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£2,500 Small Grants Available!

After two successful funding rounds, Carers Trust has launched the third round of their small grants programme, Young Carers Can… funded by Comic Relief.

Grants of up to £2,500 will be awarded to provide fun, social and structured activities that will tackle social exclusion and improve the self-esteem of young carers. Applications are sought from Third Sector/not for profit organisations that wish to provide support activities for young carers across the UK.

Please find further information and application details at:,7142,PR.html

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 7 October 2013.

The Grants Team

Carers Trust


Launch of Volunteering Support Fund Round 2 

The Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) is pleased to launch the second round of two grant programmes to support third sector organisations with an income under £250,000 to create new or enhanced volunteering projects.  The grants aim to increase the diversity of volunteers and improve opportunities for skills and personal development through volunteering.  The grants will also support third sector organisations to enhance their services and improve their capacity to deploy, support and train volunteers.  

The Volunteering Support Grant will provide up to £10,000 to support organisations to improve and develop their capacity to involve volunteers who are experiencing disadvantage.  The deadline for applications is 28 February 2014

The Volunteering Support Cluster will fund an organisation to employ a Volunteer Coordinator/Manager, to work across a ‘Cluster’ of third sector organisations, to develop volunteering for people experiencing disadvantage.  Maximum funding available is £30,000. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2014. 

Chris Smith, Volunteering and Community Grants Manager at VAF said “Effective volunteering can be a really powerful tool for delivering vital services to Scotland’s communities, as well as bringing substantial benefits to the volunteers themselves, the organisations they work within and the wider community.  We welcome applications to these exciting grant programmes that will support organisations to develop volunteering opportunities for people experiencing disadvantage”. 

Further information, including application forms and guidance notes for these grants, is available on the VAF website  Details of future events to promote the funds will also be posted on the website. 



Chris Smith, Volunteering & Community Grants Manager

T:         01383 620 780



A:        Suite 3 – Forth House

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Notes to Editors:  

Voluntary Action Fund (VAF) is an independent charitable grant making body which invests in voluntary and community based organisations across Scotland.  The funding and support we provide enables charities and community groups to involve volunteers and undertake projects that challenge inequalities and overcome barriers to being involved in community life. 

Volunteering Support Grant (VSG)and Volunteering Support Cluster (VSC)

The VSG and VSC are funded by the Scottish Government who have committed £2.2m up to end of March 2015. 

Volunteering Support Cluster

VAF would normally expect a Cluster to consist of a four or five organisations in total, but other options are considered.  See website for more details.



Tackling Sectarianism – Small Grant Programme Now Open 

The grant is aimed at small community based organisations and faith-based groups with an income of less than £100,000 per year.  Groups can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects that will increase understanding of how sectarianism impacts on the lives of people in their community and make a positive impact on tackling the sectarianism experienced.

 The programme will run from July 2013 – March 2015. 

The Scottish Government is interested in gathering evidence from the funded projects that will help to build its understanding of: 

  • The problems caused by sectarianism in different communities and ways in which these problems impact on the lives of the people living in those communities;
  • What communities want to do to tackle the sectarian problems they are experiencing and how they can work together to deliver the change that they themselves want to see in their community.
  • The impact that the projects and activities delivered have on individual communities and the lives of the people living in those communities; and the project must also encourage volunteers and support the development of volunteering activities.  

Full details, an Eligibility Checklist, Guidance Notes and Application Form can be found on VAF’s website at

If you have any additional queries about the fund or wish to discuss a project proposal with a member of our Tackling Sectarianism Small Grant Programme Team, please phone 01383 620780.


Voluntary Action Fund Community Grant

The Community Grant Fund is aimed at community-based, volunteer-led groups.  They do not need to be registered charities.  Groups can apply for grants of up to £1,000.

To be eligible your group must have:

  • A constitution and bank account
  • An annual income of less than £25,000
  • An independent referee
  • Not have received a VAF Community Grant or Community Chest Grant within the past 12 months.

Groups can apply for funding for a wide range of activities or operational costs. VAF is particularly keen to fund activities that will help build and develop strong organisations, including; training for committee members and volunteers; visits to other organisations and conferences or professional support and consultancy.

Groups that work in one or more of the following areas will be considered priorities:

  • With health or disability issues
  • With people excluded due to ethnic origin, gender or sexual orientation
  • With families and young people
  • With older people
  • in the local authority areas of Dundee City, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, although we welcome applications from across Scotland.

For any further information, please get in touch with:
Kate Robinson,Tel: 01383 620780 or
Valerie Carson Tel: 01383 630 780


O2 Think Big

O2 Think Big are giving young people (aged 13-25) the chance to deliver community projects in their local area. Grants of up to £300 are available for Think Big community projects.

Applicants can also go on to apply for a Think Bigger project, with lot more support and a grant of up to £2500. For more information, please visit


Theatres Protection Fund

The Fund aims to provide capital funding to theatres, run by charities and not-for-profit groups, in need and at risk.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has helped build the Fund with a grant of £25,000 p.a. for the next five years towards a new Small Grants Scheme to help theatres make small improvements to their theatres and keep their buildings in good condition.
Small capital projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and which enhance physical accessibility will be prioritised.

The Theatres Trust will receive applications at any time and aims to reply to all applicants within three months.

The maximum level of grant that will be awarded is £5,000.

For more information see


Achieving Community Empowerment (ACE)

Is your group stuck in a rut?
Is everything getting left to the same people?
Is there too much to do and not enough time to do it?
Can you get decision-makers to listen?

ACE stands for Achieving Community Empowerment and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland (BIG). It’s a programme of support for community groups providing at least 10 days of support for at least 10 groups a year. The support will focus on the following areas:

  • Helping groups to identify what they’re good at and where they need to improve/become more effective
  • Helping groups to develop a plan of action in order to make their required changes
  •  Supporting groups to put their plan into action
  • Sitting down with groups at the end of the year to review progress and identify what needs to be done next
  • Networking at the end of the year to share learning and experiences

Any community group can apply for support but we will be prioritising those who need it most – particularly those groups who are in a period of transition or who feel they are facing new challenges at the present time.

For more information see:


Healthy Hearts Grants

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message.

There are two applications rounds per year. Applications are only accepted during  July and August for grants awarded in November. Apply in January and February for the May round of grants.

For more information, please visit:


 £1 Million To Nurture Scotland’s Young Entrepreneurs

The Scottish Government has announced that it is making an additional £1 million available to help more young people get businesses off the ground and support the next generation of entrepreneurial talent in Scotland. The Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland (PTYBS) will receive the money to enhance its Revolving Loan Fund that offers grants of up to £5,000 to young people aged between 18 and 25 who wish to set up or grow their business. The new funding will allow The Prince’s Trust to expand its role in the Scottish microfinance market by helping it attract further investment and assisting the fund’s long term sustainability.

To find out more about the Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland and how it can help young entrepreneurs in Scotland please click on the link below.

For more information, please visit:


Games Legacy Funds

Glasgow 2014 will be the biggest multi-sports event that Scotland has ever hosted and is already bringing significant opportunities and benefits for the people and communities of Glasgow and Scotland.

The website ”A Games Legacy For Scotland” lists the wide range of funding programmes available which can benefit many people and projects including community groups, young people, volunteers, sports organisations, and public sector organisations.

For more information, please visit:



Support groups using sport to develop their local community and transform the lives of disadvantaged young people, can access funding grants to become more sustainable.

Sported, the UK’s leading sport for development charity works with community sports organisations, using a network of skilled volunteer mentors to help them become more sustainable.

Funding is also available through:

  • Small grants of up to £2,000 which are available for specific Projects
  • Main grains programme which average £7,000. To access this grant groups need to be successful in receiving 1 to 1 support.

Organisations should apply for free membership before they apply for the grants.

For more information see



Merger Fund

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has launched a new fund to support organisations in the early phases of thinking about a merger.  They anticipate making around 10-15 grants from the £100,000 fund.

Applications requesting funding for the following types of work will be considered:

  • consultancy on pre-merger issues including feasibility work
  • consultation with staff/beneficiaries/members/other stakeholders
  • facilitation of discussions with the potential merger partner/s
  • governance, planning, financial, legal, HR or communications advice.

Any reasonable request for work that helps to make the decision whether or not to merge easier will be considered.  If successful, help identifying the most appropriate support may also be available.

Applicants to the fund need to be at, or close to, the preliminary stage of discussions with an identified potential merger partner (or partners). The fund is not intended to meet any costs associated with a merger once a firm decision is made to proceed.  It is for organisations uncertain about what the decision might involve or those who need reassurance that a proposed merger makes sense.



Co-Operative Membership Community Fund

Grants of between £100 and £2,000 are available to voluntary groups, community groups and local charities . Co- operative members donate some or all of their share of profits, which can then be awarded as small grants in their local communities. Grants can be used to help fund anything from equipment to event costs, rent or fixtures, sport or computer equipment.

For more information, please visit:


vInspired Cashpoint

vInspired is a charity that helps young people discover the value of volunteering. They offer a number of ways to help give young people the opportunity to bring their ideas for social action projects to life.

The concept is simple. Anyone between the ages of 14-25 who has an idea to solve an issue in their community – vInspired wants to help them solve it.

How? vInspired is offering grants of up to £500 to turn young people’s ideas into reality and get their projects of the ground. The great thing about Cashpoint is that once a funding plan has been established, young people are given total freedom to carry out their project in exactly the way they imagined it.

For more info see


Community Energy Scotland

Scotland’s only national charity dedicated to supporting communities to develop renewable energy projects. Over the years, they have supported around 1000 community organisations, resulting in real direct benefits for local communities.

Their work includes

  • Advice and Support
  • Representing Communities
  • Networking Communities
  • Service Contracts
    Such as the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme Loan Fund (CARES)(leaflets available in VAM office) and the Big Lottery’s Growing Community Assets (GCA) fund.

See for more information


Community Actions Grants

SNH has  grants for funding between £1,000 and £20,000 for short term projects (12 months or less)

There is no deadline for the Community Action Grants and decisions are normally made within 20 working days.

Natural Project Grants

SNH also has funding of £10,000 or over is available for long term delivery and implementation projects (more than 12 months, generally up to 3 years) and/or for staff posts

Proposed application deadlines in September and December

For further information see


£6 million Communities and Families Fund for Scotland’s Under 8′s

The Big Lottery Fund has teamed up with the Scottish Government to launch the Communities and Families Fund a new multi million programme aimed at helping Scotland’s children get the best start in life.

The £6 million fund will offer grassroots projects the chance to apply for funding of between £250 to £10,000 over the next three years. It will focus on improving early learning, health and wellbeing for children under eight years old by supporting them, their families and communities.

For more information see


The People and Communities Fund

The Fund, launched May 2012, aims to support community organisations to grow and strengthen. There will be at least £6m available for allocation in each of the three years from 2012/13 to 2014/15.

This funding is available to organisations to allow them to deliver the services and/or projects that have been identified by the community as helping it achieve its outcomes.

The fund is aimed at registered social landlords and other community anchor organisations such as community development trusts.

There are two main priorities:

  • Employability
  • Preventative action

For more information see


Moray European Fisheries Fund

Launched 16th April 2012

For voluntary and community groups and small to medium sized businesses with projects or plans that benefit the Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) area (Buckie to Cullen)

A funding pot of £400,000 has been made available from the Scottish Government’s European Fisheries Fund (Axis 4) Programme and the Moray Council. This fund is to promote sustainable development of fisheries areas by supporting a wide range of projects including

  • small fisheries, tourism & cultural activities
  • diversifying and value added activities which could include marketing, strategy & products.
  • restructuring & redirecting economic activities, which could include
    • developing the additional capacity to service the renewable energy sector, such as support & maintenance for offshore renewables
    • support for the food & drink sector.

Expressions of interest are now being invited and detailed guidance and support can be obtained by contacting Katalin Boda, Moray FLAG Coordinator on 07971 999544 or e-mail or you can visit

This is a rolling fund and ideas for consideration must be submitted no less than 3 weeks before the date of the next meeting. Meeting details are on the website.


Creative Breaks programme

Now open for applications. The programme will distribute a little under £1m of grants to third sector organisations for the provision of breaks. The funding will be availablle from October 2012 to September 2013.

What we want to achieve with the Creative Breaks programme

To improve the range, choice and availability of short breaks so that carers and the people they care for have a better quality of life and feel better supported in their caring relationship.

In particular, this fund could be an opportunity to pilot different approaches to the development of personalised short breaks, to support the redesign of services and to stimulate the exchange of good practice.

Creative Breaks will fund projects which aim to improve short break opportunities for:

  • adults with support needs and their carers
  • older people with support needs and their carers
  • young carers
  • kinship carers

For further information about the groups we particularly want to support in this round, refer to our guidance.

We expect most grants to be in the region of £5,000 to £50,000, although smaller or larger applications will be considered.

There is a series of free workshops across Scotland to help applicants make the most of their application and applicant phone-in days will be available. For more information see


The MSE Charity

The MSE Charity provides grants to individuals and constituted community groups (including schools).

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for group projects such as self-help groups, workshops and other innovative schemes that seek to educate people about money, debt and consumer issues.

Individuals over the age of 18 can apply for a grant of up to £500 to help pay towards a recognised and approved course that will help improve their ability to budget and manage their finances.

The grant can be used to pay for financial education course fees and other associated expenses.

For more information see:

Applications for special consideration by the Trustees
The Trustees want to encourage all activities and ideas that will promote the charity’s educational aims. They recognise that there will be such schemes that don’t fit the previous categories, or require additional expenditure. Such projects must be of national significance and the benefits must be widespread or cascade out to other worthy causes.
If you have something you consider to be special then write directly to the Operations Manager (, who will bring it to the attention of the Trustees.


Young Roots

A grant programme designed to engage young people aged 11-25 with their heritage. See

Programme budget : £3,000 to £50,000

To receive a Young Roots grant, your project must relate to the varied heritage of the UK and:

  • provide new opportunities for a wider range of young people aged 11 to 25 to learn about their own and others’ heritage;
  • allow young people to lead and take part in creative and engaging activities;
  • develop partnerships between youth organisations and heritage organisations; and
  • create opportunities to celebrate young people’s achievements in the project and share their learning with the wider community.

Your project must also create new opportunities for young people to either:

  • volunteer in heritage; or
  • gain skills in identifying, recording, interpreting or caring for heritage.

“Young Roots is a rolling programme so there are no deadlines for applications. You will receive a decision on your application within 10 weeks from us receiving your fully filled-in application.We strongly recommend you contact us for advice before making an application. You should complete the pre-application enquiry form and full application online.


Buttle UK

Fast response small grants scheme for children and families in crisis, including running BBC Children In Need’s Emergency Essentials Programme. Can provide e.g. white goods, beds and bedding and other items and services. Application must be made through a statutory body or voluntary organisation who can assess needs and administer the grant. See


St. James’s Place Foundation

The Foundation is the charitable arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group and funds hundreds of projects across the UK. UK registered charities and special needs schools are eligible.

The Foundation supports hundreds of charities under the following themes:

  • Cherishing the Children
  • Combating Cancer
  • Supporting Hospices

To find out more about applying see


£1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards

Are you aged 16-30, based in the UK and starting a new business (or in your first 12 months of trading)? If so, there are 4 x £1,000 cash prizes to give away each month through the Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards.

Apply online now at

for the chance to win £1,000 and PR for your business, plus a possible further £10,000 in November! (The deadline for entries is midnight on the last day of each month).


The Architectural Heritage Fund

A charity that promotes the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings in the UK.  Grants and low interest working capital loans are available to voluntary organisations and building preservation trusts (BPTs) with charitable status, to regenerate historic buildings to create community and education facilities, workspace and homes.

Any charity with a qualifying project can apply for an options appraisal grant, or a loan, but any other AHF”s grants are reserved for BPTs – charities established specially to preserve historic buildings. The project must also involve a change of ownership and/or a change of use.

Previously funded projects include turning a run down historic buildings into; Community theatres; Resource centres; Community learning centres; Workspaces; Places to live; and Community meeting places, etc.

For more information, please visit


Scottish Land Fund Open for Applications

The Scottish Land Fund will support rural communities to become more resilient and sustainable through the ownership and management of land and land assets. It will provide practical support and funding to enable local people to work together to develop their ideas and aspirations and plan and complete viable land and land assets acquisition projects. 

For more information see


The Tudor Trust

The trust makes grants to voluntary and community groups. They particularly want to help smaller, community-led organisations which work directly with people who are at the margins of society.


The Percy Bilton Charity

For providing support to people in need. Charities, community groups, individuals or their representatives throughout the UK can apply. Average grant is around £3,000

Preference is given to helping disadvantaged youth, people with disabilities and older people. Social workers may apply on the behalf of individuals who have a disability or mental health problem, or who are over 65.

For more information, please visit:


British Council Youth Support Systems

What’s it for?
Training and capacity building for youth workers

Who can apply?
Statutory and voluntary sector organisations, and informal groups of young people

Youth Support System is targeted at building the capacity of youth workers and organisations to develop quality activities. It will support the training of youth workers and youth organisations, in particular the exchange of experiences, expertise and good practice as well as activities which may lead to long-lasting quality projects, partnerships, and networks.

For more information, please visit


Historic Scotland Historic Building Repair Grants Scheme

Under the agency’s Historic Building Repair Grants Scheme, financial help is available to owners to meet the cost of high-quality repairs using traditional materials and specialist craftsman to conserve original features in buildings of special architectural or historic interest.  In return, owners must insure and maintain the building and allow some access to visitors.

See for details

We accept applications for grant throughout the year but consider them in 3 batches with closing dates of 31 January, 31 May and 30 September.


The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund

This registered charity was established primarily to aid the research into learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability by making grants to voluntary organisations working in this field.

Grants will not normally be awarded to individuals.

Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity.

Trustees usually meet in June and December. For more details see

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, c/o TMF Management UK Limited, 400 Capability Green, Luton, Beds, LU1 3AE Telephone 01582 439225 – email


Deutsche Bank launches £10 million social investment fund

Deutesche Bank’s Impact Investment Fund will operate to channel investment into sustainable social businesses over the next three years, aiming to generate a return that more than covers its costs over the next 10 years.

The aim of the fund is to develop businesses that have the potential to grow profitably while providing local communities with social benefits such as employment, education and training. Bankers will also work alongside the funds to give financial advice to social entrepreneurs. For more information see:


A E H Salvesen’s 1985 Charitable Trust

Alastair Salvesen was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2010 for services to the arts and charity in Scotland. This trust had an income of £188,701 in 2009/10 and it can fund in Scotland and other parts of the UK.

The Charity and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act sets out 15 charitable purposes and one analogous purpose. Charities were asked to identify at least one charitable purpose which applied to their activities.

  • Advancement of Education
  • Advancement of Religion
  • Advancement of Health
  • Advancement of the Arts, Heritage, Culture or Science
  • Advancement of Environmental Protection or Improvement
  • Relief of Those in Need By Reason of Age, Ill Health, Disability, Financial Hardship or Other Disadvantage
  • Advancement of Animal Welfare
  • Analogous to Any of the Preceding Purposes
 Grants to Individuals
Grants to Organisations

The charity does not publish guidelines for applicants. Grant applications may be submitted to:

Murray Beith Murray Solicitors
3 Glenfinlas Street

Copies of the trust’s annual report and accounts are available for £20 (which includes VAT).


Microsoft and other software

Microsoft supports four programmes that offer community and voluntary charities the opportunity to apply for a Microsoft software donation or purchase low cost computer hardware or receive IT training. Most but not all charities are eligible and can apply via the websites where they can view the eligibility criteria.

Software Donations

The Charity Technology Exchange CTX) programme enables UK-based charities to request from a range of Microsoft and other software. Eligible organisations can have multiple copies of up to ten titles, including e.g. Microsoft Office.
Donations include free upgrades for two years and access to a range of e-learning resources. Grantees pay a nominal administrative fee to the Charity Technology Exchange.

Computing Hardware

The Microsoft Registered Refurbisher programme works with eligible refurbishers to provide legally installed software on refurbished desktop PCs and laptops to provide low-cost computers to charitable and community organisations.

IT Training

The Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum teaches basic computer concepts and skills so that people can use computer technology confidently. It is available free to use directly from the internet and provides an OCR accreditation.

Britain Works NGO Programme

This programme is to assist charities that work at community level to help people get back into employment. The programme enables networking, sharing resources to benefit learners and the charity.


The City Charitable Trust

The trust’s main objectives are to support cultural, educational, religious and welfare funds, societies and organisations and to support in the relief of poverty, primarily in Scotland and other parts of the United Kingdom.

This Trust distributed over 100 grants totalling £1,139,955 in 2010. Charities and community groups may apply. Application are reviewed monthly.

Apply in writing to:

The Trustees
City Charitable Trust
c/o Caledonia House
Lawmoor Street
Glasgow G5 0US


Community Sports Groups Gift Aid Toolkit

The launch of a downloadable toolkit by Deloitte and the business-led charity, Winning Scotland Foundation could help Scotland’s community sports clubs generate thousands of pounds by claiming Gift Aid.

A simple, step-by-step guide for sports club administrators to identify if their local community sports club is eligible for Gift Aid.  The Toolkit describes how clubs can maximise claims for Gift Aid on membership fees and subscriptions, sponsored fundraising and volunteer expenses. To claim back the basic rate of tax paid by a donor, a club must be registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) or as a charity.


Tap Water Awards

Grants of between £300 and £5,000 are available to voluntary or community organisations, schools, parish or town councils for projects that significantly reduce their reliance on single-use plastics and the amount of plastic waste.

The funding which is being made through the Tap Water Awards aims to support projects that develop new solutions to replace pre-existing systems that rely on plastic, that promote the use of tap water, or other related themes.

Projects can have a community, local or national impact.

Organisations wishing to apply are strongly advised to contact before applying.

For more information, please visit:


Grimple Green Grants Scheme

Now open. The Green Insurance Company is seeking applications from not-for profit organisations for funding for environmentally friendly projects.

The Green Insurance Company have up to £40,000 to give away. They are offering funds of up to £2,000 to small projects and organisations with a special £10,000 grant available to one project voted for by the public.

The type of projects that can be supported for example include:

  • Raising awareness of environmental issues
  • Educating the younger generation so that they develop good habits early
  • To improve the energy efficiency of buildings.

For more information, please visit:


Young Scot – Creative Enterprise Fund

Individual young people and organisations working with young people can apply for funding of up to £750 to support young people into creative industries.

The Creative Enterprise Fund is a joint Creative Scotland and Young Scot initiative. It helps young people, aged 15-22, to carry out activities that will allow them to flourish within the creative industries.

The Fund can offer awards of up to £200 for individuals or £750 for groups. Eligible activities might include running local youth dance classes; managing theatre productions or help to get a band up and running.

For more information, please visit:


The Forteviot Charitable Trust

The Forteviot Charitable Trust supports a wide range of charitable activities around Scotland, including those relating to:

  • prevention and relief of poverty
  • education
  • advancement of religion
  • health
  • civic responsiblity and community development
  • arts, heritage, culture and science
  • public participation in sport
  • environmental protection and improvement
  • relief of those in need by reason of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
  • animal welfare

For more information, and contact details, please see the Office of Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) website


The Mugdock Children’s Trust

This trust gives grants to organisations in Scotland which deal specifically with the care and assistance of children. Grants usually range from £500 to £2,000.

Request the trust’s application form from Jenny Simpson at Wylie & Bisset, tel: 0141 566 7000.


The Idlewild Trust

This grant-making trust supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of excellence in the performing and fine arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of buildings and items of historical interest or national importance. Occasionally it also supports projects that conserve the natural environment.

Registered charities can apply for grants of up to £5,000.

Applications are considered twice a year.

For more information, please visit


Misses Barrie Charitable Trust

This trust has general charitable purposes and awarded grants totalling £187,000 in 2009/10. Although it is concerned with trusts in and around Croydon, it has made awards to Scottish charities such as Age Concern Dundee, Alzheimer Scotland and East Neuk Festival.

Apply in writing to:

The Trustees
c/o Raymond Carter & Co
1(B) Haling Road
South Croyden


2014 Communities Programme

Schools, sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations, and community councils can apply for grants of between £300 and £2,000 through this programme, which aims to build a positive legacy relating to the 2014 Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow.

BIG hopes to encourage more people to take part in sport or physical activity, and to increase the numbers of those volunteering in sport or physical activity, and to bring communities together through sport and volunteering.

Priority will be given to projects that target low participation groups such as women & girls, people who are disabled, people over 50 years of age, people under 25 years of age and people from black and minority ethnic communities.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

For more information, please visit:


WREN Heritage Fund

WREN Waste Recycling Group, has a fund to support the repair, maintenance or restoration of a building or structure of architectural or historic importance including places of worship situated within 10 miles of an active and licensed landfill site.

Grants of between £15,001and £50,000 are available for Grade 1 (Grade A in Scotland) and Grade 2 *star listed buildings or structures. WREN is working in partnership with English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw (Wales) and the National Churches Trust.  All Heritage Fund applications must be recommended and supported by one of the 4 key partner organisations above. WREN will not accept applications submitted directly by applicants

For more information, please visit:


The Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust

The aim of the trust is to alleviate suffering making grants to charitable organisations that try to help those who are vulnerable in our  society. Applications must be received in time for meetings in June and October

Grants awarded in 2009/10 included:

£1,500 to Scottish Huntingdon Association
£3,000 to Project Scotland
£2,500 to Pilton Youth & Childre
£5,000 toEdinburghYoung Carers
£2,500 to Alcohol Focus Scotland

Apply in writing to:
Mrs Maria Elizabeth Edge Jurgens
c/o Saffery Champness
Lion House
72-75 Red Lion Street
London WC1R 4GB


BBC Children in Need

This programme is open to organisations in the UK working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and under. Organisations can apply for Small Grants of £10,000 or less per year for up to three years and for Main Grants of over £10,000 per year for up to three years.

The key categories that can be considered are:

- Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
- Any kind of disability
- Behavioural or psychological difficulties
- Living in poverty or situations of deprivation

It is important that you provide general as well as specific evidence of how the children and young people you work with are disadvantaged.

There are four general grant deadlines each year: 15 January, 15 April, 15 July, 15 October

If you would like to  discuss a potential application before submission, you can call the Scotland team  for advice and support on 0141 422 6111 during office hours. Visit the website  at


MFR Cash for Kids – Application Criteria

• MFR Cash for Kids makes two distribution of funds per year, one in Spring and one in Autumn.

• Applications forms are ONLY available during application time and can be downloaded from or by sending a stamped address envelope to: MFR Cash for Kids,Po Box 271,Inverness,IV3 8UJ

•The Local Executive Board do authorise grants out with this time should it be an emergency.

• Applications can only be made to individuals and groups within the MFR broadcast area. This covers Caithness, East Sutherland, Easter Ross,Inverness area, Speyside, Moray and Aberdeenshire as far east as Fraserburgh.

• Please give as much information as possible to aid the Local Executive Board with their decision.

• Consideration for grants will only be given to children, groups or projects aiming to help children under the age of 19.

• Grants will only be given to children, groups or projects aiming to help children:
a) Suffering mental, physical or sensory disabilities
b) Suffering behavioural or psychological disorders
c) Living in severe poverty or situations of deprivation
d) Suffering distress, abuse or neglect
e) And to projects which prevent distress and disadvantages linked to the above
f) Providing opportunities for young people

• All grants will be audited and you will be required to supply receipts and documentation of how your grant was spent in accordance with the conditions set out by the Local Executive Board.

• Applications must be submitted to MFR Cash for Kids before the closing date. This will be broadcast on Moray Firth Radio and published in the local press.

If you have any questions please call MFR Cash for Kids on 01463 22 77 00 or email


The Robertson Trust

Is an independent Scottish grant-making Trust which exists to provide financial support to charities as defined by the Law of Scotland.
In practice, this enables the Trustees to donate to a wide range of charitable objectives where the work takes place in, or has an impact on, Scotland. See fore more information.


 The Volant Charity Trust

The trust was set up by author J K Rowling to  support charitable causes. The trust has two broad areas of funding:

  • Research into the causes, treatment and possible cures of multiple sclerosis
  • Charities and projects that alleviate  social deprivation, with a particular emphasis on women’s and children’s issues - in the UK or overseas.

Funding can be for up to three years.

The Trustees meet twice a year, in March and September, to consider applications and allocate funds. See