Community Fund

Community Fund 2020-21 now open

Our Community Fund provides support to voluntary and community groups that are active within their communities, and assistance to communities or interest groups with the development of community based projects.

The scheme is divided up between each of the five Area Partnerships (Berwickshire, Cheviot, Eildon, Teviot and Liddesdale and Tweeddale) with an amount set aside for Borderswide projects.

Only electronic applications can be accepted at this time whilst we are working under COVID-19 restrictions. Postal applications can not be accepted and we are not sending out paper copies of the information. These restrictions will be removed when operations return to normal following the listing of restrictions.

Basic details

  • unconstituted groups can apply for grants up to the value of £5k and constituted groups up to £30k, subject to fund availability
  • in exceptional cases constituted groups can apply for over £30k
  • a fast track application is available for funding requests of £1.5k or below
  • decisions on funding requests of more than £1.5k are made at area partnership meetings
  • 10% organisational financial contribution required for requests of £500 and over
  • applications need to be submitted well in advance of project start dates
  • your group should also check other possible funding sources before applying, for example National Lottery Community Fund

Group set up

To be able to apply for funding over £5k your group should:

  • be fully constituted with a minimum of three members
  • have a bank or building society account in the group's name
  • have independently approved annual accounts (new groups should be able to provide a 12 month estimate of income and expenditure)
  • be committed to equality for all


Your group's activities should benefit the well-being of the Borders people and your project should meet one of the following:

  • communities have more access to better quality local services or activities (including arts, music, heritage or sports activities)
  • communities have more access to a better quality environment (including the built environment)
  • communities have more pride in their community
  • communities have more access to better quality advice and information
  • more local groups or services are better supported to recover from financial difficulty

Application form and guidance notes

Please ensure you have read the guidance notes before completing an application form.

Applications will only be accepted once all supporting documents have been received.

Previous awards

View the awards our Community Grant Scheme made from 2014-18.

Outstanding 2019-20 Community Fund applications

Due to COVID-19, the 2019-20 Community Fund and area partnership meetings were suspended on 20 March 2020.

Officers are now contacting all applicants with outstanding 2019-20 applications and fast track applications are being progressed in the usual manner under powers delegated to the Service Director for Customer and Communities. 

As there are no Area Partnership meetings planned until November 2020, all other 2019-20 applications are also being progressed under powers delegated to the Service Director for Customer and Communities. 

If you would like more information please contact our Community Grants team.