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

We are able to help you to identify funding sources and to provide support with your funding application. If you would like to receive further information please contact VAO by email here or telephone 01856 872897

Another great way to see what funding is available is to visit Funding Scotland website:

Funding Scotland lists funders with a track record of supporting projects in Scotland. It includes grants, loans, prizes and other support. It is a valuable resource for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations of all shapes and sizes. It does not include funding opportunities for individuals or businesses.

Please click here to visit their website.

Applying for funding - The ultimate guide from the big lottery click here

 For full details on funding opportunities please see the links below, these are listed in the Month they will be closing.

 Current Funding Opportunities

 Closing Date August 2019

eBike Grant Fund (Scotland) is Open

Transport Scotland have made available £1.14 million for Round 3 of the eBike Grant Fund in 2019/20 to support the adoption of ebikes and ecargo bikes as an alternative to car journeys.

Workplace Equality Fund - Closing Date Wednesday 28th August 2019.Wednesday 28th August 2019.

Impact Funding Partners is pleased to announce that the Workplace Equality Fund will be open for applications from Wednesday 31st July 2019. The fund aims to work with employers to address long standing barriers particular groups face in entering and progressing in the labour market so that everyone in Scotland has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.


Closing Date September 2019

Foundation Scotland - Baillie Gifford Community Awards Programme - closing date 2nd September 2019

The Baillie Gifford grants programme supports grass roots community organisations across the whole of Scotland. It replaces Foundation Scotland’s Express Grants programme. Priorities for the programme are: children and families, elderly people, education, environment, health, people who are physically disabled, homelessness, women and grass roots sports.  Full details available here 

UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme Accepting Applications - Closing Date 2nd September 2019

Capital-improvement grants of up to £5,000 are available to charities and not-for-profit groups that run theatres in the UK


RS MacDonald Charitable Trust Accepting Main Grant Applications - Deadline - 23 September 2019 for Child Welfare, Medical Research, Visual Impairment & Sight Loss and Neurological Conditions.

The Trust is currently accepting applications to its Main Grants programme for charitable work that support its principal areas of interest:

  • Tackling child abuse.
  • Visual impairment.
  • Neurological conditions .
  • Medical research (into the causation, prevention, or treatment of neurological conditions, visual impairment or sight loss).
  • Animal welfare.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s Positive Pathways Programme Open to Applications - Closing date 6th September

 One-off grants are available to Armed Forces charities for projects and activities that support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans in the UK.


Scottish Government Families and Communities Fund  open for applications on 6th June

We are delighted to announce that the new Scottish Government Families and Communities Fund will open for applications on Thursday the 6th of June at 9.30am and invite organisations to sign up for a place at an information session (dates below, sign up today!)

Applications Are Being Accepted for the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund - Closing date 11 September

Grants of between £20,000 and £120,000 are available to museums and galleries in the UK for time-limited projects that demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people

Closing Date October 2019

Life Changes Trust - Creating Better Lives in Orkney - Closing Date 18th October

Creating Better Lives in Orkney grants programme now open. These are grants up to £15,000 for local community projects lasting up to 18 months. The closing date is 18 October 2019. The funding awarded must be used wholly for the benefit of people living with dementia and their unpaid carers/families. It can be used to support new or existing work. 

LaunchMe – A Firstport initiative – Closing date 21st October 

LaunchMe is Scotland’s social enterprise accelerator. It is a business support and investment readiness programme that helps ambitious social enterprises to scale and make a greater impact. It is currently open for its fifth round of applications until 12 noon on Monday 21st October.


Closing Date November 2019

Localgiving Launches Magic Little Grants for 2019

The Magic Little Grants Fund provides local charities and community groups the opportunity to access funding to deliver engaging physical activities, which help to overcome barriers to participation.

Launch of New Scottish Government Fund to Support Survivors of Childhood Abuse in Scotland

Inspiring Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Government, are delighted to announce the launch of a fund to support Survivors of Childhood Abuse in Scotland. The new fund continues Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting all survivors of childhood abuse in Scotland, regardless of their circumstances.

A total of £11,500 is available via the St James’s Place Foundation Fund and is now open for applications. Please apply here 

Gregor Howitt are a local Financial Advice firm, with offices on Great Western Road in Kirkwall and are a Senior Partner Practice of St. James’s Place.

 St James’s Place is an organisation that endeavours to benefit communities through charitable giving and has £11,500 to allocate via the St. James’s Place Foundation - to be applied for (applications to be with Foundation Office) before 25th November 2019.


 Closing Date December 2019

2019 Round of Armed Forces Covenant Fund Local Grants Programme Now Open

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for projects that respond to the local needs of the armed forces community in the UK and improve recognition of the Armed Forces Covenant.

 The Robertson Trust’s new pilot micro grants programme, Wee Grants for Wee Groups, is now open for applications

Constituted community groups and small registered charities with an annual income of £100K or less can apply for funding of £500-£2,000, to fully or part-fund work which fits with one of our funding strands. They intend to run the pilot for a period of six months, until 20th December 2019 and organisations can apply at any time, however, they anticipate demand will be high so there is some chance the fund will close early.  

Community capacity and resilience fund

Calling all voluntary sector organisations who are tackling the impact of welfare reform and poverty! 

We are pleased to announce that with continued investment from Scottish Government Round 5 of the Community Capacity & Resilience Fund (CCRF) is now accepting applications. 


#CelebrateNationalLottery25 will open at 10am on Saturday 23 November, and the deadline for applications is Friday 6 December at 2pm.

 Everyone who submits an eligible application will be entered into a ‘lottery draw’, which will take place after the deadline closes. We will fund over 2000 projects across the UK


Closing Date July 2020

New training grant – the Council (through Business Gateway) is piloting a new training grant, which will cover up to 90% of training costs, up to a maximum of £1,000.  Further information on the grant is available by clicking here.


No Closing Date

The National Lottery Community Fund (Scotland) – Community Led Activity

Funding to support communities to bring real improvements to the places they live and the wellbeing of those in need. They will fund organisations to deliver work that achieves the following outcomes: Everyone in the community has the opportunity to influence and get involved in community led activity; people in the community are better connected and work together to improve their wellbeing. The National Lottery Community Fund is the new name for the Big Lottery. Full details available here

Tampon Tax Community Fund for Women and Girls Opens Shortly

The Tampon Tax Community Fund will be delivered locally across the UK through a partnership between the UK Community Foundations and its local Community Foundation members.

Funding to Connect People with Others in Their Local Communities

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is a registered charity that helps older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland & Wales. This year our focus is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive our highest priority in 2018.

Volunteering matters action earth Scotland 2018 grants available

Volunteering Matters Action Earth is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and aims to empower people in Scotland to make a positive difference to the quality of their lives by challenging communities to run environmental activities which protect and enhance the environment for future generations. This could include creating or improving community gardens, wildflower meadows, ponds or woodlands

National Lottery Awards for all offers funding to support what matter to people and communities

This fund has a relatively high success rate and can help your organisation deliver projects, acquire equipment, or try something new. National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities and you must be able to tell us in your application how your project or activity will:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage

BBC Children in Need

Awards grants each year to organisations supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund Accepting Applications

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association, funds projects which develop collections to achieve social impact

Woodward Charitable Trust Accepting Applications for Main Grants 

UK registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £300,000 can apply now for funding for one-off projects that address the Trust’s current priorities.

OSCR publishes interim safeguarding guidance 

Safeguarding is the action that an organisation takes to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults to protect them from harm.  This includes making sure that the appropriate policies and procedures are put in place.  Safeguarding includes child protection but goes further and extends to all vulnerable beneficiaries

Small Grants to Support Capital Improvements for UK Theatres 

This capital fund awards grants of up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.

2019 Deadlines Announced for National Marine Aquarium Grants

Groups that are seeking funding to raise awareness of the oceans and the threats they face can start planning their applications for 2019.

New small grants fund: The Family Recovery Initiative Fund (FRIF)

Corra Foundation, in conjunction with partners the Scottish Government Substance Misuse Unit and Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) have launched a new small grants fund to support families affected by alcohol or drugs.

Funding for young people to take part in their communities.

ILF (Independent Living Fund) Scotland has opened an exciting new fund (totalling £5 million per year) for young people who need support in Scotland.

New small grants fund: The Family Recovery Initiative Fund (FRIF) 

Corra Foundation, in conjunction with partners the Scottish Government Substance Misuse Unit and Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) have launched a new small grants fund to support families affected by alcohol or drugs. 

Consultation on the Fundraising Code

The Code of Fundraising Practice outlines the standards expected of charitable fundraisers across the UK. It is a key part of maintaining public trust and confidence in the sector, providing reassurance for the public that charitable organisations hold themselves accountable and that they will handle complaints appropriately

New Names for Lottery Funders

The  Big Lottery Fund, the UK’s largest community funder - which distributes 40% of the good cause money raised by National Lottery players - will now be called The National Lottery Community Fund.

Big Changes at the Heritage Lottery Fund

A fresh new identity and name – from Heritage Lottery Fund to The National Lottery Heritage Fund – is designed to thank National Lottery players and help people better understand the difference they make when they buy a ticket.

More than £3 million available for charities and good causes

Local charities and good causes are being encouraged to apply for funding of over £3 million that has been raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery

Launch of the Redesigned Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs for 2019

The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise (DBACE) help young, creative entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. Aspiring individuals who want to go into business in the creative industries and require practical and financial support are being targeted. Applicants will be able to explore, develop and establish their creative ideas into sustainable ventures - through business planning training, mentoring and capital funding for starting-up

Digital Participation Charter Fund

SCVO reports that over the past five years, the Digital Participation Charter Fund has provided funding to over 160 projects across Scotland, with over 16,000 people being supported to increase their essential digital skills. 

 Writing for the Web (Introductory)

Copywriting for the web is different to writing hardcopy. This full day course combines presentation with interactive activities and will improve your understanding of not just "how" but "why" formatting for the web has such a crucial impact on your organisation’s on-line performance. It reveals what the human eye sees and how you can ensure visitors read more and investigate further.

Community Development and Capacity Building Fund

Small grants from this fund are offered to communities/community groups in association with the Partnership’s Living Well Delivery Group. The funding is available to support the establishment and/or development of new and innovative activities in local communities that will help to keep people with long term health conditions, including older people, active and socially engaged. 

£0.6M funding for short breaks projects for carers & the people they care for: APPLY NOW

This funding is for third sector (voluntary organisations) operating in Scotland. You do not have to be a registered charity to apply. However, your organisation must have a constitution that states your organisation’s purposes are solely charitable and that it delivers public benefit in achieving its purpose(s). 

 Launch of the 2019 Green Alley Award Supporting Eco-entrepreneurs Across Europe

This business competition is intended to support, fund and promote green economy start-up companies and eco-entrepreneurs from across Europe.

Social Enterprise Census 2019

Every two years this official study helps make the case for continuing policy and funding support. It’s also information that you can use to lobby and convince others about the impact of the sector in your area. Here’s what we found last time.

Circular Economy Investment Fund

We are investing £18 million as grant funding to small and medium sized enterprises who are helping to create a more circular economy.  The Circular Economy Investment Fund is a funding opportunity for businesses and organisations in Scotland working in all business and social economy sectors.

Nationwide Commumity Funding

Community Funding  available from Nationwide 



Inspiring Scotland, in partnership with Scottish Government, are delighted to announce the launch of a fund to support Survivors of Childhood Abuse in Scotland. The new fund continues Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting all survivors of childhood abuse in Scotland, regardless of their circumstances.

The purpose of the fund is to support the recovery and resilience of survivors by enhancing capacity and capability of third sector and community-based organisations who provide dedicated support. It’s aims are to support all survivors in having equal access to services in Scotland, address waiting lists for support, encourage collaboration and innovation amongst third sector providers and build integration with statutory services.

On behalf of Scottish Government, we are seeking applications from organisations who have a proven track record of supporting Survivors of Childhood Abuse in Scotland. Applications are welcomed by individual organisations and those working in collaboration with other organisations.

 Please click on link below to access the Guidance, Frequently Asked Questions and Application form here

Applications open Monday 23rd Sept and close midday on Friday 1st November 2019.

The Tampon Tax Community Fund will be delivered locally across the UK through a partnership between the UK Community Foundations and its local Community Foundation members.

The purpose of the Tampon Tax Fund is to allocate the funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to local projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls across the UK.

The Fund aims to support women and girls who are most marginalised to overcome barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential. The programme will invest in a wide variety of projects that meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Building skills and confidence, for example, supporting women and girls to learn new skills, giving them the ability to apply for new jobs and/or return to the workplace.
  • Improving health and well-being, for example, teaching women how to look after and improve their own mental or physical health and live in good health for longer.
  • Building social networks, for example, connecting women to others they can share similar experiences with, supporting them to feel less lonely, more valued, more able to pass on that support.Priority will be given to:
  • Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 will be available to support volunteer expenses, activity costs, and project staff/sessional staff costs.
  • Women and girl organisations.
  • Grassroots organisations offering localised support.
  • Organisations working with beneficiaries with multiple disadvantages.
  • User led organisations that have a clear understanding of the needs they are supporting.
  • Sustainable projects that provide long-term solutions to the people they are helping.
  • Registered UK charities, constituted community groups, companies limited by guarantee with charitable aims, community interest companies, co-operatives, credit unions and social enterprises can all apply. 

ILF (Independent Living Fund) Scotland has opened an exciting new fund (totalling £5 million per year) for young people who need support in Scotland. The Transition Fund supports those aged between 16 and 21, offering short term grants to provide opportunities that facilitate their participation and inclusion within their communities. You can find out more about the fund here. 


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