund, aims to help community groups to develop local improvement projects that will benefit the health and wellbeing of their local population.  The Fund is financed through the Tayside Health Fund, the charity for NHS Tayside.

The Community Innovation Fund hopes to support new, innovative projects which will work in partnership with communities in disadvantaged areas, promoting quality of life, overall health and wellbeing and creating a stronger sense of community and social relationships.

There are no deadlines.  Anyone interested in applying or finding out more information should visit the website or contact Richard on 01382 596979.


B & Q Waste Donation Scheme

B&Q operates a waste donation scheme through all stores.  They donate unsaleable products and waste materials for re-use by recognised community groups.  They can donate items such as slightly damaged tins of paint, off-cuts of timber, broken tiles for mosaic projects.

Visit: or visit a store .  There are no deadlines.


The Sportsman Charity

Registered charitable organisations can apply to this charity for between £500 to £5,000 funding.  The Trustees will consider applications from charities working in Scotland in the fields of sport, children and young people, disability and the disadvantaged.

Their aim is to provide support which can make a significant difference to the delivery of existing activities, rather than funding running costs or overheads.  A major proportion of the distribution of funds is by grants to smaller charities and projects. In addition, each year the Charity identifies two partner organisations which will receive a significant proportion of the funds raised at The Sportsman’s Dinner.

They do not support individuals or animal welfare charities and will not fund running costs or overheads.

There are no deadlines.  To apply for assistance for your organisation from The Sportsman’s Charity, email

Alternatively visit:


The Heritage Lottery Fund

(HLF) reminds not-for-profit organisations in the UK that it has funding to support community projects in the UK which explore, conserve and share the heritage of the First World War.

The ‘First World War Fund: Then and Now’ aims to mark the heritage of the First World War by supporting community projects in the UK which explore, conserve and share the heritage of the First World War.

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK with a bank account and a constitution can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000. This includes a wide range of organisations, such as charities, trusts, clubs, interest groups, faith groups, history groups, community and voluntary groups, social enterprises, youth groups, schools and colleges.

The projects should enable communities to understand more about the heritage of the First World War and benefit a wide range of people.

To be eligible, projects should have not started yet, last for no more than two years, and achieve one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Outcomes for people – people will have learnt about heritage; developed skills; changed their attitudes and/or behaviour; and volunteered time.
  • Outcomes for heritage – heritage will be in better condition; better interpreted and explained; identified and recorded.
  • Outcomes for communities – more people and a wider range of people will have engaged with heritage.

HLF is particularly keen that people will have learnt about heritage.  This programme has a short application form which is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants.  There are no deadlines. Applications may be submitted at any time until 2019.



The Tudor Trust

The Trust offers grants to voluntary and community organisations for work in the UK that meets the needs of people at the margins of society.

The Trust supports smaller groups, embedded in their communities, which work directly with people who are on the edges of mainstream society in ways which encourage inclusion, integration and independence.

The Trust is particularly interested in supporting work that develops and promotes the social connections and relationships which make an important contribution to the well-being and quality of life of individuals, and which strengthens communities.

Charitable organisations working in any part of the UK are eligible to apply.  There is no maximum or minimum level of grant, although it is unusual for a grant of less than £10,000 to be made.  Applications may be submitted at any time.

For further information visit:


Angus Council Community Grant Scheme 2017

The scheme aims to support small community and voluntary groups across Angus with a grant towards the cost of a project in the fields of arts, heritage, sport or the environment.

They may also support activities that are educational, health related or generally improve people’s quality of life. We could help toward the costs of running an event or buying new equipment to help expand your club or activities.



Alec Dickson Trust Funding Available to Help Young People Volunteer

The Alec Dickson Trust provides grants of up to £500 to help young people aged under 30 or small groups of young people run a volunteering or community service project in their local area.

The fund seeks to support projects that enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society such as the homeless; those with drug dependency problems; and people with disabilities; etc.

The Trustees particularly like to fund projects that involve lots of volunteers, and/or encourage these young people to stay engaged as volunteers in the long term. Trustees will meet four times a year to consider applications.  Trustees meet every three months.

For further information on how to apply contact or visit:


Santander Foundation Announces New Name and Changes to UK Grants Programme

Santander’s charitable arm – The Santander Foundation – has changed its name to The Discovery Foundation to reflect the important role it will play in Santander UK’s new flagship community programme ‘The Discovery Project’.  The aim of The Discovery Project is to help disadvantaged people gain the confidence needed to make the most of their future.

As well as changing its name, the pre-existing grants programmes (Community Plus, Money Skills and Learn and Grow) have been streamlined into one new grants programme called ‘Discovery Grants’.  These grants will support projects addressing knowledge, skills and innovation to give disadvantaged people the confidence to discover and create a new world of opportunities.

The Discovery Foundation wants to fund an entire element rather than make a contribution to a larger budget. Grants are available for one year only and can be used to cover the costs of part time salaries, equipment and materials.

A simple nomination form can be picked up from any local Santander branch.  Groups can also download an online application form from the Foundation’s website if they cannot get to a local branch.  There are no deadlines. Applications will be accepted at any time.

Further information is available on their website at:


The People’s Health Trust

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 ofcharity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain.  Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust opens in different areas at different times throughout the year.



Historic Scotland – Historic Environment Support Fund

This small fund is used to support various non-recurring heritage related events throughout the year e.g. producing publications and supporting community outreach.

You can apply at any time; applications are considered in August, December and April.  For further information visit:


Creative Scotland Launches Open Project Funding Scheme

Creative Scotland has launched a new funding scheme for organisations in the arts, screen and creative industries to help them explore, realise and develop their creative potential and widen access to their work.

The Open Project Funding scheme aims to support work that will make a real difference to the quality of cultural life in Scotland and that will benefit people across the country. It also aims to encourage new, imaginative ideas and inspire ways of doing things that will impact on other sectors and beyond Scotland.

The funding is aimed at projects that: Develop artistic and creative practice and skills;  Create something new and of high quality;  Present work to audiences, or seek to understand, develop and reach new audiences (including hard to reach groups);  Encourage more people to get involved in artistic and creative activity.

The grants can be used for: Audience development; Travel costs as part of artistic or creative research and development; Marketing activities (as part of a larger project eg advertising a tour); Equipment costs related to the delivery of the project; Creative learning activity; Small scale capital costs such as installing fixed assets (such as lighting or seating), purchase of instruments, vehicles, or the installation of new technologies.

The budget for 2014-15 is £3.1 million.  Although the budget for 2015-16 has yet to be finalised, it is expected to be around £12 million, most of which will come from National Lottery funds.  Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available. Although applicants are encouraged to secure other funding for their projects, 100% of eligible projects costs may be provided.

Eligible organisations include registered charities, cultural trusts, community interest companies and social enterprises, arts and creative organisations, groups of artists, and consortia, joint organisations and groups of organisations working together.  Applications are considered on an ongoing basis.  This is a continuous programme.  Full details can be found on the Creative Scotland website:


Colin Grant Charitable Trust

This is a small grant making trust which funds general charitable purposes in Angus. Trustees meet twice a year (generally March and September).  The cut off point for applications will be approx. two weeks before the meeting.  Apply at any time.

Apply in writing to Colin Grant Charitable Trust, c/o Thorntons Law LLP, Brothockbank House, Arbroath DD11 1NE.


The Forfar Roof Truss Co.

Each month, the Forfar Roof Truss Co donates £250 to local charities and worthy causes.  Apply at any time via The Forfar Dispatch, 117 – 119 Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 3AH.  Tel: 01307 474 040 or email


The Gannochy Trust

The trust’s new funding strategy will be announced in the spring of 2015. In the meantime, organisations based within Perth & Kinross, Angus and/or Dundee or intending to run a programme of activity within those areas should apply in the usual way.  Apply at any time.  Visit:


RBS – Social & Community Capital

Loans  of between £30,000 and £1 million are available to enable social enterprises to gain the finance they need to expand their market.  There is no deadline.  For further information visit:


Great Place Scheme – Heritage at the Heart of Communities

The Great Place Scheme has just launched in Scotland.

This innovative scheme is designed to enable cultural and community groups to work more closely together and to place heritage at the heart of communities.

With grants of £100,000 to £1 million to support applicants in piloting new, more effective ways of collaborating, the Great Place Scheme includes everything from city-wide initiatives to smaller, rural schemes.


The Great Place Scheme will enable heritage organisations to make a step-change in how they work together, and with other organisations in other sectors, in order that heritage contribute more to meeting local social, environmental and economic objectives.

What will the Great Place Scheme do?

The Great Place Scheme will invest in 5 to 10 places across Scotland to achieve the following:

Build on existing strengths within the heritage sector in order to maximise its positive social, environmental and economic contribution.

Develop partnerships between the heritage sector and place-based initiatives operating in Scotland, so that the contribution of the sector and future potential for greater collaboration is recognised and supported by long-term plans and strategies for the area.

The Scheme will enable places throughout Scotland to put heritage at the heart of the future vision for their area. The successful places will be able to access investment, advice and guidance from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To apply visit