Funding Resources

Finding sources of funding & support:

(Click on the headings to go to the website)

Funding Scotland

 Top of the list as it’s one of the most popular and a good starting point

Signposting funding opportunities for Charities, Community Groups and Businesses around Scotland. Aims to put funders and fund seekers in touch more easily. Has a good search tool and lots of other resources.

Funding Scotland operates as a social enterprise. All income generated is reinvested into the operation of the business and the continuous improvement of services.

Another good place to look is…

Community Toolkit

A resource developed by Skye and Lochalsh CVO with links to people and resource management, social enterprise, charity topics and a searchable funder database.

There’s a few words of description about what themes each funder supports – very helpful for speedy decision making.

Big Lottery

A big funder, keen to hear from organisations in Moray. Has an online tool to help you choose which funding stream is best suited to your project and a friendly, helpful advice line on 0300 123 7110

You can sign up to BIG’s e-newsletter at

Creative Scotland

Is a Big Lottery distributor but also has information on funding and investment opportunities. The  objectives are to invest in are:

  • Talent
  • Quality Artistic Production
  • Access, Audience Development and Participation;
  • the Cultural Economy
  • and Places and their contribution to a creative Scotland.

There are 3 cross cutting themes of: International, Equalities and Education.

Directory of Social Change

Has an overview of top subscription funding sites, including Grants for Individuals.

Forum for Environmental Volunteering Activity

Has a list of resources for Green groups and projects, including e.g. British Trust Conservation Volunteers Funding Newsletters which have a comprehensive list of Funders.

Funding Central

A guide to over 4000 sources of funding, loans and contracts.

Funding database for visual artists and composers

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has an online directory dedicated to UK funding streams for visual artists and composers. It lists grants ranging from £250 to £20,000.

Games Legacy for Scotland Funding

There are a 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.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Gives grants to sustain and transform our heritage. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment, young people’s heritage, sport and cultural traditions we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.

Ideas Tap

Has its own funds and projects but also a microsite with a collection of  Arts funders, bursaries and competitions to help you get your creative project off the ground.

The Institute of Fundraising

Lots of resources from information on best practice, training for professional fundraisers to help for small charities with briefings and training.


Lots of resources and information on over 3,000 grants dedicated to the voluntary and community sector. Register for free to use the search facility.

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland

Distributes funds across several streams to registered charities in Scotland which are focused on improving the quality of life for people in Scotland who are disadvantaged or at risk of becoming disadvantaged. It has a particular emphasis on funding grassroots charities.

Moray Council

Has a Funding Support Website with links to other sites and information about Scottish trusts, European Funding etc as well as good advice on writing applications.

The Community Support Unit have a Funding Guide, developed in response to needs identified across Moray.

The Scotland Funders’ Forum

A gathering of funders in Scotland, including statutory bodies and independent grant making trusts, who are committed to best practice in funding the voluntary and community sector and to maximising the impact of funding for the benefit of Scotland.

Scotland: National Rural Network

The network aims to promote economic growth and community development. There is a list of funding programmes, including a link to Moray’s LEADER programme.

Constituted community groups, social enterprises, micro or small businesses, voluntary organisations or public sector bodies can apply so long as their project idea will benefit the rural community. See also Rural Direct,, a free and advisory service helping constituted community groups in rural Scotland to access funding.

Scottish Community Foundation

Experts in charitable given, administering funds for a number of organisations. Includes links to grant making bodies

Voluntary Arts

Has a list of fund. You can also sign up for free to receive an e-newsletter that includes funding updates. Signing-up also gives you access to lots of other great resources including comprehensive briefings on everything from branding to child protection.


The office  holds a paper copy of SCVO’s “Scottish Directory of Funding for Third Sector Organisations 2012″  (This can also be purchased from SCVO – £20/£25) This is a directory of potential funding sources for  third sector organisations, with over 250 sources of funding available in Scotland.

We also have funding leaflets for various streams and can print information for you if required.