Skip to main content
Bookmark and Share

Third Sector - Funding

This page provides information for Third Sector organisations on funding which may be available to them. For further information please follow the links provided.

Volunteering Support Fund
The Fund, administered by Voluntary Action Fund, will support third sector organisations to create new volunteering projects, increase the diversity of volunteers, especially those from disadvantaged groups and improve opportunities, skills and personal development through volunteering. The Fund will also support third sector organisations to enhance their services and improve their capacity to deploy, support and train volunteers.

Voluntary Support Grants: Grants of up to £10,000 for an individual organisation.
Application deadlines: Friday 10th May 2013 and Friday 28th February 2014.

Volunteering Support Cluster: Grants of up to £30,000 for clusters of four to five organisations. Application deadlines: Friday 19th July 2013 and Friday 31st January 2014.

Scotmid Co-operative's Community Grant scheme gives support to local communities served by Scotmid and Semichem stores. They will consider applications from community groups and charities supporting projects in any of the following categories: children and education; health; fairtrade; homelessness and poverty; arts and culture; the environment; elderly people and active lifestyles. Closing Date: Applications may be submitted at any time

A You Tube video has been made on the "8 tips for a flying start to your community project". This info has been condenced and made into a user friendly film which you can signpost applicants to. 

Organisations that work with young people have the opportunity to apply for grants through the Hilton Foundation. Organisations such as charities and other not for profit organisations can apply for grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £30,000 per year for up to 2 years that meet one of the Foundation's chosen areas of focus. These are disabled children; children in hospital; homelessness; and life-limited children in hospices. Previously supported projects by the Foundation have included Heathrow Special Needs Farm as awarded £10,000 in 2010 for two years' support for the costs of providing young people with disabilities and special educational needs the rural atmosphere of a working farm a stone's throw from Europe's busiest international airport; and Heathrow Special Needs Farm as awarded £10,000 in 2010 for two years' support for the costs of providing young people with disabilities and special educational needs the rural atmosphere of a working farm.

The next closing date for applications is the 8th May 2013

Big Issue Invest and the Nominet Trust have joined together to launch the "Tech for Good Challenge", which looks to invest in and mentor early-stage businesses and organisations that use technology to transform the lives of young people. The programme is open to for-profit and private companies; however investment will only be awarded to ventures that have an identifiable public benefit. The challenge offers successful applicants an investment of up to £50,000 as well as ongoing support to develop a business that delivers sustainable social and financial returns. Up to 20 teams will be selected for mentoring over a six-week period, with 10 finalists receiving investment to develop their businesses.

The closing date for applications is the 15th April 2013. 

The Kelly Family Charitable Trust is open to applications from registered charities whose activities involve all or most family members in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members. The fund also welcomes applications from sports and health-related charities whose activities comply with the above criteria. The Fund offers revenue and capital grants. Grants are of between £1,000 and £5,000, but higher grants may be considered. Projects supported in the past include the Hill's Trust Home School Community Project which is a family education support project based in Hill's Trust Primary School in Govan. The Project promotes parental involvement at all levels throughout the school and works directly with parents/carers and pupils. It offers support with issues such as attendance, behaviour and family issues, as well as a range of other services. The School is working with Glasgow City council to share its good practice with the aim of expanding the model to all Glasgow Schools.

The next closing date for applications is the 1st September 2013

RBS Inspiring Enterprise - Young People; Women; Social Entrepreneurs
RBS recognise that certain groups are under-represented in the UK's entrepreneurial ranks and may face particular barriers to success. This is why they are focusing extra efforts on three groups that they believe, with additional support, could play a stronger role in the entrepreneurial economy: young people, women and social entrepreneurs. 

Over the next three years, RBS will continue to play their part in supporting these groups and work with new and existing partner organisations to encourage more people in more communities to explore enterprise, build their skills and start up in business.

RBS are inviting organisations, which support youth and women in enterprise, to apply for funding and to join their network of organisations working to promote enterprise.

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) is a registered Charity and Social Enterprise which provides business loans to Third Sector organisations.
SIS aims to support the creation and growth of charities, community organisations and social enterprises that have the capability to make sustainable social impacts.

RBS Inspiring Women in Enterprise Fund
Not-for-profit organisations helping women to explore their enterprise potential have two weeks to submit their application for grants of up to £50,000.

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group's funding programme is open to not-for-profit organisations across the UK that encourage and support women in enterprise. The funding is intended to help build the capacity of organisations that encourage and support women, who are not yet in business, to explore enterprise.

Applications can be for both new and existing programmes that are helping women on their enterprise journey. This might be helping them to set up in business, delivering enterprise education, innovative networking events, developing entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, and more. Projects should be based in the UK, specifically focused on assisting women to explore enterprise, and able to supply regular feedback and impact information to demonstrate success.

The deadline for applications is 14 October 2013 (noon).

Charitable Bond to Support Scotland's People and Communities Fund
The Scottish Government will make innovative use of financial transactions funding by investing £10 million in a Charitable Bond that will generate funding for the People and Communities Fund.

The Government's investment in a Charitable Bond will generate more than £1 million grant funding for the over-subscribed People and Communities Fund and lend almost £9 million to a Registered Social Landlord to build 150 affordable homes in Scotland.

This is good news for community organisations and social landlords in Scotland that are seeking funding for projects that tackle disadvantage through employment opportunities or preventative actions in their community.

The People and Communities Fund which was scheduled to run for three years (2012/13 to 2014/15) provides grants from £10,000 per year to £100,000 per year up to a maximum of £250,000 for the life of the project. It stopped taking new applications in June 2013 because of the 'on-going high level of interest' and demand for funding.

blog comments powered by Disqus