Funding Finder

Finding funding can be difficult but this handy post contains some of the funding available to you.

Find out more about each option from the links below.

Make note of the deadlines – some of them are approaching fast!


Stories, Stones and Bones | £3,000 – £10,000 | 31 January 2017

Historic Environment Repair Grant | no set amount | 31 January, 31 May and 30 September 2017

National Events Programme Funding | no set amount | 3 February 2017/2 June 2017

Local Energy Scotland Pre-Planning Loans | £150,000 | no set deadline

Cycling Scotland Community Cycle Mapping | no set amount | no set deadline

Natural Projects Grant – Scottish Natural Heritage | £10,000 |no set deadline

AquaFund | no set amount | no set deadline

Edinburgh World Heritage – Conservation Funding Programme | no set amount | no set deadline

A E B Charitable Trust | £10,000 | no set deadline

VisitScotland Growth Fund | no set amount | no set deadline

Recruitment incentives for employers (Highlands) | no set amount | no set deadline

Skills for Growth | no set amount | no set deadline

Start-up grants – Heritage Lottery Fund | £300 – £10,000 | no set deadline


Local Energy Scotland Pre-Planning Loans | £150,000 | no set deadline

The Pre-Planning Loan provides support to community applicants taking forward plans for renewable energy generation schemes on land they own or could lease from a land owner.

Applications are competitive and will be taken until funds are fully allocated.

 

This loan will cover up to 95% of pre-planning costs such as Environmental Impact Assessments and technical feasibility studies. The maximum loan per entity is £150,000. Applicants must contribute a minimum of 5% and must fund any recoverable VAT. Credit checks are undertaken, but security is not required.  We know not all projects will lead to local energy generation and if your project does not progress due to failure to gain planning consent or other major obstacles then the loan can be written off.

 

Interest is charged at 10% per annum from the date of each drawdown.

You can access an Expression of Interest Form here or to find out more about CARES loans please contact your local development officer.

 

Eligibility: public, community or charitable organisations

More information: http://www.localenergyscotland.org/communities/generating-your-own-electricity/financial-support/pre-planning-loans/


Cycling Scotland Community Cycle Mapping | no set amount | no set deadline

Cycling Scotland can offer training courses to your group to learn how to map local cycling infrastructure and facilities using openstreetmap.net software.

They have also produced a handy and easy-to-digest guidebook on what is involved.

You can download by clicking on the image below or by clicking here

 

Eligibility: public, community or charitable organisations

More information: http://www.cyclingscotland.org/our-projects/award-schemes/cycle-friendly-community-project/community-cycle-mapping


Natural Projects Grant – Scottish Natural Heritage | £10,000 | no set deadline

For projects that are generally:
– requesting funding of £10,000 and over
– more than 12 months (generally up to 3 years)
– longer term delivery and implementation projects
and/or requesting funding for staff posts (regardless of project length or value of funding request)
Focus on projects that get more people and communities actively involved in and caring for Scotland’s nature and landscapes.  We’re looking to fund a variety of projects that help us to deliver key outcomes for people and nature. They are:
Outcome 1 – more people experiencing, enjoying and valuing nature and landscapes Outcome 2 – improve the quality and management of Scotland’s nature and landscapes
Outcome 3 – nature and landscapes making an increased contribution to the Scottish economy
Outcome 4 – better places in which to live, work and visit are created
For more information on funding priorities visit: http://www.snh.gov.uk/funding/our-grants/what/our-funding-priorities/ where a guidance can be downloaded.

 

Eligibility: public, community or charitable organisations

More information: http://www.snh.gov.uk/funding/our-grants/how-apply/grant-guidance/


AquaFund | no set amount | no set deadline

AquaFund® is ADSM’s multi-million-pound grant which is designed to enable organisations to make water efficiencies and financial savings. The AquaFund® Scheme will provide the cash, the resources and the expertise to drive down your water costs. Further information at:

Eligibility: public, community or charitable organisations

More information: http://www.adsm.com/aquafund/

Contact them on 01753 833 880 or email ask@aquafund.com to get your savings underway.


Edinburgh World Heritage – Conservation Funding Programme | no set amount | no set deadline

Funding Programme to help property owners within the site conserve their historic building. The priorities for funding are:

  • Conserve or enhance the Site through proactive interventions
  • Satisfy the EWH Site Management Plan policies and proposals
  • Meet the objectives of the EWH Action Plan
  • Give additionality to public works projects
  • Benefit public, community or charitable purposes
  • Lever in other funds and initiatives for the benefit of the Site
  • Facilitate joint partnership working to enhance the environment

Eligibility: public, community or charitable organisations

More information, guidance documents and application details can be found here: http://www.ewht.org.uk/conservation-funding-programme


A E B Charitable Trust | £10,000 | no set deadline

The AEB Charitable Trust presently makes grant to charities in support of the following: The promotion of interests of wildlife, ecology and nature; The advancement of health, in particular, research into and treatment of Alzheimer’s and the care of the confused elderly; The support of museums and galleries, music and the arts in Scotland; Assistance to the infirm, the emergency services, disabled and retired members of the Armed Forces.

Eligibility: Charities

More information: http://www.turcanconnell.com/the-aeb-charitable-trust/


VisitScotland Growth Fund | no set amount | no set deadline

VisitScotland’s Growth Fund supports collaborative tourism marketing projects which support growth in the tourism sector and ensure that visitors experience the true Spirit of Scotland.

The fund is a platform which supports groups in leveraging additional and focused marketing investment, stimulating collaboration within the industry, closer working with VisitScotland and achieving strategic alignment with the national Tourism 2020 strategy.

The Growth Fund also helps businesses to build their digital capability, market and measure more effectively. Working in partnership, means that we no longer market Scotland for Scotland; we market Scotland with Scotland.

Eligibility: public, community or charitable organisations


 

Recruitment incentives for employers (Highlands) | no set amount | no set deadline

This Grant is operated by the Highland Council and supported through the European Social Fund. It provides grants to encourage employers to recruit out- of- work Highland residents in to permanent posts who have practical challenges to find work across the Highlands Council area.

Eligibility: Highland Council area employers

More information: http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/1/business_and_trade/633/recruitment_incentives_for_employers/3


Skills for Growth | no set amount | no set deadline

Skills for Growth aims to help small businesses achieve their objectives with knowledgeable, skilled and motivated employees. We do this by combining free consultancy from Investors in People with free support from your employer engagement adviser.

This means we can help you create a detailed people plan, or understand where to start.

Eligibility: public, community or charitable organisations

More information: https://www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/funding-and-support/skills-for-growth/


Start-up grants – Heritage Lottery Fund | £300 – £10,000 | no set deadline

For anyone thinking about creating a new organisation to look after or engage people with heritage, or existing groups taking on new responsibilities for heritage.
Start-up grants can support the early stages of planning your activities and you can apply for a grant from £3,000 to £10,000.
For more information on this grant view the guidance notes at: http://www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/programmes/Documents/SUG_Application_Guidance.pdf

 

Eligibility: public, community or charitable organisations

More information: http://www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/programmes/Pages/StartupGrants.aspx