Topic outline

  • Introduction

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    In this course you will find resources and details to funding.
    Further to our funding and progammes outline we provide details and suggestions on funding for organisations within Coalfields Communities.

    Please return regularly for updates of new funding opportunities

  • Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund

    This fund is open for applications

    The Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is a Scottish Government fund worth £500,000 administered by Corra Foundation.

    Coronavirus has had a significant effect in the way we all live and work. It has impacted on how as neighbours and communities we connect and relate to each other. The purpose of the Enabling Neighbourhoods and Communities Fund is to provide small grants to community and voluntary groups across Scotland who are connecting and supporting people within their local community. The Fund aims to specifically reach groups who:

    • Have strong local relationships.
    • Help increase the wellbeing and social connections for communities.

    It is only available to groups that are rooted in their community, require a small amount of money, and have received little/or no emergency funding during the pandemic.

    For more information and to apply to the fund, please click here. 

  • Tesco Community Grants

    Tesco Community Grants fund thousands of local community projects across the UK, helping to fight holiday hunger, tackle mental health, support young people, host community events and much more.

    The grant scheme is open for applications and will provide grants of up to £1500 to support projects focused on children and families. The scheme is open to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, via an on-line application form. 

    Local projects that focus on helping children and families

    Tesco Community Grants will fund local good causes that focus on supporting children and families.
    Examples include:

    • a local school needing food for a children’s breakfast club, 
    • a voluntary organisation working with families to run holiday clubs,
    • a charity supporting young people with specialist advice to manage mental health,
    • a brownie or scout group needing new tents,
    • a youth sports club needing new equipment,
    • a family advice centre wanting to recruit more volunteers,
    • or a local friends of a park group wanting to develop a new toddler area.

    To find out more information and to apply please click here

  • Firstport's Social Entrepreneurs Fund

    Firstport's Social Entrepreneurs Fund is open for applications. SEF helps people from all walks of life to make a living while doing good by providing start-up funding and business support. Find out more here.

  • Clubs in Crisis Fund

    The Clubs in Crisis Fund from Made by Sport supports sports clubs and organisations delivering sport for development who have been negatively affected by the covid-19 pandemic. This is a national fund being delivered locally by community foundations across the UK. Foundation Scotland is distributing all funding across Scotland.

    Key Dates:
    Deadline:30th August 2021
    Decisions:1st October 2021

    Sport is a vital tool to help young people develop and is a great way to help them face social issues such as mental health, crime, and employability. Now that sports are returning, there has never been a better time to support the grassroots sports clubs and organisations helping young people to thrive. 

    The fund aims to support sports clubs and organisations that deliver sport for development to recover from the pandemic's impact and continue their work to achieve social outcomes through sport. Specifically, the fund is looking to supporting sports clubs and organisations that intentionally deliver wider social outcomes through sport. These outcomes must fall into one or more of the following categories:

    • Developing Life Skills
    • Improving Mental Health
    • Reducing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
    • Developing Employability Skills
    • Building Stronger Communities

    For more information and how to apply, please click here. 

  • Action Earth Fund

    Action Earth 2021 is open for applications now!

    We are currently living in a global climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. In Scotland we need to change how we view and use the world around us. A nature-rich future is our best response.

    In 2021 Volunteering Matters Action Earth offering grants to help local communities to respond to climate change. Funded by NatureScot, these grants supported volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities in practical outdoor activities.

    Any group of volunteers are able to apply for Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of between £50-250 to run environmental activities in Scotland’s green spaces. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds, woodlands or other wildlife habitats.

    In 2021 we are also offering a limited number of Action Earth Enhanced Grants up to £500 for projects which can demonstrate a significant health impact through working with people who have defined health or social needs. These grants are available to projects where a minimum of 50% of the volunteers involved will have defined health issues.

    Any successful grant award will be issued on the condition that planned projects are carried out in line with Scottish and UK Government guidance and policy around COVID-19 at all times. We also recommended a gradual build-up of project activities, spread across smaller groups and activities and over longer periods than usual. Projects must be complete by by January 31st 2022.

    For more information and how to apply, please click here.

  • SCSP Fund

    The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund aims to encourage people to change their behaviours to walk or cycle as part of their everyday short journeys.

    The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) Open Fund aims to encourage people to change their everyday travel behaviours. Grants are available to encourage people to use buses and community car clubs for longer journeys; walking and cycling for short journeys, and home-working to replace daily commutes.

    The Open Fund is available to support public, third and community sector organisations. The fund aims to help cut Scotland's carbon emissions and improve our air quality. It will also help reverse the trend towards sedentary lifestyles and will tackle health inequalities.

    Grants available are between £5000 and £50,000 and need to be match funded.

    For more information and how to apply, please click here. 

  • Sir George Earle Benevolent Fund Grant Programme

    Managed by Foundation Scotland, the Sir George Earle Benevolent Fund Grant Programme is Scotland wide and is seeking applications from projects supporting older people facing loneliness and isolation.

    Projects must meet one of the following themes:

    • Improve older people’s access to social activity
    • Reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation in older people
    • Increase the availability of local projects or activity which supports older people
    • Respond to local social or economic needs

    Grants of up to £3,000 are available and the closing date is 2 August 2021.  

    Applications should be made online via the Foundation Scotland website.

  • The Corra Foundation

    Corra Foundation are welcoming applications from community groups, organisations and charities for a number of funds currently open.

    Focusing on a variety of themes, the grants open are aimed at supporting communities at local level, from support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic charities delivering projects on mental health, to funding for grassroots organisations working with homelessness and small funding pots for neighbourhood projects.

    A round-up of current funds from Corra Foundation:

    Henry Duncan Grants

    Funding community-based support for mental health and wellbeing via 3 strands:

    • Organisation Grants – max £8,000 for 5 years – closing 21st July
    • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Project Grants – max £8,000 for 3 years – closing 21st July
    • Micro Grants – max £1,000 one of grants – rolling applications

    More information & application:

    #ShiftThePower Scotland Comic Relief Fund

    Up to £30k, multi-year funding for grassroots organisations and charities working under 2 themes:

    • Gender Justice – contributing to gender equality by reducing violence and discrimination and promoting increased opportunity for women, girls and LGBTQI+ community.
    • A Safe Place To Be – homelessness support including for refugees & asylum seekers.

    Closing 12 noon, Fri 20th August

    More information & application:

    The Local Support Fund (Scottish Government Funding)

    Supporting small community-based groups delivering frontline services to people who use or used drugs, people in recovery and families affected. £1,000 to £10,000 available per year, up to 5 years.

    Rolling application deadline.

    More information & application:

    Find out more

    More detail on all the open grants and the application process can be found at For questions or to discuss ideas or applications, please get in touch at

  • Community Ownership Fund

    The UK government has launched a new £150 million Community Ownership Fund to help ensure that communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can support and continue benefiting from the local facilities, community assets and amenities most important to them.

    What it will fund

    Voluntary and community groups can bid for up to £250,000 of match funding to help them buy or take over local community assets at risk of being lost, to run as community-owned businesses. Funding may support the purchase and/or renovation costs of community assets and amenities.

    The priorities for the first round are to invest in projects which are ready to access capital funding and complete their projects within 6 months. The fund will support a range of community ownership proposals. For example, projects may include:

    • sporting and leisure facilities
    • cinemas and theatres
    • music venues
    • museums
    • galleries
    • parks
    • pubs
    • post office buildings
    • shops

    Proposals will need to prove the value of the asset to local people and that the asset can run sustainably for the long-term benefit of the community.

    How to apply

    The Fund will run until 2024/25 and there will be at least 8 bidding rounds in total. The deadline for applications to the first bidding round is 13 August 2021. Round 2 will open in December 2021 and Round 3 in May 2022.

    Visit the UK Government website to access detailed guidance on eligibility criteria, the full prospectus and application form.