For all third sector groups, funding is becoming increasingly hard to source with applications taking up time and resources that could be spent on delivering your services. We can help share the workload by:

  • Identifying potential sources of funding
  • Working with you to submit a comprehensive funding application, including writing sections of the form for you*
  • Advising on monitoring and evaluation systems to report back to funders
  • Helping with project planning and writing business plans
  • Reviewing the structure of your group including governance for financial strength

* Please note: Voluntary Action Orkney will not complete your funding application in its entirety – you know your organisation/project better than us. We also cannot guarantee success with securing funding but, with our experienced staff and knowledge of the third sector, we will work with you to improve your chances.

The Funding Scotland database is an excellent resource and will help you narrow down your funder search. If you would like further information about potential sources of funding, or would like help to develop an application for a specific funder please don't hesitate to contact our Funding and Development Worker.

Trusthouse is interested in applications for capital projects at community centres in the most deprived urban areas and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas.

The foundation want to support community centres and village halls which are at the heart of small, deprived communities. They expect that you will be providing a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to your area.

They interpret ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, so you might be a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

They will consider applications for new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space (but not car parks). You will need to have secured a minimum of 50% of the costs of the project before you start an application to us. They will expect you to have local fundraising initiatives under way to show that your community supports what you do and feels a sense of ownership in the building. Interests include innovative schemes for bringing back disused buildings into full community use, such as community shops combined with space for community activities; community hubs which bring different groups together to share space and offer easy access to a range of services. At the same time, they are also interested in traditional village halls which provide the standard activities which keep a community together.

The postcode of your building must clearly show that, in urban areas, you are in the most deprived 20% of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation or, in rural areas, you are in the most deprived 50% of the Indices. Because of the number of applications we receive for community centres, we concentrate on projects which meet these criteria. However, it is understood that there can be major differences in deprivation in relatively small areas, so if the building’s postcode does not fall into one of these categories, but the majority of the users of the building are resident in such areas, it is understood applications if you can provide alternative postcodes for these areas (for example, postcodes of local schools, GPs surgeries, post offices, libraries.)

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Attention all those who are applying for funding – visit The Big Lottery page of hints and tips on how to complete a funding application application:

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The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has published the 2018 deadlines for not-for profit organisations seeking a Project Development Grant.

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is an independent charity that offers grants to help it deliver its overall strategic objectives and outcomes for heritage and communities.

AHF offers grants of up to £25,000 to registered charities and social enterprises in the UK that need financial assistance to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

The grants are intended to support project development costs only and not for on-site capital works. Funding is available for any work that is essential for taking the project forward towards the goal of revitalising an historic building.

Applicants must explain how a particular piece of work or activity will enable this. Examples of eligible costs include:

• The employment of a project co-ordinator.

• Fees for consultants to help progress the organisation's plans.

• Property valuation by a RICS registered valuer

. • Fundraising consultants. • Business planning consultants.

• Costs associated with developing a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund or other capital funders.

• Costs of community engagement work.

• Legal costs where this is critical in establishing ownership or the viability of proposed uses or for advice on governance.

• VAT costs that cannot be reclaimed.

• Organisation’s overheads/administration costs.

• Costs associated with converting an existing charity or social enterprise into a Community Benefit Society.

Applicants are generally expected to cover at least 50% of the cost of the work. The 2018 deadlines for applications requesting more than £5,000 are 16 February, 11 May, 24 August, and 2 November 2018.

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