Big Lottery Fund (Scotland)
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Community Anchor Organisations
Are community bodies which may act as a focal point for community groups in a localised area. The benefit of having a community anchor in your area is that it may take the lead in large projects or initiate new projects. Often the problem when initiating a new project is the creation of a constituted group and finding office bearers. A small community can only have so many treasurers and secretaries! Once created the 'community anchor' can invite local people to come forward with their project ideas without the necessity of them becoming an office bearer. There are many examples of 'community anchor organisations' throughout Scotland to inspire you. http://www.localpeopleleading.co.uk/anchor-orgs/
If you are developing a large project it may be worth considering forming a Co-operative or Community Benefit Company. Community Shares is a funding scheme that may be more sustainable and attracts different donors as they see the benefit of being a member of the project. Shops, pubs, harbours and energy schemes have been funded using this method in Scotland, and it is not new as anyone who remembers their co-op divi number will know. Sometimes the old methods were the best. http://communitysharesscotland.org.uk/find-out-more/what-are-community-shares
Scotmid Community Grants (Scotland)
The Scotmid Co-operative is offering small grants to assist and support community projects and initiatives throughout Scotland. Last year Scotmid awarded grants totalling £235,000 to organisations ranging from parent and toddler groups to national campaigns. Funding is concentrated on the areas of Children/education; Community Groups; Active Lifestyles; Environment; the Elderly; Homelessness; Fairtrade; Arts & Culture; and Charity.
To be eligible for funding, applicants must be a group or individual acting for the wider benefit of the local Community; and live within the geographic boundaries of one of Scotmid Regional Committees.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
CSV Action Earth Grants (Scotland)
CSV Action Earth which aims to empower people in Scotland to make a positive difference to the quality of their lives has announced that its grant programmes is open for applications.
There are two grant schemes available which are looking to increase numbers of volunteers on locally based environmental projects. These are:
Grants will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Funding for Parks and Public Gardens (UK)
Through the programme, Local Authorities as well as not for profit organisations that own public parks and gardens can apply for grants of between £100,000 and £5 million for the regeneration of parks and public gardens (including squares, walks and promenades). To be considered for funding, applicants need to show that:
Big Lottery - Awards for All
As it says on the tin - this grant is available to most constituted groups, easy to apply and easy to manage. www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/scotland/awards-for-all-scotland. KDP staff can guide you through the application.
Community Sports Funding
The Postcode Community Trust Community Sports Programme focuses on supporting grass-roots sports clubs and organisations to obtain kit and equipment. Applicants may request kit and/or equipment totalling between £100-£2,000. The Community Sports online application form is only available during October. The form allows applicants to select equipment and/or kit from Gift of Kit - a supplier of branded kit and equipment. http://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/community-sports.htm
Small Grants Fund Opening for Scotland
In partnership with The Trussell Trust in Scotland, over 500 Daily Record readers helped raise more than £4,000 through the 'Feed a Family for £5' campaign in April. The Trussell Trust have decided to match these funds, enabling a small grants fund for foodbanks across the network. We would like to thank everyone who has responded so generously to support Scottish foodbanks. Details of how food banks can apply for funding will be forthcoming.
For more information, go to http://www.trusselltrust.org/
A new free fund finder database from SCVO. The database has 900 records of funds available to Scottish community groups, social enterprises and charities. Subscription is free - www.fundingscotland.com
People’s Postcode Trust Small Grants Programme
The focus of this programme is the advancement of citizenship or community development. Please be aware you must apply in October. Funding is available for projects of up to twelve months in length, ranging from £500 up to £20,000 to registered charities, community and voluntary groups, community interest companies and other not-for-profit organisations. http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/small-grants.htm
Funding for Community Amenities (England & Scotland)
The SITA Trust provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to improve amenities that is available for leisure and recreation use by the general public. This could include:
* Community cafes
* Play areas
* Skate parks
* Youth centres; etc.
Through the Landfill Communities Fund the Sita Trust can offer grants of up to £20,000 through its Smaller Projects Fund and grants of up to £50,000 through its Primary Fund. To be eligible the applicants needs to be a not - for profit organisations located within three miles of a qualifying SITA UK waste processing location (known as a SITA Trust funding zone) you may be eligible to apply to SITA Trust. N.B. due to the rural nature of the Aberdeenshire funding zone this zone has a 10-mile radius.
To see if your project is located within a funding zone, please click here.
WREN Closes Biodiversity Action Fund & Heritage Fund (UK)
Due to the Government's announcement in November 2015 to reduce the level of the Landfill Communities Fund by £20 million, along with the reduction in landfill tonnages, the WREN Board have decided that they can support separate programmes for biodiversity and heritage with immediate effect. The WREN Board still wish to support UK biodiversity and heritage however this will be done through a single Landfill Communities Fund programme, which will encompass all WREN funding themes, details of which will be announced in due course. Heritage Fund and Biodiversity projects funded in previous rounds will continue to be funded through to completion. The FCC Community Action Fund<http://www.wren.org.uk/schemes/main-grant-scheme> is still open for applications.