Funding Support

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.

Repsol Sinopec and Liam McArthur, MSP, Small Grants Scheme



Small Grants Scheme 

also incorporating Liam McArthur awards

Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) is grateful to Repsol Sinopec for their donation which the VAO Board has decided to disburse as grants in order to support the work of small, community groups. VAO is also grateful to Liam McArthur, MSP, for his continuing donations which have been added to the Repsol Sinpec donation to increase the amount available.

Grants are offered to voluntary and community groups through the Small Grants Scheme, administered by VAO Board of Directors. Groups with charitable objectives (excepting party political groups), are eligible to apply for a grant of up to £500 maximum for a project to help their community.

The VAO Board of Directors will consider all applications and decide which projects will benefit. Their decision will be final.

Recipients of grants must claim the total sum awarded within twelve months of allocation. To claim the grant, VAO will require proof of expenditure, either a receipted invoice or an invoice to be paid. Grants will not be paid retrospectively.

Application forms are avilable by contacting:

Voluntary Action Orkney,
Anchor Buildings
6 Bridge Street,
Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HR
Tel: (01856) 872897

Please click on the links for an information leaflet and here for an application form


Deadline: Completed forms must be returned by 17th March 2017.

BBC Children in Need’s Curiosity Fund Accepting Applications from Across the UK

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands have until 22 September 2017 to apply for funding to projects which engage children and young people in science based activities

The £2.5 million Curiosity Fund is provided in partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust in order to use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK.
To be eligible for grants of up to £10,000 projects should use exciting and engaging science activities to encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons.
For the purpose of this grant beneficiaries are deemed to be disadvantage if they have:
• An illness, experience distress, abuse or neglect.
• Any kind of disability.
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
• Lived or are living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
Eligible projects should not focus upon ‘teaching’ science in a more fun and hands-on way than children and young people might experience at school. Children and young people should have their curiosity stimulated and be empowered to ask questions that are relevant to them, by encouraging them to use their own expertise and experiences.
Grant activities should take place between January 2018 and September 2018. It is anticipated that up to 20 organisations will receive a grant in the first funding round. Organisations that miss this round may be able to apply again in September 2018 when the second round is expected to open for applications

To be eligible for funding applicants should have a track record of working with disadvantaged children and young people aged up to 18. Applicants do not have to be experts in science or even have delivered science activities before to participate.

Organisations that already hold grant funding from Children in Need or the Wellcome Trust are eligible for funding.

The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017.

 BBC Children in Need - Curiosity Fund

Your Island Your Choice Inter-Island Fund

A unique and Exciting funding opportunity for projects across the non-linked islands.

VAO has been awarded funding from the Community Choices Fund, with contributions from community planning partners, to deliver the Your Island Your Choice small grants participatory budgeting programme where island residents decide for themselves which project should receive funding.
Who can apply?
• Any community/voluntary group, even informal groups, can apply for funding from £200 to £6,000
• You don’t have to come from an existing group or constituted organisation to apply for funds but all the activities have to happen in more than one non-linked island to benefit their communities
• Your ideas need to meet one of the identified key themes:

  • Positive Ageing
  • Health and Sustainable Communities
  • Vibrant Economic Environment

• Your project must benefit as many people as possible
• Your project must help make the isles a better place for everyone (excludes Orkney mainland and the linked islands)
• Large or small, single or collaborative projects welcome

How to Apply?

If your idea fits in with one of the identified themes please complete and submit the application form to Voluntary Action Orkney, who may contact you for additional information.

If the application meets the criteria then island representatives will vote for their favourite projects at an event to be held in Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall on 25th March 2017. At that event you will be required to do a short 2 to 3 minute presentation about your project/activity and the difference it will make to island communities.

You can download the application form here 

Or if you prefer please contact Meghan or the Admin team to request an application pack.

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Opens for First Round of 2017

The Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity has relaunched for 2017. After a strategic review, the charity has now adopted a themed approach for each funding round.

There will now be two funding rounds per year with applications invited in February and September.

To be eligible, projects must address the theme set out by the charity:

  • Raising the Next Generation projects should focus on children, youth, and families. Applications will be accepted from 1 February 2017 to 3 March 2017.
  • Life Changing Transitions projects should focus on bereavement, redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness, offenders and resettlement. Applications will be accepted from 1 September 2017 to 29 September 2017.

Most grants will be for less than £5,000.

Small to medium-sized non-profit organisations with a constitution can apply. This includes UK registered charities, community interest companies, social enterprises and credit unions.

To be eligible, applicants should have an annual income of less than £500,000 and have unrestricted reserves that are less than six months of their running costs.

The MSE Charity will consider full project cost recovery, but costs must only relate to the project itself and not the organisation's core funding.

The Raising the Next Generation grant round is open from 1 February until 3 March 2017 but will close as soon as 40 applications are accepted.

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