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. 

      • The Forth Valley COVID19 Partnership Programme

        The Forth Valley Covid-19 Partnership Grants Programme is open to any registered charity, community interest company,  community or voluntary group with a bank account delivering services in the Forth Valley area. The grants are only open to organisations offering support to the following types of work: support for unpaid carers, people affected by drugs and alcohol, people isolated and lonely, groups helping with wellbeing and mental health community support, suicide prevention and bereavement and end of life support. The closing date for phase one is by 1st February and the launch of phase two will start on 2nd February and close on 26th February.

        For more information please click here or contact or

        • The Adapt and Thrive Programme

          The Adapt & Thrive programme is currently open until March 2021. It aims to support organisations across the third sector to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and build back better to thrive in the future. It provides the opportunity, space, and support so organisations can reflect on their current services and determine which areas need to change, flex, innovate, or grow in order to be resilient and successful during and post COVID-19. Click here for more information.

          • Volunteering Matters Action Earth

            Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants now open for 2020

            Volunteering Matters Action Earth is now accepting applications for 2020. We will support local volunteers and environmental groups in carrying out work in local green spaces to rebuild slowly, steadily and safely while carrying out essential environmental work that benefits communities across Scotland.

            Any group of 15 or more volunteers can apply for our £250 awards to help make a difference outdoors through planting and habitat building projects. We are especially keen to hear from projects taking place in deprived areas where there are fewer local amenities. We also have a very limited number of £500 grants for projects which primarily involve people with defined health conditions and disabilities (outlined on our website).

            Successful applicants will be expected to observe any current or developing guidelines and recommendations around Covid-19, and put the safety of their volunteers and staff first. You should only apply for our grants once you feel certain you can carry out your activities according to Scottish Government guidance. 

            We recommend projects start small, planning events by breaking activities into smaller manageable groups and tasks and where possible spreading activities over a longer timescale. This will aid with distancing measures and tool-sharing practicalities. To help further, we are extending the campaign to February 2021, which will assist groups who are looking to carry out later activities such as winter tree planting.

            Action Earth grant funding is provided by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

            For more information and to APPLY for an Action Earth grant, please follow this link:

            If you have any questions please contact:

            • Foundation Scotland Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund

              Foundation Scotland Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund is currently open.

              Response phase of the fund focussed on meeting the most immediate needs of our communities, a crisis support. As some lockdown restrictions were lifted we moved to our Recovery phase in August. Funding focussed more on enabling organisations to continue their operations in the ‘new normal’, and to re-establish or re-design their activities to comply with new regulations. 

              Now, as we enter tighter restrictions once again, it's becoming more evident that Covid-19 will impact on third sector operations well into 2021 and perhaps beyond.  Whilst we will continue to provide emergency support for those who need it, we are now in the Resilience phase.

              The fund's priority is supporting organisations with their long-term planning, helping them become more sustainable in the future, despite the continued uncertainty. Whilst we enter this final phase, please be assured we will continue to provide emergency support for those who need it most.

              Find out more 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.

                • NHS Forth Valley's Health Promotion

                  NHS Forth Valley's Health Promotion department has set up a new community grants scheme to help local organisations and community groups across Forth Valley improve mental health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit their website to find out more and apply online.

                  • Scotland's Events Recovery Fund

                    Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund (SERF) has been established in conjunction with Scottish Government to help Scotland’s events sector plan and deliver events through to the end of 2021, and to provide support as the industry responds and adapts to the effects of COVID-19. A total of £2.75 million is available for eligible events planned to take place before the end of 2021. Find out more here.