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Funding Finder December 2016

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

Stories, Stones and Bones will encourage people in communities across Scotland to dig deeper into their past and to find out more about their local history, customs and traditions – resulting in often complex, sometimes quirky but always fascinating stories.

HLF are offering grants of £3,000 to £10,000 to projects which engage new people and a wider range of people with their history. From researching local historic landmarks, learning about natural heritage, unearthing the history beneath their feet to delving into archives, HLF grants will give everyone the chance to explore their heritage and celebrate and share what they learn with others.

Eligibility: Projects which engage new people and a wider range of people with their history

More information:

Edinburgh World Heritage – Conservation Funding Programme | N/A | N/A

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:

Natural Projects Grant – Scottish Natural Heritage | £10,000 | N/A

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: where a guidance can be downloaded.

Eligibility: public, community or charitable organisations

More information:

A E B Charitable Trust | £10,000 | N/A

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:

VisitScotland Growth Fund | N/A | N/A

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

Grangers volunteer Programme – Glenmore Lodge & Grangers | N/A | N/A

Fund to support volunteers working for a group which ventures into the outdoors and who would benefit from the volunteer gaining a UK instructor/leader qualification. The fund supports volunteers who help guide or coach others on courses or events that are provided to the free of charge. Funding of up to 50% of total course costs is available.

An application can be downloaded from then emailed to

Eligibility: community or charitable organisations

More information:

Recruitment incentives for employers (Highlands) | N/A | N/A

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:

Skills for Growth | N/A | N/A

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:

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