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 March 2020

CYBER ESSENTIALS GRANT - Closing Date 31st March 2020

With the support of the Scottish Government, SCVO are providing a small grants scheme to enable third sector organisations to achieve Cyber Essentials accreditation.

The threat of cyber crime has never been greater – regardless of size of business or amount of personal data you handle, your organisation could become a target for cyber criminals who are looking to make money and cause disruption to you, your staff and volunteers. Putting resilient measures in place to protect and strengthen your network is vital.

Cyber Essentials is like an MOT test for your car – it confirms that your IT systems have passed a key set of standards. If you can show that your organisation is meeting the security standards in Cyber Essentials, you can be confident that you have some protection against the most common types of cyber attack.

The latest round of grant funding provides up to £1000 towards the cost of obtaining Cyber Essentials accreditation. Closing date 31st March 2020

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

Community Capacity Building Fund

Small grants from this fund are being offered to communities/community groups in association Voluntary Action Orkney and the Orkney Partnership’s Living Well Delivery Group.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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). 

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 

 

Multiple 

The MSE Charity - Grants OpenYouth Scotland Rural Action FundGrants to Protect Biodiversity and EcosystemsThe Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation – revised strategy updatePrinciples for Positive Partnership
 

View all here

 

 

With the support of the Scottish Government, SCVO are providing a small grants scheme to enable third sector organisations to achieve Cyber Essentials accreditation.

The threat of cyber crime has never been greater – regardless of size of business or amount of personal data you handle, your organisation could become a target for cyber criminals who are looking to make money and cause disruption to you, your staff and volunteers. Putting resilient measures in place to protect and strengthen your network is vital.

Cyber Essentials is like an MOT test for your car – it confirms that your IT systems have passed a key set of standards. If you can show that your organisation is meeting the security standards in Cyber Essentials, you can be confident that you have some protection against the most common types of cyber attack.

The latest round of grant funding provides up to £1000 towards the cost of obtaining Cyber Essentials accreditation. Closing date 31st March 2020

 

Click on the link here to find out how your organisation can claim the grant

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.

https://www.womensfundscotland.org/funding/tampon-tax-community-fund/ 

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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